Afternoon Tea: W London – Rock Tea


A couple of weeks ago I was treated to a W London’s ‘W Rock Tea’ by Huawei for the launch of the world slimmest smartphone, the Huawei Ascend 6, see my review here of the phone, and with my love of afternoon tea I couldn’t help but savour every last bite of the incredible selection while learning all about the phone.

Inspired by the musical heritage of the Soho area, where the W London Hotel is located, this afternoon tea is a rock n roll tribute to the likes of Pink Floyd, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrick, and Fleetwood Mac served on a three-tier stand made of original vinyl records.

There seems to be a trend at the moment for themed afternoon teas, not that I am complaining I am a huge fan when they are done well like One Aldwych’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory tea and The Sanderson’s Mad Hatters tea party, and I think the W London naming their delicious treats after iconic rock albums and songs fits perfectly with the cool interior of the hotel.

The Rock Tea has more traditional afternoon tea elements than it appears, there is just a rock n roll twist, for instance there are still finger sandwiches with egg mayonnaise, cucumber and yoghurt, smoked salmon and chicken fillings, plus scones and clotted cream, the twists come over in the well executed cakes such as the psychedelic purple marzipan aptly named after Jimi Hendrix’s song ‘Purple Haze’.

All of the cakes made an impact from the delicious ‘Cherry Bomb’ featuring chocolate, mascarpone and cherries to the light and tasty ‘Every Rose Has a Thorn’ jam sponge to the melt in your mouth chocolate and passion fruit ‘Sweet Emotion’ bites with glitter hearts that seemed to cover everything I was wearing.

As I was there for an event, I didn’t really relax and enjoy the afternoon tea like I would have like, I didn’t have with a cup of tea, and I didn’t get chance to try the scones – but what I did try I loved and I can’t wait to sit down in the glitter ball adorned bar and try again!!!

W Rock Tea is from 2-5pm at W London and costs from £25 per person

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**I was a guest of Huawei, but all opinions on the afternoon tea are my own**