Saturday, March 8, 2014

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

Do you remember that 80's movie Weird Science?
I'm sure some of you do and if you don't, please don't rub it in.
I've had that Oingo Boingo song in my head all week.  (And now you will, too.  You're welcome.)

The reason I've been thinking about science is because on Monday
I experienced an amazing London afternoon tea with a scientific twist.

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

It's located just across from South Kensington Station and in close proximity to both the
Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. The perfect spot for a Science Afternoon Tea.

Quite clever, if you ask me.
All the important components for a great afternoon tea were there.

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

A gorgeous setting.  I love the colors and the quirky artwork of The Drawing Rooms.
My life will not be complete until I have that painting of a giraffe in a champagne glass.

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

 Fresh Flowers and amazing, friendly service.
As soon as we walked in, our coats were whisked away.
The staff were wonderful throughout our visit. 

Champagne!  Afternoon Tea isn't Afternoon Tea without, well, a glass of bubbly.  Amiright?

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

Tea, obviously.  I had the Mint Tea which was perfect.
Although, I always forget to use the strainer when I pour another cup.
We were trying to read my fortune in the tea leaves by the end of it.
"I see more afternoon teas in your future."

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

 Three-tiered serving trays loaded with scrumptious nibbles.

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

Savoury gougeres
Glouster old spot ham, sauce gribiche
Cheese with fruit chutney
H.Forman & Son London smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese
Coronation chicken

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

 A warm selection of plain and white chocolate scones,
served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve.

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

The best part was the fun-filled top layer served complete with billowing smoke
straight from the lab of a mad scientist.   

She's not really mad at all.  Chef Ji Sun Shin is actually lovely.
Not only was the menu incredibly clever but every element was an absolute treat.
(Element.  See what I did there?)

 Hazelnut, walnut and chocolate cake with Mango Mousse Volcano
Chocolate Dinosaurs
Pistachio Macaroon with Cherry Sauce Pipette
Raspberry Cake Planet  (My favorite!)
Citrus Cocktail

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

There is nothing traditional and stuffy about this Afternoon Tea.
It was absolute fun. It left me with a huge smile on my face and humming that wacky song.

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel

Of course the tea was that much more wonderful because of the company of these enthusiastic ladies.
If you've never seen a group of bloggers at an afternoon tea, you're missing out.
This was before the food floating in dry ice arrived at the tables.
Then everyone was up out of their seats.  Madness ensued.


 The Drawing Rooms at The Ampersand Hotel

Science Afternoon Tea available until 21st March.
£32.50 per person or £44.50 per person with a glass of Champagne.


How do you feel about tea with a bit of science?




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  *I was a guest of The Ampersand Hotel for the purposes of review.
 All photos, writing and opinions are my own.
As always, I promise to be open, honest and transparent with my readers.
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32 comments:

  1. That looks like so much fun!

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  2. I like it! It think it would be a sneaky way to make my husband interested in afternoon tea haha

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  3. WOAH. This is super strange, but absolutely awesome! Best tea time ever!

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  4. All the photos I've seen so far are amazing & yours are no exception, Selena! It looked like an amazing afternoon & it's definitely piqued my interest. I'm hoping to take my little Goddaughter soon, it would be right up her alley!

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  5. This looks like so much fun. I love the science theme behind all the food.

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  6. Of course I remember the 80s song Weird Science. :) Looks like lots of fun!

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  7. Wow, looks amazing and delicious. Love the pic where you all have your cameras out!!
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

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  8. Afternoon tea with a twist! I love it!

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  9. I've loved seeing people's posts on this tea! It seriously looks like the most fun one I've seen.

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  10. Selena - that picture of all of us is HILARIOUS. And brings back lovely memories a week later - of laughs and chocolate scone comas :) Have been holding off on reading others' posts until I just finished my own and now having such fun seeing all the different takes. That giraffe was one popular fellow :) xx

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  11. It felt good to act a bit childlike. Not that I usually do that ;)

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  12. I've been thinking that Matthew is missing out. He's never done afternoon tea. I think I need to take him sometime.

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  13. You are so welcome. I'm so glad that you joined us! :D That's my favorite photo, too. I have more where everyone is up out of their seat. Such fun!

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  14. You are so welcome! I'm glad you joined us. I can't wait to see your photographs!!

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  15. She would love it! I wish I had some family here that I could take.

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  16. Fun is exactly the word. I love doing quirky things like this. Do they have any tea rooms in Iceland? We ate at the cutest little french bistro when we were there. Such good food!

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  17. I hope you'll be able to join us for one of our teas before you go! We really need to meet up. I'll send you an email today!!

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  18. So much food! I'm becoming addicted to afternoon tea which could be an expensive habit.

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  19. I hope to see you soon at another tea!!!

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  20. Some really great posts. I love reading everyone's take on the experience.

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  21. I have to have that giraffe!!!!! Such a great day. I'm thrilled that you could join us! I hope to see you again soon!!

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  22. I'll have my post ready and up by Monday! I meant to have it up sooner, I've just got such a big backlog of posts to get written - I know you know the feeling. :o)

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  23. It looks like another fantastic blogger tea Selena!
    P.S. Weird Science was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, "He doesn't even have his license Lisa" :)

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  24. Oh my gosh, this sounds absolutely amazing! I would love to go somewhere like this! :)

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  26. I'm thinkin' it was the Paris Bistro? It was right on the main drag. I ordered ribs and it was served on this big honkin' tray. It looked like dinosaur ribs. Matt ordered the fish and I ordered the ribs. You should have seen the looks. lol

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  27. I love those old 80's movies. But now when I watch them I'm shocked at how dirty they were. lol Most of it went right over my head at the time.

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  28. I'm becoming addicted to Afternoon Tea. It's so much fun.

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  29. It definitely is! I don't know where I would be with my 3pm cup of coffee!

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