Visit London Blog » the langham Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pick Up a Pre-Made Picnic in London Sat, 01 Jun 2013 09:32:31 +0000 Everyone loves a good picnic, but if you don’t fancy the advance preparation,  why not pick up a delicious pre-made picnic from one of the places below? You’ll find both budget and luxury options. Many of them require you to order in advance – check the shop websites for full information.

The Mount Street Deli, Mayfair

Foodie favourite the Mount Street Deli offers a variety of pre-made picnic options. Our favourite is the Scott’s Lunch Picnic (£55 for two, pictured), which includes asparagus, smoked salmon and lobster, as well as a bottle of white wine.

Albion, Shoreditch

Albion, the more casual sister to Terence Conran’s Boundary restaurant, can provide a cracking hamper that contains everything you need for a delightful afternoon. Priced at £140, the wicker hamper feeds between two and four people and contains everything from charcuterie, salads and sandwiches to strawberries and cream and a selection of drinks.

Carluccio’s, various locations

This popular chain of Italian restaurants offers a variety of picnic options, including a mini version for kids (£10). Adult picnics for two are £45 and feature a variety of Italian delights such as focaccia, goat’s cheese tarts and salads. At least one option is always available in stores, others can be ordered in advance.

Milestone Hotel, Kensington

Located conveniently close to Kensington Gardens, the Milestone Hotel has long been a popular place for afternoon tea. If the sun is shining, however, you can move your dining experience to the park – the hotel will provide a wicker basket full of goodies for you to take with you. Choose between their Afternoon Tea or Picnic Feast options, which start from £85 for two, including champagne.

Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly 

Fortnum and Mason has been providing the best quality provisions for the past 300 years, so your picnic is in safe hands. Their Coronation Picnic (£40 for two) contains salmon sandwiches, coronation chicken salad and Eton mess – perfect for celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation this summer. Fortnum’s also have more lavish options if you’re looking for something more formal, or you can simply browse their downstairs foodhall and pick up a selection of tasty nibbles to suit you.

Marks and Spencer, various locations

Found throughout London, Marks and Spencer offer a range of pre-packed delicacies that are perfect for munching in your favourite park. Their classic picnic box (£12 for two) is a budget-friendly way to do an alfresco lunch, or you can choose your own selection of snacks from the range in store.

The Bull and Last, Highgate

If you’re planning a jaunt onto Hampstead Heath, the Bull and Last pub can provide a pre-packed picnic that will provide the perfect fuel for a day’s exploration. Their standard picnic costs £38 for two and includes sausage rolls, cheese, quiche, shortbread and lots of other traditional delicacies. Better still, you can upgrade with a range of extras – how about scotch eggs, mackerel pate or rare roast beef?

Yo Sushi, various locations

Fancy something  a bit different for your picnic? Grab a Yo Sushi bento bundle for your picnic, which will give you a sharing platter, two desserts and two soft drinks for £12. You can also upgrade to a package that includes a bottle of wine (£15 for two).

The Langham, Oxford Circus

Pick up a luxury afternoon tea picnic hamper from five star hotel The Langham, which provides everything you’ll need for an idylic afternoon in Regent’s Park. The hamper includes all the trappings of afternoon tea, such as finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, as well as a picnic rug to ensure you’re comfy while you eat.

Find a place to eat your picnic with our guide to the best picnic spots.

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London Video of the Week: A Perfect Winter’s Day in London Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:01:00 +0000

Here’s a lovely video from British Airways, showing two of their cabin crew, Mark and Lucy, enjoying a perfect day in London. 

From London Heathrow Terminal 5, to the Houses of Parliament, Primrose Hill, Camden Passage, The Langham, Hamleys, Fortnum & Mason, Natural History Museum Ice Rink, and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, they certainly enjoy a busy day. (I’m just not sure about that picnic, considering today’s temperatures are hovering around the 3°C mark.)

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Top 10 Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Teas in London Tue, 29 May 2012 08:50:08 +0000

London is getting ready for a huge Diamond Jubilee celebration this weekend, and what better way to get into the Jubilee spirit than with traditional British afternoon tea? Here’s a round-up of some of London’s best Jubilee teas.

The Berkeley

The Berkeley’s popular Pret-a-Portea has been given a royal twist with biscuits, fancies and choux buns in the shape of the Royal Family’s most memorable hats and handbags. Look out for praline profiteroles in the shape of the famous Philip Treacy fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice at the royal wedding.

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason, supplier of tea to the Royal Family, has opened a brand-new tea room in honour of the occasion. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon offers more than 150 teas, all served with a timer that rings when your pot reaches its optimum brewing time. Choose the set afternoon tea menu, or combine a savoury dish with a sweet treat from the Diamond Jubilee Cake Carriage.


