Threadneedles Hotel oozes luxurious old-world charm in the heart of the City of London. Set in a majestic Victorian bank building along Threadneedle Street, the hoteliers have preserved the interior admirably. Of note is the spectacular stained glass dome enclosing the lobby, under which hotel guests and the public alike can enjoy what is surely one of the UK’s finest afternoon teas. Fine teas and Champagne are paired with finger sandwiches, savoury tarts, and pastries that take after six famous British personages. Afternoon tea at the Threadneedles Hotel is one of a kind.
Threadneedles Hotel is known for housing Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler's of St. James' Rib Room & Oyster Bar. But the first thing that strikes visitors to the City of London’s Threadneedles Hotel, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection of boutique hotels, is surely the stunning stained glass dome that straddles the marble-floored lobby. The dome dates from 1856, and it’s under this captivating canopy that you can enjoy an opulent afternoon tea that has no match. Afternoon tea at the Threadneedles Hotel is the real deal, the imperial British tradition conducted as it should be. Here, in this luxurious setting down Threadneedle Street, you can expect impeccable service and selection of the finest teas from around the world, accompanied by perfectly crafted sweet and savoury delicacies.
What exactly is laid out on the elegant tables arranged under the luminous dome when you attend afternoon tea down London’s Threadneedle Street? Classic sandwiches, a daily savoury tart, scones with Cornish clotted cream and jam, plus a selection of cakes created by the Threadneedles Hotel’s expert pastry chef. The highlight is choosing three from a possible six pastries created in honour of six famous Britons. There’s the Sir Winston Churchill, who would have come back for thirds of this whisky-infused Dundee cake, complete with a sugar bowler on top. The spirit of Diana, Princess of Wales is captured in a soft vanilla Victoria Sponge topped with rosewater cream and a sugar rose. Elizabeth I takes the Lavender Cup Cakes as her own, while Sir Isaac Newton would have had much to ruminate over if he had the apple and lime tart before him. John Lennon would have had a love-in with the Opera gateau with cornflake base and a sugar long player atop it, while Admiral Lord Nelson would have gone to war over the rich spice cake doused in Navy Rum and topped with chocolate barrels. Just lovely.
£29 per person
£39 with a glass of Champagne
Selection of Finger Sandwiches
Smoked Scottish salmon with herb crème fraiche on rye bread
Honey roast Norfolk ham with English mustard on white bread
Cucumber and chive cream cheese on granary bread
Roast beef, horseradish cream & watercress on wholegrain bread
Daily savoury tart
Fruit scone with Cornish clotted cream & strawberry preserve Savoury scone with herb butter
Selection of 3 Great Britons pastries (see selection below)
Choice of fine teas