Opened in 1865, the Langham in London is renowned as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’ and the Palm Court restaurant inside is recognised as the origin of the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea. The luxurious 5-star hotel’s restaurant serves exquisite European cuisine established in partnership with famed chefs Michel Roux Jr and Albert Roux OBE. The Palm Court at the Langham’s new SeasonaliTea offers a fresh, more cyclical approach to the classic afternoon tea by using mostly local sourced and seasonal produce.
When entering, I was initially stunned at the chic and sophisticated surroundings filled with lavish cream interior, striking floral displays and intricate gold detail dancing and trailing along the walls. But it was the focal point of the room that really captivated my attention, 2 remarkable chandeliers hung from the high ceilings whilst a live pianist performed in the background.
On our visit we received the summer afternoon tea menu which offered a classic afternoon tea (consisting of contemporary savouries, scones and patisseries) or the selection we opted for, the high tea which included one extra course in which you could choose from ricotta with Bermondsey honey, pickled walnut and lambs lettuce, fresh summer pea hummus served with crisp yet light mini za’tar breads or Scottish smoked salmon and broccoli quiche. Both menus were served with an eclectic choice of teas and a glass of champagne.
First served on the gold tea stand was an array of palate-pleasing neatly cut finger sandwiches with fillings such as cucumber with cream cheese and chive, Cackleberry farm egg with marinated artichoke and summer truffle, La Latteria’s fresh mozzarella in basil bread with tomato chutney, confit chicken coronation and finally Cornish crab salad with avocado in a brioche roll.
Exclusive to the high tea menu, next came my choice of Campbells and co smoked salmon quiche served with fresh, mouth-watering broccoli. This classy yet simplistic dish came with 2 small quiches, the ideal size for an indulgent bite to eat but not enough to prevent you from eating the following courses.
Then came 4 bitesize delectable desserts that were appealing to both the eye and palate. The exotic ‘peach melo’ was my favourite sweet treat – verbena meringue filled with fresh peach mousse and topped with a single mint leaf. ‘Chouxtime’ was a crunchy choux bun filled with cherry and tonka compote, topped with mousseline and mascarpone cream and embellished with half a cherry and a shaving of gold leaves. ‘Simply Sakanti’ was formed with sublime ingredients including a slice of Sakanti 68% Cuvee from Bali ganache and demerara crystals, creating a rich and smooth yet crunchy texture. Lastly was ‘rolled into one’, a light and fluffy Japanese sponge filled and rolled together with Oakchurch Farm strawberries and Madagascan vanilla cream.
Along with this came a distinctive English delicacy; scones from the Palm Court bakery both plain and raisin-filled were served with Cornish clotted cream and refreshing strawberry and apricot jams. Additionally, we were served a muscovado and citrus sponge cake immersed in Bermondsey honey.
All aspects of the afternoon tea in Palm Court at The Langham are filled with elegance and luxury. From the plush interior to the exceptional food, everything about the delightful restaurant makes guests feel like royalty. Without a doubt, SeasonaliTea should jump to the top of your desired experiences and I am hoping to visit again soon!
SeasonaliTea at The Langham, London is priced at £55 per person for the Afternoon Tea and £62 per person for the High tea.
Palm Court at The Langham
The Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA