A very floral afternoon tea
with a side of Scrabble

St James Hotel and Club

There’s something about old fashioned board games that I absolutely love. We used to have stacks of them as a child and we spent a lot of time as a family, moving little boots and hats around Monopoly boards, searching for Professor Plum and trying desperately to Get Home before anyone else managed it…

So, to combine this wonderful pastime and another of my absolute favourite things to do – indulge in an afternoon tea – is in my mind, pure genius. St. James’s Hotel & Club in St James’s has partnered with the UK’s leading toy store, Hamleys to create their Board Game Afternoon Tea – ‘It’s all in the Game‘.

The theme of the afternoon tea is based around original board games, including traditional favourites such as: Snakes & Ladders, Backgammon, Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble, Dominoes and Ludo… and last week they collaborated with renowned florists Hayford and Rhodes, to add some extra special floral twists, to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, including a giant chess-piece installation at the front of the hotel…

St James Hotel and Club

Designed with luxury, heritage and British classics in mind, Hayford and Rhodes have created an explosion of seasonal flowers and blooming colour. The installation has moss-covered freestanding King and Queen chess pieces, framing the entrance, standing at a statuesque 8 – 10 feet!

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

For those of you that follow me on Snapchat, you’ll know that I was a bit in awe of this installation – it was absolutely stunning! People passing by were stopping and staring and snapping pictures… it really is something very special to behold.

I left all the gobsmacked folk at the entrance and scampered inside to meet LM’s mum, who was joining me for afternoon tea.

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

A floral cocktail, Violet Pearl Bloom, has also been created for the partnership. It contains a splash of Belvedere vodka, fragrant jasmine pearl tea, violet infused liquor and lillet blanc… mais oui.

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

Earl Grey. Natch.

And then the gorgeous cakes and sandwiches arrived… and we didn’t know whether we should eat them… or play a game with them…

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

Egg mayonnaise with mustard cress on white bread, Ham sandwich on brown bread, Smoked salmon sandwich on brown bread, Cream cheese and cucumber sandwich on white bread

St James Hotel and Club

‘Snakes and Ladders’
Dark chocolate filled with milk chocolate mousse topped with cherries marinated in Kirsch, snake-skin print chocolate, chocolate ladder, passion fruit marshmallow snake.

St James Hotel and Club

‘Dice’
Gluten-free Battenberg sponge cake with apricot jam, wrapped in luxury marzipan, finished with white chocolate crispy biscuit pearls (contain gluten), topped with a white chocolate dice.

St James Hotel and Club

‘Scrabble’
Bramley apple mousse set on a genoise sponge finished with white and dark chocolate scrabble pieces.

St James Hotel and Club

‘Chess Board’
Chocolate and vanilla shortbread looking like a chess board filled with a dulcey ganache (caramalised white chocolate) topped with a dulcey chocolate chess piece.

St James Hotel and Club

‘Monopoly’
Top Hat Dark chocolate hat filled with a blood orange mousse, set on a gluten-free dark chocolate sponge, topped with a blood orange jelly, finished with a dark chocolate and silver glaze.

St James Hotel and Club

‘Dominoes’
All butter shortbread biscuit, topped with a white chocolate cheesecake, glazed with a white chocolate jelly, topped with dark chocolate crispy biscuit pearls.

And of course, no afternoon tea would be complete without some delicious scones…

St James Hotel and Club

St James Hotel and Club

Homemade Scones Fruit and plain, clotted cream, strawberry jam

St James Hotel and Club

The afternoon tea is a brilliant concept, especially for little ones. And the good news is that under 12’s get 50% off…

We had a lovely afternoon chatting about all kinds of things, we devoured the delicious treats and before we knew it, it was time to go home, before we’d had a chance to play a game of Scrabble!

On my way home I was remembering the game Mouse Trap, that I never understood – a friend had it and it seemed to take a day to set the thing up!

Does anyone know what the point of that game was? And could we develop the concept into a CAKE?!

Or Twister?!

Ooooo CONNECT FOUR!

xx

St James Club and Hotel
7-8 Park Place, St. James’s London, SW1A 1LS

This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)

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5 thoughts on “A very floral afternoon tea
with a side of Scrabble

  1. What an absolutely marvellous idea! I adore both afternoon tea and board games, and this is such a lovely way to combine both elements.

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