Afternoon Tea


Last weekend Catherine and I headed to Mr. Fogg’s  for afternoon tea. If you’ve already read Catherine’s post you’ll know that this is somewhere we’d both been planning to go to for a while. But given that we’ve both had the busiest year, we’ve never managed to fix a date until now.

Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

After wandering off-piste in gorgeous Mayfair, you find yourself stepping inside one of the most charming bars I’ve been to in a long while.

The details of Mr. Fogg’s journey around the world in 80 days are imprinted on every piece of the bar’s interior. From the clock to the hint of the hot air balloon as well as various other clues that demonstrate an impressive attention to detail that makes you believe Mr. Fogg could have actually been here.

Foggs - Interior

Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

As for Catherine and I, we were here for Mr. Fogg’s Tipsy Tea and if you’ve been to Barts or Bunga Bunga, you’ll know that you shouldn’t expect the norm from the guys behind this place. And wonderfully so.Mr. Fogg's Tipsy Tea

The Tipsy Afternoon Tea starts as it means to go on, with a delicious cocktail served in a tea cup – as an aperitif. Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

There is a range of cocktails to choose from the menu and I had to go for the Belvoir Castle tea, simply because I loved the idea of Champagne arriving in a milk jug. That’s right, I could dictate how strong I wanted my cocktail to taste by how much Champagne I poured into my cup.

Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

My idea of heaven.

Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

The Belvoir Castle included jasmine tea infused Tanqueray No.TEN gin with rose liqueur, pomegranate juice and a splash of cherry purée, topped with Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne and a mist of Harry Brompton’s London Ice Tea.

Whilst catching up and sipping cocktails, the festive cake stand arrived. The cakes and pastries were all very good but …
Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

… what really won me over were the sandwiches. With afternoon tea, I’m used to my expectations being met or sometimes let down. But in this case they were surpassed. The fig and walnut sandwich was a clear favourite for both of us. Outstanding.Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

And I couldn’t help but sneak in one more cocktail before leaving, the Catherine of Braganza as a nod to my present company. 😉 This cocktail had Green Tea infused Tanqueray No.TEN gin, steeped in a teapot with Cointreau liqueur, crème de apricot and orange marmalade. Another good choice.

Tipsy Afternoon Tea is available on either Fridays or Saturdays and we were there on a Saturday. The room had a great buzz in a lounging around and drinking delicious cocktails kind of way. All the seats were taken and by 5pm the bar was already starting to get busy.
Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea

If you’re looking for an afternoon tea with character or a good excuse to drink delicious cocktails or enjoy tasty cakes and sandwiches, I have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Fogg’s. It’s a refreshing change.

 Mr. Fogg’s,  15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD.

Disclaimer: The afternoon tea was complimentary but without a doubt my opinion hasn’t been swayed. This is a great spot to try and I enjoyed every minute of it.

How many days until Christmas? Someone is counting somewhere. I’ve seen evidence on Twitter. It’s exciting and it’ll be amazing how, before we know it, we’ll be running around on Christmas Eve buying last-minute presents.

Surely that’s not just me? I’m quite the last minute shopper and when it comes down to Christmas and except for perhaps a holiday, anything to organise I tend to go with the flow. But the other week, I went along to a *drumroll* Christmas afternoon tea with a few bloggers. I say a few but there were quite a lot of us. So much so, I didn’t get to say hi to everyone. Both Selena from Oh, the places we will go! (I have to ask Selena next time I see her if her blog is reference to Dr. Seuss’s awe-inspiring read.) and Melanie from Sunny in London, did such a great job organising a fantastic afternoon tea that has raised the bar for me.

The location was Conrad London St. James, which you might have known as the formerly named Intercontinental London Westminster.

Christmas Afternoon Tea and Conrad London St. James Hotel

The setting was Christmas afternoon tea with bubbles.

Christmas Afternoon Tea and Conrad London St. James Hotel

Our price included a glass but a few of us couldn’t resist a couple more. It was very easy to get in the mood, especially given our airy and light surroundings as a harpist entertained us. (We had a room all to ourselves, it was really quite fantastic.)

Christmas Afternoon Tea and Conrad London St. James Hotel

The pastries and sandwiches all had a festive twist. And whilst I was particularly impressed with the venison bite in puff pastry, the brussel sprout palate cleanser truly surprised me because it was very pleasant and easy to enjoy.

