WHAT: Afternoon Tea at The Langham Hotel, London
DIRECTIONS: 1C Regent St, London W1B 1JA. Closest tube: Oxford Circus
COST: £49 per person, plus a cheeky 12.5% service charge
INCLUDES: A selection of specialty sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and an overwhelmingly wonderful selection of biscuits, cakes and financiers (ooh, fancy).
REVIEW: This is how Afternoon Tea should be done – elegant, relaxed and so much cake that a food baby is inevitable. Located in between Oxford Street and Marylebone, the building stands tall and proud.
As you approach the entrance, top-hatted men who should be on the set of Pride and Prejudice welcome you into the lobby…
…Which swiftly moves into the Palm Court restaurant
The restaurant has a relaxed and warm atmosphere, fancy but not too fancy that you have to start speaking poshly. A pianist fills the room with twinkly calming melodies, from classics to songs from the musicals (I refrained from a Champagne-fulled pianoke session).
However, let’s cut to the chase; everyone knows that the most important part of Afternoon Tea is ALL THE SANDWICHES AND SCONES AND CAKE.
First up was the lemon amuse bouche… We weren’t quite sure what we were eating, but oh my goodness was it good.
Next were the sandwiches… fresh, delicious and refillable (the best sort of food)…
Warm scones were so consumed so quickly that photos do not exist. And then, the main event… CAKE.
A chocolatey, moussey, biscuity party in your mouth.
Our party were celebrating my sister’s birthday (don’t worry this isn’t a weekly occurrence…) and my sister was even treated to a piano serenade and extra cake….
Service was attentive and professional, without being suffocating.
We left the hotel in a happy haze, overwhelmed at the thought of being awoken from our sweet and cosy cake bubble.
I would highly recommend The Langham for the perfect Afternoon Tea in London.