Recently I made a return trip to The Landmark London, a luxury five star hotel located opposite Marylebone Station, to partake of their afternoon tea.
The hotel serves both a Winter Garden Afternoon Tea (traditional) and a Chocolate Afternoon Tea, so we decided to order one of each and share the pastries.
The sandwiches were beautifully presented on elegant, white and yellow patterned china, which we couldn’t help admiring. The regular sandwiches were egg mayonnaise, chicken with tarragon crème fraiche, smoked salmon and classic cucumber. I had the vegetarian option with egg mayonnaise and mustard cress, mozzarella, tomato and basil, classic cucumber and cream cheese with red pepper sandwiches.
The waiter appeared with a platter of sandwiches and asked if we wanted any replenishments.
The London Landmark had a very stylish silver tea stand, with its name engraved on it, which was a very convenient for storing the tea pots, hot water pot, milk and tea strainers, as it saved the table from becoming cluttered.
The scones were served warm and only once we finished our sandwiches.
The scones were accompanied by a tray with cups containing strawberry jam, Cornish clotted cream and Bergeron apricot jam. The hotel offers a selection of jams strawberry, blackcurrant, Bergeron apricot, cherry or gooseberry and elderflower and guests can choose two different flavours to accompany their afternoon tea.
The scones were delicious and if you would like to read more about them you can in my London Scone Review.
For the grand finale the stunningly beautiful pastries arrived.
On the left hand side were the cake selection from the Chocolate Afternoon Tea (from front to rear) Coconut and chocolate macaroon, Blood orange and white chocolate mousse, Banana, pecan nut and milk chocolate cake and Pistachio and chocolate opera gateau.
On the right hand side were the cake selection from the Winter Garden Afternoon Tea (from front to rear) Mango and mint mousse with flourless mango sponge, Carrot, raisin and cinnamon cake, cream cheese icing, Raspberry and lime macaroon and Dark chocolate choux, Valrhona chocolate custard.
Our visit was made all the more delightful with the hotel’s resident harpist played during our meal.
Afternoon tea is served in the Winter Garden, with its impressive, eight story high glass roof atrium and palm trees, it really has the wow factor.
We visited on a lovely, hot summer’s day and the room was flooded with sunlight.
The Winter Garden was originally just an inner courtyard where horse drawn carriages would have dropped off the guests. On the menu is an illustration by Max Cowper depicting the guests arriving in 1903.
When the hotel opened in 1899 it was known as the Great Central Hotel. Designed by Robert William Edis, the hotel's original, lavish, Victorian decor has been lovingly restored. Originally built as a railway hotel in conjunction with Marylebone Station, which was the last of the London main line railway termini to be completed. The building has had a varied history as it was requisitioned for military purposes in both World Wars and at one time was the Headquarters for British Rail. It re-opened as a hotel in 1993 and has been known as The Landmark London since 1995.
Next to the rear entrance, which is directly opposite Marylebone Station, is a very grand, marble staircase.
On the staircase is a stunning stained glass window with the coat of arms of the Great Central Railway (the company which originally operated from Marylebone Station) and I just love the green, steam train locomotive on the top.
Afternoon tea at The Landmark London was a real treat as we really enjoyed our delicious meal and service was exceptional throughout but what made it really stand out was its beautiful, historic surroundings.
Prices: Winter Garden Afternoon Tea costs £45 and the Chocolate Afternoon Tea costs £48.
If you enjoyed this blog and would like to discover some great Cake Places check out my London Cake Walk.
The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds.