The Langham has been beguiling guests since it first opened in 1865, and although the hotel is now firmly placed in the 21st century, the magnificent Palm Court pays homage to the original style and glamour. You walk through the jewelled gates into a dazzling room resplendent with silvered ceiling, art deco glass and gold encrusted walls. Beautiful Wedgwood china, crisp linen and fresh flowers adorn the tables, and the care and attention to detail makes this a wonderful experience. The most difficult thing is to decide which of the set teas to order. Each is preceded by a lovely surprise – a shot glass filled with a wonderful mousse, maybe tangy blackcurrant with a rose jelly layer on top. The scones are warm and fluffy, the sandwich selection a cut above the ordinary, and the French pastries a miniature feast. The Bijoux afternoon tea, with the most beautiful cake creations, is designed to remind you of the finest jewels, and is opulent and stylish. If you fancy High Tea, which includes mini traditional cakes – banana, carrot and fruit – and toasted crumpets as well as an additional savoury course of light, fluffy Omelette Arnold Bennett or Poached Hen’s Egg Florentine, you will have to book your table for 5pm or later. As you would expect with an award-winning afternoon tea, the selection of teas on offer is exemplary, from the three Langham Blends, four Tregothnan Blends, the black, green and scented teas, as well as White, Yellow and Oolong Tea, Puerh Tea to the Tisanes. For the absolute connoisseur, the exceptional Uber Tea Selection is available at a supplement. A truly divine afternoon tea experience.
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Address: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA Tel: +44 (0)20 7965 0195 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.palm-court.co.uk
Afternoon tea served: daily 2pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm and 5pm. High tea daily 5-6.30pm
Set teas: Wonderland Afternoon Tea, The Bijoux Tea, High Tea, Tea Therapy (half day tea and spa experience)
Nearest underground station: Oxford Circus
Places of interest nearby: Oxford Street, Regent Street, Regents Park