Roux at The Landau review
Roux at The Landau is a lavish restaurant set within the notoriously impressive Langham hotel. As it has its own private entrance and indeed its own private set of dining rooms we have profiled the Landau and the Langham separately. But what both share is the epic sense of history and grandeur that permeates every corner of the hotel.
The Landau takes its name from the carriage in which HRH the Prince of Wales arrived to open the Langham in 1865. However, despite the building’s British heritage this private dining room shows a distinctly Oriental influence. Indeed, the entire wing has moved with the times and has recently been renovated by the David Collins studio of architects and designers. The mix of cultural styles, blends of modern and traditional and the palate of pastel shades works wonderfully in the grand Postillion room. Postillion is situated on the corner of the hotel which itself is in the prime location of the West End of London so you’ll be able to enjoy the view of All Souls’ Church just outside your window.
The private dining room is as beautiful and elaborate as you might expect for a hotel of such lavishness. Ceilings stretch on far above you where beaded plasterwork detailing can be seen. The walls are muted in cream but the splash of lilac from the seating adds a fresh twist. The biggest impact of all can be felt by the gargantuan light fitting hanging from the ceiling. The Chinese lantern style chandelier is made of brass and makes a stunning bespoke centerpiece. The private dining room can sit up to 18 for dinner or up to 35 standing. If it’s something more intimate you’re after, why not consider the 2 booths within the Landau restaurant itself. Just to the sides of the dining space, you can choose to share in the fun or shut the doors to enclose yourself in; perfect for a romantic date or tête-à-tête with celebrity clientele. Roux at The Landau has a wonderful European menu which owes its quality to classic British ingredients. Meanwhile, the private dining rooms host a fusion of decorative elements within a hotel that is no less than a national treasure. Indeed, the Landau played host to the BBC’s 2009 MasterChef finale and I for one can’t think of a better place to have done it justice.