There are so many ways to waste a weekend in London, but one of my favourite ways is with a classic afternoon tea.
I love finding different hotels in London which offer afternoon teas. I’ve previously written a guide to some of my top spots and, after tasting the tea at the Corinthia London, I’m going to have to add it to the list.
The Corinthia hotel is a classic building in the heart of Whitehall, a short walk from Buckingham Palace, the South Bank, Trafalgar Square and Embankment.
They serve a traditional afternoon tea in a luxury setting, with all the trimmings and attention you could wish for. I went to meet some fellow bloggers – including the lovely Reena, Becky and Honey – and to sample the menu.
As you enter the Crystal Moon lounge, where the afternoon tea is served, your eye is immediately drawn to the sparkling chandelier, made of 1000 baccarat crystals. It lights up the spacious and decadent room.
There is a beautiful floral arrangement in the centre of the room (which, at the time, had pumpkins for Halloween), cream and beige sofas and chairs, as well as a pianist playing a grand piano.
The tea menu is extensive, with everything from Earl Grey to Oolong. I opted for the Jasmine Pearls blend, which was poured out of striped teapots. The staff at The Corinthia were so attentive, they would always fill up your teacup before you’d emptied it, so you never had to lift a finger.
A selection of tasty finger sandwiches are served on hand-painted bone china. The staff were good at checking for any dietary requirements, making sure we were happy with the sandwiches, or if we wanted any substitutions. The sandwich selection comprises of:
- Cucumber, radish and cream cheese on white bread
- Egg mayo truffle and watercress on spinach bread
- London smoked salmon, gherkins, capers, creme fraiche and spring onion on brown bread;
- Tandoori chicken, green apple and raisin on white bread
- Roast beef, caramelised onion and wholegrain mustard with rocket salad on granary bread.
Next came the freshly made scones, served warm and in a charming white case. They offer both plain and sultana scones, accompanied by Cornish clotted cream, raspberry jam and a delicious delicious rhubarb and tonka bean jam. I wasn’t expecting to like the latter, but once I tried it, I couldn’t stop! (Note: Cream always goes first, end of story.)
I made the terrible (but delicious!) mistake of going back for seconds on the scones because, when our plates were cleared, the servers brought over a grand, 1930s style silver trolley filled with sweets.
On the white marble, lay dozens of cakes, pastries and a jar filled with tubes of marshmallow. Their selection includes:
- Yoghurt and blueberry sphere
- Raspberry and elderflower tartlet
- Chocolate cassis and fig dessert
- Lemon yuzu and coconut eclair
- Lemon drizzle cake
I confess, I only had room to try the chocolate pudding, the marshmallows and the tartlet – which were all YUM.
Afternoon tea at The Corinthian starts at £45 per person, going up to £55 if you’d like champagne. For me, it’s a little expensive but the quality and the service was completely luxurious and indulgent. I’d return for a special treat or as a gift for somebody else!
You can book or find out more on their website here.
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