Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental

As part of my internship at Truly, I got the chance to experience Afternoon Tea at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park along with my supervisor Nikki, and fellow intern Abigail!  This was my first ever afternoon tea!

When we arrived we were escorted to The Rosebery Lounge where our tea was to take place. This was honestly one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever been in. After being seated in very comfy chairs with plenty of beautiful decorative pillows to recline against, we were given menus to choose from their impressive selection of tea.

Alongside our tea and treats, we also each enjoyed a glass of champagne each. This was my first time tasting champagne! I haven’t decided yet if I like it…

As for food, we enjoyed a selection of sandwiches, scones, hand-made pastries, and cakes. We truly felt spoiled! At Mandarin Oriental they even have an in house Tea Master that gave us the opportunity to try some especially unique teas. The Tea Master works with the East India Company, and creates special blends that are only offered in Rosebery Lounge.

After we finished eating, we enjoyed a short tour of the hotel. First we were taken to The Loggia, which is a beautiful room with a circular design, tall French doors, and gorgeous decor. The French doors open to a terrace with beautiful views of Hyde Park, and also a private Royal Entrance the Park that can be used for special occasions!

We also had the chance to poke our heads into The Ballroom. The Ballroom has beautiful chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and just like The Loggia – a special Royal Entrance into Hyde Park. The thing that Abigail and I found most interesting was that Queen Elizabeth II learned how to dance there with her sister when they were teenagers!

Overall this was such an amazing experience. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to go to such a beautiful hotel and experience my first afternoon tea. I recommend this experience for everyone as a special treat especially if you have never had afternoon tea before!

Where have you enjoyed afternoon tea in London?

– Spencer, Truly Intern