Children's Afternoon Tea at The Langham
Best for families: The Langham
With its pillars of swirling marble, lofty mirrored ceilings and tinkling ivories, Palm Court at The Langham is among the most lavish options for afternoon tea in London. But does its opulence suit younger diners? The answer - according to my pair of under-five critics - is a resounding yes. Despite the grandeur of the surroundings, service was unstuffy and child friendly (you don't get disapproving looks as crumbs spill on the carpet). And there are some imaginative touches: sandwiches cut in the shape of jigsaw (although the brown rye bread got a "yuk"), a “Cookie Monster” macaron, a Maltesers chocolate mousse and, memorably, a complimentary Hamleys teddy bear for each child. Eating out with the olds has never been more fun.
Reviewed by Jolyon Attwooll
Top treat: The Langham Cold Chocolate drink, lined with hundreds and thousands and served in a cone. It was eyed suspiciously at first, then slurped with relish.
Address: The Langham, 1C Portland PLace London, W1B 1JA United Kingdom.
Days and times: Daily 12.15pm to 5.30pm.
Cost: £27.50 per child. Wedgwood afternoon tea for adults costs from £49 per person.
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