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Thursday, August 23, 2018


Ultimate in rolling scones aboard BB Bakery's London bus afternoon tea

Editor’s note: Because we enjoy the regal tradition of British high tea this blog will devote several posts (once a month) pointing out teas that have captured our attention.  We begin this month in London because as British Airlines High Life Magazine said in March 2016  “...Few things are more regal than the British tradition of afternoon tea. From teas and scones to chocolate lollipops and Nutella burgers, we discover London's most curious and inventive teatime treats.  We start with two that fit the theme Rolling Scones.   Again, the following are from our friends at High Life Magazine:

BB Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
The lowdown: The renowned BB Bakery in Covent Garden has taken a classic red Routemaster London bus, so that you can still be a tourist taking in London’s historic sites while enjoying afternoon tea – sounds awfully British. 
Your tea of choice is served in one of BB Bakery’s illustrated ceramic beakers and you’ll enjoy scones, mini lemon meringue pies and sandwiches along with miniature cakes and orange juice for kids. Plush leather red seats and blue carpet are a far cry from anything you’ll find on a Tfl Routemaster and they don’t skimp on the sights – you’ll get to see everything from Notting Hill to Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. You'll pray for a red traffic light — this is the only opportunity you'll have to gulp your Earl Grey safely. Refined it is not. Hen parties, tourists and families will love it and it’s guaranteed to be the most bonkers afternoon tea you will ever have.

Cost & Other Tour Details: £45 per person.  Click here.

Glam Rock Afternoon Tea 
The lowdown: If the dearly departed David Bowie and Bob Marley did high tea, this would definitely be their stomping ground — not least because the K West Hotel and Spa was once home to a recording studio that both used during their illustrious careers. Served in the mezzanine restaurant, which displays funky prints of the London skyline as sound waves by artist Rob Wass, the tea — I’ve purposely omitted the ‘afternoon’ here because, in true rock’n’roll style, you can have it from 10pm-1am — makes the most of this musical heritage.
Dished out on electric blue and pink pearlescent china placed on real retro vinyl covers (complete with the record inside — we checked), it takes the format of a traditional afternoon tea, but with an edge: dainty cucumber finger sandwiches are replaced by mini cheeseburger sliders and Reuben toasties, followed by ‘rolling’ scones (see what they did there?) and dangerously sweet treats including mini chocolate brownies, chocolate ganache lollipops and Nutella ‘burgers’. When it comes to the tea, the usual suspects are all there — Earl Grey, peppermint and fruity infusions — but go for the hotel’s bespoke Tea Rex blend, which has a curiously smoky flavour. It’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.
Cost & Other Tour Details: Cost: Rock ‘n Roll Festival Tea is £40.50 per person and up. Click here.
When are where? Daily, 2-6pm or 10pm-12am; Richmond Way, W14 0AX (+44 (0) 20 8008 6600;

The one and only rock ‘n roll cabbie Stephen Channel poses next to the famed Abbey Lane crosswalk next to his iconic black London taxi.
Rock ‘n Roll Cab
Note: While on theme, K West Hotel has an arrangement with another London rock ‘n roll institution, Rock Cab Tours.  Click here.


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