Having a proper Afternoon Tea in London is now one of the most popular experiences that visitors to London have on their list. There are so many unique offerings from Alice in Wonderland Themes to just sheer indulgence, hotels need a unique experience to stand out. One of the ways to do this is by working with Great British Bake Off alumni. They bring with them some new skills and their GBBO reputation and fans.
The Intercontinental O2 has partnered with Sophie Faldo to launch their Spring Champagne Afternoon Tea. Served in the Meridian Lounge, this is a luxurious experience that will be perfect for an indulging day out.
Sophie, was a captain in the Royal Artillery and is now in the Army Reserves. She has been keeping busy since her stint on Great British Bake Off with all things food. Besides working on this Afternoon Tea event, her agent Kim has confirmed that we will be seeing more of Sophie in the media in the future.
Together with Chef Amit of the hotel, they have put together this stunning menu. Of course, the cakes are absolutely beautiful. Here is the menu.
Selection of plain and Persian tea spiced scones with strawberry and Champagne preserve and Cornish clotted cream.
Forman’s London smoked salmon pinwheel with lemon creme fraiche and dill
BBQ pulled jack fruit on a mini brioche bun
Cucumber and goat cheese on carrot bread with balsamic molasses
Curried egg mayo on poppy seed bread with mustard cress
Chicken tarragon with sweetcorn ketchup on caraway bread
With Darjeeling First Flush Tea
Chocolate and praline miniature Pineapple, coconut and lemongrass verrine
Dulcey apple tatin
Rhubarb rose and thyme baba
with Rainforest Lumbini tea
Tea kicks off with a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne. Savouries were made using home made bread and brioche and good quality ingredients like Forman and Field smoked salmon. But all eyes were on the sweet offerings.
I especially loved the Persian spiced scones, a light bake and slightly perfumes, a very unusual and unique take on scones. They served it with a delightful homemade strawberry and Champagne jam.
Of the sweet offerings, the shiny orbs of Mandarin mousse were not just viurally stunning but deliciously refreshing. Each petite slice of cake, baba and pannacotta had a different flavour profile and quite
There is a tea menu with teas supplied by the East India Tea Company. Two blends were paired with the each course. Unfortunately, this is the only flaw in the service. I think that the tea is just as important as the cakes and savouries served. They don’t know how to make the tea properly. The tea was either not left to steep for long enough or there was too much water in the pot, so it was not possible to get any of the flavours that I know the EITC teas have.
Sophie Faldo’s Afternoon Tea at the Intercontinental O2 is certainly one of the most enjoybale I’ve had in London. Beautiful cakes and patisseries, with a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne in a lovely setting with a fabulous view. They just need to brush up their tea making skills to make it a perfect experience. It’s definitely worth travelling a bit further down the Jubilee Line to enjoy this.
Intercontinental Hotel O2
1 Waterview Dr,
London SE10 0TW
Nearest tube: Norht Greenwich (walk through the new outlet mall)
EatCookExplore was a guest of the Intercontinental Hotel O2