It would be a crime to be in London and not have a high tea. And I wanted to be good this time.
There is no lack of options when it comes to high tea in central London, but after a quick call we have opted for The Rosebery at Mandarin Oriental.
I like to associate high tea with something special, something elevated and maybe even royal. (Thanks to all those marketing gurus). So The Rosebery was a spot that delivered on all of the above and more.
High ceilings, cornices and the color scheme played a big part in that, but the deciding factor was the service. Truly royal service.
Great selection of finger food consisted of two parts. First came the sandwiches and pastries.
They arrived together and where hung “on a tree” beside our table.
This was my favourite piece – raspberry cream concealed in a merengue shell and covered up by berries and an edible flower.
Part two: scones and cakes. We were warned that we must leave space for part two, but it is hard to resist. So if part one I was able to justify as “I was hungry”, this part was pure indulgence.
Best thing here – rose jam. I don’t think I have ever tasted a jam that tastes and smells solely like rose. I am not sure it exists anywhere else but here.
SWK top tip for a small waistline – wear tight clothing to prevent yourself from overindulging. Does it work? You bet.
Another tip – drown the food in lotsa tea. It is called High Tea not High Cake after all.
As a chic detail in my otherwise All White look was this embellished organza jacket by Phillip Lim. The embellishment gives it a definite Asian motive and creates a very cosmopolitan image by contrasting it with my eastern european looks and traditional British architecture.
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