As restrictions are being relaxed I wanted to share my little afternoon tea trip that I took back in February, which feels a lifetime ago! Despite my love of afternoon tea I’ve never had one in London. However that changed after the lovely team I work with surprised me with Afternoon Tea at Vertigo 42. Booking through Groupon was easy peasy, and it was recommended to book promptly so not to miss out on your preferred date, however there were ample to choose from.
A train, a couple of tubes and a short walk and you arrive at quite the building. Nestled amongst a number of high-rises this one overshadowed the lot of them. It is in fact one of London’s tallest buildings. Although the name does give it away, I was not prepared for the venue to be on the 42nd floor, ridiculous I know.
Finding the entrance was a little confusing due to the lack of signage. Top tip – is it is best to ask someone as it does involve a side entrance, two different zoned lifts, stairs and some winding corridors.
Once you are up there you will need your sea legs. The view is breathtaking.
The entire seating area is wrapped around the building so everyone has a front row seat to the view. Stretching from the London Eye to the Gherkin, the expanse of what you can see is amazing. Although it was relatively grey, you can see it didn’t dampen the view.
The staff were friendly and attentive. With no waiting around, you had a glass of champers and a tower of afternoon tea within minutes of being seated. The tea/coffee is at your leisure and you can ask for it as and when. There is the option to add other drinks and food at a cost, most of which was reasonable.
There were some reviews that the portions were on the small side, but for me they were perfect, and we left feeling full. The only issue was picking which to choose first, because it all looked scrumptious. Yes I have dropped the scrumptious-bomb!
The sandwiches, although interesting in their filling (salami and cream cheese is this really a thing?), were tasty and fresh. The scones were warm, soft with a little crust, and utterly delicious, to the point I am still dreaming about them!
The tarts had a crumbly short pastry and were filled with a decadent chocolate millionaires and zesty citrus orange curd. The orange was certainly my favourite and I could have eaten a dozen of them.
Of course there is a time limit of 1hr 45mins which was enough, and sittings are from midday – 2.45pm. This afternoon tea at Vertigo 42 was fantastic, and one of the best I’ve ever had. From the food to the champagne to the views, there was nothing to fault. What a way to remember the big 3-0!
If this sounds like your cup of tea they still have this offer on Groupon.
Have you had any outstanding afternoon tea experiences? I’d love to hear them so please share them below.
Nibbles ‘n’ Scribbles x