Afternoon Tea at The Egerton Hotel? Why go here when I can go to, say, Fortnum & Masons?
The Egerton House Hotel is traditional British 19th century townhouse turned five-star boutique hotel secreted away in a residential street in Knightsbridge. It’s so peaceful and tranquil away from the crowd that you find everywhere else in London. You’ll hardly believe you’re in Knightsbridge, one of London’s busiest touristy hotspot.
What was the service like?
Warm and personable service from the moment you enter through the front door. You’ll be led into the grand Drawing room where you will meet your butler who will take care of everything. Honestly, you won’t have to lift a finger.
Whoa, I have a butler?
That’s right, and you take your tea in the grand Drawing Room. It’s luxurious, elegant, and so traditionally British. It’s beautifully furnished with antique clocks, victorian paintings and a welcoming fireplace.
OK, Cool, but what’s the afternoon tea actually like?
Superb and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take your pick from 13 teas to choose from to go with your delicate finger sandwiches, sweet cakes and, of course, freshly backed scones with and assortment of jams and clotted cream. I went for the Leaping Tiger Flower Burst, a tightly bunched tea that unfurls mesmerisingly as it brews inside your crystal clear teapot. It’s quite a sight. And delicious. Eaten something you really like? Ask for a refill
Wait, Free Refill?!
Hold your horses, you can’t get the same of everything! If you liked something specific like the the finger sandwiches, just ask for more. If you’ve gone all out taken champagne afternoon tea, ask for a top up. It’s superb value.
When should I go?
It’s great for any occasion, whether you’re taking someone on a date, celebrating mum’s birthday, baby showers. Anything. There’s an afternoon tea vegetarian option as well as gluten-free. Why not bring the kids too? There’s picnic afternoon tea with Edwin the Bear so kids enjoy tea as much as you do.
Anything else I need to know before I go?
Size isn’t everything so don’t let the this small 5 star hotel townhouse fool you. Inside awaits fours floors of elegance and luxury plus a hotel bar and grand Drawing Room. No doubt afternoon tea at your Fortnum’s, Harrods et al is pretty magical. But it doesn’t quite offer the intimate, elegant, peaceful, quiet, luxurious afternoon experience away from the masses like the Egerton House Hotel does. It’s quietly superb and a true hidden gem of London.
I visited The Egerton House Hotel on a review basis on behalf of Fluid London – London’s independent guide to eating and drinking in the Capital.