There’s something magical about the British summer season; whether it’s a trip to Ascot or just a picnic in the park, summer in Britain really is wonderful. Wimbledon is one of my favourite events, especially since it’s celebrated all throughout the UK and not just in SW19. With that in mind Mhairi and I enjoyed a very special Wimbledon afternoon tea at The Landmark London.
The Landmark London is one of London’s most beautiful 5* hotels, which was initially built in 1894 as a grand hotel to service Marylebone station’s many passengers. Today, it’s still one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, and certainly one of the most luxurious. As we sat down there were wedding guests milling around, and Mhairi and I couldn’t stop ourselves commenting that it would be a beautiful setting for a wedding.
As we sat down and admired the Winter Garden it felt almost as though we’d been transported to a much warmer, sunnier place full of palm trees and champagne. Safe to say I felt at home..!
I loved all the details in the hotel, like the winding stair cases and the balconies on each room, which reminded me more of a London townhouse than a hotel. There’s something special about a hotel that feels like a home, much like our suite at The Dorchester did for me, and I had the same impression at The Landmark London.
Afternoon tea at The Landmark London is a very special occasion, not only has the restaurant won numerous awards including 2 AA Rosettes, but also since the restaurant sits at the heart of the gorgeous eight story atrium.
As we picked our teas and jams for our scones, glasses of crisp Champagne de Castelnau were poured; the perfect way to say cheers and celebrate summer and friendship.
I don’t drink a lot of breakfast tea, as I’m a bit of a coffee addict, but when it comes to afternoon tea I always enjoy a light floral tea and couldn’t resist the sound of the white peony tea. It was a gorgeous light, refreshing tea that didn’t overpower any of the cakes or sandwiches and was perfectly refreshing.
Mhairi, feeling somewhat similar, ordered a pot of jasmine with flowers which is served with real, whole jasmine blossoms. What I loved about the tea selection at afternoon tea at The Landmark London is that all the tea leaves and flowers are available to see on a large table in the centre of The Winter Garden.
Every afternoon tea is different, and what I loved about about afternoon tea at The Landmark London is that the sandwich selection can be refreshed as much as you’d like. It’s a common misconception that afternoon tea isn’t filling, but that certainly isn’t the case here!
There are four delicious sandwiches served and my favourite of the day, by far, was the chicken and tarragon served on wholemeal walnut bread. I’ve never had that particular combination before but safe to say it was wonderfully flavoursome and the crunch of the walnuts added a great texture. As always, I loved the smoked salmon sandwich but felt it could have used a little extra lemon to really bring out that delicious salmon flavour.
The cucumber sandwich itself was lovely and fresh and had lots of crisp flavours that Mhairi and I both enjoyed; if you think a cucumber sandwich is dull, you’ll be pleased to know it isn’t at The Landmark London! Not being an egg sandwich fan I didn’t try the last offering, but Mhairi said that it was as delicious as the rest.
After a nice pause after the savoury option, and a top up of champagne, our friendly waitresses brought over our sweets. We were completely blown away the presentation of the Wimbledon afternoon tea – and as someone on my Instagram has already said, it’s more like art than cake!
Plain scones and apple and raisin scones were both incredible, and had the lovely crisp, shiny outer that you’d expect from an award winning afternoon tea.
What is quite unusual at The Landmark London is that you can choose your jams and are offered two per table. Since Mhairi is in love with apricot jam we had a little pot of apricot and my favourite, gooseberry and elderflower. They both complemented both the plain and apple and raisin scones perfectly and made a lovely change from strawberry or raspberry jam.
I think I need to take you through these pieces of tennis-cake-art as not only were they gorgeous, but they were delicious too!
No Wimbledon season is complete without strawberries and cream, and The Landmark London has recreated this quintessential element in their strawberry and cream choux bun. A light, crisp choux pastry with the most beautiful, fresh strawberries and cream pipped into the middle was a real highlight of the tea.
And what is Wimbledon without Pimms? The orange and chocolate macaron with a Pimms filling topped with a handmade chocolate tennis racket and emblazoned with the Wimbledon logo really was incredible. Once you had allowed yourself to eat this lovely piece of art, there were vibrant flavours and a perfect macaron crunch.
When Mhairi heard that there was a lemon cream element to the afternoon tea I was fairly sure she was going to squeal! We both expected the tennis ball to have an crisp edge but were amazed that it was in fact a perfectly shaped ball of sharp, zesty lemon cream. A real winner if you ask us.
Finally, we came to the pistachio and raspberry cake which reminded us of green tennis courts and their tram lines. The flavours were bold and delicious, but the texture of the cake wasn’t for us. I loved the addition of the raspberry on top and the gold flecks, reminding us of that famous Wimbledon trophy.
All in all we were in awe of this magical tea. If you’re not able to make it to SW19 this year, or even one of the outdoor screenings, the Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at The Landmark London is a perfectly British way to celebrate two of the best weeks in the British calendar.
It also happens to be one of the most delicious!
Before we left we couldn’t resist admiring the table in the middle of the Winter Garden that I mentioned before, complete with magnums of champagne and the most beautiful tea sets I’ve seen.
Though I thought they might notice if they were missing a magnum of champagne..!
The Wimbledon afternoon tea is being served from today until the 10th July, and after they’ll return to their traditional afternoon tea offering.
We left with smiles that can only be made in beautiful hotels after girly catch ups, champagne and beautiful cakes and strolled out into Marylebone happy as two tennis fans could be!
I really was taken aback by just now beautiful the hotel itself was and how friendly the staff were. There’s so much more to this hotel, such as their incredible champagne brunch, spa and, of course, the rooms and suites that overlook the Winter Garden.
Maybe it’s time for another staycation…
Our afternoon tea was complimentary.