London: Connaught Hotel Afternoon Tea

Second to my love for London, is my love for afternoon tea!  I realize its origins are from “Royalty and High society” but its now become a great way to get together and catch up among friends, which is exactly what my friends and I like to do….only problem, there’s not a lot of great places to do that in Toronto.  So whenever I travel to London, I try to at least get one afternoon tea in if not two.  I found out about the Connaught Hotel after looking at my friend M’s instagram photos of having afternoon tea there.  Everything looked so delicious I just had to go.  I usually like to stick with traditional teas so I had the Royal Connaught Afternoon blend, a black tea.  The tea was good but what I remember clearly is how delicious their Coronation chicken sandwich was!  It was my first time having the chicken salad sandwich and the mild curry flavour, the creamy mayonnaise with a touch of sweetness – it was tasty!  There was no shortness of food here, after the sandwiches and pastries out came the scones (raisin and plain) and then a final plate of cakes (green tea and chestnut and chocolate spicy hazelnut).  So much to eat, I highly recommend going on any empty stomach!

The black tea blend called - Royal Connaught Afternoon Tea.

The black tea blend called – Royal Connaught Afternoon Tea.

The three tier tower of goodness.

The three tier tower of goodness.

Assorted finger sandwiches.

Assorted finger sandwiches.

First tier of pastries - battenberg cake a la rose, b3 eclair and peanut temptation.

First tier of pastries – battenberg cake a la rose, b3 eclair and peanut temptation.

Second tier of pastries - mac Blanc, lemon meringue tart and exotic baba.

Second tier of pastries – mac Blanc, lemon meringue tart and exotic baba.

Plain and golden raisin scones.

Plain and golden raisin scones.

Clotted cream and homemade preserves - mango passionfruit and mirabelle and Gewurtztraminer.

Clotted cream and homemade preserves – mango passionfruit and mirabelle and Gewurtztraminer.

Final course - cakes!

Final course – cakes!

Connaught Hotel located in Mayfair.

Connaught Hotel located in Mayfair.

The espelette restaurant inside Connaught Hotel.

The espelette restaurant inside Connaught Hotel.

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