You would be forgiven for thinking the recent weather means goodbye to English summer traditions like afternoon teas, but ever the optimist I decided to try an afternoon tea at Altitude 360 on a very cloudy miserable day.
Altitude 360, on the 29th Floor of Millbank Tower, boasts a 360 view (get it) of London. Seating is at all angles of the building, so you can choose to sit wherever you like and see whatever view of London you want to. Only preferring the stereotypical tourist view of London, my view was of Westminster Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, the BT tower and the river Thames.
After deliberating which tea to have and whether to have champagne or prosecco, we ordered the afternoon tea. The afternoon tea is a selection of finger sandwiches, daintily cut without the crusts, an assortment of pastries and most importantly, warm scones, with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream.
After eating every last bite, I was pleasantly full. The afternoon tea was the perfect start to a Saturday afternoon. With Tate Britain only next door, it was worth a visit to the Picasso & Modern Art exhibition too.
Whilst the afternoon tea was very traditional and enjoyable, the atmosphere was a little bit flat with a repetitious lift music soundtrack and a very empty restaurant. If you were willing to spend more money on an afternoon tea out, it would be worth trying the Ritz or other hotels around Mayfair.
Altitude 360, 29th Floor, Millbank Tower: http://www.altitudelondon.com/.