9.27.2015

time for tea @ W

To celebrate the last year, my Mum and I made a new years resolution to treat ourselves to an afternoon tea once a month, at all the iconic venues in the city we'd always wanted to go. Indulging in sandwiches, scones, cake, tea and a chit chat once a month was  definitely a resolution that we were able to stick to! So I thought I'd share with you some of the spots in London where you'll find the good, bad and ugly ways of enjoying of this age old English tradition.

Unsurprisingly, our first stop was somewhat unconventional. Instead of going with the traditional, we began with a rock 'n' roll inspired interpretation of afternoon tea at the W Hotel, Leicester Square.



The W Rock Tea featured a cocktail, sandwiches, scones and cakes inspired by legendary rock 'n' roll artists and tracks, all presented on three tiers of vinyl records. First a 'Rock Mar-tea-ni' which aside from being a great pun was a fabulously fresh Hendrick's cocktail served in a teapot, followed by 'Dark side of the Moon' sandwiches of smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, cucumber and roast chicken. Next were 'Rule Britannia' scones, followed by a selection of rock themed cakes including a gorgeous glittery 'Purple Haze' battenburg and a very messy 'Sticky Fingers' meringue, all served in the iconic W Lounge. There was even a live DJ, in a very bizarre but fabulous sequined dress and night cap, serenading us with slow rock as we fell into a sugary coma.

I probably won't go into specifics as much with a lot of the other afternoon tea experiences I'll share with you, but with this one I will, simply because the attention to detail was sublime. Everything had been carefully considered, selected and displayed with the intent of ensuring a completely unique and first class tea service, and it really made all the difference. The staff were all really helpful and friendly, informing us that everything in our tea was replenish-able, they kept offering us more, didn't rush us in any way and even invited us to stay for a cocktail in the lounge after our tea.

Sadly the W Rock Tea, as with all the themed afternoon teas at the W Hotel, was only available for a short time, but I would not hesitate to go back again. It was the perfect way to while away what was  a very dreary January afternoon, and what's more we even managed to get the tea on a 50% off offer, making it a luxurious treat that everyone can afford, and one that I would recommend completely.

51 comments:

  1. I love afternoon tea! It's one of my favourite ways to spend my afternoon and always so yummy! Yours looks amazing, so quirky and different to plain out sandwiches and scones! Glad you enjoyed!

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  2. Afternoon tea is so chic and lovely!

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  3. I love the idea of going for afternoon tea once a month! I always do this with my mom as well. And I really like the pictures, too! X Sjoukje!
    lemontierres

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  4. Great photos! Thank you for your comment on my blog, I like your blog too, don't you wanna follow each other? :)
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  5. What a wonderful idea to spend time with your mom every month! I should do that too, even though I see her a lot. We should get some real quality time together. Your pictures are stunning.

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  6. Afternoon tea is just the best isn't it?! It's so nice that you are spending time with your Mom every month too - so cute xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  7. Lovely pictures! Looks like a very fun outing <3

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  8. Your photos are so good!!! Such a cool, different concept for a high tea, such a nice thing you and your mum got to share! Your blog is so lovely by the way! :)

    Raashi
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  9. Yes! I love tea! I make myself tea at home all the time, and just relax while sipping it. But I'm sure it's nothing compared to this experience you have with your mom. The photos look so amazing!
    -Lily

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  10. Wow, this looks amazing! Those pastries look delicious!

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  11. the cake looks amazing, glad you had a great time<3
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  12. wow this looks amazing
    xo
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  13. Wow great pics. Love your blog, Raj!
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    ~~Epsita

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  14. Beautiful pics Raj! I wish you an amazing week!;)
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
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  15. Aww, that's such a beautiful New Year's Resolution! To have afternoon tea with your mom is wonderful, especially to catch up and get close. W Rock Tea looks amazing, wow! I'd love to visit one day <3

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  16. Amazing pictures!
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  17. Couldn't think of a more ideal way to spend the afternoon, the sandwiches sound delicious and the scones look so good.

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  18. Lovely pictures! Looks like a very fun outing <3

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  19. The set looks gorgeous and the food looks delicious! I want to have an afternoon tea now! :)

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  20. This looks like so much fun, love the themed cakes!
    Lauren
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  21. Wow this looks like such a fun experience! I love the pictures, this themed tea looks delicious! Great post!
    xo Kiki
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  22. This place looks amazing! I love trying new places for tea!

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  23. yumm, sounds like a great tradition you and your mum have going! everything looks so good! :)

    Metallic Paws

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  24. Such a good resolution! This looks so nice! x

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  25. Now that is a resolution I could stick to. Looks like you had the perfect time!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  26. Mmmm! It looks so yummy :)
    I love restaurants/ cafes that make the food look like art!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  27. This place sounds really nice and I love the decor! The food also looks amazing :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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  28. wow it absolutely looks like you had an amazing time over there :) love it !

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  29. That's a brilliant resolution to have! I'm not a massive fan of afternoon tea but this looks really cool and unique - shame it was only on for a short while x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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  30. Looks so good and beautiful!

    Danielle
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  31. Amazing photos, I'm obsessed!

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  32. Beautiful photos :)
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    Maria V.

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  33. Great post Ray, I love these pics <3

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  34. What a fun day! Yum!

    God bless,
    Xo, Claire
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  35. That looks like an awesome twist on Afternoon Tea. Something I would do with my mom :)

    Sarah
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  36. Nice place and photos.

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  37. Wow, this is a New Years resolution I could definitely get on board with! What a lovely idea! This afternoon tea looks amazing, it's a shame it was only on for a short time. I love the fact you get a cocktail, and the cakes look delicious!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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  38. What a great resolution! Everything looks so fabulous and delectable and pretty!

    Velveteencockroach

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  39. Oh my god. YES. This looks absolutely incredible. I'm a big tea fan and I love W hotels so this looks perfect.

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

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  40. omg great blog post !!! keep up the good work !!

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  41. Well that looks like the very best kind of afternoon tea! Yum

    Krissie x - http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

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  42. These photos are so beautiful♥♥

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  43. looks amazing!

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  44. I love that you and your mum go for afternoon tea every month. That's so sweet! I actually haven't been for afternoon tea before, I definitely need to though!

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  45. What a nice treat! I love afternoon teas! It looks like a really nice place and snacks look so delicious xx

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  46. I'm jealous! I should make this a tradition of mine when I get the chance.... :p

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