Mimosa At The Langham: A Slice Of French Riviera Chic In London

By Ellie Smith

1 month ago

Dazzling interiors and a southern French-inspired menu await at this new gem

One of London’s most esteemed grand dames has welcomed a brand-new restaurant, Mimosa, sister to the Parisian hotspot at the Hotel de La Marine. 

Review: Mimosa at The Langham

After a ten-year stint, The Langham’s restaurant Roux at The Landau closed its doors a couple of years ago after falling victim to the pandemic. But this spring, the hotel is entering a new culinary era with the launch of Mimosa.

The sense of Parisian cool strikes as soon as you arrive, although London’s Mimosa has a different look to its predecessor – aside from its signature colour palette: warm terracotta hues paired with mahogany woodwork. Interiors come courtesy of interior designer Dorothée Delaye, who aimed to evoke feelings of the French Riviera. This certainly comes across: Mimosa captures the Mediterranean spirit with coral motifs, citrus-themed pink floral floor detailing, blue ceramic wall lights, and a large fig tree in the centre. I visited during the evening, when warm lighting and flickering candles gave the room a sun-dappled feel – and no doubt during the daytime, the huge arched windows allow plenty of natural light to flood in. 

Mimosa at The Langham

Despite being a mid-week evening, the restaurant was buzzing, filled with stylish diners: couples cosied up in corners, groups of colleagues entertaining clients, and friends chattering away over champagne in the semi-private alcove booths.

We begin our evening with the restaurant’s signature cocktail, which is of course a mimosa (who says it’s just for brunch?). The Langham’s version is made with Mercier Brut Champagne, fresh orange juice and Cointreau, and it’s a lovely way to kick off the meal. If that’s not your bag, though, there are a selection of other suitably sunny cocktails with names like La Riviera and La Provençale. There’s an extensive wine list too, which draws mainly on French varieties, including a selection of rosé from Provence which would go down a treat on a summer’s day.

Food at Mimosa

To begin, our waiter presents us with a very curious amuse bouche: it looks like an olive, or maybe even a sweet, but is actually a green cocoa butter shell encasing an anchovy filling, with a caramel-like consistency. It’s an odd experience for the tastebuds – but not bad.

The rest of the meal is more familiar territory. Chef Julien Tworek and his team cook up a menu of French-inspired fare, with dishes designed for sharing. We begin with starters of asparagus drizzled in a creamy lemon Hollandaise sauce, some deliciously fresh, zingy tomato tartare served with crispy bread, and a big salad niçoise. Next up is octopus paired with spicy relish, and the highlight: roasted, corn-fed chicken, which is sliced tableside – alongside a little tutorial on the art of carving. Infused with flavours of thyme and lemon, this is roast chicken at its prime, best enjoyed with a side of curly fries and the grilled sweet gem lettuce, which tastes akin to hispi cabbage. Simple, but so effective.

Puddings at Mimosa

Dessert is equally delightful, with a touch of theatre. A pineapple crème brûlée (called ‘l’ananas’ on the menu) is served inside a hollowed out pineapple in a bowl of ice, while the deconstructed tiramisu is made in front of you. Everything is beautifully presented on colourful, Riviera-inspired tableware (think fish motifs and yellow florals), which adds to the holiday feel – and will no doubt be a hit on Instagram.


Mimosa is as charming as it sounds. Being housed within The Langham, it’s no surprise the restaurant comes with high prices, but it would be a worthy spot for a special occasion. Often hotel eateries lack ambience, but this one has a great vibe – and a terrace is on the cards for this summer, which is sure to complete the Mediterranean theme (when the British weather plays ball, of course).