Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason - The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
Afternoon Tea at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon in Fortnum and Masons has changed me. I am all swept up in the ritual, the silver tea service and the piano player tinkling in the entrance. Ah who am I kidding, it’s all about the endless top-ups of treats! I am actually quite ashamed at how long it has taken me to discover the proper British Afternoon Tea. Up until now, I had been spending all my time stuffing myself with brunches that there wasn’t any space left for the delicacies that adorn those pretty tiered cake stands. It all looked a bit too sweet, fancy and stuffy for my liking. How wrong I was. Move over bottomless brunches I have a new obsession and it comes in the form of Afternoon Tea.
According to Google, a girl’s day out in London is incomplete without enjoying one of London’s afternoon teas. There are a dizzying number of Afternoon Teas in London meaning there is one to suit each and every style and taste. With my lovely mum and aunty in London town all the way from Australia, it had to be somewhere special and traditional, it had to feel like London and it had to be fun! After much deliberation, cue Afternoon Tea at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on the 4th Floor of Fortnum and Mason.
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is an oasis above the madness of Piccadilly, making it the perfect spot to take tea and rest after a day of exploring London’s sights. We arrived very early, keen and hungry, having starved ourselves for most of the day in preparation. I was expecting stiff formality but we were warmly welcomed and sat next to a gorgeous Grand Piano, where the piano player was playing an Amy Winehouse classic* (not sure if this really happened or if I was deliriously hungry). We were given the menus to peruse, which only further whetted our appetite. Fortnum’s offer a classic afternoon tea menu, a Savoury afternoon tea menu and a High tea menu. We both opted for Savoury afternoon tea as we are both definitely sweet enough (and a glass of wine goes great with Savoury scones with smoked salmon cream cheese!)
Fortnum’s pride themselves on their teas and as was the expected, the strawberry blend I selected was nothing short of perfection. However, I have to say the real star here is the afternoon tea itself. The savouries in particular; think Duck Mousse Choux with Quince Jelly and Smoked Trout Roulade with Keta Caviar. The best part is, by some kind of magic they keep replacing everything you ate. The indulgence is never ending!
The setting is (sorry boys) an opulent girly retreat. Everything is bright, shiny and pastel coloured. We were surrounded by giggling groups of girls on hen-dos, birthday celebrations or like us, enjoying a girls day out! The atmosphere wasn’t at all stuffy, quite the opposite in fact, filed with laughter and good vibes. Even the wait staff joined in, often taking on the role of group photographers.
After spending the entire afternoon indulging we descended from Heaven on the 4th floor with bellies full but with a raging appetite to discover what other incredible afternoon teas London has to offer!