I was invited to review afternoon tea at The Langham London and our food and drink was complimentary. I was not paid to visit and was not under contractual obligation to write this blog post or create content on any platform.
When I think of a truly luxurious champagne house it is always Dom Pérignon that comes to mind… the Rolls Royce of champagnes! Famously named after the Benedictine monk who was once thought to be the inventor of the champagne method, not only is it prestigious, it is entwined with entire history of my favourite sparkling tipple. Christmas the most magical time of year and The Langham London is making it even better by partnering with Dom Pérignon for their Festive Afternoon Tea. And speaking of pioneers… the Langham London was actually the first hotel to serve afternoon tea and as such are always striving to do better and present the perfect afternoon tea!
As Oscar and I entered the hotel our eyes were immediately drawn to two huge sparkling pink Christmas tree with a stack of gorgeous retro pink and cream suitcases. Oscar likes sparkly things! The hotel have also partnered with luxury British luggage brand Globe Trotter to reflect the theme of journeys which also comes alive in the tea itself.
My sister, Oscar and I took our seat in the hotel’s sensational Palm Court and almost immediately our glasses were filled with Dom Pérignon and the Wedgewood China cups topped with coffee and tea. There’s plenty of teas to choose from, some of which have been specially blended for the Langham – it’s attention to detail like this that led to the hotel being awarded as ‘Best Afternoon Tea Service 2018.’
We went for the option of High Tea which means an additional savoury course is included and is a great late lunch option. Sandwiches are super Christmassy and include the following:
Smoked turkey, apricot and walnut stuffing.
Cranberry bread peppered roast ham, king cabbage coleslaw, pickled walnut, walnut bread.
Smoked salmon, horseradish, beetroot bread.
Classic cucumber, cream cheese and herbs, white bread.
Truffled brie, radicchio, brioche (yes, that’s right truffled brie!)
Usually I find in an afternoon tea there’s a rogue sandwich that I don’t like but at the Langham I enjoyed every single one of them and of course had extra smoked salmon!
There are three options for the extra course for High Tea and we chose the XL Orkney scallop and the Isle of Wight tomato and goat’s cheese tart (the third is dill beurre blanc Chicken liver and foie gras parfait on toasted brioche). I always feel full after an afternoon tea so I did think the extra course may be surplus to requirements but actually it’s quite a small size and is a great fun extra that won’t ruin your appetite for the pastries.
It is the pastries that pick up on the theme of Journeys and are inspired both by the heritage of the chefs and of their travels. The Wishing Yuz! Was created by Aurélien Maily after he enjoyed the lightness of the desserts in Japan and is a light tonka infused mousse. Pumpkins are not just for….. has been created by Bostonian Alexandria Williams. Alex wanted bring a taste of Thanksgiving to London with a take on pumpkin pie. Incorporating an Italian pumpkin, she has created a compote and a crunchy almond sable with creamy cinnamon milk – though I’m not a cinnamon lover, this was my favourite pastry!
Did you really say cèpe, quince and chocolate?!! Has been created by Prescillia Alonso and as the name implies, it sound unusual but works really beautifully! The chef is knowledgable about mushrooms and Christmas time was when she picked them in the woods near Bordeaux with her father. The pastry is made up of sweet cèpes crunch, quince compote and milk chocolate namelaka. The Bilingual is a Christmas cake inspired by Chef Brigitte Dubois French and English heritage and comes in a gorgeous Liberty Box which can be taken home.
The scones are served after the pastries and at first I thought that this was a mistake but is actually a deliberate move on the part of The Langham London in order to give a feeling of lightness at the end of the tea. The scones themselves are fresh from the Palm Court bakery and there is the choice of classic and raisin served with the Chef’s seasonal preserves.
The Langham London is constantly striving for afternoon tea perfection and personally I think it’s there, we all loved this tea that got us even more into the festive spirit!
The Festive Afternoon Tea is now available at Langham London for the following prices
- Festive Afternoon Tea £70
• Champagne Festive Afternoon tea £84
• Rose Champagne Afternoon Tea £90
• Dom Pérignon Afternoon Tea £120
• Children’s Festive Afternoon Tea, £35 (ages 3-12)