Friday, 2 November 2018

Afternoon Tea at Corinthia Hotel, London

My experience was gifted by Hotels. com, but all views are my own.


One of my favourite things about living in London is afternoon tea. There is something deliciously indulgent about spending an entire afternoon nibbling on little finger sandwiches, scones and cakes while sipping a beautiful tea. And last Sunday, I did just that at Corinthia Hotel, one of the most beautiful hotels in Westminster.

The setting

Situated in Westminster, Corinthia Hotel is just a hop and a skip away from Trafalgar Square and Embankment. The Afternoon Tea is held in the aptly-named Crystal Moon Lounge, complete with an exquisite Baccarat chandelier illuminating the room. The atmosphere feels chilled and intimate. I loved the mellow music being played on a Steinway piano.

The Tea

As a non-coffee drinker, I feel like I'm somewhat of a tea connoisseur so I was pleased to see an extensive tea menu, ranging from exclusive blends and classic black teas through to green and white teas. I opted for the Formosa oolong, which has a rich flavour and a soft orchid scent.

The Sandwiches

Although I have a huge sweet tooth, I absolutely adore the savoury segment of afternoon tea. There is something incredibly British about cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off! Alongside cucumber, radish and cream cheese and the egg mayo with truffle and watercress, alongside two additional vegetarian sandwiches especially for me.

The Sweets

Next up were the scones. Both plain and sultana scones were served in smart, white boxes to keep them toasty warm. They were accompanied by Cornish clotted cream, strawberry jam and rhubarb and tonka bean jam, which had a delicate cinnamon flavour.

Just as I was starting to feel a little full, a stunning antique champagne trolley pulled up to our table, laden with the prettiest pastries and cakes. I felt it was my duty to try as many as possible, my favourites were the lemon yuzu and coconut eclair and the 72% Araguani chocolate cassis & fig pot. Oh and the lemon drizzle cake. And the raspberry and elderflower tartlet. Ok, fine, it was all delicious!

The Verdict

This is definitely one of my favourite afternoon teas in London. The Crystal Moon Lounge is the perfect spot to while away a couple of hours underneath a twinkling Baccarat chandelier, feasting on a delectable spread.


The afternoon tea at Corinthia Hotel is priced at £45 per person (or £55 with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne, and £65 with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne). 
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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Patisserie Party at Le Meridien, Piccadilly


Call me old fashioned, but I feel like Sundays are a sacred day; the day of rest and indulgence. They aren’t days for errands or stress but breakfast in bed, spa days and the ultimate Sunday treat – afternoon tea. Last Sunday I popped over to the beautiful Le Meridien Piccadilly to try their new decadent French-inspired afternoon tea extravagance - Patisserie Party.

 Each Sunday, the Patisserie Party takes place in the magnificent Oak Room, a beautiful space which retains a regal air thanks to its original oak paneling and high ceilings adorned with sparkling chandeliers. The centerpiece of the room is a pretty table laden with the most delicious cakes you’ve ever laid eyes on – more on those a little later.

 
 The party kicks off in style with a glass of Prosecco to ease you into the most indulgent Sunday ever. I opted for a light and fragrant jasmine tea to accompany my feast, which began with classic afternoon tea sandwiches such as cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche, created by Chef de Cuisine Michael Dutnall. The sandwiches were accompanied by scones which were surprisingly light, often afternoon tea scones feel so dense I can only manage one. I indulged in a couple of scones overloaded with clotted cream and jam while watching a group of women delving into the super fun dress up box of treats, wigs, masquerade masks and elbow length gloves are on hand to enhance the regal French vibe.


 Now, the piece de resistance of Le Meridien Piccadilly’s Patisserie Party is the dessert table. Mr Dutnall has really outdone himself with the most delectable treats to finish off an outstanding afternoon tea party. From the classic Red Velvet cake and chocolate fudge cake to the rainbow cake, cake pops and macaroons, I was in heaven. I actually circled the table a couple of times before digging in, partially in awe and partially to figure out where to start! Like the scrumptious scones, the cakes were surprisingly light and thus very moreish – so it’s a good thing that you’re free to help yourself to as much cake as you can manage.

 
 In keeping with the regal theme, every member of staff at the Patisserie Party was so sweet and attentive from the moment we walked in. Nothing was too much trouble, from fetching an extra chair for our bags to refilling our tea as soon as the last drop was poured and bringing out extra sandwiches, I felt so pampered and indulged. As well as knowing all of the specially created dishes for that week, the staff were also really knowledgeable when it came to the tea menu too which always impresses me.
 
 
Between the decadent surroundings and irresistible cakes and treats, I think I’ve found my favourite way to while away a couple of hours on a Sunday. PatisserieParties take place on Sundays between 3pm-6pm now until 30th August at le Meridian Piccadilly. Tickets are £39 per person, which includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival plus unlimited tea, sandwiches and cakes.
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