Ahead of Afternoon Tea Week, which takes place from the 7th to the 13th August, I was invited to try the Great Scotland Yard Hotel x Floris London Afternoon Tea.
This multi-sensory summer Afternoon Tea is in partnership with perfumery and with Royal Warrant Holder, Floris London.
Afternoon Tea at Great Scotland Yard Hotel takes place in The Parlour, which is a beautiful room with lots of natural light. The decor takes inspiration from Britain’s Victorian explorers. I loved the tropical feel to it.
The Floris London Afternoon Tea
The hotel’s Senior Sous Pastry Chef, Alexandra Ellis, has created a menu that draws on the scents and top notes found in Sirena, an invigorating, floral perfume by Floris London. The notes found in the fragrance include jasmine and bergamot, as well as pink peppercorn. Guests may smell Sirena if they wish to, before embarking on the savoury and sweet Afternoon Tea delicacies.
As is tradition with afternoon tea, you are served the savoury selection first. The top tier consisted of a pea and lardon quiche, the second tier had chicken coronation sandwiches on brown bread and smoked salmon sandwiches with dill and crème fraîche. The bottom tier had egg mayo truffle on white bread (it should have had chives but we asked for no chives) and a shallot and Montgomery cheddar Yorkshire Pudding.
My favourite savory option was the smoked salmon sandwich as it was lovely and light, whilst my husband’s was the chicken coronation sandwiches – he even asked for extra!
I appreciated that the savories included non-sandwich options so that there was variety in texture. We enjoyed our savoury selection with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut champagne.
After indulging in the savoury selection we moved on to the sweet pastries. There is a wide variety of loose tea to choose from, by Jing Tea, and there’s even a gorgeous tea trolley where you can select your tea from.
Despite the wide variety of teas on offer, my husband and I are creatures of habit and very rarely sway from our tea choices. My husband chose Earl Grey whilst I had Rooibos, which is from my home country of South Africa.
On to the sweet options! The first tier had beautifully delicate Jasmine and Bergamot mousse cakes with a very thin white chocolate ring around them and white chocolate butterflies. These definitely played homage to the Bergamot and Jasmine notes found in Sirena.
The presentation was beautiful too with delicate white chocolate butterflies, purple and yellow edible flowers and an edible seal. Stunning!
On the second tier were Rose and Pistachio layered cakes and Summer Berry Choux with Elderflower mousse. They both looked incredible and vibrant. Absolutely love the pink and green colour combination.
I’m not a huge lover of rose so whilst I tried it, I indulged more in the pistachio cake rather than the rose mousse. The pistachio cake was incredible – very moist and the chopped pistachio gave it great texture.
I loved the Summer Berry Choux with Elderflower mousse. Absolutely delcious but also delicate and not too heavy. The bright pink colour really stood out too.
Last but not least, and always a firm favourite at Afternoon Tea, were the warm scones with Cornish clotted cream and summer berry jam.
There were two plain scones and two fruit scones to choose from – or have both! The scones were light and fluffy and very tasty.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Floris London Afternoon Tea experience at Great Scotland Yard Hotel. The variety of sweet and savoury was excellent and everything was beautifully executed. The service was attentive and professional and the setting is really gorgeous and rather unique.
What does the Floris Afternoon Tea cost?
For Afternoon Tea, without champagne, is £59 per person. For a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut champagne, it’s £70 per person. You can opt for bottomless champagne (for an hour and a half) for £89 per person.
Whilst our Afternoon Tea was gifted for this review, I have been to many luxury Afternoon Teas and feel that this is incredible value and would happily pay this myself.
The Floris London Afternoon Tea is on until September, however Great Scotland Yard Hotel serves Afternoon Tea every day.