Lanes of London launches an afternoon tea to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday – Park Lane
This year marks the Queen’s 90th birthday and to celebrate, Lanes of London have launched their latest afternoon tea in her Majesty’s honour. Situated on Park Lane ,Lanes of London is steeped in history and offers fantastic views onto Hyde Park and Marble Arch. The setting is chic modern yet balanced tastefully with classic features, and the archetraving in the ceilings is stunning.
It is presumably well known that the Queen’s favourite drink is a gin and dubonnet cocktail so what better way to start our celebratory afternoon tea than with the very same (there is of course a variety of champagnes should you prefer or have both!). Dubonnet is a sweet, wine-based aperitif so it rounds off the bitterness of gin to make a very refreshing drink.
The finger sandwiches are each made up of different types of bread to complement the assorted fillings. I particularly enjoyed the smoked salmon & cream cheese on beetroot bread and the inside-out cucumber sandwich on basil toast bread with mint. You may think mint is an interesting addition to a cucumber sandwich but I can assure you this is how the Queen has them. I should know, I’ve had afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace so someone in the kitchen has definitely done their homework. Others to try are the egg mayonnaise, chives and quail egg on farmhouse bread and coronation chicken and curry may on a poppy seed roll.
The in-house pastry team have created some delicious cakes to go along with your sandwiches. The waffle cone with Earl Grey mousse not only looked great but tasted it as well although my personal favourite was the mini after-eight éclair, so creamy and soft, it melted in the mouth. The rest of the selection is made up of Dundee cake (a Scottish cake favoured by the Queen for her own tea-time), Victoria sponge, mini macarons and shortbread.
Of course no English afternoon tea would be complete without scones, clotted cream & jam, in this case raspberry jam, my favourite! With both plain and raisin scones served in a cloth to keep them warm, they were soft, light and very definitely a great way to finish our tea.
There are a good selection of teas to choose from too. Presented in a teak box with little glass pots of the various leaves and herbs to smell, the Jing brand of teas can be found in over 50 Michelin starred restaurants around the world. I selected a concentrated black tea (Nilgiri Frost) whilst my companion opted for the luxurious and sweeter silver needle tea. Both great selections.
There are a couple of pre-selected options on the afternoon tea menu when it comes to your bubbles. There is naturally that stalwart of champagnes , Moet and Chandon, or if you prefer something a little lighter on the wallet, a very respectable Bottega Gold Prosecco.
I also saw for next time that there is a great sharing teapot cocktail for two. A blend of Bacardi, Chambord and rose & jasmine tea, it sounds delicious!
We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Lanes of London and the service was second to none. Afternoon tea is available from 12-5.30pm daily.