W London has a unique afternoon tea inspired by an enchanted garden and sits in the heart of Leicester Square. I went to see if it lived up to its quirky reputation.
The W London hotel sits in the heart of Leicester Square, right above the M&M store and is a bit of an oasis once you get away from the hustle and bustle. The hotel is partly owned by Marriot Hotels and prides itself on being a cool and hip hotel in London and this is reflected in its decor. The lobby is decorated with silver disco balls hanging from the scene and the afternoon tea takes place in back area of the first floor.
We were guided to our table and asked by the waitresses about our allergies and food options. Behind us was a wall of plates, printed with images of saucy and frankly bizarre scenes reflecting the Soho vibe. The plates are apparently for sale and quite frankly, you have to be bonkers to own one.
We were presented with the tea menu and I promptly chose the white jasmine tea and sat back to wait for my tea. My tea arrived in a stainless steel teapot with black earthenware crockery which felt sturdy and a little heavy to move around. The tea arrived in a black pyrex box, which was made up of compartments and on top were shot glasses filled with different fruit flavoured jellies to complement the cakes.
The sandwiches were traditional but chunky. We had tomato basil and mozzarella, cucumber and cream cheese and salmon on cranberry bread. They were really filling and though not the best I ever had, it did its job making us feel full after being starving on arrival.
Each of the desserts came with complementary jelly shot glasses which were alcohol free for us. My favourite dessert was the Spring Planter which was a chocolate mousse in a chocolate planter with popping candy, designed to look like a flower pot. The most unusual was the Dew Drop made out of rose jelly on a bed of chocolate powder on a spoon.
So was the afternoon tea worth it? It is not the best I ever had but it is the novelty of it that made it fun to experience. It was very sweet and we both ended up in a bit of a sugar coma after it. It is worth experiencing once for definite!