Just before Christmas I was invited to Conrad St James Hotel for a sleepover (I love sleepovers – more on that very soon) and to try their new sparkling Wintery treat – the Snow Queen Afternoon Tea, served in the very glamorous Emmeline’s Lounge.
Think blackcurrant and cardamom snowflakes, sumptuous fruit and berries, mint macaroon snowstorms and the Snow Queen herself’s Magic Mirror, broken into icy blue sugar shards… It’s like stumbling into Narnia when someone’s forgotten to hide all the cakes. (Result!)
The hotel itself is just over the road from St James’s Park tube station, so even though it was windy and rainy outside, I barely felt a drop on my nose – I leapt out the station, hopped over the road and was drinking Champagne with my cousin Susannah before I had time to whisper ‘Mr Tumnus!”
Once we were settled into our cosy corner, we selected our teas and were brought a selection of delicious savouries:
London cured smoked salmon blini, caviar, lemon crème fraîche
Mini tartlet of cropwell bishop stilton & poached pear
Prawn cocktail, marie rose
A selection of finger sandwiches
We were then brought some deliciously warm plain and raisin scones, which were served with Devonshire clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam & winter berries curd… absolutely scrumptious, but still no sign of Aslan…
And then arrived a plethora of exquisite cakes and pastries, which reaffirmed to me in no uncertain terms that I was in fact IN Narnia and I had no idea where the wardrobe was to get me home. And if I am being completely honest, I didn’t care one jot – I had no intentions of leaving.
Coconut cream, mint macaroon, candy floss
The Magic Mirror
Salted butter shortbread, yogurt cheesecake, frosted blueberries
Snow Queen’s Sceptre
Chocolate & pearl sponge, praline ganache, snowflake lace
Blackcurrant & cardamom cake, crushed glittering meringue
Crème patisserie & blackberries
The room itself was twinkling like a Snow Queen’s palace and was feeling more magical and Wintery than Christmassy, which I loved. There were icicles, snowflakes and frosty decorations, which I’m certain the Snow Queen had picked out herself…
It was exciting and decadent and I loved it.
I only hope the Snow Queen isn’t after me for eating her Magic Mirror…
The Snow Queen Afternoon Tea is available until 11th February 2016 and costs £39 per head, or for £55 per head you can have free flowing Champagne as well…
This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)