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Sunday, 14 January 2018

New Year's Afternoon Tea At the Intercontinental The O2


While most people kicked off 2018 with resolutions to eat healthily, cut-off sugar and booze after the Christmas period binge, I did the complete opposite.


One of the gifts I received for Christmas was a Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Intercontinental The O2, which has an expiry date of 31 January 2018. After a super relaxing 12 days Christmas-New Year's holiday, returning to work on 2 January was rather challenging, to say the least. Throughout the week, I felt I was experiencing a jet lag. I felt I needed to head to bed as soon as I finished work. I definitely needed something to look forward to to get through the week, so I thought what better time to redeem the gift voucher I received. It was also the perfect opportunity as London was pretty quiet still as not everyone had returned to the grind, and to prolong the holiday feeling a little bit more before life gets busy again.

The Intercontinental at The O2 is a stone-throw away from where I live, and if I wanted to, I could walk from home (I should, but I didn't). The Afternoon Tea is served at the Meridien Lounge, on the Ground Floor of the Hotel. With the view of Canary Wharf and the relaxed atmosphere, it was the perfect spot for a relaxing Afternoon Tea either with your family or your friends.
 


In terms of the spread, you get to choose between a brut or rose champagne. An option without champagne is also available. The tea range is listed over three pages and the spread of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes were beyond delectable. I went for the rose blend tea which is often my choice of tea for Afternoon Tea. It is subtle, light and has the nicest but not overpowering aroma. 

I was particularly impressed with the selection of the mini sandwiches and sweet treats. There were pretty, delicate and cleverly curated with a mixture of unique flavours and ingredients that work together while still maintaining the classic Afternoon Tea feel.

The finger sandwiches included cheddar cheese and pickle on carrot bread, cucumber and radishes on beetroot bread, smoked salmon with cream cheese on basil bread and truffle egg on a brioche bun. As I don't eat pork, I swapped the ham sandwich with a chicken sandwich. 

I felt that the classic scones were perfect to cleanse my palate before moving on from the scrumptious savoury sandwiches to the sweet treats which included Blackberry Bonbon Torte, Plum and Custard Verrine, Pear and Apple Tart, Spiced Chocolate Pyramid and Quince Macaroon. 



I truly enjoyed the experience and I thought it was a great way to celebrate the end of the first working week of 2018.




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