A hop and a skip away from Warwick Avenue Tube Station sits a boutique hotel called The Colonnade – the perfect setting for an afternoon tea. If you visit and are lucky enough to find the sun shining, then take your afternoon tea outside and enjoy the peaceful streets of Little Venice.
A glass of refreshing champagne is offered on arrival before a three-tiered stand of pure sin. We began with a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich, followed by a few other usual suspects: honey roasted ham and mustard, and egg mayonnaise with a choice of white or granary bread.
The second layer of the stand of indulgence consisted of an assortment of mouth-watering bites of taste bud-teasing, cream-filled, mini cakes and pastries. The light lemon jelly-topped cream cake epitomises the refreshing taste of a summer afternoon. The carrot and ginger spiced cake was light with sponge that crumbled in your mouth, finishing with a chocolate-lover’s dream, the fluffy-centred éclair drizzled in milk chocolate, then chocolate brownies and perfectly formed macarons.
Once our champagne was down to its last drop we decided it was a good time to order a specially selected tea to enjoy with the final tier of the afternoon. Sinking our teeth into the freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and a small pot of strawberry jam, the hardest decision of the afternoon was which to spread first, the cream or the jam?