The Palm Court at The Langham

Afternoon tea, Bars, International·
Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

Built in 1927, The Palm Court is a dazzling Grade II-listed art deco vision of palatial proportions. For its commendable afternoon and high teas, and fine drinks, this arresting space should be a destination for discerning London bar hounds – as well as wealthy tourists and guests frequenting the hotel’s glorious ballroom. 

Alas, the room’s 2016 refurb, part of the hotel’s multimillion pound makeover, fails to inspire. A hodgepodge of garish bling looks provincial, featuring bland plush, cheap-looking crystal-fringed lights and token Kentia palms. At this level, cocktails are fair value at £12 for Sazerac and Patrón Silver Margarita, or £14 for deco delights such as The Astor (a Cognac, maraschino and absinthe Sour).

Appealing too, are jerk chicken, rice and peas; or seared mackerel and gado gado salad – at not much above pub prices. But given the location’s potentially fabulous good looks, the makeover is a missed opportunity.

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Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Afternoon tea, Bars, International
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options


When it comes to afternoon tea in the capital, few places have more experience than The Langham. In fact, the much adored hotel has been serving this time-honoured British tradition since it first swung open its doors way back in 1865. These days, tea is served in The Palm Court, a glamourous, over-the-top space featuring metallic wallpaper, cosy velvet tub chairs and mirrored columns which bounce light around the room.

The Palm Court’s menu is designed by legendary chef Michel Roux Jr and The Langham’s executive pastry chef Andrew Gravett, in an offering which celebrates all things British and takes inspiration from our nation’s favourite biscuits and baked tarts. The afternoon tea begins with a selection of traditional finger sandwiches, with varieties to try including smoked salmon, with beetroot and dill served on rye bread or classic cucumber, cream cheese and chives on white bread. Next up, tuck into your choice of plain or raisin studded scones which arrive fresh from the Palm Court bakery and are paired with Cornish clotted cream and seasonal preserves. The grand finale sees an assortment of sweet treats which are inspired by classic British biscuits and baked tarts, so expect to see reimaginings of Custard Creams, Jammie Dodgers and Chocolate Bourbons.

A children’s afternoon is also available which includes plenty to keep little ones happy, such as sandwiches in the shape of jigsaw puzzle pieces and a ‘create your own’ Jammie Dodger. A vegetarian version of the tea is also available, while there is also the option to add a glass of fizz if you are celebrating.

In the evening, Palm Court transforms into a restaurant proper, serving an a la carte which features light bites and homely dishes that are cooked to perfection - think beef ragu bolognese or a lamb and saffron biryani.


Can you book The Palm Court at The Langham?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended but walk-ins are also welcome.

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Does The Palm Court at The Langham offer a vegetarian afternoon tea?

Yes, a vegetarian afternoon tea is available.

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Is The Palm Court at The Langham child-friendly?

Yes, children are welcome and there is a dedicated children's afternoon tea menu.

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The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Marylebone, London, W1B 1JA

020 7965 0195 020 7965 0195


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 2-5pm


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23 January 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
good for birthday afternoon tea
very ynice time for my dad birthday good service and good food and good piano paformance enjoyed
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