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The Candy Store Afternoon Tea at Conrad London St James

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My little nephew clearly takes after his auntie. For a while now Charlie has been asking to come along and try an afternoon tea in a luxury London hotel…a mini-blogger in training. The Candy Shop afternoon tea at one of our favourite hotels, the Conrad London St James seemed the ideal choice for a five-year old’s first afternoon tea plus it included unlimited champagne for mummy and auntie.
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The Conrad has been a family favourite for a while now, we even celebrated Christmas in a private room at their Blue Boar restaurant and I’ve been to tea twice before so I knew we’d all be in for a treat.
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Tea takes place in the gorgeous Emmeline’s lounge, named after 19th Century activist, it’s a reminder of the hotel’s historical location in Westminster. It’s also a really pretty place to relax, with sumptuous sofas with lemongrass accents, fresh flowers and elegant accents.DSC_2583
Soon my sister Jen and little Charlie arrived and our waiter wasted no time getting us started on the unlimited Mumm champagne. DSC_2587
I visited the Mumm cellars in Champagne earlier this year and discovered it was a drink of choice for victory and celebration…the perfect way to toast Charlie’s first tea. DSC_2593
And he also celebrated with refreshing glass of apple juice bought very promptly to the table.DSC_2619
All of our eyes widened as the first course came.DSC_2603
Not withstanding free-flowing champagne, for me there are several reasons why the Conrad offers one of the best afternoon teas in London and hence why this is my third visit. The first reason for me is that the tea always offers extra innovative savouries in addition to the sandwiches, I’m more of a savoury girl so this is ideal for me. A pretty little cone of pesto chicken and tomato was the perfect bite and as big lovers of goats cheese, Jen and I both really enjoyed the candied beetroot tart with its creamy filling. Less to our tastes was the chicken parfait brioche which was a little overly sweet.DSC_2611
Another reason why I love the afternoon tea here is that you get far more interesting sandwiches than the usual cucumber or egg mayonnaise. Rare roast beef and whole grain mustard mayo was delicious and we also loved the avocado, roasted red peppers, herb butter and cress sandwich. But, of course, we asked for top ups of the smoked salmon, lemon, dill and creme fraiche option.
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Meanwhile our champagne glasses were never allowed to go below the half way mark as our waiter diligently offered frequent refills. We also both chose to try the vanilla black tea, and despite the fact I’m not really a tea drinker, I loved this infusion that was a little sweet but not overly so.DSC_2625
Next, the scone course and once again a twist. We were given the option of candied pineapple or brown sugar and spice served with clotted cream, strawberry jam and lemon curd. DSC_2631 DSC_2634
Shunning the usual afternoon tea etiquette (cream or jam first?) little Charlie dived in to try a sugary scone and I think the look on his face says it all! Yet another thing that I love about this tea, is that not all the food is bought at once, meaning the afternoon is drawn out and relaxed, giving plenty of time to drink unlimited champagne catch up with each other.

Savouries, sandwiches and scones devoured…it was time for the best bit.DSC_2646
Sweets!
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I think it’s clear to see that it wasn’t just Charlie that felt like a kid in a candy store when faced by the delectable delights made by the Conrad’s talented pastry chef Zoe Wager. DSC_2653
And the perspex tray filled with hundreds and thousands just made it even more colourful and enticing.
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First he tried the chocolate and peppermint cheesecake, excited by the spotty chocolate button on top. This was my personal favourite bringing back childhood memories of mint areos and mint choc chip ice cream. There’s something about that combination that I just love! Jen’s personal favourite was a zesty lemon sherbet meringue pie.DSC_2670 DSC_2678 DSC_2679 DSC_2680
Charlie went in again, excited to try his first macaron, and he loved the strawberry and cream panna cotta and the sugary sweet bubblegum macaron. The little pink candy sticks reminded Jen and I of pic ‘n mix favourites. We all enjoyed the final creation, a blue raspberry mousse cake with crystallised orange.
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But even after four courses and unlimited champagne, our afternoon tea wasn’t over as our waiter bought some tasty chocolate to finish off.

I think you can see why I think the tea at Conrad London St James is one of the best in London, with beautiful surroundings, innovative and delicious choice, plenty of food and unlimited champagne, it is excellent value for money at £54 or £47 if you choose to have just one glass of champagne rather than free-flowing…but why would you do that? Most importantly at the end of the tea I asked Charlie what he thought, and his response was ‘Fun, really fun.’

A tea that is tough to beat for so many reasons.

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Our afternoon tea was complimentary.

  • MissLilly

    ohhh it looks such a good idea! Charlie looks really happy and so would I if I would see all of those good looking sandwiches, free flowing champagne and the chocolates! It’s nice that they start to prepare selections that please both adults and kids alike 🙂

    • Charlie loved it and it absolutely warmed my heart to see him so happy!! Everything was perfect.

  • It looks super cute – and why wouldn’t you opt for free flowing bubbles?! x

  • Gary J Berry

    Looks like you both had a great time. This is definitely my favourite afternoon tea in London at the moment! Gary x

  • Charlie Elliott

    Those desserts look fantastic and Charlie looks so happy!
    Cx
    charliedistracted.com

  • Charlie is so adorable!! And I’m so jealous you got to have yours in the Emmeline lounge, we had ours in the room next door and it was so dark taking photos was a total nightmare.

    Totally agree with you – the scones were amazing, I’m not much of a scone person but loved the candied pineapple one!

    C x | Lux Life

    • It was so cute!! I’ll take my goddaughter too when she’s a bit older.

      I like the fact the scones are quite small, they were perfect for Charlie’s little hands!

      • Yeh, I loved how small they were – perfect for non-scone eating people like me too 😉 hehe! x

  • We loved the Candy Shop afternoon tea at the Conrad. My partners favourite bit was the chicken parfait brioche actually lol. I loved the little bubblegum macaroon- it was amazing!

    • Lol! I bet lots of people would love it but just wanted smoked salmon refills!

  • TravelWithNanoB

    Your nephew is the cutest, and that dessert platter would make me feel like a kids and want to eat it all by myself!

    • Isn’t he wonderful! Yes, we all felt like kids…kids that drink champagne of course!

  • Charlie’s joyful expression simply says it all! Does your sister now realise when you’re babysitting there will always be champagne involved?

    • It made my heart melt! There’s always champagne when Jen’s involved!

  • What a beautiful looking afternoon tea! I loved the afternoon teas here especially there free-flowing deals as its such great value for money. Will definitely need to check out their candy store afternoon tea!

    • They are just the best! Let’s go together next time you’re around.

  • Rachel Hosie

    “Giving plenty of time to drink unlimited champagne” – hahaha I thought exactly the same. So glad you agree with me on the vanilla black tea Angie and the general love for this tea. Beautiful pics! X

  • excellent! lucky boy:)

  • Miu

    It’s looking absolutely wonderful!

  • Awww what a lovely first experience for Charlie, he looks delighted and that tea looks damn tasty! Love AP xo

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