It is scary how much I’ve depended on the internet for some sane conversation while on maternity leave (which finishes in three weeks). Two of those people have hidden behind their monikers in Twitter and I had been jumping up and down like a little Jack Russell in the hope that they’d want to meet me. Readers, let me introduce you to Kelly and Emma – two other Kiwi bloggers who I’ve been not-so-quietly stalking. Needless to say, I was delighted when they agreed to meet me, and even more so when Emma said it would only be fitting if we made this meeting over afternoon tea. We “settled” on The Royal Horseguards Hotel.
I’ve written two versions of this post: one for the High Tea Society, plus an amended version for my blog – the latter of which you’re currently reading.
“On a chilly winters day, the High Tea Society felt the need for an afternoon tea spread at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, a beautiful location that looks out to the London Eye. We received a very warm welcome and left five hours later. It is one of those places that you could sit down with a great pot of tea and leave the world to do its thing, as we did.
The afternoon tea at The Royal Horseguards began with a smooth glass of Laurent Perrier champagne and a selection of sandwiches. The two in the party who took the gluten free option were impressed with what was provided to them and requested seconds. Those taking the classic afternoon tea received tuna in choux pastry along with light cucumber, salmon and Coronation chicken finger sandwiches.
Following the champagne and sandwiches, Novus tea was served from the world’s most perfect silver teapots, our party having chosen white pear and ginger, fleur d’orient oolong and strawberries & cream black tea. The tea ware was the Royal Horseguard’s own china, beautifully designed and when replaced, each person was consistently served with the design they had originally sat down with (we each received a different and unique design of tea ware).
Both plain and fruit scones were served around 40 minutes into the service, both gluten and non-gluten free options being light and buttery with a deliciously tart home made fruit preserve.
And before we knew it, we were munching on an array of cakes, the highlight being a caramel cheesecake that we would have asked for seconds of if we hadn’t been so full. Also served were a passionfruit tartlet, lemon meringue cupcake, chocolate macaron and elderflower with raspberry Battenberg cake.
The service was five-star. We felt so welcome at the Royal Horseguards Hotel and at no point felt under any pressure to leave. It would be very easy to make yourself at home in this wonderful establishment and it is certainly somewhere we would visit again. Take your mum, your best friend, your dad, or like we did, just the girls for a good old natter; just make sure you wear a lovely tea dress to match the divine tea ware.”
We loved it there and would very highly recommend it. The service at the Royal Horseguards Hotel was ever-so-friendly despite us being the loudest in the room.
I hope to have afternoon tea with these girls again – I have never laughed that hard over afternoon tea, nor lingered for five hours. Thanks Kelly and Emma!!
Though not actually guests of The Royal Horseguards Hotel, we did receive complementary glasses of champagne. We paid £30 each for our Signature Afternoon Teas.
The Royal Horseguards Hotel can be found at 2 Whitehall CourtLondon SW1A 2EJ. Nearest tube is Embankment.