You may have noticed from reading some of my afternoon tea blog reviews that my best friend and I really enjoy going out for afternoon tea! Earlier this year, we decided to try out afternoon tea at The Tower Hotel in London.
The Tower Hotel is so-named because it sits at the foot of Tower Bridge on the edge of the Thames. As a result getting to the restaurant involves a serious amount of tourist dodging and ducking out of various photos being taken. The Tower Hotel is owned by the Guoman group and, from the outside, it’s not the prettiest of buildings. On arrival I realised I’d stayed there as a child on a visit to London with my grandparents.
It doesn’t matter that I lived in London for 4 years or that I’ve seen it countless times – Tower Bridge always leaves me in awe. It’s so iconic and we were blessed with beautifully sunny skies on our visit. It did cloud over significantly once we got inside though, as you can see from later photos!
As it was mid-week we were lucky enough to be given a window seat in prime position looking out onto Tower Bridge. When the cakes and sandwiches arrived, they came on a cute Tower Bridge shaped stand. A gimmick, yes, but fun. Things that are obviously designed to attract tourists aren’t always, in my experience, synonymous with great quality food so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the tea itself. I needn’t have worried, the food was great. There wasn’t a stale crust or soggy sandwich in sight!
I didn’t get a photo of it but the tea came in a quirky set of cones to choose from. I swapped my tea for an orange juice with no issues.
The sandwiches were freshly made with classic fillings – cream cheese and cucumber with a hint of mint, smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham and mustard mayo, egg mayo and watercress. The coronation chicken in a brioche bun was a nice added extra. There was a scone each with clotted cream and strawberry jam – the scones were equally fresh, lightly dusted with icing sugar. We were still a little peckish and they kindly gave us an extra plate of sandwiches for free.
We’d bought a voucher for the sparkling afternoon tea which included a glass of sparkling wine. We also bought an extra glass of sparkling rose for £6 each because what is afternoon tea without fizz?!
The cakes were a good mix and I loved the presentation. The blackberry panna cotta was always going to be a winner for me because I love blackberries. The chocolate cupcake with pistachio buttercream was also delicious. Other cakes included a raspberry tart, some macarons and a cheesecake/mousse type hybrid with a shard of chocolate which, although I’m not sure what it was, was very sweet but tasty.
As usual we got carried away chatting and went much over our allotted table time but didn’t feel rushed on by the staff. They were really attentive and I left impressed. It’s not the most glitzy hotel restaurant compared to others but the view and tea itself makes up for it.
I think the value of afternoon tea at The Tower Hotel is brilliant – £29.95 for the sparkling afternoon tea per person. A quick Google tells me that there’s a half price offer on Groupon where you can get a voucher for £29.95 for the sparkling afternoon tea for two which seems insanely good value.
Nearest Tube: Tower Bridge/Tower Gateway