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Festive Afternoon Tea at the Aqua Shard

Is there anything better to celebrate the season of indulgence than with a decadent and delectable afternoon treat? I think not, especially when it’s sprinkled with a dash of sparkly Christmas cheer.

Guests at Aqua Shard this season can indulge in a festive twist to the afternoon tea. When an invite arrived to try it with a group of bloggers before the big reveal. Well, it was too good to refuse. Their incredibly successful Mary Poppins afternoon tea is a firm favourite of our household, so expectations were high.

view of the three tier cake stand on a table overlooking London with the same sweet desserts on each tier surrounded by a glass of Veuve Clicquot, scones, jam, cream and sandwiches

Disclosure: I was a guest of Aqua Shard and my afternoon tea was complimentary , however all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.

view of Sima with blue nail varnish holding glass filled with Veuve Clicquot overlooking London and the Thames

The typically grey November day didn’t interrupt the spectacular views which never disappoint from the 31st floor of the Shard. Our table was perfectly positioned to drink in the panoramic city views.

picture of the pouring of a Veuve Clicquot from the bottle

It began how all afternoon teas should with a glass of Veuve Clicquot. My taste buds were yearning for a strong pot of the finest English Breakfast tea but there were also some floral numbers, mint teas and cappuccinos ordered.

picture of sandwiches on three plates includes fig chutney and brie along with a cranberry, turkey and lettuce sandwich. Plus roasted peppers, aubergine and hummus on brown bread and a classic cheese and pickle sandwich. And a mini crumpet with smoked salmon

We tucked into an array of finger sandwiches which included two festive flavours, fig chutney and brie along with a cranberry, turkey and lettuce sandwich. There was also roasted peppers, aubergine and hummus on brown bread and a classic cheese and pickle sandwich for the veggies. Plus a cute mini crumpet with smoked salmon.

picture of mini crumpet topped with smoked salmon, fig chutney and brie alongside a cranberry, turkey and lettuce sandwich

The egg and black truffle sandwich easily took the savoury crown. Creamy egg with the just the right amount of earthy, nutty tones. I could have easily ate a plateful to myself.

Freshly baked vanilla scones followed with homemade cranberry and apple jam as well as lashings of Cornish clotted cream. They’re big, crunchy on the outside and fluffy inside. Sticking to one was tough as the eyes had already landed on the other scrumptious sweet treats.

picture of the desserts on a white plate; A gingerbread milk chocolate and coffee Christmas tree. clementine and Prosecco trifle; a dark chocolate and cherry present and a charming pear and cinnamon Santa hat.

The tempting and deliciously sweet delicacies all brandish a festive spin. A gingerbread, milk chocolate and coffee Christmas tree was devoured in record time.

picture of the christmas tree printed gingerbread shape

There is also a light and tasty clementine and Prosecco trifle; for all those who have been good all year round a dark chocolate and cherry present and a charming pear and cinnamon Santa hat.

view of sima holding a glass of Veuve Clicquot, surrounded by the three tier cake stand on a table overlooking London with the same sweet desserts on each tier plus scones, jam, cream and sandwiches.

Start your Yuletide season with Aqua Shard’s festive afternoon tea. It’s available now until the 30th December 2019, Monday – Sunday between 1pm – 5pm. Priced at £49 and £67 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot ‘Yellow Label’ Brut Champagne.

Go on…We all deserve a treat once in a while.

sima

Aqua Shard | Level 31 | The Shard | 31 St Thomas St | London | SE1 9RY | Website


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2 Comments

  • Angie Silver 19th November 2019 at 9:12 am

    Such a fantastic tea!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th November 2019 at 9:18 am

      Puts you right into the festive spirit!

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