Restaurants Reviews

Afternoon Tea (Christmas Preview) at the Conrad St James

I can’t believe I’m using the words “Christmas preview” on this the first day of October. Or that I’ve now listened to festive Christmas tunes played on the harp already. But I have and I loved it. This past weekend I attended the latest instalment of the “London Bloggers Tea” at the recently opened Conrad St James. It was lovely to get to finally to meet some of the bloggers I read daily in person, as well as see some old familiar faces!

There are two things that I’d especially like to commend the Conrad St James on; the first being their excellent savoury course. Usually during teas, I eat my sandwiches happily, but I’d really just getting through them in order to justify stuffing my face with sweet treats. Here, I thought the highlight of the afternoon was the playful and inventive savoury selection. From brussel sprout salad mousse, to turkey ballotine, to venison puff pastries to beetroot sandwiches it was all exciting to eat. I don’t even really like beetroot and I found the sandwiches delicious!

The scone course was a Christmas spice scone and a orange and cranberry scone. I loved the blackberry cream that I piled on underneath my clotted cream.

And then came the cakes and pastries and the Conrad St James presented a true winter wonderland. everything that you see on the dessert tray was edible. From the snow to the Christmas trees. I especially enjoyed eating the winter berry Christmas tree and the yule log. (If I’m going to be picky, I wasn’t overwhelmed by the meringue snowmen. They looked cute but they weren’t the tastiest. )

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The spectacular looking set up!

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I really loved the turkey ballotine.

That’s the beetroot sandwich on the end – I highly recommend it!

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Did I mention that there was a harpist playing Christmas music?! (And Disney theme songs!) I adored him.

dessert presentation
Just take a gander at the inventiveness of this presentation!

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Just look at all that attention to detail!

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The inside of the tree was delicious, especially when eaten with it’s brownie base!

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And a special macaron thank you gift from the Conrad St James!

Afternoon Christmas tea starts at £37 per person and endless Champagne tea at £45. (Which is a bargain for the latter!)

The hotel is located on Broadway St, SW1H 0BH


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  • You know, I wonder if the harp guy plays frequently. I think he should come with the tea as he was one of my favourite bits. How Christmas-y and fun! xx

    • He should definitely come with the tea and/or always be at your dinner parties taking requests for songs! x

  • A Christmas tea seems like the perfect thing to do around the holidays! Or in September… whichever 😉

    • Haha, right?! A bit too early but it was great to get to preview their Christmas menu for them! I definitely approved of it! x

  • This is so adorable and I love the picture of you with the macarons at the end! A face of pure elation!

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    It was such a fantastic tea was it! So tasty and well presented…one of the best I’ve been to. Also if you get the free flowing champagne option it’s brilliant value for money. The photo of me made me laugh, I have a very concerned look on my face!

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    • The free flowing champagne is excellent value for the money!!!! It was so lovely to get to meet you in person! x

  • Mmm yum that Christmas tree looks divine!

    • I loved the tree, it was my favourite sweet thing! It was such a suprise to cut into it and see that rich purple! x

  • Yum! Everything here looks delicious – I’m seriously envious of how often you go to afternoon tea! lol. I’m glad the meet-up was so much fun 🙂 x

  • honestly those beetroot sandwiches, soooo good!

  • Oh, I wish I could have been there! The food looks so delicious and I’m sure hanging out with so many bloggers would be so fun! 🙂 By the way, they started selling Christmas candy in German supermarkets already, so I’m sure it’s acceptable to talk about Christmas and listen to Christmas music already! 😉

    • In my local grocery store they’ve started selling Christmas things as well, which is just crazy to me! Haha, I love Christmas but I still think it’s far too early! x

  • Kate Mitchell

    I can’t believe it’s getting close to Christmas already, but considering it’s less than 3 months away I suppose it makes sense. Looks like a great way to kick it all off!

    • I’m the biggest Christmas fiend, but even for me it’s a bit too early to start getting festive! x

  • I cannot get over how cute that Christmas scene is!

  • amitygardens

    Super jealous of all that delicious food. It can’t be almost Christmas- that’s ridiculous.

  • They were so clever and creative with the scene! I’d definitely recommend that people take their Christmas tea here! x

  • Oh my goodness. I could as well. It’d be dangerous for my waistline though! x

  • This looks amazing! I need one of those yule logs right now.

  • Don’t ‘Christmas preview’ me at this time of year, young lady! Who are these lunatics?! (Although it does all look delicious)

    • Ha, well we got to try it out in preparation for it being offered to the general public (not for a few more weeks- don’t worry) Tis’ 12 weeks till Christmas! 😉 xx

  • I saw this event all over twitter this past weekend and was loving it! Christmastime is my favorite time of the year and seeing it early doesn’t bother me one bit. I really love the set up they’ve created. Perhaps I’ll make a bunch of delicious Christmas desserts in my little oven.

    • Yes! Make so many Christmas desserts! Haha we all did get a bit carried away tweeting about it… x

  • but…but…September! but it is pretty cool you got a vip sneak peek of their next big holiday!

  • Valerie

    This looks wonderfully chic and delicious <3 Yum! xx

  • My mom and I go to tea events all the time but this looks extra lovely! I cant believe we’re talking Christmas already either!

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

    • I really recommend it for sure! It seems crazy talking Christmas already – 12 weeks away!!!! x

  • Ash @ The Nashvillian

    This all looks so amazing. And that dessert tray – OH MY! How wonderful!

  • I would absolutely love going to a fancy high tea!

    The Morrell Tale

    • I love everything about high tea – but especially the fact that it takes hours! It just feels so decadent! x

  • I can’t handle it. Tea and Christmas – my two favorite things.

  • This is sooo something I would love! I adore all things Christmas and any excuse for indulging in an afternoon tea will do for me! I was just thinking the other day that I couldn’t believe it was only 3 months til Christmas! This year has really flown by. Xo

  • I can’t remember the last time I had a real high tea…looks like a great afternoon!

    – Ava

    beck daily

  • Will this be your first visit to London? How exciting! The Orangerie at Kensington Palace would be an excellent first time high tea! x

  • Mouth watering!

  • Such beautiful images!

  • Wow the presentation is pretty amazing! Reminds me a bit of Thanksgiving too 🙂

  • Miu

    Now I want to go and eat my own Christmas wonderland! 😀

  • I’m a savoury person myself but that wonderland is SO creative! I would have felt only a little bad for destroying it 🙂

    • The savouries were the tastiest part of the meal. But Lindsay and I definitely taught our dessert tray a lesson. The meringue snowmen were the old men left behind. x