Stupendous Tea! Yes! That is definitely what we had at the Mercer Street Hotel! This half term my three boys had begged me to take them to the Imperial War Museum as a special treat, which was fabulous and fascinating. A wonderful evocative collection of memorabilia – perfect for all visitors but especially for my boys who make their own war movies! I hadn’t prepared them for the surprise I had organised afterwards which was afternoon tea in Covent Garden…..here is what we found at the Mercer Street Hotel – complete and utter cake heaven!
By Jess Contomichalos
With my own childhood memories of going to London with my grandmother for a shopping spree in Harrods and then to her club in Basil St for a spot of lunch – I felt really excited at the prospect of taking my three boys for tea! After a little bit of research, I found just the place, set deep in the heart of theatre land. The Mercer Street Hotel in Covent Garden have created the ‘Stupendous Afternoon Tea’ to herald the arrival of Matilda the Musical to London’s Cambridge Theatre.
I was delighted, this couldn’t be a better treat for adults and children alike, whether you are going to the show after the tea or not! All my boys have read Roald Dahl with equal enthusiasm so they were very excited when I told them where we were heading after the museum (mostly because it involved eating lots of yummy things!). When we arrived at the Mercer Street Hotel in Covent Garden the boys were impressed as I was, with the fabulous refurbishment. The hotel is set in a period part of London but with a cutting edge contemporary interior which is stunning.
Once we’d been ushered to the Dial Bar we sat down and waited with baited breath, eyeing up the cups of tea and dainty cakes on some of the other peoples tables around us. We were greeted by the Hotel’s Food and Beverage Manager, Fabrizio Russo and he handed each boy a complimentary copy of the classic tale for them to take away. Whilst he chatted, he organised for milkshakes to arrive for them and tea for me…the milkshake was almost the size of Antonis and he warned the bigger boys to save some room for the tea.
Pavlos, Joseph and Antonis’ mouths dropped open when they saw what was coming! Layered cake stands literally full of delectable treats were put down on the table in front of us. ‘Make sure you start at the bottom with the sandwiches, and then you work your way up!’ laughed Fabrizio. I was amazed at how all of us were beginning to drool at these amazing delicacies. The bottom layer contained a selection of sandwiches including honey ham. On the middle layer was a very generous helping of clotted cream, strawberry jam and four large scones….the top layer had an obscene amount of gorgeous treats including the Ludicrously Lovely Lemon Loaf Cake, Tremendously Terrific Trifle and Fantastic Fondue…….it was tea party-tastic! We were all in heaven and it was hard to ask the boys to be polite and dignified when we were all so taken with eating one of everything…and wrestling over the chocolate brownies, marshmallows and chocolate sauce!
Now, after something as delicious as that you either need to be carried home – or what would be the ideal scenario would be to be able to stay overnight and collapse in one of their wonderful bedrooms! So it’s just as well that the hotel boasts 137 new bedrooms, 8 luxurious suites with dressing rooms and Union-Jack design SMEG fridges, the most up-to-date Apple TV technology in every room and free WiFi throughout! Ah…..luxury!
Sadly, back in the real world! I had to roll out of the hotel and with my little brood, We were all full of scrummy cakes and tea we headed off for the tube and train back home. Once on the train I looked at each and every one of them as they started reading their new books and couldn’t help but feel that this is the sort of experience everyone deserves – the perfect outing for a holiday treat!
The Stupendous Afternoon Tea costs £13.75 for kids and £29.50 for grown-ups and is served daily from 2pm-5pm at Dial Bar. Click here to book
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