Venue Review: The Landmark Hotel LondonWritten by Paul Jun 23 2015
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Originally opened in 1899 The Landmark was one of the finest Victorian era railway hotels opened in the UK. It’s certainly not a small building, were it in NYC it would be described as taking up an entire whole block. Situated with Marylebone Station on one side and the Marylebone Road on the other, the building has had a varied history. Originally a hotel owned by the Great Central Railway, it declined in popularity after the invention of the car. After a period of inactivity during the war it was repurposed as a convalescence home for injured soldiers, before being used to house the HQ of British Rail, when it was often referred to by staff as the Kremlin…. The hotel was purchased in 1988 by a Japanese popstar (obviously) who built the glass atrium and winter garden that still takes centre stage today. In 1995 it was taken over by the present owners, who also own the Lancaster Hotel and K-West Hotel, both in London.
Today the hotel is a traditional 5 star hotel with all the modernities necessary to make it a favourite of business folk and well heeled leisure guests. Of course our visit was to check out the meetings and events spaces, and we certainly weren’t disappointed. One of the most common criteria we are being asked for more than ever is natural daylight and this hotel has it in abundance. They have not one, but two large and impressive ballrooms with the period features you’d expect from a building of this age, as well as floor to ceiling windows. The Grand Ballroom seats conferences up to 560 or dinner dances for 430, while the Ballroom can accommodate 380 and 350 respectively. Elsewhere there’s the wood panelled Drawing room, a space for conferences of 300, and the bright Empire Room, which is great for reception of up to 250. The hotel also has a jewel, quite literally, in it’s crown. On the top floor overlooking the atrium is a secluded private dining suite for 36 guests. The space is comprised of 3 rooms, a reception for welcome drinks, a small lounge and the main dining room.
The 300 bedrooms in The Landmark are some of the largest I’ve seen in London, and come with all the amenities you’d expect from a hotel of this calibre. Given the variety of space on offer here it’s the perfect venue for a multi-day conference, awards ceremony or grand launch event.