The stunning Perception Bar at the W London Hotel, just minutes from Leicester Square Underground Station, has a wonderful Tea Total Afternoon Tea on at the moment, which contrary to what the name may suggest, is a playful and very colourful selection of alcoholic shots paired with sweet treats, a selection of sandwiches and scones.
We kicked off the afternoon with a flute of Prosecco each whilst we took in the vibrant surroundings. I was pleased that the flower wall was still there, and since its refurbishment, the Perception Bar really is gorgeous and I would love to come back for cocktails with friends.
Soon arrived our Afternoon Tea selection, presented in a sleek box complete with pull-out draws and hidden doors, reminding me of a dolls house, only much more upscale. Accompanying the box was a colourful selection of shots.
Starting with door one, we had the Spring Planter, which is a mint-chocolate mousse-filled flower pot with popping candy dirt and sprouting micro cress. This was paired with the Banana Republic shot containing Belvedere, sage, lime, apricot jam, cinnamon and banana. This had a jelly like texture and best eaten with a spoon!
In the next section was Queen Bee, with fresh flavours of avocado, lemon thyme, pistachio, bee pollen and local honey locally sourced from Walthamstow. This was paired with Hayfever, a drink I had tried before when I experienced the Dining Series.
The Dew Drop, which is served on a spoon, had an intriguing flavour mix of tomato, rose water and Tonka droplet, whilst perched on a bed of Oreo and coffee soil. It was pretty and paired with Purple Rain, a gin and Violette liqueur-based cocktail.
Finally, floating behind the top door is Every Cloud, which is a carrot cake infused with cardamom and sandwiched between two fluffy meringue clouds. This was paired with Pull the Pin, which is made with Patron Silver, Aperol, maraschino, British strawberry and lime.
The sandwich selection, also hidden in a drawer, were a selection of Roast Beef with Dijon Mayo on Onion Bread, Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese on Cranberry Bread, Egg Mayo with Watercress on Hazelnut & Apricot Sour-dough Bread and a special one with Avocado for me to replace one of the Salmon ones.
Finally, we also had decadent scones served with clotted cream and jam, and also tucked away in a drawer. Usually I have scones before sweet treats but in keeping with the topsy turvy theme we did sweets first, then sandwiches and ended with the scones.
The Tea Total Afternoon Tea is great fun, a fantastic idea for a boozy Afternoon Tea with friends, or for anyone seeking something unique and different. We really enjoyed it, and it was fun to open the various doors and see what was hiding in each of them. The presentation was wonderful and we had a fabulous time.
It is available daily between 1pm and 5pm and costs £37 per person or £42 per person with a glass of Prosecco.