Thursday, 18 August 2011

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

As part of a friend's hen do in London recently we went for afternoon tea at One Aldwych, a five star modern hotel in Covent Garden. Light, sleek and luxurious with lots of glass and huge floral displays protruding from palm trees in the lobby, this was very different to the afternoon tea experiences I've had so far.

We had a long table for nine and were handed the tea menu as we sat down and served water in sparkling glasses. Those of us drinking champagne were brought beautiful flutes of bubbles and we all said 'cheers' to the hen.

The food was served on cake stands as you can see in the photo with a selection of finger sandwiches, asparagus and duck egg, scones with cream and jam, Eton mess, treacle tarts, chocolate brownies and strawberry cream cakes. Lots of sugar! The most impressive part for me was the Pimms jelly served in a long shot glass complete with small skewer of fruit on top.

Priced at £35 for the champagne package this was about an average price for afternoon tea in London. We were there for two hours and were suitably stuffed rolling into black cabs outside the hotel to go back and get ready for the Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

Next stop is afternoon tea at The Ritz to get some full on chintz and old school charm at round tables with silver tea pots and floral crockery ;-)

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