Palm Court at the Langham Hotel
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Apparently, it was at this swanky Langham hotel dining room that afternoon tea was first served, more than 140 years ago. We've no reason to doubt them. It still proves a popular draw but it runs alongside a French-influenced menu conceived by head chef Chris King, in partnership with Michel Roux Jr and Albert Roux.
That means dishes such as salt-cod brandade tartelette served with a poached hen egg and a piquillo pepper dressing, saffron tagliatelle with artichokes, pine nuts and pied bleu mushroom, sea bream with sauce vierge and anya potatoes and grilled native lobster served with a Pernod butter.
Desserts include crême brûlée with strawberries marinated in elderflower, praline profiteroles with chocolate sauce and caramelised hazelnut and tiramisu with espresso jelly and white coffee ice cream. A strong cheese selection also features.
Located at the top of Regent Street and minutes from Oxford Circus.