Mini Gardener Afternoon Tea at St Ermin’s Hotel in London
If you ask me to recommend a must do activity in London, I would say it is an afternoon tea at one of the grand hotels. I have been to a few afternoon teas, and some of the places are not very suitable for kids. You either can’t relax, because you worry the whole time, that they will break precious china, or you get stern looks from other patrons, indicating that you should have left your kids at home.
I was delighted to discover that St Ermin’s Hotel offers a child friendly version of the afternoon tea and it is called Mini Gardener Afternoon Tea.
The tea can either be served in the Tea Lounge, which has got fantastic ambiance and beautiful interior, or on the terrace if fussy British weather allows. Just look at those chairs!
As the sun was shining, we opted for the terrace option.
Mini Gardener tea is served in a tray lined with grass and it is a pure delight. Each and every item is made with love and looks so realistic, that you would not think it is actually possible to eat the banana or a plant pot.
The team at Tea Lounge has thought about everything: while mum and dad are enjoying a glass of bubbly, kids can entertain themselves with DIY shortbread, which they can decorate with icing, packaged into paint tubes. Letitia was busy with it for a good 20 minutes!
Tea starts with a selection of sandwiches, done in a traditional way, without crusts, and follows with all matter of sweets that one can imagine.
If your children do not like tea, it is not an issue, as Mini Gardener menu includes either orange or apple juice. The afternoon tea setting provided a great opportunity to show my daughter how tea should be served using nice china and a tea pot.
Adult version of the afternoon tea is equally tasty and delight for the eyes. I have to be honest, I did not want to eat some of the cakes, as they were just too pretty to eat!
I loved little fruits, which were actually peach and apricot and blueberry mousses with fillings, encased in chocolate. The plant pot was also present in the adult afternoon tea and again I struggled to eat it, as I was just marveling at the craftsmanship and presentation. The plant pot revealed white chocolate ganache, hazelnut caramel, raspberry compote and vanilla sponge.
Another important part of the afternoon tea is the scones, and here they were amazing. They are served warm, with plenty of cream and jam. Letitia loves scones, so I only had one (sob!).
I thought that the price of the tea was great for central London at £30.00 for adults and £18.00 for the kids version, and you can add a glass of champagne only for £5.00 to your afternoon tea. What’s not to like?
If you would like to introduce your kids to the wonderful British tradition of the afternoon tea, all the details can be found at St Ermin’s Hotel website.
The location of St Ermin’s Hotel is fantastic, as it is only 5 mins walk from the St James Park tube, and after the tea we tool a walk in St James Park and saw the birds on the lake.
St Ermin’s hotel hosted our afternoon tea, but all opinions are my own.