The much-venerated Lanesborough reopens

Bespoke British design is offset with French culinary clout

The private dining room at The Lanesborough, London
The private dining room at The Lanesborough, London | Image: Simon Upton

In London a familiar and much venerated face has just made a stunning reappearance. After a 17-month closure, the Grade II-listed Regency interiors of The Lanesborough (; from £715) boast a design scheme awash with the work of British bespoke makers, from chandeliers to hand-stencilled and bronze-inlaid designs (about 5,000 of them throughout the hotel) to trompe l’oeil wall paintings. But a Gallic talent might be the most exciting news for some: Eric Fréchon, of Le Bristol in Paris, has been installed in the kitchens as chef patron, along with his Epicure protégé Florian Favario, as chef de cuisine.

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