The Palm Court at The Langham, London is famed as the birth place of Afternoon Tea, having served tea and cream since 1865. The indulgence continues today in luxurious art deco surroundings with Afternoon Tea and High Tea served all-day.
Thanks to our lovely tea sommelier we can tell you the key difference between afternoon and high tea is that a high tea includes a hot dish following your sandwiches just in case you didn’t know, like us. And if history is your thing then you can delve deeper into the history of Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court when you read the menu.
We opted for a high tea with an extensive range of teas and a glass of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut which includes all below.
Our first tea was white apricot tea with elderflower which is served cold. Then came the finger sandwiches. The menu includes Burford Brown egg, marinated artichoke on rosemary bread, Classic English cucumber, cream cheese, Beef Pastarmi, sauce ‘Albert’ watercress on caramelised onion bread, Scottish smoked salmon, Sarawak pepper and preserved lemon cream and Classic ‘prawn cocktail’, iceberg in a potato bun with tomato powder.
The best thing is that you can have unlimited sandwiches but don’t forget to leave room for the next 2-3 courses!
We tried the Green asparagus salad, egg mimosa and smoked duck breast. The egg was super fluffy and added a smooth texture to the smokiness of the duck which was balance with the fresh salad. And on the right, is the Crisp parcel of smoked salmon and brie with preserved lemon and granny smith apple.
The parcel was like digging for gold which then oozed out. This dish was very rich so the apple was great to cut through the saltiness of the dish. The next tea we tried was light brew, the Langham Blend which was described to us as the champagne of teas and goes really well with the sweet dishes.
Along with the scones came a mixed berry rose champagne foam which oozed summer flavours. Our scones were served in a blanket to keep them warm as they come from the oven to the table. The scones are also unlimited and you’re initially served two plain and two raisin along with Cornish clotted cream and a very tasty strawberry preserve.
The final course to come is the Palm Court’s exquisite selection of pastries which have been inspired by Wedgwood collections.
The pastries are brought out on a cute silver stand for you to admire as you finish your scones.
Our tea sommelier recommended the Silk Road tea to finish our experience with, which is a Chinese Silver Needle white tea with aromatic Jasmine flowers.
From left to right they are, One In A Million a caramelised puff pastry with a velvety vanilla infused mascarpone with strawberry coulis. Spherically Challenged is dark chocolate filled with Madagascan manjari chocolate mousse that was centred around liquid raspberry. Babalicious was blackcurrant and star anise baba sponge topped with a delicious ganache and crunchy pearls.
Paris Brest is like a crunchy caramel donut filled with nutty pecan cream. Last but not least, the unexpected star of the show was the Rikakaka which is a melt in the mouth sable with orange cream and topped with sweet fresh cherries.
Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court is a glamorous experience that should be enjoyed by everyone at least once in their life. The staff are welcoming, friendly and the food is exquisite and plentiful, there’s no way you’ll leave wanting more…until tomorrow when you start dreaming about it all!