Monday, October 27, 2014

#LDNBloggersTea at the Conrad London St. James

About a year ago, I decided to plan an afternoon tea for bloggers and hatched the #LDNBloggersTea.
We’ve now enjoyed four quarterly teas at some of London’s nicest hotels and interest in the event continues to grow.
Each time there are familiar faces as well as new faces, but we all have the connection
of putting a piece of ourselves on the internet.
It’s a fabulous group of bloggers from all over the world blogging about a variety of topics.

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Our most recent #LDNBloggersTea was at the Conrad London St. James 
(previously the Intercontinental Westminster). It’s a gorgeous, lush hotel
located in the heart of London. We were lucky enough to get a preview of their
upcoming holiday tea, the Christmas Snow Scene.

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Somehow they’ve managed to take a traditional Christmas dinner and put it onto a tea stand.
They really outdid themselves on the savoury course.
Here’s the menu (but you have to imagine Christmas melodies from a harp playing
in the background and a glass of champagne in your hand).

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Brussel sprout salad
(everyone raved about this brussel spout & goats cheese mousse)
Turkey ballotine
Venison bite

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Smoke salmon & lemon crème fraiche
Cured gammon & mustard
Beetroot & spinach
Cranberry sauce

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Freshly Baked Orange & Cranberry Christmas Spice Scones
Served with Devonshire clotted cream, home-made strawberry jam and blackberry curd
(very generous with the cream!)

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

We each had our own selection of tea served in a large silver pot to get us through the afternoon.
Then came the pièce de résistance, the magical snow scene served under a pane of frosted glass.

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea 
Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Winter berry Christmas Tree
Chocolate Orange Battenberg Present
Snowflake Macaroon
White Forest Yule Log
Christmas Postcard marshmallows
Mini Meringue Snowmen
Edible Snow

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Pastry Chef Zoe came around to explain each of the sweet creations.
It’s obvious they really put their hearts into this menu.

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea
 
It was a delight and we were reluctant to mess it up, but quickly overcame that reluctance
 as we tasted treat after treat. My favorite was the Yule Log, soft and sweet.
The Winter Berry Christmas Tree was a real surprise, a tangy berry mouse
with a sweet chocolate brownie.

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

 
It was absolutely magical.  Between the creative and tasty menu, the attentive and friendly service, the beautiful setting of Emmaline’s and the interesting and exciting company it was the perfect afternoon. If you want to treat someone to a very special tea experience in London this holiday season, this is the perfect choice. 


Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

The Christmas Snow Scene runs from November 24th to Christmas Eve and is £37 or £45 if you’d like to add free-flowing Laurent-Perrier champagne. Yes, please.


Conrad London St. James #LDNBloggersTea

If you are interested in attending a future #LDNBloggersTea, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’ve passed the torch to Melanie from Sunny in London who will be planning future events. But, you will definitely see me there. I can’t wait for the next one!


Have you ever experienced a afternoon tea in London?
 

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  We were offered a discounted rate of £30 per person for our tea.

16 comments:

  1. Looks like such a lovely event! Something I would attend! Great pictures and great times with friends!
    Don't forget to link up with me today!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  3. I have enjoyed these teas so much Selena. Thank you so much for organising them. I loved this one at the Conrad. Cant wait to see you again at the next one X

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  4. I am not even in the UK and I have loved reading everyone's posts and staring at their pictures during the various London Blogger Tea's. Hat's off to you, Selena, for doing such a wonderful job this past year.

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  5. Lovely post Selena, thank you for arranging all the teas I've been to. They've been wonderful. Just think you can sit back and relax at the next one. Love the photos! ;-) xx

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  6. You are so welcome, Sarah! I'm really excited about the next one and the return of Chef Ben. Will you be there? I'd love to see you!! xo Selena

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  7. Thanks so much! The venue did all of the hard work. It was really special. When are you coming to London?? You're gonna love it. xo Selena

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  8. I always look forward to seeing you! Save me a seat next to you at the next one. We really need to catch up! Loved your recent post about exercise, btw!! xo Selena

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  9. Thanks so much for the comment. Love the linkup! Is it just for Monday recap post or just anything? I wasn't sure. I always love finding new blogs!! xo Selena

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  10. Next time you are in London, lets go to tea!!! You in?

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  11. Anything! No rules! Just make new friends!

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  12. I wish I could come to London or Germany ever so soon (or heck any place in Europe I have so much wanderlust in me at this point again), but right now I just see many trips to NYC in my future for doctor appointments.

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  13. O yes I really wanted to try and time our last trip for one of these but sadly our schedule did not line up!

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  14. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)November 10, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Love your write up Selena! Mine's just gone up today - it was so nice to meet you and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did - you must have put so much effort into arranging them all :)

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  15. I really think that you guys are onto a winner with these meetings. It looks like a hoot. The food looks delicious!

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