Hey y’all! I just wanted to share with you a recent trip I took to The Ritz London as a gift for my aunt’s 60th birthday. Before I jump right in I just want to state that these are all my own thoughts and experience. I am in no way affiliated with The Ritz London or receiving any payout to write about them.
To give you a little background, The Ritz is one of the most iconic 5-star luxury hotels in London and the epitome of decadence and elegance. To sum it up really briefly it oozes a kind of classic opulence that left me feeling like I had experienced quintessential British fine dining.
The moment we arrived outside the doormen greeted us with a cheerful smile and happily directed my aunt and I to where we needed to be. We entered into the hallway which was dimly lit and beautifully decorated. One thing was clear when decorating no detail was spared. The friendly and informative staff continued to please as they helped me and my misguided aunt try and find the very obvious dining room.
As we reached the bottom of the marble steps we were greeted by a gentleman who kindly asked for our names and then escorted us to our table.
Almost immediately after being seated we were then greeted by our waiter, Sebastian, who took us through what was on offer. He provided us with tea menus and assured us he would be back shortly to take our orders. As I think most of us do when we get a menu, my aunt and I ended up chatting the whole time instead of picking something to order. This has happened to me so many times! Maybe that just means I talk a lot.
Anyway back to afternoon tea.
So if you don’t know this about me I am a massive fan of passion fruit. Love it! So when Sebastian arrived to take our tea order I quickly scanned the menu and my eyes were drawn to the passion fruit and orange tea. I was a bit skeptical to be honest with you. Passion fruit tea hmmm. I thought this could very well be the line in the sand for my passion fruit admiration. But hey-ho I thought why not go with it. Turned out to be the best tea I have ever had in my entire life. So much so I bought a tin for £15 for my aunt to take home and then later regretted not getting one for myself. I’m still contemplating going back to the Palm Court to purchase my own tin of passion fruit tea. Even if you don’t have a chance to actually dine in the Palm Court of The Ritz I would just go and buy this tea. You will not regret it.
Shortly after making our order Sebastian arrived again with the 3 tier stand ladened with cakes and sandwiches. He was explaining what the different desserts and sandwiches were but all I could think is where the hell are my scones?! The scone free afternoon tea fear must have been written all over my face because Sebastian quickly followed with, “…and your scones, clotted cream, and jam will be bought out later.” Phew! Afternoon tea and no scones? I mean can you even call it afternoon tea if there isn’t any scone action? This was the beginning of my fleeting love affair with Sebastian. Obviously he knew my heart.
As I had ordered a champagne afternoon tea we were asked if we would like the rose or normal. I said the rose because it’s meant to be fruiter but it did come at an additional cost of £15. I wasn’t told this at the time but I guess if you’re spending £140 on afternoon tea £15 isn’t going to make a big difference.
The rose champagne was fantastical. I could’ve gone for a whole bottle but a good friend once told me ‘If you can’t buy it twice you can’t afford it.’
While we were chatting and making our way through the sandwiches and scones, another waiter came round with a choice of chocolate and hazelnut cake or a pear tart. I opted for the chocolate and hazelnut and my aunt went for the pear tart. She wasn’t a fan of the pear tart, but for me you can never go wrong with some chocolate and nuts.
To add to the ambiance there was a pianist playing for the duration of the afternoon session (11:30am-1pm). In all honesty, I didn’t actually realise it was playing or even that is was live until it stopped and suddenly the room felt quiet. The live piano was a great addition to the overall ambiance of the dining room.
It was a really great experience and most importantly my aunt had a great time. We took a few pictures around and even got the lovely doorman who was clearly really busy to stop to take us a picture outside. All in all, this was a 5-star experience and I would definitely recommend this as a treat for a loved one or just yourself!