With its newly refurbed art deco opulence combining casual comfort with elegance on a truly grand scale (and seeming a world away from the nearby buzz of Oxford Circus), Palm Court at the Langham Hotel is one of Central London's finest spots to sip tea and nibble crustless finger sandwiches, scones and dainty sweets. Throw in expertly chosen teas by a dedicated tea sommelier along with some very tasty and prettily presented titbits (and maybe some quality shampers) and you've got the stuff of a deliciously chatty afternoon.
But the Palm Court isn't merely a great place for tea. It's also the first place in London to ever commercially serve afternoon tea. And thus it's only fitting that it has been recognized as having the best afternoon tea in town. Serving socialites and hotel guests since 1865, the Palm Court has been awarded the Tea Guild's Top London Afternoon Tea award for 2010 and thus joins the swank ranks of 25 years of previous winners which include Brown's Hotel, The Lanesborough, Claridges, The Ritz and The Dorchester.
The Palm Court offers a range of afternoon tea menus, most priced around £35-40.
Had afternoon tea here for $40 pounds/person in Sept 2013. The decoration and ambiance was wonderful. There was a pianist there that was amazing. Great music, fantastic food, tea was very good. The tea sommelier took time to explain the teas to us and make recommendations according to our taste.
Granted this is the only real high tea I've ever had in London so my scoring maybe a bit skewed but I felt the quality of the finger sandwiches and scones were fantastic.
Afternoon tea at Palm Court was bloody lovely. Delicious teas, pretty little sandwiches, scones to die for, and they let you take away what you can't eat in dainty little boxes. TIP: Do not place said dainty box in your handbag as it will be squashed and cake will go EVERYWHERE.
Very tempted to give this 5 stars, but it didn't quite match Claridges in the afternoon tea stakes, plus the toilets were miles away from the dining area. But if I could give it 4.5 stars then I most certainly would.
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