The Lanesborough
Lanesborough Hotel.jpg
The Lanesborough from Hyde Park Corner
The Lanesborough is located in Central London
The Lanesborough
Location within Central London
General information
LocationHyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, London, UK
Coordinates51°30′09″N 0°09′09″W / 51.5025°N 0.1525°W / 51.5025; -0.1525Coordinates: 51°30′09″N 0°09′09″W / 51.5025°N 0.1525°W / 51.5025; -0.1525
ManagementOetker Collection
Other information
Number of rooms93
Number of suites43
Number of restaurants1
ParkingAvailable on site for a fee
The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough is a 5-star hotel on Hyde Park Corner in Knightsbridge, central London, England. The hotel is operated by the Oetker Collection. It is in neoclassical style and is listed Grade II*.[1]

Opposite are Hyde Park and Apsley House, the London home of the Dukes of Wellington. The hotel is next to Hyde Park Corner tube station.


St George's Hospital was opened in the original Lanesborough House, the home in London of the Viscounts Lanesborough, in 1733. By the 1800s, the hospital was falling into disrepair. Lanesborough House was demolished to make way for a new 350-bed facility. Building began in 1827 under architect William Wilkins. The new hospital was operational by 1844,[2] serving continuously as a hospital until transferred to Tooting, south London, in the 1970s, leaving the Hyde Park Corner premises vacant in 1980. The Duke of Westminster took up an option to buy the building for £6,000 (its value in the nineteenth century).[3]

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts refurbished and re-opened the building as a hotel in 1991. Furniture was supplied by Arthur Brett and Sons. Ten years later, the management contract passed to Starwood's St. Regis operation, as its first and only hotel in England. Since November 2014, the Oetker Collection has managed the building.[4]

The Lanesborough was closed for renovation in December 2013 and re-opened in 2015.[5] In 2015, it was reputedly the most expensive hotel in London.[6]

Culinary awards

In 2009, The Lanesborough announced the launch of ‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant’. Chef Heinz Beck was the winner of three Michelin stars for his cuisine at La Pergola in Rome, Italy.[7] ‘Apsleys – a Heinz Beck Restaurant’ began service on 7 September 2009, and was awarded its first Michelin star on 20 January 2010. This is the current fastest time for a new London restaurant to get one, in less than 5 months.[8] The dining room was subsequently rebranded as Céleste for the 2015 opening,[5] and was again awarded a Michelin star in 2016, only to lose it in 2022.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "The Lanesborough (hotel review)". The Diplomat. Archived from the original on 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Designs for St George's Hospital, Hyde Park Corner, London: elevation of entablature and capital with profiles of the cornice". RIBA. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ "World's most expensive hotel put up for sale". The Independent. 2001. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Oetker Collection takes on management of the Lanesborough hotel". The Caterer. 12 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b "New Openings: Céleste". The Daily Telegraph. 3 August 2015. Archived from the original on 13 October 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  6. ^ "The-Lanesborough-Londons-most-expensive-hotel/". The Daily Telegraph. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Michelin® Guide third-star-awarded-to-la-pergola". 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 18 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Apsleys restaurant wins Michelin star". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Celeste".