It’s never a bad time for a dose of intoxicating glamor. The kind of dangerous and beautiful old-fashioned romance, surrounded by cigarette smoke, which today is in short supply. The kind of thing that the much-loved restaurant Langan’s Brasserie in west London was directly synonymous with for decades.
The restaurant was opened by the Irish-born Peter Langan in 1976 and attracted a clientele of musicians, artists, movie stars and life-lovers. Langan’s Brasserie, on Stratton Street in Mayfair, was where you went to see the rich and famous let their (impeccably liberated) hair down. This was not the C-list either. We speak Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Mick Jagger, Francis Bacon and Muhammad Ali. Unfortunately, Langan’s Brasserie closed forever at the end of 2020, 44 years after its launch.
The good news is that Langan’s Brasserie is now back from the abyss, thanks to restaurateurs Graziano Arricale and James Hitchen. The menu represents a mix of British and French classics, including roasted hand-dipped scallops with lardon and celeriac, fricassee with wild mushrooms served with roasted brioche and plateau fruit de mer. Main courses include the famous Langan’s fish pie, lobster thermidor and bouillabaisse with red mullet and gurnard. The ground floor now also offers a new raw bar and an afternoon tea lounge. Meanwhile, upstairs houses a bar only for guests with a late license and live entertainment. Exciting.
What is also store the news is that there is a new photo book (published by Richard Young Gallery) that shows truly iconic images of Langan’s Brasserie (and its often confused customers) through the ages. Enjoy your eyes on these bad boys.
The photo book ‘Langan’s Brasserie’ can be purchased at Richard Young Gallery.
Langan’s Brasserie, Stratton St, W1J 8LB.
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