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.