Firstly, I just wanted to wish all readers a very Happy Christmas, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
To celebrate the Christmas season, this blog is about a festive afternoon tea I enjoyed this week at the Lanesborough Hotel, London. The hotel is located on Hyde Park Corner and is a striking building.
If travelling by car, the doorman are happy to park your car for you at an hourly rate of £6 (pretty good, considering some London parking prices). The doorman are extremely helpful and friendly, including assisting with wheelchairs and scooters. The entrance is level access from the street into the foyer and you are greeted by delightful surroundings and helpful staff inside. At this time of year, fires have been lit and the hotel is decorated in a traditional Victorian style. The video below shows some of the ground floor, decorations and highlights from the tea.
There are accessible toilets, although I would recommend that if you are in a wheelchair, that there be someone to help you open the door as they are very large and heavy (in keeping with the style of the building). The room serving afternoon tea is located on the ground floor and is very spacious in order to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. The reception and waiting staff are all very attentive, accommodating and friendly. As with most London hotels offering afternoon tea, I would recommend booking well in advance and letting the staff know of any individual requirements, they are very happy to help (including providing for different dietary requirements).
As I went to the Lanesborough for festive afternoon tea, the menu will differ slightly to what is provided all year round. I would however say that the food, choices and selection was one of the best I have experienced in London. The choice of tea is vast and you can choose to accompany it with Champagne. The pastries, cakes, scones and tarts are all magnificent, both in taste and appearance. During the festive afternoon tea there was a pianist playing in the corner, although you would need to check if this is something that happens everyday of the year. The dress code is smart casual and children are most definitely welcome.
As you can see, the hotel provides an excellent location for a special occasion in town or for the chance to catch up with friends and spend time with family.
Overall, I would definitely recommend The Lanesborough Hotel as somewhere to visit for afternoon tea. For more information, they can be contacted on: 020 7333 7254.
Thank you once again to all readers and I hope you all enjoy a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Up next: Phantom of the Opera and The Cavendish Hotel