Man at His Best

Last Resort: The Landmark London

At one of the last "steam age" Victorian hotels in London, a global traveller experience awaits.

BY ian loh | May 10, 2016 | Travel

Built in 1899 during the “golden era of steam”, The Landmark London was the last of the great Victorian railway hotels constructed, and originally opened as The Great Central Hotel. Much of its fixtures have remained untouched. From its high Victorian ceilings, marble archways and neoclassical oil paintings to timeless features all around, you can easily do a #throwback post anywhere. For those who believe size matters, you’ll be delighted to know that the hotel is an “XXL”. The executive corner suite where we stayed was of lavish proportions—you could probably swing an elephant in there—with luxurious amenities: a king-size bed, a big flat-screen TV and a spacious marble bathroom. Speaking of size, The Winter Garden, the hotel’s two-AA rosette restaurant, sits at the centre of an eight-storey atrium beneath a giant glass roof and is decorated with massive palm trees. There’s also a sizeable spa and health centre in the basement, as well as large conference rooms and ballrooms.

The Landmark London is an interesting place to stay. An African wedding took place one night, which saw guests arriving in traditional dress; an elderly Japanese couple shared a drink with us at the Mirror Bar; and a French couple asked us to help take pictures of them repeatedly at dinner. After all, it’s always the experience that counts, right?

First published in Esquire Malaysia, the April 2016 issue. The Landmark London Hotel is rated a “Fantastic” 8.5/10, based on traveller reviews on leading hotel booking website Agoda.com. Travellers can also browse the Agoda app to find app-exclusive deals on selected hotels.