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With so many Afternoon teas now available in London, you will be spoilt when it comes to choosing which one to pick. You can practice magic at a wizarding afternoon tea and even go back to the 1940s for a squiffy picnic. To stand out in a saturated market, something different needs to be offered, an element of fun and quirkiness, something which resonates with a person. When I received a press release for a Glam Rock Afternoon Tea in London, I was instantly drawn in. With mentions of T-Rex and David Bowie, a nod to the K West Hotel’s musical past, I instantly thought of my mum and the music she enjoyed while growing up.
Two weeks later, we were heading down to The K West Hotel and Spa, a stone through away from Westfield London, to sample London’s coolest new afternoon tea.
The history of The K West Hotel
Located on the site of a former BBC recording studio, where the likes of Bob Marley, the Kinks and David Bowie once performed, The K West Hotel & Spa, is staying true to its rock’n’roll credentials. On entering the hotel, the staff are attentive but casual, with a relaxed atmosphere present in the vibrant reception, a nice change from some other upmarket central London hotels. Musical influences run throughout the large hotel, which has its own on-site spa, the library area is full of books on musical history and various vinyl players. Once a month the hotel lobby is transformed into a gig venue as a live band plays for the guest and general public.
The Glam Rock Afternoon tea is held in the K West’s hotel restaurant with the music of theming playing in the background, however not too overbearingly. Like most afternoon teas, a wide range of tea is available for selection, with the Tea Rex being the signature brew, an exciting blend of strong black tea leaves, green leaves, with flavourings of peony flowers, cherry, peppercorn and fragrant rose petals. Listed like this it sounds a bit much, but it works, creating a distinctive smokey flavour which grows on you and leaves a punchy spiced aftertaste.
For the sandwich course, The K West have gone for a majority fish-based selection, however, I am sure you can probably opt for fish free if this is not to your taste. It is worth pointing out there that each course is served on a vinyl record which is then placed correctly on the portable vinyl player on each table – a wonderful theming touch which went down well. Each person is offered four finger sandwiches, all of which are served on different types of bread – my favourite being Brie and Apple on Carrot bread.
Beetroot & Gin cured salmon on Beetroot bread
Blue Cheese & Grape on Rye Bread
Crab & Avocado on Basil Bread
Brie and Apple on Carrot Bread.
Next, a variety of cakes and desserts are served. This is where I felt The Glam Rock Tea stood out against other Afternoon Teas currently available in London. The traditional and obvious choice of Victoria Sponges and Chocolate Eclairs were nowhere to be seen, instead replaced with fair sized portions of Prosecco jelly with fresh berries, Tapioca coconut pudding topped with mango puree and my personal favourite Red Velvet Bomb – a gold leafed topped soft mousse on a shortbread base.
The imaginative selection of cakes really helped to bring this afternoon to life, complimenting the glam rock theme of the afternoon and again, setting itself apart from the standard afternoon teas offered across the city.
The last vinyl which was set on the record player was, of course, the scones, alongside the classic scones was one final twist, lemon and rosemary scones, served with a large helped of fresh jam and clotted cream. I am sad to say I only managed one of the scones before being defeated by my full stomach. It is fair to say the K West Hotel serve a decently sized afternoon tea and it is worth arriving with an empty stomach.
We visited the Glam Rock Afternoon Tea on a Tuesday afternoon, the restaurant was fairly quiet at this point and we were allowed to enjoy our lunch at leisure, not once feeling like we were being rushed. Hopefully, this is something which is present across busier days in the hotel as well as it is enjoyable to soak up the music and atmosphere of the legendary building as well.
The Glam Rock Afternoon Tea is currently available Monday til Sunday (2 pm – 5 pm) priced at £28.50 per person
For those looking to add a bit more glam to the afternoon, there are also additional options as well:
GlamRock Prosecco Tea: £36.00
Rock’n’Cocktails Tea: £40.50 – Music themed cocktails such as ‘Hot Love’, ‘Born to Rum’ and ‘Tipsy Berry’
GlamRock Champagne Tea £41.00 – Tea infused champagne cocktails such as ‘Earl Grey Fizz’ and ‘Sparkling Berry’
The K West Hotel also offers an on-site spa which can be booked alongside the Glam Rock Afternoon Tea, this could a great option for a birthday or hen party.
This package includes:
- A glam rock afternoon tea for two
- Robes, towels and slipper hire
- 20% off any pre-booked 55-minute holistic treatment
Package based on two people, and priced at £127.
However, my favourite option, a perfect option of a tourist visiting London, is the Tea + Tour option. Get straight into the thick of the 70s and 80s London, travelling around the city in a traditional black taxi. The ‘Rock & Roll Cabbie’, Stephen Channell, will chauffeur you and your fellow musos around the sights and shrines to rock and music legends. Stops along the way include Abbey Road Studios and the unforgettable zebra crossing; the former home of Freddie Mercury; the location of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album cover; and Jimi Hendrix’s sixties Mayfair flat. Your tour will conclude with the Glam Rock Afternoon Tea.
This package includes:
- Two hour Rock Cab Tour
- Glam Rock Afternoon Tea for four people
Package based on four people, and priced at £212.
Advance booking is essential for the Afternoon Tea as well as the various packages.
We were guests of the K West Hotel and the Glam Rock Afternoon Tea, however, all opinions are my own.