Along with the sandwiches, which included smoked salmon & lemon crème fraîche, cured gammon & mustard as well as beetroot & spinach, I also really enjoyed the scones which arrived with clotted cream, home-made strawberry jam and blackberry curd.

And as we ate, drank and talked away, I thought the afternoon’s delights were what I saw before me. What I didn’t know – or any of us knew – was that the Christmas Snow Scene afternoon tea also included more treats. Many more treats.

Christmas Afternoon Tea and Conrad London St. James Hotel

These …

Christmas Afternoon Tea and Conrad London St. James Hotel

A closer look below. Don’t they look scrumptious? They included, a winter berry Christmas tree, a chocolate orange Battenberg present, a snowflake macaroon, a white forest yule log, Christmas postcard marshmallows, mini meringue snowmen and edible snow. Amazing.

My favourite was definitely the winter berry Christmas tree which turned out to be a mousse when you cut into it. So light and tasty, I’d left the tree until the end and ended up wishing that I had started with it.

Christmas Afternoon Tea and Conrad London St. James HotelAs far as afternoon teas go, this one exercised both imagination and great craft. And when it comes to Christmas treats, I think this would be difficult to beat. An all-round wonderful experience with great company. Win, win.

Conrad London St. James, 22-28 Broadway, London,SW1H 0BH. 

A couple of weekends ago I caught up with two very lovely bloggers, Angie from Silverspoon London and Melanie from Sunny in London, for what turned out to be an epic afternoon tea at La Brasserie that lasted for hours into the evening.

La Brasserie afternoon teaBut this wasn’t your average afternoon tea because contradictory to any expectations, there was actually no tea involved – just Champagne and cocktails – just how I like it.

Brasserie - CocktailsThis probably explains why I haven’t written many afternoon tea posts as I realised when Angie asked me about my favourite places: I’m not a big tea drinker. I’ve been to quite a few but I tend to opt for places where I can have cocktails with my cake. Or mocktails when I was pregnant.

At La Brasserie, we started with a glass of Champagne each …

La Brasserie Champagne… before moving onto the cocktails.

La Brasserie cocktailMy first was La Brasserie Martini (Belvedere Vodka, elderflower cordial, Château de Bligny Champagne with a twist of grapefruit), which came with its very own oyster! You probably wouldn’t expect to have an oyster during afternoon tea but I couldn’t say no to this delicious cocktail which I’d already tried once before.

What I loved about this French restaurant’s offering was its delicate and yet delicious servings. The scones were soft and tasty whilst the cakes were perfectly proportioned that the whole experience felt less guilty and more pleasure.

La Brasserie Afternoon TeaThe sandwiches were also very very good. The bread was light so each bite meant I could focus on the freshness of the fillings.

Brasserie Afternoon TeaWith a fantastic cocktail menu and great company, I’d lost track of time. And on a Saturday afternoon and into the evening, the restaurant remained buzzy with people coming and going.

So all I can say is that if you are looking for somewhere delicious for a girly catch-up, an afternoon tea with cocktails at La Brasserie is a very good place to consider!

At the time of writing this post, La Brasserie’s traditional afternoon tea was £16.50 and its Champagne afternoon tea was £26.50. For full details of their menus, click here.

Disclosure: The afternoon tea was complimentary for the purpose of the review but this certainly didn’t affect my opinion. The fact that La Brasserie is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary is testimony to how popular this place is in Chelsea.

Baby boy is too young for this but I wanted to share the details of The Kensington Hotel’s Children Afternoon Tea because I think it’s a great idea and I’ve seen first hand how much fun it is for the little ones and grown ups.

Children's Afternoon Tea

The concept is simple: afternoon tea for children and adults on the last Thursday of each month from 4pm to 5.30pm. But there is a twist. There is a different story each month, which is performed by The National Youth Theatre and the kids love it.

The theatricality is interactive so the children have a chance to get up and get involved, if they’re not sitting on cushions around the actor(s) listening attentively. It’s such a great after-school treat, I can’t wait until baby boy is old enough to go along.

If you’d like to find out more about the Children’s Afternoon Tea, click here. The next event will take place on March 27th and the next story which will be performed is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What a classic!

Disclosure: The Kensington Hotel are a business client but this isn’t a sponsored post nor was I approached to write this post. I genuinely think this is a fab experience for the little ones.

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