Me Hotel London Afternoon Tea
The trendy and rather futuristic looking Marconi Lounge Bar is the place to enjoy a Floral Afternoon Tea at the chic and popular new ME London in The Strand, just a short walk from Covent Garden.
For those of you who are not familiar with the hotel, it was originally the Marconi Building back in 1922 where the first BBC broadcast took place, so there is a great deal of history to the place. The steel tubing that forms one side of the Marconi Lounge Bar, named after Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio, are meant to represent radio waves, whilst the other side offers lots natural light from the floor to ceiling windows out of which you can sip your Champagne and watch Londoners go about their daily business.
Whilst the Marconi Lounge Bar is where you will enjoy your Afternoon Tea, it is worth having a wonder up to the impressive nine-storey high pyramid reception area on the first floor, and watch out for the floating jelly fish!
Whilst the hotel recently put together a special BRITS Afternoon Tea, being the official BRIT Awards 2014 hotel, which included a rather special large sculpture of the iconic BRIT award in the reception area, it’s the more traditional Floral Afternoon Tea that most guests will get to enjoy.
So let’s get down to the important detail, what does the Floral Afternoon Tea consist of? Well, you will start off with some delicious finger sandwiches such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham with grain mustard mayonnaise, beef and pickle, cucumber with tatziki and egg mayonnaise and cress. Next up are my favourite – homemade buttermilk plain and raisin scones – served with lashings of strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream if you want to be really indulgent. And then if you have any room left, you will be presented with a selection of pastries and tempting cakes, which include a Jasmine Mousse with Chocolate Sacher, Lavender and Honey Macaron, Orange and Marmalade Gateaux and a Lychee, Raspberry and Rose Tart.
For those Tea Aficionados amongst you, there is a pretty extensive choice of teas from around the world including organic and herbal teas provided by Tea Palace London, who specialise in the finest quality teas. You can choose from speciality green and black blend teas to oolong and white teas.
I also particularly liked the china and tea cups with their eye-catching design, which are very much in keeping with the ambience of the lounge.
However, not being a big tea drinker, I was only too happy to enjoy a glass or two of Moët & Chandon Champagne!
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Clientele||Locals, business people and guests|
|Need to book||Advisable|