A Tantalizing Italian Afternoon Tea at the Baglioni Hotel London

A Tantalizing Italian Afternoon Tea at the Baglioni Hotel London


There’s a wide range of afternoon teas in London, and it seems like new ones are constantly being added to the mix. Yet one that I hadn’t experienced up to now is the Italian Afternoon Tea at Osteria 60 within The Baglioni Hotel London. As Italians are well known for their sweet treats, this had to be good. Moreover, The Baglioni is one of my favourite London hotels, in a superb location directly opposite Hyde Park. There’s a charming outdoor terrace but it wasn’t quite warm enough to sit outside so we headed in to the cosy bar area.

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Decorated in chic tones of gold and black, it has a very welcoming feel. This was reinforced by the staff who were extremely friendly and seated us in a comfortable corner table.

baglioni_bar_champagne_kensingtonThe absence of tablecloths was a refreshing change. Whilst I do enjoy a formal afternoon tea setting, sometimes you just want to relax.

baglioni-bar-londonI was here with my good friend Elizabeth, a fan of champagne like me. So kicking off with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut NV was a must. It’s normally part of the champagne afternoon tea menu but you can add on a glass for an additional cost.

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The delicate bubbles and subtle biscuity flavour were a great start to our afternoon.

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We’ve both been to Jersey recently though not together so it was fun to compare our recent experiences. I was also looking forward to my upcoming trip to Venice, staying at the Baglioni Hotel Luna. It’s a sister property of the Baglioni Hotel London and the oldest hotel in Venice.

They had an interesting selection of tea blends by Newby London – I hesitated between the Oriental Sencha and the peach and raspberry, finally choosing the latter on the recommendation of our waiter. It had a lovely flavour and I’d definitely have it again. Elizabeth is an English Breakfast tea fan and found hers to be excellent quality.

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The Italian afternoon tea here is presented on a striking Art Deco style tray which both Elizabeth and I admired. It made for an appetizing spread and we wasted no time in tasting the delicacies on offer. Our tea was served on large white dinner plates, an unusual choice. Switching to smaller, decorative Italian plates would showcase the food to better advantage. There were both white and brown bread sandwiches with a mixture of fillings. The smoked salmon with crème fraiche and chives was one of my favourites while Elizabeth was particularly taken with the honey roast ham and cream cheese. We both enjoyed the Italian twist of the tomatoes and Taggiasca olives sandwich, as well as the spicy chicken and rocket pesto.

Having feasted on the sandwiches, we moved on to the freshly baked fruit and plain scones. I would have liked these to have been served warm and wrapped up in a traditional white cloth so that they would remain that way. Hopefully they’ll take this on board as they certainly tasted good. They were as light and fluffy as you’d wish, served with a good homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream. Normally, they’re also served with Nutella spread here too.

baglioni_hotel_kensington_afternoon_teaThe pastries and desserts were the highlight of the Italian afternoon tea for me and a taste of things to come in Venice. There were plenty of chocolate ones – always a plus in my book! Elizabeth loved the lemon and green apple drizzly whilst I fell for the raspberry cheesecake. It had a superb concentration of flavour and just the right level of sweetness without being overpowering. The hazlenut éclairs and Sicilian cannolo chocolate chips brought back fond memories of my stay in Sicily – note to self, I need to return. These Italian delicacies were a wonderful finale to a very enjoyable overall experience. I can’t wait to tell you all about our stay at the Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice!

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Are you a fan of afternoon tea? What do you think of this Italian afternoon tea?

The Baglioni Hotel London, 60 Hyde Park Gate, London SW7 5BB

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  • Rosana McPhee

    I am a big fan of afternoon tea the pastries looks lovely and so is that tiled floor! R

  • I’ve popped into the Baglioni for drinks before but never imagined they did an Italian afternoon tea! What a delightful twist on a familiar concept. x

    Summertime Sadness – Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • That looks like an ideal afternoon tea. I will remember this next time I make it to London.

    • It felt very relaxed due to the lack of formality, I’m sure you’ll love it Rhonda

  • You had me at Canolli! Love this English classic with a continental twist 🙂

  • What a gorgeous place to have tea! I wish this was more of a thing in the US because it always looks so wonderful.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • It’s strange that it’s not as everyone I’ve met from the States loves having afternoon tea in London, I’m sure like you that there would be demand for it

  • Lucy

    Sounds lovely, I really enjoy afternoon tea as you know and with an Italian twist sounds perfect Lucy x (FoodieForce)

  • Wow this tea look so fancy!
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • How darling is this place, and quintessentially very English (at least when I think of England). I can’t recall the last time I had high tea but this gorgeous setting is making me yearn for one

    Sxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

  • I love afternoon tea, but I haven’t had Italian afternoon tea before now it goes to my to-do list ha ha! Top row looks so appealing, I could finish them all 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I love the Italian take on afternoon tea! Those pastries look delicious!

    Ash | Liakada

  • This Italian inspired Afternoon Tea looks lovely suze especially like the sound of the chocolate picks! How gorgeous and luxurious in a beautiful location too.

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

  • Love the cute tea sandwiches!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Gary J Berry

    I loved my visit to this place for dinner. Will have to check out the afternoon tea. Looks so delicious!! Gary xx

  • I love art deco! What a tempting afternoon tea… I think that the one we had earlier this year was the last one I had.

  • Yum. The peach and raspberry tea sounds quite delicious. I think I would have really enjoyed the desserts. They look perfectly decadent!

    • The peach and raspberry tea went so well with the Italian pastries, which were a real treat

  • Yaya Gilmore

    Awesome, I’m going to visit London in 2 weeks so maybe I’m also able to visit this fabulous hotel!FYI Champagne is the best part at Tea-Party’s ;D Love the food pics!I see you had an excellent time
    xo
    Yaya
    http://www.yayavanchique.com

    • I’m sure you’ll love it there Yaya, and I agree that champagne is essential with afternoon tea 😉

  • I’ve walked past this hotel so many times but have yet to venture inside. I love the decor very understated chic

  • OOh I’ve had the afternoon tea here! It was delicious!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Wow, Suze this looks SO beautiful! The hotel looks so grand and the afternoon tea looks so delicious – how lovely! P.s that rose champagne though *inserts hearts in eyes emoji*

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

  • Mmmm I love the sound of an Italian afternoon tea, especially one involving Sicilian cannolo chocolate chips! x