In a city so chaotic lies a beautiful, peaceful and luxurious hotel that serves the most delightful Afternoon Tea. The Kensington Hotel, nestled on a street in South Kensington surrounded by white tall houses and picturesque shops is currently hosting a ‘Tale As Old As Time’ Beauty and the Beast themed afternoon tea that you simply cannot miss.
I was lucky enough to be treated to this gorgeous Disney themed tea for my 22nd birthday by my best friend, and it is a real treat to say the least. If you’re looking for a hearty, fun and indulgent Afternoon Tea in a relaxed, sophisticated and luxe London setting, this will be right up your street.
The Afternoon Tea begins with an incredible choice of teas and an additional glass of prosecco (at a cost). Of course we added on that cheeky glass of bubbles as it was a celebration after all, and so worth it to. For the tea selection, I went with the herbal Rooibos tea followed by their Jasmine White Tea a little later on that were both as tasty as each other. You get a lot of it to and can try as many as you wish.
Whilst drinking the tea, the waiters bring around the Beauty and The Beast themed table ornaments from the film. It really is the cutest set and I just wanted to take them home. We literally had pretty much the whole cast on our table to join us, cute hey? Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Chip, Lumiere and the famous red rose. I think my favourite were Lumiere and Mrs Potts. We only realised at the end of the visit that Mrs Potts actually had milk in her pot (we were wondering why everyone kept tipping her up and we didn’t).
Alongside the characters, the rest of the cutlery and tableware was bang on trend with the striped pastel mugs, plates and a red rose centrepiece – it was like we were a part of the set (if only that were true).
Before the main part of the afternoon tea came out, we were given a small plate of savoury delights. As we both had certain dietary requirements the Kensington Hotel were amazing and we were well catered for and given little bite sized treats that were delicious. This included a super grain salad, an avocado and walnut bite and an aubergine and pomegranate bite.
Then, came the star of the show, the afternoon tea stand. My god did my mouth water. Inspired by the film, the cake stand was full with miniature sweet delights, sandwiches and scones and looked just incredible.
They catered for both of my needs of being gluten and lactose free, which I thought was just incredible and also a little impossible. But, they pulled it out of the bag.
My individual afternoon tea stand consisted of:
Selection of savoury sandwiches (gf.)
Tuna and cucumber
Avocado and red pepper
A gf. winter berry tart
Vanilla & gold jelly – it came upside down with a rose petal inside (so cute)
Two spiced snowball macaroons – one filled with strawberry jam, one with apricot
A berry jelly cube
Gluten free scones with strawberry and apricot jams
I was a bit gutted I didn’t get the baguette scones that are on the original Tale As Old As Time menu, but the gluten free scones were a dream. When they brought over the trays we wondered what smelt so damn delightful.
Also available from the original menu is a Chocolate Clock Tart with Chocolate Ganache with Cogsworth’s cute little face on the front. Then, taken from everyone’s favourite song from the film, ‘Be Our Guest’ is a pot that reads ‘Try the Grey Stuff’ with White Chocolate Mousse inside, a dessert recommended by none other than the iconic candle character, Lumiere.
One and a half hours had passed and by that time we were full to the brim and in food comas, but certainly not complaining. In terms of theme, location and menu, this tea was one of my favourites I’ve been to yet. Nothing can quite top a set like this and its one all Disney lovers can’t miss.
The Kensington Hotel has truly thought this afternoon tea out, with all its little touches and drool-worth themed menu. I would truly suggest checking it out. You can view the menu and more here.
What afternoon tea would you recommend?