REVIEW: Mad Hatter’s Tea, The Athenaeum
A favourite of Kim Kardashian, alongside every other celeb worth their salt, is The Athenaeum. The opitome of London class, all pastel hues, mirrored surfaces and impeccably dressed staff, the hotel overlooks busy Piccadilly yet oozes calm and finesse.
With the vast expanse of Green Park stretching out before them. rooms on the highest floors feel as if they’re miles from bustling Buckingham Palace and The Ritz – but if you’re taking afternoon tea on the ground floor, you’ll reach another world altogether.
To celebrate 150 years since the publication of Alice in Wonderland, the world-famous tea room (with a now world-famous cake trolley – never will we stop talking about the mountain of treats laid before us. It was unlike anything we’ve come across before) has put together a beautiful afternoon tea menu, themed around the classic story (£34.50).
Traditional English finger sandwiches begin the ritual, (smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise with mustard cress and ham with red onion marmalade) followed by freshly baked scones with lemon curd, fresh Devonshire clotted cream and homemade jam.
Next comes an embarrassment of brightly coloured treasures, almost too beautiful to sink your teeth into. Multi-coloured cup cakes with frosted flowers, chocolate tea cups wtih strawberry mousse, white chocolate clock cakes and mushroom meringues compete for your attention – but remember, that fabulous cake trolley will be wheeled around afterwards. For £49, you can throw in a glass of Lanson Rose – but of course, all manner of tea flows throughout.
A timeless tradition performed effortlessly by experienced, chatty staff in a perfectly pleasant environment – they might welcome you by admitting ‘we’re all mad here’, but don’t believe them – this hotel knows exactly what it’s doing.
Amy @ Fashionbite xx