After three months of back-to-back press trips, I am taking a little break from airports and hotels to just live London again. There are so many cool things to do in the city in June, now that the days are longer, the weather is warm and the rooftops are open. So when I received an invitation to try the newly launched Afternoon Tea at ME London I was happy to accept and enjoy an afternoon outside with friends.
ME London is one of trendiest hotels in central London. It has a contemporary style and benefits from a fantastic location in Aldwych, just a stroll away from Covent Garden and the Southbank.
Inside the hotel there are two restaurants (Cucina Asellina and STK London) as well as a Roof Bar on the 10th floor with outdoor terrace and spectacular panoramic views of London. The view features some of the London’s iconic sights such as The Shard, The London Eye, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Radio is the only rooftop bar, lounge and terrace in the Strand and Aldwych area to be open throughout the day. I had never been up there before last week, but I loved it. The terrace is a really lovely spot to go for a drink with friends, or grab a bite to eat on a nice day. If the day is chilly, there are heaters on the terrace to keep you warm.
The Afternoon Tea is served indoors in the bar or outdoors on the terrace. Of course I prefer the terrace!
I have been told Radio bar gets quite busy in the evenings, especially on summer weekends. It isn’t hard to see why. It feels very Manhattan, in a cool way. I wouldn’t mind spending an evening up there with a cocktail in hand.
Earlier this month, Radio launched their first ever Afternoon Tea menu which is served from 12pm to 5pm, from Monday to Friday.
For first-timers in the afternoon tea game, I’d say they are doing pretty good! The service was great, with a wide selection of sandwiches, decadent cakes and perfectly-baked scones.
Their Skyline Afternoon Tea is a modern day interpretation of the time-old British ritual, giving a contemporary international twist to traditional delicacies. [AfternoonTea.co.uk]
I am a big fan of Jasper Conran for Wedgwood tableware and the one used at ME London was no less beautiful than I would expect from this brand. I also loved the Royal Doulton’s Charlene Mullen tableware: how pretty are their plates with the London skyline?
The classic menu costs £45 (plus service charge) and is served with tea (black, green or herbal). The menu can be upgraded with a mocktail, cocktail or glass of Champagne for an additional charge.
We started with a selection of finger sandwiches: hot smoked salmon, chive, cream cheese and pickled cucumber; USDA Prime grilled beef, horseradish mayonnaise and watercress; prawn cocktail, marie rose sauce and lemon; egg mayonnaise, chive and quail egg; and a Croque Monsieur.
If you are looking for low-carb (but still tasty) options, they also serve bread-free sandwiches: compressed watermelon, feta and black olive tapenade; cucumber, buffalo ricotta and black sesame.
As a break between savoury and sweet course, we were served the Nitro Fruit Burst: a liquid nitro fruit salad with Earl Grey mousse and popping candy. It was delicious and possibly my favourite thing in the entire menu (although the sandwiches and scones were very good too!).
Scones are served plain and/or with raisins, with clotted cream, gooseberry and strawberry jams.
The Skyline selection of cakes includes: lemon meringue; hazelnut opera cake; lemongrass, apricot and pistachio cake; passion fruit tart; raspberry and lychee sandwich; cheesecake and blackberry dome.
These two were my favourite: the indulgent chocolate-coated dome with a mousse like consistency and the passion fruit cake.
If you are looking for a luxurious, stylish and modern Afternoon Tea in London, the Skyline tea at ME London is great. It is perfect for a meetup with friends or even a romantic date.
The Skyline Afternoon Tea is expensive, especially if you are the gentleman on a date paying for the full bill, but no afternoon tea in London ever comes cheap. The price is pretty much the same in all 5* hotels. And at Radio you get the added bonus of having London as your backdrop.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Radio at ME London. All opinions are my own.