It can be hard finding new places to enjoy afternoon tea. After all, once you’ve lived in this city for a while you’ll probably have visited a few afternoon tea rooms.
Which is why I was really excited to discover Emmeline’s Lounge which is located in the Conrad London St. James.
^^Dress| Miss Selfridge from House of Fraser
So we donned our Sunday best and made our way over to it.
^^ Shirt| Howick Junior from House of Fraser (currently on sale £9.00), Shorts| Ralph Lauren by House of Fraser, Shoes| Converse.
Named after the British political activist Emmeline Pankhurst, the setting is beautifully apt. After all British tea rooms hosted many a suffragette meeting and no doubt helped progress the suffragette movement.
The lounge is very contemporary in style which my little boy was a big fan of. He was seated on a sofa, which meant he could happily lounge after he’d had his fill of cake… or juice!
In fact the seating was so comfortable, you could easily spend hours whiling away a Sunday afternoon enjoying the delights of your afternoon tea in pure comfort while listening to the live harpist playing.
If that image doesn’t do it for you, how about adding a glass of champagne in your hand and knowing the glass never need go dry.
With free flow champagne being an option as part of the afternoon tea, you can enjoy unlimited amounts of champagne from one of Her Majesties official suppliers; G. H. Mumm.
The reason I’m so excited by discovering Emmeline’s Lounge however, isn’t because of the comfortable seating, live harpist or even the champagne (although hats off to Her Majesty, she knows a good bottle). It’s the seasonal changing menu. Which means I have an excuse to visit four times a year to try the changing flavours of the seasons.
Currently their afternoon tea is celebrating the spirit of summer, which runs until September 11th.
Called the Conrad Candy Shop, this afternoon tea is full of vibrant colours and pastel hues.
The three-tiered stand is reserved for the savoury part of the afternoon tea and the fresh warm scones, which are safely tucked away until ready to eat.
With pesto chicken and tomato cones, chicken parfait brioches and candied beetroot and goats cheese tarts as just some of the examples of what you’ll find, it’s hard to consciously leave room for the dessert part of the experience.
Especially when you realise the scones are either candied pineapple scones or brown sugar and spice scones. Even now as I write this the flavours are flooding back leaving my mouth craving more.
^^Sugar and spice and all things nice.
The desserts come out separately on a box filled with hundreds and thousands. It’s an Instagram moment for sure!
Little London loved the colours of the desserts. The way it was presented appealed to him straight away.
He listened to our waiter intently when he went through the description of each dessert. Nodding with his eyes wide open in anticipation.
He immediately went for the blue raspberry mousse and orange pate de fruit as soon as he was able to (after eating the big white chocolate buttons), as it reminded him of something out of Frozen. He then scoffed the second one and third one straight after.
Whereas I tucked straight into the strawberry and cream panna cotta, after popping the bubblegum flavoured macaroon into my mouth and exclaiming in delight that it really did taste like bubblegum.
I almost felt like a child myself exploring something new and being wowed by creativity.
^^ Rose tea.
As far as an afternoon tea goes, all my senses were set alight. It was just an amazingly exciting experience and one I’m happy to do all over again when their Tea Fusion afternoon tea kicks off on September 12th.