Arrive at the spectacularly located Chelsea Harbour Hotel overlooking the water – if the weather is fine you can even travel by boat from Blackfriars past Westminster along the Thames.
Once in situ at this light and airy hotel restaurant that brings a touch of the riviera to London, this brand new afternoon tea, based on travelling through time, arrives at your table with a dry ice smokescreen making it perfect for a special occasion.
Presented on beautiful china, it includes a vegetarian and a vegan option, and couples classic sandwiches and scones with the most gorgeous layered chocolate cakes, tarts and mousses so there’s no danger of going hungry.
The tea pays homage to the history of this famous midday tea that can be traced back to the early 1800s when Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford became annoyed by hunger caused by only having two meals a day.
It is said that the Duchess decided to schedule time to take tea and enjoy a snack in the afternoon, first conducting this as a private ceremony but eventually being joined by her acquaintances. This was then perpetuated throughout England to give us now what is famously known as the afternoon tea.
The specially designed and created menu by Senior Head Chef Kuljit Singh includes finger sandwiches filled with classic and contemporary delights such as; salmon and cucumber, a modern twist on the quintessential cucumber sandwich created in the 1700s; coronation chicken, a sandwich created in 1953 specifically for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation; and brie and purple piccalilli, a quirky take on the classic British teatime treat, all of which will be served on a bespoke, time machine-inspired Afternoon Tea stand complete with dry ice making for a truly magical experience.
A twist on the most historic of afternoon sandwiches, this sandwich pays homage to the cucumber sandwich which was introduced in the 1840’s when John Montagu the fourth earl of sandwich in the 1700’s had the idea of filling 2 slices of bread with a filling to make it more appetising and inventing what is now so famously known as “The Sandwich”.
It might seem humble, but the history of the ham and cheese sandwich has been debated for many years. Nonetheless, early history shows an Englishwoman, writing in 1923 of her passage through Ellis Island on a trip to the U.S., noted: “It was the noon hour… in a little while porters came along with baskets of very good ham and cheese sandwiches.”
The Coronation Chicken Sandwich was created in 1953, when renowned florist Constance Spry and cordon bleu chef Rosemary Hume catered for a banquet to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II. It was inspired by the ‘Jubilee Chicken’ which was created for George V’s silver jubilee in 1935.
The most modern of our sandwiches, with a twist on the traditional piccalilli. We have chosen to pair this with a brie to add colour and bring /give a more of a modern day taste.
The name is first known in Gervase Markham’s 1623 Countrey Contentments, or English Huswife. A traditional sweet pudding traditionally made from small oatmeal boiled and set, until a stiff mousse texture is achieved. The hotel has kept the recipe alive and added rhubarb for a twist in flavour.
In tribute to the British royals love of the Faberge speckled eggs first created in 1885 by Peter Carl Fabergé. This desert is filled with a creamy passion fruit mousse and topped with seasonal berry selection.
A rainbow of rich chocolate is served to represent the Gnomon of a sundial pointing to 4pm in which afternoon tea is traditionally served.
Pears are one of the world’s oldest cultivated and beloved fruits. … In The Odyssey, the Greek poet laureate Homer lauds pears as a “gift of the gods.” Grown and cultivated by the Tudors, it pays homage to the tudor crown. Here paired with a stout caramel sauce, the flavours of both the sauce and the fruit contrast and yet match at the same time.
The earliest known mention of this was in 1897 in a village in Dorset when it was entered into a family cookbook. Since then it has established itself as a must in any English dessert menu. Originally it was made from boiled lemon and sugar but the hotel has refined it to a creamy classic.
St Pancras Spa: following a sojourn in the subterranean spa at St Pancras Hotel in London, this place is an all time classic in one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. It’s perfect for a romantic treat with a sense of illicitness to it – tuck in and then hop on the train to Paris!
K West Hotel and Spa: a celebrity favourite in the heart of London, K West’s rock ‘n’ roll inspired afternoon tea is super contemporary complete with mini burgers and chocolate lollipop sticks all served on old school records and with a seasonal twist.
Down Hall Hotel and Spa: A classically beautiful destination in Essex, Down Hall is a country house hotel where afternoon tea is innovatively seasonally themed. At Halloween everything was about pumpkins, while the summer sees a focus on all things Pimms.
Rockliffe Hall: With its own spatisserie for lunch, everything at Rockliffe Hall is done with precision perfection. While food in the spa is contemporary and health focused, afternoon tea is a dressy affair in the hotel’s historic hall. Surrounded by marble pillars and ornate ceilings there is always a seasonal focus on afternoon teas that are made for special occasions. Add a glass of champagne or a Hendrick’s G&T cocktail for extra decadence.
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