English Luxury Summer Afternoon Tea, Langham Hotel, London
“When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.” Audrey Hepburn
What could be more romantic, elegant and refined that escorting a lady for afternoon tea….you may even find she lets you escort you for an afternoons shopping…..mmm Steady on Jeeves I hear you say….one step at a time !!
We at Gentlemans Butler like to bring you excellence, hopefully all wrapped up in a dose of elegance and refinement so earlier this week with my detectives hat on, we were invited to taste The Langham’s new tea which has been put together by their award winning pastry chef. Multi-award winning Singapore-born Cherish Finden is the Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham, with over 20 years of international experience, Cherish has created an imaginative menu for the hotel’s centerpiece, Palm Court. Furthermore, Cherish’s work at The Langham, London has earned the hotel the prestigious Tea Guild’s ‘Top London Afternoon Tea’ award in 2010 and ‘Service of Excellence 2013’ for three consecutive years.
In conjunction with Laurent-Perrier you can experience a touch of civilization with so many wonderful creative surprises at the Palm Court ‘Garden’ from the 15th May – 6th July. The Summer season Bijoux Afternoon Tea is priced at £52.00 per person or with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut at £65.00 per person.
To celebrate the start of the great British summer, taking inspiration from Laurent-Perrier’s annual designer garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, resident florist Adrian Ghione has designed a quintessentially English garden theme with bespoke picket fences and beautiful floral displays, to coincide with the launch on 15th May.
Tea aficionados will be rewarded with stunning pastry creations. The Bijoux Tea will feature exquisite pastry delicacies with a subtle nod to the summer’s main social gatherings. For Chelsea Flower Show, an English Rose Garden Chocolate Cremeux, Financier Elderflower and Greek yoghurt Panna Cotta topped with a floral décor; for Royal Ascot, a Victorian ‘Sponge Hat’ as its centerpiece and for the Wimbledon Championships, a ‘Centre Court’ Valrhona Chocolate Tart.
Embracing the tradition of hat wearing for summer society events, The Langham, London is also offering budding selfie snappers a chance to win a weekend break with afternoon tea and a bottle of Laurent-Perrier by sending a photograph of themselves in Palm Court sporting their millinery, including the event hash tag, and tweeting or instagramming @Langham_London.
If you are thinking of taking a date for tea, in our view a lovely idea, then maybe think of a list of topics to discuss or even a quiz, get this printed out in a beautiful font on a letterhead and leave it on the table. It may make for great conversation and be something different. I went on a date with a lady in St James Park once where we had a picnic and each of us had to come up with a quiz about oneself and to choose a favourite poem. This was a first for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
#Chelseaflowershow – 15th May-1st June
#ascot – 2nd June-22nd June
#wimbledon – 23rd June-6th July
The Langham, London was opened in 1865 by HRH The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’. After an £80 million transformation, The Langham has again joined the elite of London’s Hotels.
I adore food but particularly tea, having as a child been lucky enough to have a mother who loved to bake so every Sunday afternoon and sometimes during the week we had afternoon tea, so the concept of afternoon tea is close to my heart. I was seriously impressed by the creativity, taste and humour that you will experience, with you leaving, suitably fed and with “A Gentlemans Butler Smile on Your Face”
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The Langham Hotel, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street London W1B 1JA
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