It was a gloomy day in London, dark clouds were announcing the impending rain and we were on our way to the hotel which was at a walkable distance from the Baker Street station on the Jubilee line.
Set in a clock tower building with a magnificent Victorian setting with a hint of classic grandeur. The hotel has been bestowed with Award of excellence 2010 by UK Tea Guild in recognition of achieving the highest standard in the service of afternoon tea, so when we were invited to The Landmark London for an afternoon tea, we were thrilled to experience our first ever quintessential afternoon tea session at London.
Delightful venue, tea that stands out, requisite finger sandwiches, miniature cakes and pastries, scones to sigh for — it was an absolute delight to experience the bespoke British Afternoon tea.
As we entered, on the left side there was a reception desk and in front was a staircase which leads to a little oasis in the gloomy dreariest London.
The winter garden setting was stunning. Potted palm trees and eight storeys high ceiling glass-topped atrium and beautiful settings that transport you to an oasis of luxury.
We were greeted by the manager who escorted us to the table. As we sat in the opulent setting I was in awe of the grandeur and in love with the beautiful three-tiered cake stand and with the clink of silverware around.
One of the staff handed us the menu while I choose Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Sam opted for Traditional afternoon tea. The staff were impeccably well mannered and even helped us to choose the best one from the menu.
The menu had a selection of dozens of types of teas from all over the world to taste. Sam was quick enough to order and I was pretty confused on what to choose.
The Tea had its own tantalizing aroma and the best part was that your teacup never ran empty. The tea was accompanied with a marvelous selection of delectable sandwiches, organic egg mayonnaise, and mustard cress, smoked salmon, classic cucumber but our favorite was the corn-fed chicken with tarragon créme fraîche which was so delectable, that we could not resist ourselves to order one more …. wait .. okay two more each ;).
Next, we were served freshly baked delicious scones with Cornish clotted cream, accompanied with homemade strawberry preserve and hazelnut chocolate spread.
The scones get replenished as much as you want so don’t shy away asking for more. 🙂
The scones were soft and just melted in our mouth. We gulped it as quickly as possible.
And last but not the least the tempting joyful mini delights which were tantalizing with decorative, intense flavored tastings to delight the eyes made their way to our table. The more enticing it looked, the more delightful it tasted.
The pink and green macaroon topped with basil was an interesting combination, delectable peanut tart with caramel had a crispy texture with a hint of salt but the best was Chocolate crème Brulee infused with chili that was wonderfully done and tasted like heaven.
Make sure you have enough room to sample this miniature joys when you visit for an afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea at The Landmark London
WINTER GARDEN AFTERNOON TEA
Coco mango: coconut macaroon with mango bavarois
Lime cheesecake with vodka cranberry truffle
Flourless pistachio sponge, fig jam, and pistachio mascarpone
Classic fruitcake with rum and Caraibe chocolate glaze
CHOCOLATE AFTERNOON TEA
Chocolate and passion cream “financier”
Caraibe chocolate and peanut tart and salted caramel
Chocolate ganache and milk chocolate Chantilly
and coconut nougatine
Chocolate crème Brulee infused with chili
We would not realize that we ended spending our entire afternoon savouring the mouthwatering desserts and sampling the best tea from all over the world.
The Landmark London is one of the finest luxury hotels in London and has won several awards for afternoon tea, so next time when you are planning to visit London or in search of the best afternoon tea, we would highly recommend experiencing afternoon tea at The Landmark London and indulge in the luscious affair.
Go forth and guzzle!
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We were invited by the The Landmark London to experience the Winter garden Afternoon tea and all views (good and bad) are entirely our own.