Could there be a meal more decadent than Afternoon Tea? The very British tradition was invented by the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840 and is now a firm fixture in luxury hotels and restaurants with everything from gourmet doughnuts to freshly spun candy floss offered alongside finger sandwiches and scones.
Now The Arch London, a boutique luxury hotel minutes from Hyde Park, has launched a glamorous tea with brides in mind.
Named the Bridal Shower afternoon tea, you can expect a lavish feast that includes roast beef and watercress sandwiches, Stilton cheese straws and Chicken liver parfait with spiced fig chutney.
Indulge your sweet tooth in treats like white chocolate covered strawberries (which surely must count as one of your five-a-day); vanilla buttermilk cupcakes; and luxurious Raspberry and Champagne jelly topped with crunchy pistachio nuts.
Tea arrives in beautiful individual teapots and the fruit teas are particularly refreshing. Try the Lychee or Peach for a taste of something different.
Apart from the delicious menu, we loved the Wedgwood fine bone china everything was served on. It gave the whole experience even more of a vintage chic edge, racked up the Instagram likes and was so pretty I had no choice but to Google it at the table.
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THE VENUE & LOCATION
The Arch London sits just off Oxford Street and minutes from Marble Arch tube station, making it the perfect pit-stop for a sophisticated soirée with your ‘maids.
The 5-star boutique hotel is spread over 7 Victorian townhouses and each of the 82 rooms and suites are individually decorated.
THE KHUSH VERDICT
The Arch London’s Bridal Shower afternoon tea is perfect for the bride who wants to spend quality time with her squad in a chic and sophisticated setting, with sweet treats and savoury delights on tap! The service was impeccable with friendly staff on hand to find your perfect tea for you and top your flutes up with Champagne. If only afternoon tea was an all-day affair!
The Arch London
50 Great Cumberland Place