Christmas is without a doubt one of my favourite times of year, I love the twinkle lights, the elaborate trees, and most of all, festive cheer with my friends and loved ones. This year as an extra special holiday treat, my closest girls and I decided to try out Aqua Shard’s Festive Afternoon Tea, complete with the most amazing pear and cinnamon Santa hat cake that I’m still thinking about 24-hours later.
We generally meet up about once a month, it is one of the things I look forward to the most, and we decided to treat ourselves this Christmas with a seasonal treat, we went through a long list of amazing places, but we all really wanted to enjoy the panoramic views from level 31 of the iconic London skyscraper. Who can resist views of the city and Tower Bridge?
So, I’ve done the afternoon tea at Aqua Shard before, but not since 2013, which is a lifetime ago isn’t, so I was excited to see what festive-fare we would get, and for me, it was the just the right mix of Christmas-cheer, with cranberry, turkey and lettuce and fig chutney and brie finger sandwiches, alongside traditional favourites cheese and pickle and egg and black truffle, which was by far the winner of the savouries.
Our table was a mix of vegetarians and meat-eaters and the afternoon tea was well-received for both, I loved that they added in a very tasty roasted peppers, aubergine and hummus on brown bread. Plus, there was also a delicious mini crumpet treat, topped with smoke salmon or humous – such a cute little addition.
Savoury done, onto the scones, warm to the touch, freshly baked vanilla scones with homemade jam and clotted cream. As always the debate over cream or jam first came up, doesn’t it always, my Cornish friend Carina put everyone straight jam then cream!!!
I held back a little on the scones, I just had the one, as the festive cakes looked incredible, and I’m glad as I did, as each one was better than the next. I started with the Clementine and Prosecco trifle, because, if trifle and booze doesn’t say Christmas I don’t what does and it was so good, light and sweet.
Next up, the gingerbread Christmas tree with milk chocolate and coffee, I loved the white chocolate addition to the front. But my favourite two had to be the Santa hat, I know I’ve gushed already about it, but it was so light and airy and the dark chocolate and cherry present was a dream. Sometimes chocolate desserts are a little too over-the-top, this was just perfect and the cherry was a great touch.
Starting at £49 per person, for the traditional afternoon tea, with as much tea as you can enjoy, it isn’t the cheapest in London, but you won’t find anywhere else with better views of London. Want a glass of bubbles to celebrate in style, add a glass of Veuve Clicquot ‘Yellow Label’ Brut Champagne for £67 or a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne for £72.
I actually can’t fault the afternoon tea, I loved that we could mix up our teas, and even substitute it for hot chocolate or coffee, the food was all amazing, and I do love the atmosphere. The only thing I wish is that there were bigger tables near the window it is all geared for couples, but hey, a table of four also wants to watch the river.
Festive Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard runs until December 30, available from 1-5pm.
Have you enjoyed afternoon tea at Aqua Shard?
Christmas Tree at Aqua Shard
Another great thing about visiting Aqua Shard during the festive season is the Christmas tree, this year they’ve teamed up with fashion designer Holly Fulton, who has being inspired by 1920’s glamour. It is more like a pop-up Christmas card than a tree, but I love it all the same, I really love the contrast between the whimsical paper dolls against the modern architecture of Aqua Shard’s atrium.