The 24th of last month marked 50 years since the death of Winston Churchill. So it seemed rather fitting to tell you about an afternoon tea at the Threadneedles Hotel in London that pays homage to some of Britain’s Greats.
This high tea feast is aptly-named the Great Britons Afternoon Tea and I went along to the hotel with my lovely friend Hannah, to do some detective work for a piece I was writing for the Love this City website.
It’s all speakeasy style meets contemporary in the Threadneedles Hotel. And once you’ve walked through the elegant bar area…
Diners are served various finger sandwiches and traditional scones with lashings of jam and cream served on a big solid slate cake stand. This follows by six cakes inspired by those famous Great Britons.
The Diana Princess of Wales cake is a Victoria sponge filled with raspberry jam and topped with rosewater cream; The Elizabeth I is a lavender cupcake in honour of her notorious sweet tooth; and the ‘John Lennon’ is a gooey gateau-type slice made from chocolate and cornflakes (apparently it was his favourite combination).
We found some of the cakes and scones were a touch dry and were expecting the boozy kick from the rum-based Admiral Lord Nelson cake but it didn’t quite hit the spot. That said, this was made up for by a sweet and sticky caramel apple and lemon thyme tart in honour of Isaac Newton, fantastic surroundings in the grand hotel lobby and a really lovely glass of fizz.
As for the Winston Churchill, this didn’t disappoint. Very much like a Christmas or wedding cake, it was made up of fruit and topped with marzipan and fondant icing. Apparently, Sir Winston ordered this for his 80th Birthday and asked for it to be based on the Queen’s wedding cake.
So there you go. Fifty years after he passed, Sir Winston Churchill still lives on. In quite a lovely afternoon tea.
Threadneedles Hotel, Threadneedle Street, London
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