What: If the key to a good relationship is proximity (as I suspect it is) then The Waldorf Hilton, London has chosen well to partner with Novello Theatre, a minimal 21 second jaunt next door. To celebrate the partnership, which commemorates the recent release of Mammia Mia 2, The Waldorf Hilton has created a special themed afternoon tea which is available until 10th September.
The Look: A special area at the front of the hotel has been prepared exclusively for the afternoon tea that low-key plays a Mamma Mia playlist to bring the experience to life. Although I liked the intimate dining space I did notice that the chairs were rocking a kind of shabby chic look with worn material which I personally didn’t care for. We had a key spot by the window which was ideal for people watching, unfortunately it turned against me when I realised people were equally curious about looking in to see what I was doing; not ideal when gobbling sandwiches and cakes down.
What We Ate: Afternoon tea snobs will appreciate The Waldorf, London sticking to the classic clotted cream and raspberry jam duo which seems to be fading out these days, with young, alternative inventions turning up in its place. The Mamma Mia theme part of the tea kicks in with Baklava and Greek yoghurt-based desserts but beside that is has classic afternoon tea options like houmous and red pepper sandwiches.
What We Drank: The Waldorf Hilton’s Good Godfreys Bar & Lounge has decided to crown the partnership in style by creating some new cocktails inspired by hits from the show like the Chiquitita, which is a delicious mixture of Cointreau, lime juice and grapefruit liqueur.
Go With: Hardcore fans of the films, ABBA or just afternoon tea enthusiasts will enjoy this.
Where: The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, WC2B 4DD www.hilton.com
Final Word: The Mamma Mia theme is not abundantly clear which is a shame as the tea was lovely but seeing as it is a special partnership it would have been nicer to see more nods to the film incorporated; besides the soundtrack playing, you would have been hard pressed to guess what the tea was based on.
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