A Special Afternoon Tea at The Waldorf Hilton London

Blogger Review Afternoon Tea

I love afternoon tea.  It’s the perfect way to spend time with friends, celebrate a special occasion or just treat yourself to a little decadent luxury.  I visit local cafes with friends and family regularly, but there is something very extra special about going to The Waldorf Hilton Hotel for afternoon tea that leaves the rest behind. Myself, and a group of my favourite bloggers were invited to The Waldorf to start our Britmums Live weekend with them.  It certainly got things off on the right foot and you can read all about our experience here.

Afternoon Tea Waldorf London

Britmums Live is a fantastic opportunity for bloggers and social influencers to come together, learn new skills and have a little fun.  I contacted The Waldorf Hotel and asked them if they would like a few of us bloggers to pop along on Friday afternoon to sample their wonderful sandwiches and rather decadent cakes before the conference got started.

I was so excited when the hotel agreed and I set about contacting some of my favourite bloggers and influencers to see if they would be interested in coming along.  Perhaps even more exciting was that so many lovely ladies said they would love to come and join me.  What a great way to start off what turned out to be a perfect mini break in the city.

Blogger Review Afternoon Tea

We arrived at The Waldorf Hilton on mass, and walked through the historic hotel to the tea room. It’s signature art decor appearance is complimented by exceptional staff and a rather talented grand pianist that looks completely at home in the hotel lounge.  My eyes were drawn in every direction trying to appreciate all the glitz and glamour of our surroundings for the afternoon.

Those that had literally just arrived in London for the weekend were able to leave their bags in the cloakroom before we were shown to our table in the Homage Restaurant.  The tempo changed slightly as the room filled with the sound of harp music and we sat down to enjoy the opulent atmosphere.

I have to give a special mention to our waiter for the afternoon, as he was so attentive.  He poured us all a glass of champagne as we chatted blogger business and made sure we were happy for the entire afternoon.  He might have been made slightly nervous by the amount of phones that appeared to photograph, film or boomerang the pouring of drinks, but that’s just what happens when bloggers come for tea.  He didn’t let this dissuade him from providing us with an excellent service.

cakes and scones afternoon tea

Then the food began to appear, and we all cooed over the raspberry and lemon appetiser that arrived in the cutest miniature beer glass.  The lemon flavour bust through the mouse complimenting the raspberry sorbet perfectly and it’s safe to say that it ticked the box of wetting our appetites perfectly.

Shortly after, our sandwiches arrived, and I was certainly feeling happy I’d saved myself for our afternoon tea experience at The Waldorf.  Our freshly cut sandwiches we particularly delightful.  The oak smoked salmon blini with chive infused cream cheese may have been small, but it packed a punch in terms of flavour.  The spread of sandwiches was amazing, with a particular favourite being the chicken sandwich with freshly baked curry flavoured bread.

We were all wowed at the array of scones and cakes that were expertly delivered to our table for our final course.  With plain and raisin scones to choose from there was plenty of opportunity to test the Devon vs Cornwall approach to spreading the jam and the cream.  I’m a jam first kind of girl myself, which do you prefer?

scones with jam and cream

The cakes were simply out of this world with my personal favourite being the chocolate bowl filled with chocolate ganche and decorated to absolute perfection with even more chocolate.  It was simply delicious and packed with chocolate flavour without being ridiculously rich.

I could go on about how amazing the macaroon was and how perfectly light the sponge was for the raspberry slice but I really think you should go and find out for yourself.  You might like to finish the experience at the Good Godfrey’s Bar and Lounge with a Waldorf cocktail.  I can totally recommend it! I loved the mix it yourself nature of the Sheba and Shiek and Claire couldn’t resist the Whoopie.  I think it was the gin that was calling her as well as the name.

Kaz and Franca couldn’t decide what to have from the menu so the waiter arranged for a cocktail to be made for them along a vodka and strawberry theme.  What arrived was a vibrant cocktail that suited them both perfectly and it will be forever known as the Fraz from this point on.

I cannot speak highly enough of our afternoon tea experience at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London.  Everything was perfect from the setting, to the service, the excellent food and the wonderful company.  It was the perfect start to our weekend in London and an excellent way to catch up with friends.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to The Waldorf Hilton for hosting our afternoon tea and to Kaz, Franca, Claire, Maria, Cathy and Nell for joining me for this lovely occasion.

Afternoon Tea at The Waldorf Hotel London Review

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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9 Discussion to this post

  1. Margaret Gallagher says:

    No wonder you were excited

    Looks totally amazing
    What better way to enjoy than with friends

  2. Lorna Ledger says:

    Wow, ladies wot dinner ‘) looks gorgeous x

  3. Sidrah Ahmed says:

    Amazing afternoon tea it looks so yummy and very delicate

  4. Amy Wright says:

    Wow it looks absolutely delicious and stunning and oh my gosh those cakes!

  5. Ren Taylor says:

    This looks lovely! I’ve had tea at the Ritz but would be nice to try somewhere else x

  6. Thanks so much for organising this. What a lovely treat! Great to see you, and the others. x
    Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me) recently posted…#CulturedKids October 2017My Profile

  7. I loved this start to our weekend so much. What a brilliant treat and such lovely company. Thanks for inviting me Zena and to the Waldorf for putting up with all our cameras, phones and giggles. Oh, and jam first is the way to go 🙂
    Claire at Tin Box Traveller recently posted…Monday Escapes 9/10/17My Profile

  8. sarah m says:

    That looks incredible! Those cakes look delicious!

  9. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    It sounds like you all had a fantastic day, the tea and cakes look amazing too xXx

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