London: Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La

London: Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La

It was a very quick trip over the pond to London – 3.5 days, but in that short period of time I packed it with as much as I could.  And the first thing I booked as soon as I decided I was going to London was afternoon tea.  I knew there was no way I was going to get an opening at Claridges (London’s most popular hotel to spend a couple of hours sipping tea) and believe me, I did try – so next on my list of London’s best afternoon tea with a view: Shangri-La at the Shard.  Having tea in a beautifully styled loft-like room with an east-west view of the Thames was wonderful, I was in awe of the view (it really was jaw-dropping).  What is unique about the tea service at Shangri-La is that they offer the traditional English afternoon tea service and a South East Asian afternoon tea where the sweets, savoury and scones are all inspired by South East Asia.  As much as it is interesting having dim-sum like dishes, my heart and taste buds still favour the classic coronation chicken and cucumber sandwiches that we know make up the classic afternoon tea in London.

Summer Berry Shot - summer berry cremeux, raspberry foam and macerated berries.

Summer Berry Shot – summer berry cremeux, raspberry foam and macerated berries.

Opening amuse bouche for South East Asian afternoon tea - a condensed milk cup of tea with a great presentation.

Opening amuse bouche for South East Asian afternoon tea – a condensed milk cup of tea with a great presentation.

Cheers!

Cheers!

South East Asian afternoon tea service

South East Asian afternoon tea service.

Scones from the South East Asian Afternoon Tea - regular and black sesame

Scones from the South East Asian Afternoon Tea – regular and black sesame

Traditional afternoon tea service

Traditional English afternoon tea service.

Plain and raisin scones, part of the traditional English afternoon tea.

Plain and raisin scones, part of the traditional English afternoon tea.

Inside the beautiful Shangri-La at the Shard in London.

Inside the beautiful Shangri-La at the Shard in London.

The western view of the Thames from atop the Shard

The western view of the Thames from atop the Shard.

The Eastern view of the Thames from atop the Shard.

The Eastern view of the Thames from atop the Shard.

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