The Lanesborough is situated on Hyde Park Corner in the heart of London, directly across from Hyde Park and Constitution Arch, adjacent to the grounds of Buckingham Palace. It is ideally located for many of London’s top attractions, including perhaps the world’s most famous store, Harrods.
The Hotel Concept
A luxury hotel offering distinguished, residential-style service in elegant, historic surroundings. True to the St Regis tradition, each property is unique, created to reflect its own environment. The Lanesborough recreates the elegance and sophistication of an eighteenth century private residence.
The History Behind the Name
In 1719 the original structure was built as a country retreat for the second Viscount Lanesborough. This home, which became St.George’s Hospital in 1733, was demolished in 1825 when construction began on the current building and was completed in 1829. The exterior of the building is now listed and one of the most distinguished architectural works in London.
The site of The Lanesborough has served as the home of two different structures. The original building was Lanesborough House, an elegant private residence later to be replaced by the St George's Hospital which was designed by William Wilkins in the late 1820's.
James Lane, second Viscount Lanesborough, built Lanesborough House in 1719. A three storey brick mansion with square block, Lanesborough House stood on Hyde Park Corner, facing the park on the south side of the road now known as Knightsbridge.
Following James Lane's death in 1724, a group of physicians leased Lanesborough House from Grosvenor Estates thereby forming the original St. George's Hospital. In 1825, Lanesborough House was demolished and William Wilkins began building what became St. George's Hospital.
Master architect William Wilkins, best known for designing the National Gallery, created the plans for St. George’s Hospital. The architecture is a combination of classical and Greek-revival styles that marked the Regency period. The most important features of Wilkins’ design remain the Great Hall, the first floor gallery and the main corridors and stairs.
The exterior and interior of the building have undergone meticulous restoration. Artisans, under the direction of a team of world-class interior designers, were commissioned to faithfully recreate an elegant 19th-century residence. England’s most prestigious historical organisations, including the Royal Fine Arts Commission, the Georgian Society, the Victorian Society and English Heritage, supervised the restoration.