The Landmark London an oasis of luxury in the heart of London and one of our favourite hotels to spend time in, whether it’s a cocktail or two, a romantic dinner or just a coffee, we can’t resist its sumptuous surroundings that do actually make you feel like Royalty, and now we’ve been given another reason to visit with the introduction of their High Palms High Tea, a twist on the classic British tradition of afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea in the evening? Not as strange as it seems, a few tweaks here and there, add some Middle Eastern influences, and your traditional afternoon tea has been turned into a high tea.
It all sounded very enticing, so hubby and I decided to try it out for ourselves. The High Palms High Tea is served in the Winter Garden Restaurant, a stunning eight-storey glass atrium with palm trees and elegant plants (hence the name High Palms), a setting that creates a serene ,relaxing atmosphere.
To begin, a glass of rose champagne was poured for us to enjoy alongside sandwiches of lobster and prawn cocktail, pimento humus and courgette, and Cajun spiced chicken, perfectly presented, and so tasty, the pimento hummus and courgette was delicious, if I didn’t know there were more delights coming I would have said yes when the waiter asked if we wanted more sandwiches.
To accompany the High Tea, not only is there an extensive tea list, there is also iced teas, which in my opinion compliments this High Tea perfectly – Pomegranate and Lime iced Tea was my choice, so refreshing, it was like having a cocktail (minus the alcohol), hubbie chose the Chamomile, Strawberry and Orange cold brewed tea, which proved a big hit.
The mains are described as warm mezze and include a feta, spinach, red onion and olive quiche, chicken, lamb with couscous and pomegranate, falafel with hummus and an Arabic salad with flatbreads and tahini. The chicken was moist and tender, the quiche literally melts in the mouth,
and the lamb has a slight kick which is cooled perfectly by the pomegranate cous cous, everything was faultless, a real foodies dream.
I had decided that I really wouldn’t be able to manage dessert, but when I saw the tempting delights (all in miniature form) of sticky toffee pudding, topped with clotted cream, passion fruit, mango and ginger cheesecake, and strawberry and mint tartlet my resolve faulted and the temptation proved too much – they were all an absolute delight – the sticky toffee pudding was soft, fluffy and utterly delicious, the passionfruit cheesecake was sweet, with a slight kick from the ginger and the strawberry and mint tartlet, just divine.
And just when we sat back to relax and enjoy another of the refreshing iced teas, the music changed to Happy Birthday and the staff and other guests all started singing as a cake complete with a candle was brought over to our table for hubbie – (I’d only mentioned it was his birthday casually as we were toasting with the champagne) the attention to details here, the gorgeous setting, exceptional staff and the most delicious food is why we always visit this fabulous hotel when we are in London and now the High Palms High Tea has given us another reason to visit (as if we needed one).
The High Palms High Tea is being served from 9th July – 2nd September 2018 and is £55 per person inclusive of tea. Champagne is available at an additional charge. To book and for further information visit: www.landmarklondon.co.uk.