High tea for two with a view … there’s nothing better than this in my opinion, and when you have one of the best views of London in one of the most famous London landmarks, it makes for something rather special indeed.
Oblix has an afternoon tea on their menu which is dedicated to seasonal and local produce broken down into London boroughs. For £38 per person, share a high tea tiered tray of sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes with a wide choice of tea.
Upgrade to a glass of champagne or a champagne cocktail for an additional £10. We go for the latter, because even at midday it’s five o’clock somewhere …
Now I’m not a lover of gin, but the rooibos tonic and tea infused together created the most delicious, sweet and delicate flavour that when mixed with the champagne made a very sophisticated drink indeed.
No sooner have we tucked into our cocktail and the sandwiches arrive – but these aren’t just any sandwiches.
The Hackney – smoked salmon, cream cheese and rye
The Islington – duck egg and truffle mayonnaise
The Harringey – ham, alexandra cheese, celeriac and mustard
The Lambeth – cured angus beef and horseradish
The Southwark – coronation chicken, mango and corriander
Crikey. The Islington, duck egg and truffle was a thing of dreams, so much so I had to order more. My other favourite was the Haringey; ham, cheese, celeriac and mustard. Both extremely fitting as they are the two boroughs I have spent the most years living in since I moved to London over 10 years ago.
All delicious but those two have my vote.
Scones next and there’s a choice of two with two different types of jam to top (but not before the clotted cream, I am a cream followed by jam kind of ‘gal).
The Hackney, a plain freshly baked scone and the Southwark, a cranberry scone topped with thick clotted cream and a choice between two Hackney jams, blackberry and bay or fig and earl grey.
Breaking crisp in half and the middle, soft and pillowy. Slathered with cream and thick, sweet and fragrant jam these were delicious. Something I haven’t fully appreciated until having tea here, so hats off to you Oblix, I am now a firm scone lover.
On to the cakes and pastries.
Tower hamlets – pumpkin cake
Southwark – chocolate, stout and pear choux bun
Putney – crunchy chocolate pecan bar
Westminster – Café mocha
After all the clotted cream and jam it’s of any wonder we can muster the strength to eat any more sugar but when they look this pretty there’s no chance of leaving a morsel. The pumpkin cake was my favourite, a sweet and sticky pumpkin sponge layered between a vanilla cream and topped with a shard ( how fitting) of sesame caramel. Lush.
Our other favourite was the Putney, a deliciously decadent log of chocolate ganache with a biscuit pecan base and topped with crunchy honeycomb.
Whether it be a special occasion, an excuse to do something ‘a bit fancy’ or an excuse for a mid-afternoon champagne cocktail with some friends over a cracking view, Oblix has something rather lovely on offer.
The London Afternoon Tea at Oblix pays homage to the iconic capital city. Serving a menu inspired by the very best London has to offer, a menu designed using a blend of ingredients sourced from favourite local purveyors found throughout London’s eclectic mix of boroughs and turning Afternoon Tea classics into Oblix London favourites.
Running Monday To Friday afternoon 12h00 – 15h30
Reservations are to be made by telephone booking only on 0207-268-6700.
Disclaimer – I was invited by Oblix to dine but all views are my own. Ta.