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Our lazy Sunday afternoon tea at London Bridge Hotel.

by Rajul on June 27, 2016

quarter bar afternoon tea

The Quarter Bar at London Bridge Hotel, under the stewardship of head barman Carlo Pallone, is one of our under-the-radar favourite London hotel bars.

So it made sense to return to the same venue to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon tea savouring sweet treats and fine sandwiches. Our experience started with a request to choose our teas – I went for classic Earl Grey while my companion chose a refreshing green tea.

We were deep in conversation when our accompaniments arrived on the traditional tiered tray: scones on top, sweets and pastries in the middle, with finger sandwiches nestled discreetly underneath.

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The dilemma on such occasions is knowing where to begin…

The sandwiches were well-chosen classics: smoked salmon & caper butter, egg mayo & mustard cress, roast ham & English mustard. Plus my favourite: cucumber, sundried tomato paste and dill cream cheese. They were light, fresh and comforting, albeit a safe rather than punchy start.

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Things really perked up with the scones!  They were impressively warm and crumbled invitingly as we made the important decision on whether to put the jam under the clotted cream (as they do in Cornwall) or vice versa (the Devon way – definitely my preference!).

They tasted heavenly light and somehow reassuring, transporting us to a warm summer’s day, despite it being grey and windy outside.

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On to the sweet tray, where we discovered an intriguing array of little twists on established favourites. There was a well-balanced raspberry cheesecake, a delicate fruit tart, a triple-layered chocolate delice, a Bergamot cupcake and a multi-coloured range of macaroons, each with subtly different flavours.

It was great fun to mix and match the flavours and pretty messy work!

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This was a very colourful and happy afternoon tea in an unpretentious setting.

The Quarter Lounge has a relaxing vibe where you feel completely at ease in its modern and comfortable atmosphere. No pressure or intrusion; you are encouraged to take your time, and our teas were refilled unobtrusively.

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Among hotel afternoon teas, London Bridge Hotel’s offering doesn’t push the boat out in terms of fancy shapes or themes; but it is well-executed and good value at £25/person (you pay a bit extra for a champagne and, intriguingly, a cocktail version) compared to many other London hotels. The location is superb too near Borough Market, the George Inn and Tate Modern.

Make your reservations directly on the hotel website: we recommend it!

And you can work it off as we did by walking along the river immediately afterwards! A great little find near the South Bank.

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Photo credits: London Bridge Hotel, LHI blogger Rajul.

Disclosure: we were guests of London Bridge Hotel.

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