At the beginning of November last year, I had tea with my family, to celebrate my birthday, at the Lanesborough Hotel. The Lanesborough is an interesting hotel, as up until quite recently it was a hospital! However, you would never guess now that it wasn't built as a hotel. I think they kept the original facade, and completely remolded the interior.
Tea is served in the hotel restaurant, Apsleys
It has a sort of modern take on art deco style.
Have to take photos of the china. :)
The food. It was delicious apart from the cucumber sandwiches. They are usually my favourite but these ones seemed to have rice in them! Rather strange.
The all-important clotted cream and jam. :)
I didn't remember to take a photo of the scones until we had already started eating them! :)
One of the waiters overheard my family wishing me a Happy Birthday, and they brought me this. For some reason I cut out the cake, but it had a candle on it and was delicious (the cake not the candle!!!). :)
After we had finished eating I wondered around the hotel reception and found these amazing flowers
...and a lovely regency portrait. :)
Love the gown.
Apart from the strange cucumber sandwiches, it was a wonderful tea. Not only was the food good but so was the setting, and the live piano music. I also loved the fact that when the pianist went on his break, they put on the soundtrack from the 1980s version on Brideshead Revisited!!!! :)
Though not the absolutely best tea I have had in London, it is right near the top and I would definitely recommend it. :)