Afternoon Tea at Grovesnor House, Park Lane
Afternoon tea at the Park Room in Grosvenor House is set on the ground floor, and offers but a glimpse of Hyde Park from it’s glittery Park Lane postcode. Anna’s Afternoon tea is a homage to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, whom is seen by many to have popularised the original concept of afternoon tea. This was during a time, when she had secret snacks brought to her room during the long afternoons in the 19th century when dinners were served after eight at night. The rather eponymously named Anna's tea set at Grovesnor house unsurprisingly features a classic selection of - finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream from Devon strawberry jam from Cornwall, not forgetting the myriad of cakes and chocolate topped choux pastries. Our afternoon began with a syrupy mixed fruit and mango juice appetiser served in a short glass to tease the palate, before we were presented with the three tiered set of goodies. Choice of sandwiches included cucumber, smoked salmon and tuna mayonnaise, while pastries involved cream filled puffs and sugar jammed compotes. We enjoyed the rather classic afternoon snack with a pianist banging out surrealistic classical tunes, now transitioned to pop culture courtesy of the likes of teen vampire flicks (Debussy) and mixing it in with something a little more tourist friendly (fly me to the moon). Expectedly, the Park Room is immaculately decked out with inch thick carpets and massive leather chairs, in keeping with the gorgeous hotel, catching the occasional glint in the marble. Perhaps most enlightening is that that all food, tea (or coffee) is freely available to top up throughout service, which by the way, was charming. At £30.50, I thought it was good value and all in all, a relaxing way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in the city. What a great treat this would be to take the strain out of a Christmas shopping trip to London. You can find more details here.