There was not a minute of hesitation when the invitation to experience afternoon tea at The Marylebone Hotel landed in my inbox. As a lover of this perfect British indulgence, and having made the decision to enjoy a short stay-cation in London for the bank holiday weekend, the invitation couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
I have to confess, The Marylebone Hotel is not somewhere I have ever visited or heard much about before, so I was intrigued to step inside.
From the outside the 70’s exterior is a little uninviting, however the inside could not be more different. A calm oasis of Parisian minimalism with opulent and often eclectic detailing, made for a warm and much needed welcome-in from the terrible weather outside.
Afternoon tea is served across many of the uniquely decorated lounges around the hotel, which I thought was a brilliant feature, as many are small and cosy, which gave the experience a very relaxed and informal feel. Our table was in front of a large window looking out onto the red bricked streets of Marylebone, which, combined with the thunderstorms, melody of the pouring rain outside and the giant sofa laden with cushions that we were reclining on, made it incredibly difficult not to curl up and fall asleep as we were so comfortable.
Our waitress came to the table bearing a stand of what looked like science test tubes, each filled with a different variety of tea, which she proceeded to describe one by one. I opted for the china tea with rose, not least because of its girly appearance, however I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet and delicately fragranced taste, as I am an earl grey girl at heart.
Shortly after our pots of steaming tea were served, a stand filled with freshly cut sandwiches, scones and cakes arrived at our table; one for each of us.
Starting with the savoury, we ate our way through five varieties of sandwich, each on a different type of bread. My favourite of the selection was the pastrami, rocket and Dijon mayonnaise on moist tomato bread and of course the traditional cream cheese and chive on caraway bread.
After a slight pause and a new pot of tea, we proceeded to top the scones with strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream, which was delicious.
Starting to reach the limits of fullness, I choose just one cake off the final layer of my stand, which was the passion fruit mousse. The balance of rich, creamy mousse and the sharp passion fruit topping was the perfect ending to the tea.
Having got the better of both Briony & Helen also, our waitress kindly offered to package the leftover cakes to take home, which I always think is a nice touch and a lovely way to prolong the experience in the comfort of your own home.
Finally, three glasses of Nyetimber English sparkling wine were brought to the table, which we used to toast a wonderful afternoon of cosy indulgence and catching up with great friends.
Of all the Afternoon teas I have experienced, I would say that The Marylebone was the most relaxed and informal, making it ideal for a girly afternoon or impromptu catch up with friends.
I wouldn’t say it is the most luxurious offering, however it is excellent value for money and definitely in the top end of the mid-price afternoon teas in London and I would highly recommend it.
Traditional afternoon tea at The Marylebone Hotel is priced from £19- £25. For further details visit the website.
The Luxe Life was a guest of The Marylebone Hotel
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