It’s Royal Baby fever all over London and to celebrate the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London have a special Royal High Tea available in honour of the anticipated arrival of the baby of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex and His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, featuring treasured family recipes from the hotel’s pastry chefs, which is such a lovely and personal touch.
The Royal High Tea is also perfect for any mums to be and ideal for a treat or even a baby shower, with specially curated cocktails, mocktails and lovely pastries available to indulge in.
I, along with my friend Emma, were kindly invited to experience the Royal High Tea and I was super excited as firstly The Shard is my absolute favourite building in London, and secondly, it was my first time having a dining experience at The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London, although I have been previously for drinks and events. My absolute dream is to stay there and wake up to those epic views of London – I keep hinting at Amit ever so often!
The entrance of the hotel is beautifully decorated for Spring with Wisteria and it looks absolutely stunning!
The venue for the Afternoon Tea is TĪNG, which has floor to ceiling glass windows offering unparalleled views of London and all its famous landmarks. We were given a lovely table by the window with views of Tower Bridge – what a treat!
Kicking off with bubbles, we perused the choice of teas available, which was absolutely incredible. In the end as we were so indecisive, we decided to let the waiter surprise us with his own recommended teas, with me enjoying an Assam whilst Emma enjoyed Chai. Both were so lovely!
We were brought over some lovely pre-tea chilled tea with lots of theatrical presentation which was amazing, adding to the experience, before our amazing 3-tiered stand full of amazing treats arrived!
I always love starting with the savoury course of an Afternoon Tea and on the bottom tier of the stunning stand was a choice of finger sandwiches that included Wiltshire Ham and Piccalilli on Granary Bread, Cucumber Chive and Cream Cheese on Rye Bread, Elderflower Poached Chicken with Soft Herb Mayonnaise on White Bread and Scottish Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Black Pepper and Butter on Brown Bread. My favourite was the Elderflower Poached Chicken whilst Emma adored the Scottish Smoked Salmon. The team were more than happy to replenish sandwiches for us and this was much appreciated!
We indulged in the freshly baked scones next, served with Devonshire Clotted Cream and the most amazing homemade Strawberry Jam.
The cutest tier was the top tier, and such amazing creativity by the pastry chefs! I loved that it was all recipes personal to them either from their mums or grandmothers and honestly all three were amazing! There was Head Pastry Chef Benoit’s Mother’ss Blueberry Cheesecake, made with Blueberry Jam and a vanilla cheesecake, Executive Sous Chef David’s Mother’s Passion Fruit Cream with Chocolate Sable and Chef Lucy’s Granny’s Strawberry Mousse with Rhubarb Jelly.
The treats didn’t end there with another selection of delectable cakes arriving! This time it was Executive Chef Jeremy’s Mother’s Bara Brith Cake and Chef Emma’s Granny’s Victoria Sponge Cake.
We thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect of our experience from the show-stopping views of London, the impeccable service and the exquisite selection in the Afternoon Tea stand. It was perfect from beginning to end and i would highly recommend booking it if you are a mum to be or simply love the look of it – it is darn cute!
The Royal High Tea is £52pp and is available until 12 May betweenMonday – Saturday from 12pm – 4pm (last seating at 4pm). Sunday from 12pm – 6pm (last seating at 4pm).