Afternoon Tea With a View at Shangri-La London

Posted on 28. Apr, 2014 by in Europe Travel, Press Trips, United Kingdom

As most of you guys know already I think of myself as a bit of a Britophile; few things make me more happy than the prospect of a UK getaway, whether I fly to Glasgow, the Isle of Skye, the Cotswolds or my beloved London. Part of being a Britophile include a profound appreciation of pub food, a deeply-rooted respect for queues and politeness, and of course, a liking to afternoon tea.

And because I hadn’t been to London in such a long time, I decided to take myself to high tea - literally. Treat yo’self! Located on the 35th floor of the tallest high rise in Europe, afternoon tea at Shangri-La London at the Shard couldn’t possibly have lifted my mood any more than it did, or put me in higher spirits.

See all of the puns I did there? ;-)

I opted for the Asian inspired afternoon tea at TING, which is a specialty of the Shangri-La. With a glass of champagne, of course - such a fabulous setting calls for celebratory drinks, methinks! The menu offers a mix of sweet and savory in true afternoon tea fashion. First up were the sweets, which were:

  • Freshly baked scones and Cornish clutted cream
  • Tea pastries: Chinese-style egg custard tart, Coco, Cha and Chocolate Temptation

Afternoon tea at TING in a nutshell: sweets for a sweet view!

Chinese-style egg custard tart: sweet paste tart case, baked egg custard.

Give me ALL of the pastries.

Freshly baked scones, Cornish clotted cream and mango jam.

Chocolate Temptation, a rich chocolate sponge, red fruit tea-infused Ghanaian chocolate ganache and raspberry compote topped with a soft chocolate cream & Coco, a coconut dacquoise, calamansi curd, ginger and coriander-infused pineapple.

I would have taken more photos of the savoury part, but the truth is, I ate almost all of it before I even thought of grabbing my camera. #SorryNotSorry

The savoury part: crab Meat, cream cheese, chilli, soft roll.

Because I was in such a good mood, I decided to continue the celebration upstairs at the GŎNG bar on the 52st floor, where I enjoyed one of the best gin tonics of my life - which was only enhanced by the dramatic backdrop of London’s skyline. And even though most of my visits in London are characterized by rush meetings and fast-paced walks across town, I decided that, for once, I should just sit back and enjoy the sunset over this city that has become a second home to me.

And even though London never truly goes to sleep, it was nice watching her put her night gown on.

Tasty cocktails, lavish setting and fabulous view = win.

Afternoon Tea With a View at Shangri-La London - Practical Info

  • Afternoon tea at TING doesn’t come cheap; at £49 per head (£57 with champagne), it is not a budget friendly activity. But like I often mentioned on this blog, the value of an activity shouldn’t always be measured by its price. Definitely worth the expense, in my opinion. Honestly, where else can you enjoy such a luxurious afternoon tea?
  • The Shangri-La is a 5* hotel. A smart casual dresscode should be observed for afternoon tea (all the more reasons to wear a fancy dress, I say).
  • I suggest booking afternoon tea right before dinner; that’s when the city is at its most beautiful, and when the lighting is best for photography.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Shangri-La London. As always, all opinions are my own. I swear the free champagne didn’t cloud my judgment.


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3 Responses to “Afternoon Tea With a View at Shangri-La London”

  1. Angie

    30. Oct, 2014

    SOUVENIRS! I had afternoon tea there with my mother right when she came to visit me this summer. It was fantastic! Well worth the expense IMO.

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  2. Lindsey

    01. Nov, 2014

    Wow - that looks amazing. Now I’m craving sweets. I nominated you for the “Lovely Blog Award” - if you want to participate have a look at the rules here.. :)

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