Christmas Comes Early With Lanes Of London Festive Champagne Tea
When two signature features of London - Christmas lights and traditional afternoon tea - come together, there’s no better reason to kick off the festive season now - with Lanes Of London Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea. Situated on Park Lane in Mayfair, Lanes of London is housed in a late Edwardian mansion block that overlooks Hyde Park and Marble Arch. The restaurant and bar’s interior has a classical feel of London befitting of the area, with marble, aged brass, traditional leaded glazing, racing green leather banquettes, oak and antique detailing throughout.
The elegant ambiance of the restaurant set the right mood for my friend and lifestyle expert Sarah to experience Lanes Of London Festive Afternoon Tea, and a glass of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV champagne served by our charming and friendly Italian waiter, Giacomo, kicked the evening off at the right note. The next on the menu was a mouthwatering afternoon tea with a Christmas twist.
I always thought I have a sweet tooth but, oh my lord, the selection of finger sandwiches - free range egg mayonnaise & cress; cucumber & mint; honey glazed ham & mustard; and smoked salmon & cream cheese - was irresistibly delicious. Made with fresh local produce, the sandwiches had all it takes to make your gourmet afternoon tea evening. In fact, we couldn’t wish for a better evening - when we next tried traditional British scones with thick clotted cream and strawberry compote.
The scones we fresh as well and right out of the oven - steaming hot and - again - super delicious! Needless to say Christmas desserts did not disappoint either! These were large Christmas pudding macaroon; chocolate & orange opera cake; gingerbread house; coffee & mascarpone yule log; and eggnog with mince pie foam. White Peony tea was a perfect choice to finish the evening on a light refreshing note.
With buzzing London behind Lanes Of London windows, the restaurant and bar manage to keep a cozy relaxing atmosphere.
Check out the full Festive Afternoon Tea menu here: http://www.lanesoflondon.co.uk/FestiveAfternoonTea.pdf, book your visit and let the Christmas magic begin!