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Best London hotel afternoon tea 2010.

by Rajul on July 19, 2010

The Langham's sumptuous afternoon tea has won the Tea Guild's prestigious "Best Afternoon Tea" award for 2010 - in the face of the usual stiff competition

Last year we covered how Brown’s – one of London’s oldest hotels – won the Tea Guild’s Award for “Top London Afternoon Tea”.

This coveted award – an “Oscar” of the tea world – is awarded after a series of rigorous, anonymous inspections conducted by the tea inspectors of the UK Tea Council’s Tea Guild.  And boy do those guys know their tea!

In 2010 the best London afternoon tea award has gone to a relative newcomer: the swankily-refurbished Palm Court at the Langham Hotel.

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Having personally enjoyed the hospitality and unique atmosphere of Palm Court (though it was for a morning coffee rather than afternoon tea!) I can personally attest to the magical atmosphere the venue evokes.

And it seems that the creativity and freshness of the Langham’s afternoon tea offering is what swung the balance in its favour this year, in the face of fierce competition from other ultra-deluxe hotels.

The Tea Guild particularly liked the attention to detail in the Langham’s afternoon tea, notably the following factors:

  • The lovely and unique furnishing of Palm Court.
  • The loving attention given to tiny details like the cutlery, the tea stands and even the embroidery of the tablecloths!
  • The creative range of 30 teas on offer (some of which are quite mystifying e.g. “Lychee red black” anyone?!)
  • Well-trained staff who encourage you to try the many tempting treats.
  • The fact that the Langham doesn’t rest on its laurels and is continuously innovating its afternoon tea menu.

The stunning Palm Court's surroundings played a key part in the Tea Guild's decision

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The Langham first opened in 1865 as Europe’s first “Grand Hotel” and afternoon tea is clearly one of its showpiece experiences.  It has also recently made huge investments in its upgraded suites.

The hotel is also a good base for shopping on Oxford Street and currently in the top 50 London hotels according to TripAdvisor guest reviews.

It’s not a cheap place to stay but usually no more costly than its close competitors like the Lanesborough, Claridge’s and the Dorchester.

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So you can go to the Langham to enjoy afternoon tea by all means. But you also shouldn’t rule out staying there if you’ve got a few pounds to spend!

Finally, if you’d like to experience afternoon tea with a difference you could also check out Firmdale Hotels’ latest “fragrant” tea offering.

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Photo credits: Langham Hotels International.

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