My birthday was coming up and I knew I wanted to experience an afternoon tea somewhere that I hadn’t been already (becoming quite the connoisseur, you see). My boyfriend jumped on the task and booked one of the most uniquely themed afternoon teas I have heard of as yet; the ‘Science Afternoon Tea’ at The Ampersand Hotel in London. So we jumped on a train and off we went on our little cake adventure…The Ampersand Hotel is a boutique hotel in the South Kensington area of London. It is very close to Hyde Park, The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum – the latter of which evidently influenced the creation of this afternoon tea!
I chose Earl Grey tea as per usual (next time I really should go for something different!) and the three-tier afternoon tea stand was brought out. Our waiter set loose some dry ice on the top tier, sending white mist drifting over the solar system themed desserts. It looked pretty darn cool!
The bottom tier held the following savoury delights:
- Smoked salmon & avocado on blinis;
- Brioche with roast beef, horseradish, watercress & cornichons;
- Chicken coronation buns;
- Seasonal quiche.
The middle tier contained deliciously warm plain and white chocolate cranberry scones. They were served with Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry jam and lemon curd. I always judge a place by the quality of their scones, and these were top-notch!
The top layer consisted of really cool and unique creations:
- Prosecco mint jelly, kiwi, lime & pineapple jam petri dish;
- Caramel passion fruit planet mousses;
- Coconut & blueberry macaroons;
- Orange & Lemon half moon cakes;
- A chocolate spaceman and a chocolate rocket.
For £37.50 per person, the ‘Science Afternoon Tea’ is pricey, but this is London and that’s pretty much the going rate for things like this. It’s worth it for a one-off unique treat – and you won’t find many others that are more unique than this. For £49.00 per person, you can also have a glass of Champagne with it.