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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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  • This place looks so decadent and a lovely place to enjoy a special occasion, I love the Italian take on this British classic and though I am not typically a desert person I could be tempted by 'Cannoli Scillani' it sounds so interesting.

    http://www.emmainks.com/

    • It's total #foodporn isn't it? Difficult not to love those desserts!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I love afternoon tea with a twist! This sounds like a great place for two foodies to meet; those sweet treats look especially delicious!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

    • It was totally different to any tea I'd been to, just wonderful!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Oh man, this sounds so amazing!! And actual nutella…boy, I'm moving in! x

    • I know! I'd never seen that at a tea before!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I love that the muted colour palette of the décor matched even in the afternoon tea – now that's attention to detail!

    • It's that sexy Italian looks isn't it?
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I love that the muted colour palette of the décor matched even in the afternoon tea – now that's attention to detail!

  • Wow! This honestly sounds like the very best afternoon tea. Pastry and chocolate?! Amazing!

    • You need to try it next time you're in London 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • You are a much stronger person than I for resisting that nutella, I'm not sure I would have been able to!

    http://www.ellebloggs.com

    • Get down there and try it 🙂

  • Those canolis look amazing, and your hair looks fab straight!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore The Girl Next Shore

    • Thank you lovely!

  • This place looks gorgeous! I have never had Afternoon Tea before, really want to go though! 🙂 xx

    Floralchaos

    • Oooh you definitely need to try it in that case, Conny

  • An Italian afternoon tea? MAMMA MIA! x

    Jasiminne / Posh, Broke, & Bored – Luxury lifestyle blog

    • I know, who could ask for more 🙂

  • Bubbly AND treats? COUNT ME IN! 🙂 I'd want to spend all DAY there, haha 🙂

    • Move in more like 🙂

  • Oooh Italian afternoon tea! What a great combination. I'd go straight for the tiramisu cups 🙂

    • It really was fabulous!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Looks so yummy Angie and your photos are stunning! I am pretty sure they wouldn't be able to do a gluten free version of this afternoon tea so am suffering from gluten envy 😉 xx

    • yeah, I think I'd struggle to bring my dairy free friend there too. Oh well, one for the gluten and dairy monsters!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I love the Baglioni, and how nice that they included Nutella with those tasty Italian pastries!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • It's deliciousness of epic proportions!

  • I love the look of Baglioni (or Bagley-oni as my friend once called it!! – a much better name I think). Your photos are just wonderful!! The perfect foodie afternoon.

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • Lol! I love that!

  • You had me at Nutella scones Angie! Those desserts looks incredible.

  • I love a variation on the standard afternoon tea, Italian is a favourite so this totally appeals. The addition of Nuttela is an interesting one Lucy x

  • Deeply jealous of these sweet treat escapades! This one in particular took me right back to Sicily, although I never got to try a chocolate cannoli – that sounds insane! Glad it was yummy 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

  • This sounds amazing – wish it was cheaper as I'd be there in seconds! x

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