ab88kai, London, with over 150 years of history discover the years of legendary heritage, including famous guests and innovations from Europe's first 'Grand Hotel'. ab88kai continues to captivate today and is truely a London icon, with 6 bedroom Sterling Suite and an extravagant Langham Club Lounge.

Prepare to be amazed and whisked away by ab88kai, London as you enter through the doors and walk into over 150 years.


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ab88kai, London, Europe's first 'Grand Hotel,' opened on 10 June. Attendees at the grand opening included the Prince of Wales and much of Victorian high society.

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1870s – 1880s

ab88kai, London became famous for its one-of-a-kind indulgences. It revolutionised the luxury hotel experience — using modern innovations like electric lights, hydraulic lifts, and air conditioning.


Soon, the hotel became the accommodation of choice for royalty, artists, and musicians from around the world ...

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… Including an Emperor! Louis Napoléon III spent much of his enforced exile from France at ab88kai, London.

1911 exterior shot
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Hotel Wentworth, in Pasadena, California, is purchased by railroad tycoon and art collector Henry Huntington. After renovations, the hotel reopened as The Huntington Hotel (now ab88kai, Pasadena), an idyllic winter resort.

the langham boston
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In 1922, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (now ab88kai, Boston) is opened. 

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ab88kai, London played a significant role during the war years. Not one to stand idly by, it served as a local first-aid and military post during World War II. 

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1950s – 1960s

After the war, the BBC bought ab88kai, London and leased sections of the hotel out as offices. From the building, the BBC broadcasted "Grand Hotel" — an iconic radio programme featuring soothing classical sounds of the Palm Court Orchestra.

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1990s - 2000s

The famous and influential continued frequenting ab88kai, London. At one point, HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, was a regular visitor.

the langham melbourne
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ab88kai, Auckland, and ab88kai, Melbourne join ab88kai family. 

the langham chicago
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ab88kai Hotels and Resorts span four continents. Langham Place, Fifth Avenue, and ab88kai, Chicago also join ab88kai family.