Wowcher Does Waldorf Hilton Hotel’s Afternoon Tea

Mention the term ‘afternoon tea’ and sweet fancies come to mind; floral doilies, clinking cups and moreish nibbles wheeled on squeaking dessert trolleys. Think again, dahling. Nowadays humble tearooms have evolved into stylish hotspots. Asian fusion, gluten-free, decadent dining and cosy abodes litter London, offering both a unique and customised afternoon tea experience. And as you may expect, choosing between them is difficult. So to help whisk you through the ever-popular pick-me-up, I went to visit the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in Covent Garden to see how the British tradition is done best. 

Waldorf’s Homage Grand Salon Restaurant, a rococo-inspired dining area awash with monochrome furnishings, exotic potted palms and gilded pillars, stands as the perfect theatrical backdrop for a session of afternoon tea. Loose-leaf brews, from the distinctly strong (The Waldorf Tribute Blend, 2nd Flush Assam, Long Jing Green) to delicate oriental blends (Jasmine Pearls, Rooibos, Orange & Cinnamon) are served in fine bone china, alongside an assortment of multihued finger sandwiches: the bread here is infused with basil, onion and carrot amongst others, and arranged in neat rows of varying shades. It’s a simple yet gratifying menu – savoury functions as an appetiser for sweet – where the tour de force lies in the exquisite three-tiered tray of powdered cakes, gooey macarons, and homemade scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Gluten intolerants are also catered for, as the head chef bakes collections of flourless cakes and wholesome wheat-free bread.

The pure “oohh” factor, too, is worth a mention. Everything is immaculately laid out, mouth-sized treats in complimenting flavours and colours allow for a cheeky “Pinterest-worthy” snap, but don’t expect a barrage of unwanted food photography. Seated clientele are relaxed and content: a birthday celebration is underway a few tables down, while beside the grand piano a group of women praise the live music – a harpist playing Ed Sheeran, do I dare say more? We send compliments over the clink of two glasses of rosé Champagne – also included in this Wowcher deal – before accommodating staff take away our crumb-scattered plates, leaving us to bask on the final drops of heady tea. Outside the hotel, Covent Garden’s theatre district is in full swing; the Homage Grand Salon Restaurant it seems, is a world away from the glittering chaos.

Best time to come: 3pm
Favourite bite: The pistachio macarons

Fancy checking out The Waldorf Hilton Hotel for yourself? Just click here to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea for two courtesy of Wowcher!

Afternoon tea is served Mon to Fri, 12:30pm till 4pm and Sat to Sun, 1pm till 4pm. For more luxury deals, be sure to check out Wowcher.co.uk!