The Landmark Hotel has been a sanctuary to me for more than 25 years; the first time I went in to the hotel, I was really blown away by the courtyard style of the interior, and how it takes you into a different world.The magnificent atrium at the Landmark Hotel
Having had a colourful and very varied life I seek out spaces where I can find some peace and serenity, and the Landmark Hotel offers me a place where I can forget about the hustle and bustle, be transported to a slower time, or what I assume was a slower time, and just reflect on life, whilst sipping a cup of tea.
Taking part in this project, I looked up the history of the hotel, and was not only amazed at its richness, but also amused that the calmness I find in there was probably not the case in its history.
I love what the legendary British Lieutenant Airey Neave, who was the first British soldier to escape from Colditz on January 5th 1942, said about the hotel: “Before the war, the Great Central Hotel (its original name) held a strong attraction for me. I was drawn to the magnificent dullness and solidity of the hotel. I liked the brass bedsteads, the marble figures on the stairs and the massive afternoon tea. Outside this refuge my young world was threatened by Hitler. Inside, I could pretend that I belonged to a safer age.” In a way he also sought peace in there…
He mentions a ‘magnificent dullness and solidity’… I would not call it dull though; to me, it definitely feels solid, and I really find the architecture, design and interiors uplifts and refreshes me when I spend an afternoon there!The entrance to the Landmark Hotel
Next time I am there, I will be imagining all the things that happened at the heart of the hotel during its very vibrant history – how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many buildings in London that offer us a chance to travel back in time!