As most of you guys know already I think of myself as a bit of a Britophile; few things make me happier than the prospect of a UK getaway, whether I fly to Glasgow, the Isle of Skye, the Cotswolds or my beloved London. Part of being a Britophile include a profound appreciation of pub food, a deeply-rooted respect for queues and politeness, and of course, a liking to afternoon tea. And because I hadn’t been to London in such a long time, I decided to take myself to high tea – literally. Treat yo’self! Located on the 35th floor of the tallest high rise in Europe, afternoon tea at Shangri La London at the Shard couldn’t possibly have lifted my mood any more than it did, or put me in higher spirits.
Treat yo’self! Located on the 35th floor of the tallest high rise in Europe, afternoon tea at Shangri La London at the Shard couldn’t possibly have lifted my mood any more than it did, or put me in higher spirits.
See all of the puns I did there? ;-)
Afternoon Tea At Shangri La London
I opted for the Asian-inspired afternoon tea at TING, which is a speciality of the Shangri-La. With a glass of champagne, of course – such a fabulous setting calls for celebratory drinks, methinks! The menu offers a mix of sweet and savoury in true afternoon tea fashion. First up were the sweets, which were:
- Freshly baked scones and Cornish clotted cream
- Tea pastries: Chinese-style egg custard tart, Coco, Cha and Chocolate Temptation
I would have taken more photos of the savoury part, but the truth is, I ate almost all of it before I even thought of grabbing my camera. #SorryNotSorry
Because I was in such a good mood, I decided to continue the celebration upstairs at the GŎNG bar on the 52nd floor, where I enjoyed one of the best gin tonics of my life – which was only enhanced by the dramatic backdrop of London’s skyline. And even though most of my visits in London are characterised by rush meetings and fast-paced walks across town, I decided that, for once, I should just sit back and enjoy the sunset over this city that has become a second home to me.
And even though London never truly goes to sleep, it was nice watching her put her nightgown on.
Afternoon Tea At Shangri La London – Practical Info
- Afternoon tea at TING doesn’t come cheap; at £49 per head (£57 with champagne), it is not a budget friendly activity. But like I often mentioned on this blog, the value of an activity shouldn’t always be measured by its price. Definitely worth the expense, in my opinion. Honestly, where else can you enjoy such a luxurious afternoon tea?
- The Shangri-La is a 5* hotel. A smart casual dress code should be observed for afternoon tea (all the more reasons to wear a fancy dress, I say).
- I suggest booking afternoon tea right before dinner; that’s when the city is at its most beautiful, and when the lighting is best for photography.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Shangri-La London. As always, all opinions are my own. I swear the free champagne didn’t cloud my judgement.