Aside from fried chicken eating, my other favourite foodie past time is afternoon tea. How very English of me, right? There’s just something about scones, jam and cream combination that does it for me. W London have put their own spin on it by taking influence from the Rock ‘n’ Roll era to create a rather unique selection of treats for afternoon tea. We headed down there last week to check it out. If y’all haven’t seen/been to the W then you’re missing out – in terms of design, both interior and exterior – it’s one of the best in the city. Situated in the heart of Leicester Square, it’s a tough one to miss and even tougher one to get to on a weekend.
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I’ve only ever been to the hotel once previously and that was for WAH Nails book launch in a private suite. 50 women, 2 guys and 2 cameras. Fun times. The afternoon tea is served in the lounge area on the 2nd floor – take a look at the image above. Words aren’t needed. *cue Rick Ross – Maybach Music*
The decor. Fancy huh?
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All about brown sugar.
The tea starts off with the tea itself. I opted for the standard English Breakfast tea, nothing beats the original. One of the perks of W’s tea offering is that it is unlimited unlike a lot of posh hotels. The first round Dark Side Of The Moon of the afternoon tea starts off with the finger sandwiches, strange combination of flavours – smoked salmon, cream cheese & dill, cucumber & herbed butter, ham & caramelised onion and curried chicken. I can’t say I was impressed by them, the only flavour that stood out for me was the curried chicken. Much to my other half’s my amusement of course, curry face.
Next up is a slightly more traditional layer with the Rule Brittania (scones, cream and homemade jam), Rolling Stone’s logo Sticky Finger meringues and the tiny little Cherry Bombs which consist of brandy soaked cherry laced in mascarpone with milk chocolate inside the sponge. So much for my low carb diet, all in the name of Y&Y. Easily my favourite layer.
I gave up on the final layer. It features festive themed treats including a Red Velvet cupcake, mince pieces and Purple Haze (Victoria sponge with a psychedelic marzipan). Mince pies were on point.
Final thoughts: A risky choice from W to switch up a classic but they’ve pulled it off with top 2 tiers. Sandwich layer needs redoing. W London have redefined the whole afternoon tea experience with their own modern day interpretation. Major shout out to the staff, all of whom were lovely and welcoming.
Head over to their website to book afternoon tea. It’s only £25 per person, not bad at all considering how much you get and UNLIMITED tea.