afternoon tea at the rosebery lounge

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moments from childhood

Growing up my parents took us to travel as much as they could and afford. We visited India often so we could visit family, took beach holidays on the coast of Florida {where I grew up} and visited various American landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Status of Liberty and even Stone Mountain in Georgia… don’t ask!

I cherished those holidays not because of what I saw was historically or culturally profound, but because we spent so much time together as a family. When I was younger, I did not have the slightest idea that I would move a country away from my family and looking back at those moments would be ever so profound to me.

One thing my parents and I did together would spend some one-on-one time. I may spend the day with daddy on the golf course and then the evening with mummy at the theatre. It seems like eventually my mom and I would rather spend the afternoon together… having afternoon tea! No matter where we are in the world, we make afternoon tea a priority.
 

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treating momma

So it only seemed fitting to organize an afternoon tea whilst she was in London recently. It was rather chilly, yet sunny one afternoon and we went for a little shop in Knightsbridge. We admired the dresses in the designer showrooms in Harrods and then made our way to where the handbags were. My mom is a handbag fiend and I treated her to the one she fell in love with first—because why not spoil the woman that has always spoilt you?

After a quick peruse in the sweets and confectionaries section grabbing presents for daddy, we headed across the street to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Walking in the concierge escorted us straight to The Rosebery Lounge. Walking up the grand staircase, opened up to a brightly lit room that boasted a minimalistic glamour and we were greeted by a host that stood in front tea bar. The most elegant tea bar I ever did see.
 

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The Rosebery Lounge

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We walked through the salon and then entered the lounge and were chauffeured to the back corner where delicate china was placed and a very impressive list of teas. As we felt a bit lost for words by the ambiance and the the list of teas placed in front of us, we had a tea connoisseur approach our table and ask us a bit about what we liked and disliked in terms of flavors and aromas and sure enough he put together one of the most beautiful set of teas for us. We started with very light teas to accompany our sandwiches and worked out way up to stronger, bolder flavors as we went from cake to pastries and then scones. It was a pairing experience I have never had!

We arrived a little under famished {being an American, I tend to exaggerate} and so we enjoyed the sandwiches enthusiastically. Funny enough, the vegetarian one was one of our favorites. It was fresh, earthy and very refreshing made with cucumber. What caught me by surprise was the ability to take the most simplest of flavors and pair them with luxury ingredients like the egg and cress with a touch of black truffle.

With the pastries right in front of us, we were eying them aggressively as we munched on the sandwiches. Soon enough, we moved onto the pastries that we absolutely adored! Each pastry had multiple flavor components and varying textures that entertained each other making the perfect little bite with balanced flavors of sweet, tart and utterly lovely.

And through it all, we laughed and giggled, people watched and wandered, and fell in love with The Rosebery Lounge.
 

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  • Sarah

    Afternoon tea with mum sounds like the utmost loveliest idea! Glad you were able to take her to MO xxx

  • First of all, how sweet of you to buy your mum the first handbag she fell in love with! That made me smile.
    Secondly, your description of this place makes it sound amazing and from the pictures, it looks amazing too! Glad you had a great time with your mum. (PS: I’ve seen your email and I’ll be responding shortly! xx )

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  • The more I keep reading about you and your mom’s relationship the more I love it! You both remind me of my mom and I’s relationship (I know i’ve written about it here in the last few posts) It’s so great you got to share your tradition while she was in town =o)

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  • Kiri Yanchenko

    That high tea looks divine.
    I am always reminded of the afternoon tea I used to have with my grandma when I have high tea!
    Kiri
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  • This tea looks AMAZING! I mean you had me at ‘truffle’ haha!

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    Shloka
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  • I totally wish we did afternoon tea. It is always just so so pretty! You are so culturally well rounded, Supal. 😉

  • What a fancy tea! The food looks delicious and instagram worthy haha!
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  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    What a perfect way to spend an afternoon with your mom. All the tea and treats look delightful!

  • Paige Allison

    “Being American, I tend to exaggerate.” HAHHAHAHAHAHA! So true. Not you specifically, but Americans. They overuse the word “obsessed” (can you imagine if there were really a bunch of obsessed people walking around?!) and don’t know the meaning of the word “literally.”

    I’ve been to one high tea in my whole life, but it was divine!