We spent the morning traveling to Oxford to see my niece Jenni. She is doing a summer study abroad. We got there early and had what they called "Breakfast Baps" which are a sort of roll. I'm holding a diet coke which has a commemorate can made just for the Olympics. We had a wonderful time seeing Oxford. It is such an ancient city...very Harry Potteresque (is that a word?) It was a lovely visit, but we left before the tea rooms were open. We traveled back to London and tried our luck at finding another afternoon tea venue.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
After visiting Oxford, we came back to London and found out that the number one rated hotel afternoon tea was right next door to our hotel. The Athenaeum has a famous afternoon tea and I so hoped we could go without having a reservation. We were very fortunate and were seated right away. This was the tea menu. It is very unusual as it resembles two wooden planks with petri dishes embedded in it. It shows you a sampling of each tea on the menu. I couldn't wait to start this experience!
We were so fortunate to have Afternoon Tea at the Athenaeum without reservations. Luckily for us someone didn't show up so we were treated to a splendid afternoon. First we had pink champaigne. So lovely! Then sandwiches were delivered to our table. There were about eight different fillings. When we had finished our sandwiches, they came around with more. The service was impeccable.
Of course it was beautiful bone china! Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of the dessert cart which concluded the tea. I suppose I was over whelmed by then! It had an amazing selection of cakes, pies, and puddings. You made your choice and the waiter set it on your table. What a fantastic experience If you are ever on Piccadilly, you must, must, must have afternoon tea at the Athnaeum!