Bijoux Afternoon Tea at the Langham – Celebrate the Season in Style:
The preview event for the Bijoux Afternoon Tea at the Langham was just hours before I flew to Antigua. Drinking Laurent-Perrier champagne and tasting a whole range of exquisite pastries, I was almost sad to be leaving the country. Well maybe not, but afternoon tea IS a great part of our National Heritage.
Cherish Finden, the Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham is self-admittedly very competitive – she giggles as she explains how she loves entering (and winning) awards and then personally hands round plates of her creations. Certainly her CV is studded with awards including Pastry Chef of the Year in 1012 from the Craft Guild of Chefs.
And, the word ‘Creations’ really does seem particularly apt. These tiny minatures are works of art. Each cake looks perfect – fitting apparel for a Borrower perhaps – or an Alice in Wonderland scaled version of some titled lady’s hat stand. Perfect to look at, they are all carefully balanced mouthfuls of flavour. That’s the real miracle of these teas – I find that all too often an afternoon tea looks beautiful but tastes a little tired – which is worse than one that tastes immeasurably better but looks like one of my own baking creations(!)
There’s a series of three teas. Each themed to an event in the Season. We are already right in the middle of the Chelsea Flower Show tea which includes an English Rose Garden Chocolate Creameux – you’ve got until 1st June if you’d like to indulge. Next of course it’s Royal Ascot – with a stunning Victorian ‘Sponge Hat’. Finally it’s Wimbledon. Cherish’s Centre Court is filled with Valrhona Chocolate and topped with the tiniest ‘court’ and tennis racket I’ve ever seen.
These are very special ‘limited edition’ teas – all served in the stunning Palm Room. If you DO decide to indulge there’s a little competition so you could win a weekend break with afternoon tea and a bottle of Laurent-Perrier. All you need to do is take a picture of yourself in the Palm Court in all your finery – and then tweet it or instagram it including @Langham_London and the relevant hashtag #chelseaflowershow, #ascot or #wimbledon.
The Summer season Bijoux Afternoon Tea is available until Sunday 6th July and is priced at £52 per person or £65 with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut.
And there’s one more chance for a (nearly) free tea too. It’s the 149th anniversay of the Langham – and, as part of their birthday celebrations, you can apply for tea at the original price charged in 1885. Then, it was one shilling and sixpence. Which translates to just seven pence. If you’d like to enter the ballot, send in your reservation request for tea on 10th June 2014 online at www.palmcourt1865.co.uk – you’ve got until Midnight on 25th May to do so. Guest names will be picked at random – and if you are successful you’ll be mailed by 28th May to confirm your booking!
The Langham Hotel
1c Portland Place,
London W1B 1JA