London Restaurant Festival Review: Afternoon Tea at Radio Rooftop

Radio rooftop

With sweeping views of The Shard and London Eye, the perfect vantage point of the London skyline is plain to see whilst perched on the terrace enjoying Afternoon Tea at Radio Rooftop. From up on the 10th floor of the ME, what better way to enjoy the London Restaurant Festival afternoon tea.

Amidst the last of the summer sun drenching our table, life on the rooftop was going swimmingly, after two glasses of bubbly were delivered to our table. Against the hum of the buzzy crowd, we were brought tea with a Mediterranean twist on a white wheel stand, mirroring the London Eye before our eyes.

A touch of Iberico ham on tomato bread took us on a trip to a traditional Spanish tapas bar, before launching onto the chorizo with egg salad and watercress wrap. Smoked salmon in a cucumber pinwheel sandwich had a lighter touch, and the rosemary manzanilla olive savoury muffin was light as a feather. Manchego and quince jelly comprised the bacon sandwich, while the mini brioche contained brie chicken and finished with a flourish of pommery mustard.

Patisserie selection

It wasn’t long before we swooped on the sweet selection, including the Catalan-style crème brulee which was topped with a burnished sugar crust. My favourite of the sweets was the citrus-y lemon posset which was all too moreish considering the size of the tea selection. Accompanying this was a basil sable biscuit triangle and a smattering of pistachio crumbs. Chocolate praline mini cake, meanwhile, was a pyramid of rich praline chocolatiness. Continuing the chocolate theme, the vanilla mousse was boxed up in a chocolate shell and topped with plump strawberries. We couldn’t possibly manage to finish the delicacies on the stand, but we tried to make a dent.

Scones & pastries

Despite being fit to burst, there was room for a pint-sized scone. The light buttermilk scones had a pleasing twist of cranberry and orange zest running throughout, marking a distinctive change in addition to the usual plain and raisin varieties. Accompanying the scones were the expected clotted cream and strawberry jam.

As we left, a quick survey of the scene showed us that there was no radio silence on this rooftop. Instead it was positively teeming with sun worshippers, afternoon tea dwellers and city folk, many of whom were enjoying the signature London Restaurant Festival afternoon tea.

London Restaurant Festival at Afternoon Tea at Radio Rooftop – afternoon tea & a glass of champagne, £35. Book this offer here.

Afternoon Tea at Radio Rooftop

336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HA

About Lili Levi

When not gorging her face in London restaurants, Lili can be found prowling street feast markets and cooking up a storm for ‘Come Dine with Me’ parties. A few of her favourite restaurants currently are L’Autre Pied, Typing Room and sketch Lecture Room. She enjoys a good bake-off but the weirdest cake she ever made was a green marshmallow grasshopper pie.

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