The Handbook
The Handbook

The K West Hotel has a musical heritage being the former BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, with an endless list of music royalty having stayed and most definitely misbehaved including The Kinks, Bob Marley and Bowie. And with music still very much central to the hotel it’s no surprise that when they came to their afternoon tea it too had a musical theme.  It comes in three forms – The Glam Rock Afternoon Tea, The Glam Rock Prosecco Afternoon Tea (both of which are served 2pm -6pm) or the Rock N’ Cocktails Midnight Tea which as the name suggests is served 10pm – 1am which we think is quite frankly genius.

So after a few drinks on a Thursday night we headed over to the hotel, took our seats in the Studio Bar and ordered tea, because probably more times than I care to admit, when I’ve had a drink all I want is cake.

Served on vinyl records and with electric blue and pink teacups and saucers the tea comes with cocktail all made with fruit tea. So you could go for the Lemmon Lennon citrus vodka, limoncello, lemon tea, lime, soda water and lemonade or  Elder vs Flower’ with Hendrick’s gin, mandarin vodka, elderflower tea, fresh lime and lemonade – there’s a choice of five. 

The cake stand of food is pretty impressive, with spikes of bright colours from macaroons and hundreds and thousands covered marshmallows, as well as a various array of breads and rolls for the sandwiches including a striking bright green roll with cream cheese and a dark rye and smoked salmon sandwich.  Although we were a little disappointed by the mature cheddar cheese and pickle sandwich that was so mature it was verging on stale and rock hard which wasn’t ideal.

Next up was ‘rolling scones’ (see what they did there?) with lots of cream and raspberry jam, they were served warm which is always a plus but they were unfortunately rather dry, as was the brownie that followed.

However the macaroons were delicious as was the orange cake which was rather like a mini cheesecake. They finished the tea with white chocolate, raspberry, popping candy and ganache lollipops which are doing the rounds of the afternoon teas at the moment, which is great because they are brilliant – definitely worth a try.

The hotel pitched the tea as unique because of the cocktails but with so many teas now offering cocktails or Champagne this wasn’t really anything new, what is however is the choice of times – the fact that you can have it in the afternoon or at night really is something unique. The music playing out by the DJ did make us want to go out and had we not had a ridiculously early start then we would have,  a word of advice, if  you are going to bed soon after then just don’t do as I did and drink a whole pot of tea, you’ll be awake for hours.