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May 09 2013

To Do In London: Afternoon Tea At The Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge

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I think I am going to make it my goal to go round all the fancy hotels in London and try out their afternoon teas, I just love all the delicate cakes, the gorgeous scones and the cute little sandwiches, if I could eat it every day I think I would. So when the Millennium Hotel invited me to try out their new menu I jumped at the chance, especially as I would be munching my through the menu with some of my blogger pals.

When considering afternoon tea options location is nearly as important as the food itself, the Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge is perfectly situated down the road from Harvey Nichols on Sloane Street and just round the corner from Harrods, and what’s better than a spot of tea after a day of shopping.

Unlike a lot of other afternoon teas I have experienced in London this was more relaxed, I am not sure whether that was because I was surround by friends, or the Tangerine Cafe Bar, which has a modern decor with lounging comfortable chairs. However, as it is attached to a bar be aware that hotel guests might be watching football, which is what was on the large TV while I was there.

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The menu itself was very traditional, a tray of sandwiches containing egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon and cream cheese, and ham and pickle, as someone who doesn’t like salmon or ham I was a little limited, however the egg one was pretty tasty. A tray of scones, a selection of incredible crafted cream cakes, and all washed down with traditional English Breakfast tea.

Once the sandwiches are all gone then you can move up the tiers, well that is what the etiquette coach at the event instructed, my opinion is eat what you like, when you like, afternoon tea is however you like it.

The scones, which come in plain and raisin varieties, with the occasional chocolate chip were delicious, the only thing I could add is that they need to provide more clotted cream and jam, I do like to pile mine high. Though to be honest the middle tray, which is always my favourite, did make up for the lack of cream with its exquisite chocolate feast of a chocolate éclair, a profiterole, a chocolate and cream sponge cake and a chocolate cup filled with mousse. A selection that could be a little too chocolatey for some, I on the other hand love chocolate so really enjoyed it.

Overall I did enjoy my afternoon tea, which was a little strange to be eating at 8pm, and for the price only £20 per person **until the end of May 2013** it is certainly value for money, it just didn’t have the excitement of The Sanderson or the variety of The Berkeley, and sadly no one does traditional afternoon tea quite like The Wolseley. However, if you are planning a Knightsbridge shopping trip it is a great alternative to Harrods or Harvey Nichols.

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**Thanks to the Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge for inviting me and for Sherin, AshantiLucyNathalieKate, and Faye for being such great company.**
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