The Drawing Rooms
Earlier this week a friend and I visited the V & A to see their wonderful Hollywood Costume exhibition and ended the day with a delicious afternoon tea at the Ampersand Hotel. It’s a small boutique hotel set in a beautiful Victorian building and its location was perfect being only a couple of minutes walk from the V & A. Afternoon tea is served in the cosy Drawing Rooms with its botanical and ornithological themed decor, where we opted to sit in the less crowded rear section.
Classic Afternoon Tea
There was a choice of two different afternoon teas available the classic and the chef’s, so we chose one of each and decided to share. Both arrived beautifully presented on tiered cake stands. The classic was served with tartines (open sandwiches) and traditional scones, jam and clotted cream.
Chef's Afternoon Tea
The chef’s was served with gougères (savory choux pastry) and the most amazingly tasty white chocolate scones, which were my favourite.
Pastries from the Classic Afternoon Tea
There was a great selection of home made pastries including lemon meringue, chocolate brownie, classic Victoria sponge cake, traditional fruit cake and English breakfast tea chocolate bonbon.
Cute individual tea pots
There was about ten different teas to choose from and our selection was served in our own individual mini tea pots. The waitress returned to topped up the teapot without having to be asked.
Downstairs Public Space
Overall we had a fantastic visit with great service we enjoyed a leisurely two hour afternoon tea treat. Then when it was time to leave, the hotel was only a minute's walk from South Kensington Tube Station.
If you enjoyed this blog you might like to read about my recent visit to the Ampersand for their special spooky Halloween Afternoon Tea.
Address: The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, SW7 3ER
Nearest Tube Station: South Kensington (Zone 1)
Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2.30 - 5.30pm
Classic Afternoon Tea: £16.50 or £26.50 with a glass of champagne (January 2013)
Chef's Afternoon Tea: £17.50 or £27.50 with a glass of champagne (January 2013)
More information, including the menu, can be found here on The Ampersand Hotel's website here.
The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds.