London afternoon tea (The Waldorf Hilton)

London afternoon tea (The Waldorf Hilton)

For those who like traditional programs, a good choice is to have an afternoon tea in London! Do you have a more typical program?
A friend who was living in the city was kind enough to reserve a table for us at the Hilton, which offered a closed menu for about £ 25 and included sweet, savory, mini sandwiches and teas at will. I confess that I was intimidated, because going to the Hilton to do anything is not much to me. I think the brand is chic, no doubt, but also grimace. But I faced the experience.
Upon arriving at the hotel, which was very busy, my suspicions were confirmed: people very well dressed and with the appearance of “high ranking executives” super busy on their cell phones and laptops. We were ushered into the tea room and the pomp went on: when the salon arrived, a well-dressed receptionist offered to store our coats and bags. After a day of walking up and down, a good hot tea would fit like a glove!
The lounge was very classic, with small round tables, “rococo” chairs with old-fashioned green velvet, well-dressed people drinking their teas and talking softly. In fact, only women! A group arrived with us and broke the seriousness of the environment a little. They were very noisy young Londoners, celebrating a beautiful afternoon with friends.
The Waldorf HiltonOur table was ready, with discreet white cups (and I confess I expected more from the porcelain! Where’s my cup of flowers? Humf!). But by the time our food arrived, I had forgotten everything: plates with delicious warm Scones, cream tartlets with berries, butter, homemade jam and assorted mini sandwiches. Everything was divine!
The waldorf Hilton 2The tea letter was a separate thing. I love teas, I can say that since I was a child I drink tea quite often, but I’m not a connoisseur. When they gave me the menu, I had that “what now?” Shell face, because they were super special teas, from different origins. I didn’t have any that I knew (infusions of chamomile, mint, lemongrass, hehe!). Even English “black tea” didn’t have it. Because of black tea, there were about 15! Earl Gray, Darjeeling, Orange Pekoe, Ceylon… Well, I looked good, I saw one with Jasmin in the middle and I asked. Less badly, everything went well.
And above all, came the Tea Timer that I mentioned in this post here, which I had never seen before, and I thought the freshness was great!
I highly recommend the program for anyone who wants to have a very traditional tea in London!

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