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Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens.
With the Diamond Jubilee on everyone’s lips recently, I took up the opportunity to sample afternoon tea at Rubens at the Palace Hotel, located just a short walk from Buckingham Palace. The hotel is part of the Red Carnation Collection whose other properties include Montague on The Gardens where I recently attended the opening of the pop up secret garden along with several other highly-rated boutique properties.
I visited this 4 star boutique hotel on a Sunday when the Palace Lounge across the road from The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace was packed to the rafters. A piano player set the scene and the traditional luxury decor created a laid back and yet distinguished ambience. I tried the Royal Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Jubilee and unlike the classic Rubens afternoon tea this one also comes with a celebratory glass of champagne!
My conveyor belt of indulgence began with an iced sweetcorn parfait and polenta sponge followed by sandwiches based on proven combinations like egg & cress and ham & mustard. A wide range of teas are offered too and I went for the Earl Grey which came in a gorgeous teapot.
After the sandwiches came the heavenly cake selection, including coffee éclairs, carrot cake, brownies and shortbread – talk about being spoilt for choice! Scones came with cream, jam and homemade chocolate spread. Just when I thought it was all over, I was serenaded with a chocolate and chilli soup accompanied by a zesty Elderflower sorbet. Utterly delish.
Service was fit for royalty as you’d expect this close to the Palace, not surprising in a hotel known for its attention to the tiniest detail. The Rubens is definitely a great place to try a traditional London afternoon tea.
Photo credits: London Hotels Insight blogger Jules.
Disclosure: Jules was a guest of Rubens at the Palace.