The Waldorf Hilton steps back to 1908 for a very special Mother's Day tea...
I am a really nice daughter. For a Mother’s Day treat for her (and, yes, unashamedly for me) we headed for afternoon tea at the Waldorf Hotel in search of a good cuppa and some sarnies with the crusts cut off. And we certainly weren’t disappointed.
After negotiating our way through the tourist Mecca of Covent Garden, the iconic Waldorf Hilton Hotel is a welcomed relief. The grand hotel has been residing in the heart of Theatreland since 1908, which coincidentally was the very same year that Mother’s Day was made official.
Inside, the Edwardian Landmark is cosy and elegant and we settle in a window seat which is just perfect for me, but ‘a bit chilly’ for my mother who is habitually cold. No problem. A waitress, discreet and attentive, offers to turn up the heating. We sip our champagne and calm is restored.
The Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea consisted of quintessentially British fare such as lemon drizzle cake, chocolate macaroons, an assortment of finger sandwiches and freshly baked buttermilk scones with clotted cream and jam. And it was divine, all of it.
As one would expect, the range of distinctive tea blends on offer is extensive and we happily nattered our way through the afternoon while working our way through the delicious list.
With the Jubilee celebrations under way the tradition of afternoon tea is getting a new lease of life, although you really don’t need an excuse to stop by the Waldorf for a great brew.