Monday, July 7, 2014

Anniversary Afternoon Tea at The Langham Boston

Once a year, The Langham hotels celebrate their anniversary by serving afternoon tea service for the original price that the first Langham hotel in London charged. Back in 1865, afternoon tea was 1 shilling and 6 pence. That means, dear readers, that on June 10 you can get the $38 afternoon tea at The Langham in Boston for only $0.15!

I was lucky enough to go to the Pasadena Langham in 2011, but now it's gotten so popular you can only get reservations for the special priced-tea by lottery only. Knowing I would already be in Boston, I entered the lottery for the Boston Langham, and what do you know, I got it!

My friends and new roommate and I took a long lunch that Tuesday and headed to the hotel lobby. Gift bags in the pretty Langham pink color were on the table .. ooh, but more on that at the end.
Each guest receives their own pot of tea and the server brought out this case so we can smell each tea's aroma before deciding.


I tried their special Boston blend which is black tea with cranberry and almond.

Finger sandwiches included the ubiquitous cucumber sandwich, salmon rillette, chicken salad sandwich, and a mini crab puff. Each plate you see on this post is for two people.
Tea sandwiches

I forgot to take a photo of the scones (sorry), but there were clotted cream, lemon curd, and jam to accompany.

After the sandwiches and devouring two warm scones each, we were pretty full. I could barely finish the plate of pink treats. There were chocolate dipped strawberries, a raspberry tart, a chocolate cupcake, and macarons.

I loved the gift we got, as well: a beautiful pen and two of The Langham's chocolate bars!
Not a bad deal for $0.15, right? But of course, remember to tip according to the original price! Watch out for the announcement next year so you can enter the reservation lottery before it's too late.

The Reserve at The Langham - Boston
250 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 451-1900
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