Charlie & the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea - at One AldwychSaturday, October 25, 2014
It's tradition when friends and family from New Zealand visit London to take them out for a fancy afternoon tea. Over the years I've narrowed the wide selection afternoon teas in London to a few firm favourites, including the Corinthia Hotel London and beautiful Claridge's.
However, this year I decided to take my parents to the famous Charlie & the Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea at One Aldwych. We had tickets to go see the show as well - so it felt like the right choice.
One Aldwych - the setting
I had anticipated a whimsical setting to match the story of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, but actually The Lobby Bar where we were seated was pure adult sophistication. No children running around on a sugar high here! With windows running the length of each side of the room there was plenty of natural light, and we settled back comfortably in our soft chairs ready for the delicious food marathon that was to come...
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea - the menu
Each menu was decorated on the underside with an illustration from the original story. My menu showed the spoilt Veruca Salt in her ballet costume with her father.
And on the underside we were given a glimpse of what we had to look forward to.
I fell in love with the selection of teas on offer and chose the Smooth Caramel - a black tea with 'caramel chunks and a hint of vanilla make this tea ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth'.
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea - highlights
- The presentation of the sweets - fluffy candy-floss, golden eggs and miniature milkshakes. Willy Wonka himself would have been impressed! The detail in each individual piece was incredible.
- The scones and jams - so soft and fluffy. These are some of the best scones I've had in my time in London, and the meadowsweet apple compote was a unique twist to the more standard berry jams you often get with afternoon tea.
- The leisurely pace in which we dined. There seemed to be no time limit and the courses came out at a great pace too - giving us enough time in-between to digest what we had just eaten.
A top tip from me to you