Interesting fact – The Oxo Tower’s illuminated signage comes from a time when advertisements visible from the Thames were not allowed, so ingeniously 3 windows on the tower were designed spelling out an O X & O.
This is about the only London-related fact I’ve taken on board following the Thames River Boat cruise a few years ago and one I was eager to boast about to Friend K visiting from NZ upon arriving here for Afternoon Tea.
Or as it’s referred to here – the Not Afternoon Tea.
There are 2 options when having tea here – one can opt for the standard tea – £24.5 including a cocktail or a more lavish experience – these range from inclusions of tea, chocolates, champagnes etc to some even designed specifically for kids. We opt for the standard £24.5 option.
My choice – Chocolate Bubbles while Friend K opts for Picnic Berries. Both options come with cocktails but they’re more than happy to switch my cocktail over to a non-alcoholic variety and to counteract all the chocolatey-ness I choose an Oriental Chill – Lychees & lime juice washed over with ginger beer.
I found it refreshing and a very pleasant tang compared to the sweetness of my desserts.
The Berry cocktail is a Rum & Strawberry concoction with Lime Juice and syrup – but this one was deemed far too sweet (Like drinking Jam apparently) and was barely half drunk.
My Chocolate Bubbles platter comes with (From Left to Right)
- Chocolate Hazelnut Macaroons
- Blondie Choc Mousse with bitter choc pieces
- Caramel Sponge with peanut butter truffles
- Chocolate Pavlova
My favourites were the Macaroons and Pavlova. Oh and the peanut butter truffles. And the pieces of honeycomb you see littering the plate. So basically everything. I was a little worried that the chocolate plate might be too sweet and overwhelming but it was a good balance of flavours and the aforementioned cocktail helps keep the sweetness factor down.
K’s Picnic Berries definitely had the edge in Presentation and included:
- Raspberry parfait in a chocolate sandwich
- Strawberry and champagne mousse
- Popcorn ice cream, blueberry compote
- Mixed berry and orange cheesecake
There was even a mini blueberry muffin thrown in for good measure. The raspberry parfait/cake & the popcorn ice cream were the clear winners here!