THE LANDMARK LONDON
We enjoyed a lovely Champagne afternoon tea (£52.00) at The Landmark Hotel, with a delicious selection of assorted sandwiches:
Lapsang Souchong Smoked Scottish salmon
Organic egg mayonnaise and mustard cress
Coronation chicken and classic cucumber
After finishing this selection, the waiting staff came around to offer us more sandwiches, which if like me you favour savory over sweet, is the ideal situation.
Next to be served up were the:
Warm freshly baked raisin and apple scones with Cornish clotted cream
The traditional delights of:
Milk chocolate dacquoise sponge, hazelnut Chantilly cream
Glazed lemon curd, meringue, Breton sable biscuit
Macaroon, vanilla custard with poached rhubard
Redcurrant and almond Bakewell, stem ginger and cream cheese icing
All this acompanied by a glass of Champagne De Castelnau Brut Reserve and Organic Rose Grey tea.
We mentioned to the very friendly and attentive staff that the reason for our visit was to celebrate both of our birthdays. They surprised us with a cupcake displayed beautifully on a plate with the words Happy Birthday written in chocolate fondante, a candle and the pianist playing Happy Birthday too! We were so full we only managed half our sweets, so they very kindly packed them into two pretty boxes for us to take home. They even replaced my half eaten cupcake with a brand new one!
I have to say that the whole experience was absolutely magical, from the tasty food, to the excellent staff and not forgetting the magnificent surroundings.
This iconic building is one of London’s best-kept secrets. You can see from my photo’s that there were very few other people dining at the same time, which is unusual for London. You wouldn’t be silly to assume that we got up extra early to eat here to avoid the crowds, something I’m sure other bloggers in London know too well but no, this was a Monday at around 5pm! Although there were just a small selection of people enjoying the experience at the same time as us, our time at The Landmark definitely did not lack in atmosphere.
Rich in heritage, the building itself was opened in 1899. The reason for the immense courtyard that the hotel is built around, was to let light and air into all of the surrounding bedrooms. An extremely dramatic entrance, in the past it was used to deliver guests by horse drawn carriage directly into the privacy of the hotel. Aptly named the Winter Garden, you can enjoy your dining experience all year around come rain or shine.