Recently I have been covering a lot of travel content from my adventures abroad but I think it’s about time I write about something a bit closer to home! It’s easy to forget that I actually live in an amazing city that millions of people come to visit every year! Earlier this week I met an Australian girl who asked me for some local tips on what to see and do so I told her the usual favourites: Notting Hill, Borough Market, Camden Market. But I also said the one thing she shouldn’t leave London without trying is one of our famous afternoon teas.
I recently went for afternoon tea at The Dorchester in Mayfair and it was soooo tasty! I would recommend it to anyone, a Londoner or a tourist. You’re spoilt for choice for hotels in Mayfair but an afternoon tea at The Dorchester really is an amazing experience.
Our afternoon tea took place in the Promenade. It is a room right in the centre of the hotel, decorated with the most beautiful flowers.
There was a pianist who played throughout our afternoon tea playing songs from Harry Potter, The Little Mermaid and by Einaudi. It was the perfect accompaniment to our afternoon.
We started off our afternoon tea with with the most delicious sandwiches.
The menu changes based on the seasons so we got to try out the autumn menu.
Our sandwiches included baby cucumber and cream cheeses, coronation chicken and honey roasted ham and marmalade. They were so tasty and felt so elegant cut into finger sandwiches!
This was all accompanied by an impressive selection of tea. I was tempted by The Dorchester’s own brand of tea but in the end went for Tropical Punch which had aromas of pineapple, mango, passion fruit and banana. It was a pink colour and tasted a bit like a twister ice lolly!
The next course was scones – my favourite part of afternoon tea! Of course we had the usual debate of cream or jam first, (it’s always cream first for me!).
We had one plain scone and one raisin scone each, although we could help ourselves to more if we wanted.
At this point I was feeling pretty full but there was still one more course to go – pastries!
We were presented with tiered plates of elegant pastries that almost looked too delicate to eat.
I particularly enjoyed the Lemon sponge and the fig and mascarpone dome. The flavours were delicious and the food presented so beautifully.
The service at the hotel was impeccable. We were waited on by two members of staff who went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and that our tea cups were always full!
To top off the lovely afternoon we got taken on a tour of the hotel too. We were taken up to the 6th floor suites which are some of their most exclusive!
They were pretty incredible, with views over Hyde Park.
We also got to see the spa which had its very own dining area for afternoon tea too!
Afternoon tea at The Dorchester was a brilliant experience, I will definitely go back to try out their next season menu in winter!
If you’re looking for other afternoon tea experience check out my DIY afternoon tea post too!
Have you ever been to the Dorchester for afternoon tea? Or do you have another London hotel that’s your favourite for cake and scones? Let me know in the comments below!
*The experience was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.