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An Italian Afternoon Tea at The Baglioni Hotel

Did you know that there’s an authentic taste of Italy in the heart of London? You already know I love Italian food from my past trips to Rome, Florence and Milan but an authentic taste of Italy isn’t exactly easy to come by in London.

But the Baglioni Hotel, features fabulous Italian hospitality right in the middle of Kensington.

 

The hotel is super glamorous with gold velvet chairs, a fabulous water feature, Murano chandeliers and fresh delicate orchids surrounding the restaurant and lounge area.

 

My companion for the day was fellow food and travel affectionado, Tori, one of the first friends I ever made during my publishing career.
We were looking forward to sampling the hotel’s Italian themed tea, starting of course with a glass of Bella Vista prosecco.
Having not seen each other for months, a girlie afternoon tea was the perfect way to catch up…
We both chose a herbal tea infusion to accompany our sweet feast, a fruit chamomile for me and a mint tea for Tori.

 

The hotel’s heritage is thoroughly Italian, it is part of the Baglioni Group, first established by Robert Polito in Tuscany.  As well as the London boutique there are five Baglioni hotels in Italy, one in France and soon to be one in Marrakech. The hotel has a lovely, relaxed and intimate environment and despite the glittering decor it feels very homely.

Our gorgeous tea tower was brimming with Italian treats…and perhaps most excitingly…
… not only was there the usual clotted cream and jam but there was actual nutella too! Tori and I remained lady-like and resisted all temptation to lick a huge spoonful of the stuff and instead we started delicately with the sandwiches.
The sandwiches are always my favourite part of an afternoon tea, but I often find the classic ones can be a little unexciting.
But we loved the offering at The Baglioni as it included some of my favourite Italian breads with fillings that were a bit different to the usual, though I was glad to see my favourite classic smoked salmon was still present.

 

 

The rosetta bread with bresola, rocket salad and Parmesan flakes was our firm favourite with the warm focaccia containing grilled Mediterranean vegetables following close behind. But for those that love a classic British sandwich there was egg mayo too!

Moving up to the scone tier, The Baglioni provided both freshly baked fruit and plain scones. They were just the right size and soft and fluffy, just ripe for a huge dollop of Nutella.

Pastry lovers and Italophiles will be in total heaven over the sweet selection… our favourite was the Italian lemon meringue tart which tasted so fresh and zesty.

 

 

For chocoholics there this gorgeous Capri cake…

 

‘Cannoli Scillani’ filled with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips as well as a traditional ‘Sfogliatella’ napoletana. I loved the fact that the tea represented different parts of Italy through cakes and dessert… it really made want to go back and enjoy Rome all over again!

 

Each dessert was so beautifully presented and though I was too full to try them all, I loved the look of the double stuffed profiteroles and the classic tiramisu in a little shot glass.

 

Tori and I loved the Afternoon Tea with Italian flair at The Baglioni Hotel; it was fantastic to try a tea that was a little different to the classic but without being overly gimmicky. The food is delicious and the gentle ambiance is the perfect background for a long overdue catch up!

The Baglioni’s Afternoon Tea with an Italian Twist is available for £42 per person and includes a glass of Bella Vista prosecco.


The Baglioni Hotel
60 Hyde Park Gate
Kensington
London
SW7 5BB

0207 368 5700

Our afternoon tea was complimentary 
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