When we heard that The Langham in London would join forces with luxury jewellery designer Theo Fennell to create an afternoon tea, we just had to get a table booked so we could experience the delights that are seriously too good looking to eat.
Located in the heart of London, just a short walk from Oxford Circus, The Langham provides a sanctuary on a busy bustling day and has something to intice the weary shopping in, from the array of treatments in the Chuan Spa, to a mouthwatering meal at Roux at The Landau, or a nightcap in the Artisan Bar, before falling into a blissful sleep in one of the many tastefully decorated bedrooms.
For us it was the Bijoux Afternoon tea that had inticed us to visit the hotel. Before we made our way to the Palm Court an aperitif was in order, plus we wanted to experience ‘The World’s Best Bar’ as voted for by Drinks International. Although the bar was quiet on a early sun filled Sunday afternoon it was easy to see why the bar had achieved such an accolade. The staff were very personable and friendly in the service and we (well Mr V), had an in-depth discussion with Penelope on Rum – the good, the bad and the ones to avoid! Mr V indulged in the signature drink “The Langham Martini” – this drink is served in a bespoke detachable silver vessel, were as I went for a whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” – which celebrates the novel that was first published in 1865, the same year that The Langham opened their doors.
After our drinks we made our way to the dazzling Palm Court, located in the heart of the hotel it is famed as the place where the tradition of afternoon tea was born over 140 years ago, an indulgence that lives on today as Tiffin at The Langham. We knew we would be in for a treat.
We were shown to our table and whilst the Palm Court was full the tables gave enough space that you forgot there were others in the room. We were looked after by Richard, who could not have done enough for us. Whilst giving us privacy and space to enjoy our divine afternoon tea, he was always there to top up our champagne, tea and every the sandwiches & scones.
To start a plate of taste tingling sandwiches were set before us they included:
- Foie gras and smoked duck with mandarin
- Beetroot cured scottish salmon with grey goose vodka cream
- Pearl las and broccoli quiche with piquillo peppers
- Crayfish with fennel, crème fraiche and tobiko fish roe
- Montgomory chedder and sweet onion biscui
Then followed the freshly baked scones, served with a creamy Devonshire clotted cream and a strawberry preserve:
- Bedford scone
- Chocolate and marinated orange
Although it was not a combination that we had previously heard of, the chocolate and marinated orange scone turned out to be a favourite. As with the sandwiches we were offer more scones and whilst I wished I could, I needed to save room for the most enchanting part of the afternoon – the pastries and cakes all of which are inspired by Theo Fennell jewellery and created by award-winning, ‘Pastry Chef of the Year’, Head Pastry Chef Cherish Finden:
- Salted caramel pearl and pistachio fudge
- Kentish strawberry with white balsamic macaroon
- Victoria plum with sakura sponge
- Mango and passion fruit with shortbread
- Royal Gala apple with champagne
The attention to detail made it difficult to take the first bite, however the guilt quickly passed. However I admitted defeat and asked that my remaining pastries be packed up so I could enjoy them later in the evening.
As we had gone for the Bijoux Afternoon Tea, during the month of April, meant that we could pick a lucky ticket and win a prize, which included:
- Luxury weekend stays at The Langham, London
- Theo Fennell 18ct Yellow Gold Bee Bracelet
- Wonderland Afternoon Tea for two
- A pair of tickets to the Lowry Exhibition at the Tate Modern during June/July
- ‘Once upon a Tea Time’ – Langham Afternoon Tea Book
- Bottles of Laurent-Perrier NV champagne
- Glasses of LP NV Champagne
- 15% off next visit to Palm Court
I dipped my hand in the glass bowl and pulled out a golden envelope for Two Glasses of Lauren-Perrier NV champagne to be used either on the day or for a future visit. We decided to use it on our next visit and next time we will spend the night, so we don’t have as far to wonder before falling into a blissful sleep. This was our first visit to The Langham and I know it will not be our last, I know Mr V and I could do with some pampering in the Chuan Spa and of course enjoy our winning envelope.
Afternoon tea’s are coming back into fashion and each day, however if you need somewhere to start your afternoon tea journey then do so at the Palm Court, where afternoon was born.
Until the next Afternoon Tea,
Mr V & I went for the Über Bijoux Afternoon Tea for two priced at £122.00. Served with a half bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut Reserve NV