During London Fashion Week the W Hotel in Leicester Square turned its usual ‘Rock’ tea over to quirky fashion label Sibling London who added some of their signature leopard print to the mix. As soon as I heard the words ‘leopard print cookie’ I knew I had to check it out so I grabbed my good friend and afternoon tea aficionado Passionate About Vintage and mosied on over to experience it for myself.
From the minute you enter the lounge at the W you feel like you’re in rock star paradise, from the glitter ball trees near the lifts to the cake stand made out of records (awesome touch). It also helped that our tea booking happened to coincide with the Sibling London fashion week after party so there were a lot of rock star looking people milling about.
The afternoon tea menu consisted of a small variety of sandwiches (replenished after we asked politely), delicious scones, clotted cream and jam, an absolutely divine chocolate mousse with a hazelnut crunch, vanilla meringue in the shape of the Rolling Stones logo, chocolate and passion fruit cakes, rose financier and a purple Victoria sponge. And not forgetting, of course, the incredible glittery leopard-print shortbread. After some Twitter banter with the Sibling crew, we also bagged one each to take away. Each item on the menu has been given a ‘rock n roll’ label, for example the Victoria sponge is ‘Purple Haze’ and the rose financier is ‘Every Rose Has a Thorn’.
Apparently W’s ‘Rock Tea’ is fairly new and since being introduced bookings for afternoon tea at the hotel have sky-rocketed. It’s certainly a fun twist on the usual afternoon tea shtick, on par with the Berkley’s Fashion Tea and the Sanderson’s Alice in Wonderland tea, at a similar price point to the latter. In keeping with the theme, the setting is more relaxed than other afternoon teas – in fact, we ended up sitting there until dinner time – and the decor alone is a talking point (see the wall of plates, below). All in all, the W ‘Rock Tea’ promises a reasonably-priced, fun and yummy afternoon offering a rock star experience without a group in sight.
W Leicester Square’s Rock Tea is available from 2-5pm in the W Lounge at £25 per person.