Is there anything more British than afternoon tea? How about one based on a classic childhood tale with the most practically perfect views of London? The Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea at the Aqua Shard certainly ticks those boxes.
Afternoon Tea with a View In London
Disclaimer: We were guests at Aqua Shard, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.
Whether young or old a trip down Cherry Tree Lane for an afternoon tea inspired by the much-loved work of P.L. Travers is guaranteed to be a sumptuous occasion. From the moment you take a seat you’ll notice the meticulous attention to detail, as your transported to the imaginary world.
Quirky Afternoon Tea
The menu is presented in a gold framed mirror, referencing Mary’s practically perfect appearance in the tale. Delightful crockery adorned with Mary Shepherd’s original illustrations from the book and mini kites in the champagne flutes alluding to the film’s happy ending.
Children are offered an old fashioned lemonade float served in a classic sundae glass or a hot chocolate to quench their thirst.
If you decide to indulge in the adult version, a glass of Verve Cliquot can be enjoyed with a side of medicine. These come in the form of three homemade liqueurs – strawberry, lime cordial and rum punch, which you can administer yourself.
Tea is also a delightful affair with a choice of two, Mary’s Tea is a blend of black teas from around the world and elegant rose petals which gave it a faintly sweet and floral finish. There was also Bert’s Tea , a blend of lapsang souchong, keemun, Ceylon, vanilla and cornflower, giving it a subtle sweet flavour and smoky finish.
The pièce de résistance is the bespoke quirky stand made of Mary’s flying umbrella and boots on the bottom which holds the sandwiches and cakes. Our selection of delectable savouries included Cackleberry farm egg and black truffle, Mrs Kirkam’s cheddar, Branston pickle and English mustard ploughman’s sandwich and we replaced our Dingley Dell honey roast ham with mustard mayonnaise and Norfolk rocket cress sandwich with beetroot and brie on white bread.
The pescatarians enjoyed the Devon crab with cucumber and coriander served on a brioche roll and the mini crumpets (Mary’s favourites) topped with Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese. Whilst the vegetarian alternatives were rather pleasing on the palate starting sundried tomato and rocket in a brioche bun, the classic cucumber and cheese and a plant based mini crumpet with hummus and harissa gel.
No afternoon tea is complete without scones, which are delivered to the table by Bert from Mary’s bottomless carpet bag! Freshly baked, warm, fluffy and accompanied with clotted cream and jams – perfect.
Our delicious array of sweet treats also each told a story. There is Mary’s chocolate and cherry hat, a nod to the Bank’s residence on Cherry Tree Lane. A ‘Strike Me Pink Sponge’ which imagines one of Travers’ famous quotes in edible form and Mrs Corry’s gingerbread star.
And a golden tin illustrated with a bear revealing a sweet ‘back to front zoo’ golden syrup tart. If you cast your mind to the film they met the bear at the zoo on the day that Mary Poppins birthday fell on the Full Moon.
To end your day on a truly special spoonful of sugar, the final treat of raspberry flavoured Fairground candy floss served by Bert is a winner. This received the biggest smiles from the girls. Who am I kidding, mine was just as big.
Aside from the incredible food the afternoon tea is held on level 31 of The Shard, London’s tallest building. So as well as revelling in a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time you drink in breathtaking views and imagine yourself flying above the rooftops of London…What a sight!
It’s an amazing way to relive those childhood memories and if you have kids watch on as they fully immerse themselves with glee in the fantasy world through some very special treats. I couldn’t recommend it enough. Trust me your sweet tooth and your kids will thank you for it!
The Mary Poppin’s afternoon tea at the Aqua Shard is served every day from 1.00-5.00pm, priced at £49 per person, or £66 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, and £72 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé.
For more information visit the Aqua Shard website.
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