Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Mother's Day afternoon tea at The Langham, London
So a visit to the hotel where the occasion was apparently invented was very special to me, and a real treat indeed.
Late afternoon on a wintry Saturday in London, my dear friend Amber and I arrived at the beautiful Langham Hotel on Regent Street.
Through the gorgeous lobby we walked and into the Palm Court - a beautiful room full of incredible pink rose arrangements with glistening chandeliers twinkling overhead.
Although it's a very elegant room, it struck me as slightly odd that there was no natural light in the room.
Our coats were whisked away, we were warmly welcomed and showed to our plush, comfortable seats.
Our flutes were filled with the finest Laurent Perrier champagne, and they were continually refilled over our three hour-long stay. That's something to which I could get used.
I enjoyed the fact that they weren't all finger sandwiches - why not mix it up eh? - although I did love the finger sandwiches. There's something about that shape which seems to make them taste extra good.
The bread was soft and moist and there was the perfect filling to bread ratio. I particularly liked the nutty bread of the cheese and ham sandwich, although I think my fave overall was the classic cucumber and cream cheese.
I wasn't expecting our waiter to come back with the tray and offer us more! I had another cucumber one and had I not been anticipating a lot more food to come I sure would've had more of the others too.
After a digestive pause, we moved onto sweeter delicacies.
Scones, of course, were the next port of call.
Having agreed we were both cream-then-jam kinda people, Amber I got stuck in. We may not agree on the pronunciation of the word 'scone', but we agreed they were delicious (and it really wasn't the time and place for a language debate).
By this point, I was pretty full.
But hello, the cakes (aka my forte) were still to be eaten!
Now, although obviously not mother and daughter, we were sampling the Mothers' Day afternoon tea.
Anyway, Amber and I of course ate everything. If you know us both, you'd know that was inevitable. It's so nice to eat food with a fellow eater (we're always the two finishing other people's chips when we go out. No shame.)
And yes, now we were VERY full. But it was too delicious to leave anything.
When you get home after 9pm from an afternoon tea, you know it’s been a good tea.
We had had the most delightful few hours! The Langham staff had treated us like princesses and it had been the most luxurious treat.
Everything was beautiful, the food all utterly delicious, the service absolutely faultless and the location ideal to top it all off.
What. A. Treat.
I was an afternoon tea guest but everything I've written is my absolute unbiased honest opinion. Find out more about afternoon tea in the Palm Court at the Langham.
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