All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust ~ Tinkerbell🧚🏻♀️
Aqua Shard, my absolute favourite restaurant at The Shard, has launched a brand new Peter Pan Afternoon Tea, in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and it is every bit as spectacular as you would expect from Aqua Shard!
I was so excited to review it, especially as Peter Pan is one of my all time favourite stories from my childhood.
We kicked off the afternoon with bubbles whilst taking in the view that I really can never tire of! Even though it was raining on the day, London always mesmerises me.
With great theatre arrived the Afternoon Tea, served on a tea-stand that resembled Captain Hook’s infamous ship, the Jolly Roger, complete with masts and sails. In true Aqua Shard style there was a lovely theatrical effect from the dry ice, with clouds of smoke adding to the mystique of the experience.
We kicked off with the generous selection of savouries, which included classic sandwiches as well as a special called ‘The Lost Boys,’ which was a sandwich filled with roasted chicken, crispy bacon, mayonnaise and mustard, wrapped in a sheet on which was printed the Lost Boys Rules: No talking to pirates, Believe in fairies, Think happy thoughts, and last but not least, Never grow up.
There was also An Enormous Mushroom Chimney made from a light brioche bread with duxelles, a mushroom condiment. The Baked Pig was a delicious pork sausage roll with caramelised onion, with a crisp golden exterior.
Very on theme also was The “Codfish” Captain Hook, a deep fried cod brandade shaped as the infamous villain’s hook, coated in a vibrant red breadcrumb, which definitely stood out on the stand!
Vanilla and Raisin Scones were served in a Treasure Chest and accompanied with mammee-apple jam, strawberry jam and coconut clotted cream.
Now the best bit, the sweet pastries! They all nodded to the theme, starting with Peter’s Secret Never Tree Entrance resembling the shape of a log, made from a rich dark chocolate mousse, raspberry jam, chocolate sponge, and ganache.
Hook’s Perish Cake was a lime green Victoria cake, coated in desiccated coconut, and topped with some fondant icing, resembling a Lamington.
Served in a shot glass was Tick Tock the Crocodile, a delicious crocodile gummy swimming in a raspberry and Roobois tea jelly.
Dangling over the glass was a yummy biscuit with white icing in the shape of Tinker Bell, finished off with gold fairy dust.
Don’t leave without trying the themed cocktails too!
The Fairy Dust cocktails were a refreshing blend of Ketel One, apple liqueur, ginger switchel, Kaffir lime leaf powder, Absinthe, and of course, completed with a spritz of gold fairy dust.
I absolutely adored the Afternoon Tea experience and would highly recommend it to anyone that loves Peter Pan, whether you are a grown up or a child, because “All children, except one, grow up1”
The Peter Pan Afternoon Tea is currently served from Thursday to Sunday from 12:15pm – 4:15pm, priced at £52 per person, £68 per person with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne or £79 per person with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne.
£2 from each afternoon tea sold will be donated to the charity, to help seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).