Kettner’s is serving Tea Fit For A Queen over the Jubilee bank holiday, including traditional finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, treacle tart, Chelsea buns, rhubarb jelly, old English trifle and chocolate digestive cake. The menu is priced at £18.67 – a reference to the year the Soho institution opened.

Brown’s Hotel

The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel is serving Jubilee afternoon tea with Crown Jewels macaroon, Battenberg cake, lemon pusset teacup, Lady Grey macaroon, pistachio cake, boozy trifle, scones and sandwiches. For a royal treat, add a glass of Ruinart Brut Champagne.

John Lewis Oxford Street

If you’re shopping in London’s West End over the Jubilee bank holiday, pop into John Lewis Oxford Street for The 5 O’Clock Tea Club. The tea is inspired by the gin with Dubonnet and lemon that Her Majesty is said to enjoy in the afternoon, represented on the menu by gin-infused jellies and chocolate muffins drenched in Dubonnet.

Royal Garden Hotel

Located just a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace, with views over Kensington Gardens, the Royal Garden Hotel is a perfect location for royal afternoon tea. Here the Jubilee tea includes Victoria sandwich sponge, English rose teacake, Earl Grey opera, champagne and strawberry tart, Elizabeth trifle and Windsor nut mousse.

EDF Energy London Eye

For something a bit different, try afternoon tea in a London Eye capsule with amazing views over London. The menu includes egg and cress rolls, mini éclairs, scones and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Alternatively, take to the river Thames with a 1952 Jubilee Tea on-board the London Eye Barracuda.

The Royal Horseguards

The five-star Royal Horseguards hotel is serving very British afternoon tea for just £20.12. Served on the hotel’s terrace with views of the river Thames and London Eye, the tea includes roast beef sandwiches, biscuits shaped as red London buses and Union flags, Crown Jewel cupcake and more.


At design hotel Andaz, the Diamond Queen Afternoon Tea includes a commemorative cocktail made from Earl Grey tea stirred with Dubonnet, Bombay Sapphire gin and bitters. The menu also includes coronation chicken sandwiches, scones and jam, millionaire shortbread, trifle, a selection of pastries and a pot of Earl Grey tea.

The Langham

The Langham has teamed up with luxury brand Asprey to launch the Asprey Diamond Jubilee Tea, served in the hotel’s glamorous Palm Court. The menu is inspired by Asprey’s jewellery designs and iconic purple colour, and includes blueberry and bilberry Battenberg, purple jasmine with apricot, and blackcurrant and white chocolate mousse.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 2-5 June 2012. More afternoon teas in London

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London Hotel News: New Tune Hotel, A Giant Gingerbread House and New Build at Heathrow Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:45:11 +0000 This week, news of the first new hotel opening of 2012; a new Heathrow Airport hotel; and festive fun at London hotels…

New Hotel Openings in London

Visiting London on a budget? You’ll be pleased to hear that Tune Hotels is opening a second London property next year. The budget airline-style pricing has already proved popular at the Westminster property, where you pay for the room only and are charged for any extras, including towels, toiletries and breakfast. The new Tune Hotel in Liverpool Street is due to open on 4 January.

Another new hotel on the horizon, this time, near Heathrow Airport. Planning permission has been granted for a 583-bedroom, six-storey hotel opposite Hatton Cross station. The new-build is expected take around 18 months to complete.

Christmas Hotel Cheer!

London’s ho-ho-hotels are getting into the festive spirit. Here’s a few of our favourites:

  • Giant gingerbread house at The Langham: You can look but don’t touch The Langham’s giant gingerbread house, on display at the entrance to Palm Court – best viewed while enjoying the hotel’s Wonderland Afternoon Tea
  • Christmas carols at The May Fair: Head to The May Fair tonight for soulful performances by Hot Butter Soul Collective with 20 minute sets between 5pm and 7.40pm
  • Festive films at W London: The W London is screening Christmas classics throughout December. Book a lunch or afternoon tea there to claim your tickets
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Win! Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea at The Langham Thu, 03 Mar 2011 10:00:09 +0000 Still waiting for a royal wedding invitation to drop through your letterbox? Here’s another indulgent way to toast Will and Kate’s happy day.

The Langham has launched a glittering champagne Tea Royale, and they’re offering one lucky winner and a friend the chance to try it for free.

Worth £51.50 per person, the tea includes:

  • Lobster and cucumber sandwiches with fennel pollen
  • Scottish salmon and pink champagne sandwiches
  • Castle of Mey beef sirloin sandwiches
  • Westminster Abbey chocolate cake
  • Apricot and raspberry royal crown
  • Royal champagne jelly
  • Wild lavender and honey scones with cream and jam
  • A glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV

Enter for a chance to win Tea Royale at The Langham for two

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