Written by Isis Louw
I discovered the afternoon tea experience when I moved to London ten years ago, and I would say it is at the top of my recommendation list of things to do in London.
One of my all time favourite, is The Afternoon Tea at The Rosebery Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. It is the ultimate experience in the most amazing setting, strategically located in the heart of Knightsbridge which makes it the perfect break pre or post a shopping session, or a stroll in Hyde Park.
I a big fan of the Mandarin Oriental Hotels, they are always so grand, so tastefully decorated and most importantly so cosy and comfortable. Every detail has been thought out carefully to make your stay the best possible.
The Rosebery Lounge is an oasis in the middle of the city. The organic colours, the art and the flowers will guarantee a change of scenery, reminiscent of Asia’s luxurious vegetation. The service is of course of the highest standard possible and the staff is thoughtful and professional.
To begin, we were offered a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc (yes!), followed by an exhaustive selection of teas of all colours, tastes and origins. We got as many refills of tea as we wanted, and we could even switch to another tea, which allowed us to try as many as possible.
Then came the selection of rolled sandwiches with different textures and flavours: chicken, Salmon, crab, egg, ham and cucumber (there is a also vegetarian option). We couldn’t enough of them so we got a refill! We were served the signature cakes about the same time, followed by the scones alongside the clotted cream and a selection of jams and marmalades.
Last but not least, we indulged in a variety of the most exquisite desserts, which were almost too pretty to eat!
The Afternoon Tea at The Rosebery Lounge is the perfect quintessentially English treat to enjoy with your partner, friends and family, in the most relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere.
The Rosebery Lounge, at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom