Monday, 28 May 2012

High Tea at The Dorchester

Afternoon tea is a quintessential English pastime that I'd been wanting to experience ever since we arrived. There's something so perfect about lounging around drinking too much tea and eating way too many scones and cakes. I'd researched the best places to have high tea, and The Dorchester kept popping up, so I figure it must be good. And it was. The hotel is so magnificent inside with flowers in bloom everywhere, big, grand furniture, dim lighting and everyone dressed to the nines. There's also a wonderful pianist playing old showtunes and some newer hits, which creates a lovely ambiance.

Since the Chelsea Flower Show was in full swing when we went, there was a special afternoon tea that included a glass of bubbly to start off the festivities. Then came the dainty tea sandwiches with an array of fillings from cheddar and mango to smoked salmon. We were already so stuffed before the cakes, scones and mango cream parfait came out, but of course we kept eating! And they just kept refilling the tea pots over and over...I don't think I've had that much in my entire life. By the end of it, we were practically sinking in the plush pillows enjoying the lovely music and nibbling on the leftover chocolate cakes.

This would make a fab gift for a friend's birthday or to treat your mom...definitely can't go to often without breaking the bank but it's definitely worth it for a special occasion. Enjoy!

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