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A Royal Afternoon Tea at Galvin at the Athenaeum, near Buckingham Palace

Monday 22 April 2019

After the royal wedding this weekend, I think most people will agree in that we are all feeling a little bit more British. And what is a bloody brilliant British tradition? Afternoon tea.

I love afternoon tea. I'd always choose afternoon tea over lunch but also i'm quite picky with my teas. If something isn't up to scratch I'll say so.

Funnily enough, sticking with the royal wedding theme, I headed to The Athenaeum hotel which is a hotel literally across the street from Green Park where Buckingham Palace sits. It's less than a 10 minute walk door to door.

A name in the London restaurant scene may have heard of dozens of times is the Galvin Brothers. Famed for their high end French restaurants such as Window's and La Chapelle, they have recently moved into more British cuisine and never more evident with their afternoon at The Athenaeum.

The tea is hosted in their garden room which is a small but elegant downstairs bar, but what is quite impressive is their "living wall" which gives a feel of a garden terrace without the noice or cold that that could bring in central London.

We ordered the Royal Afternoon Tea (come on we had to!) and soon it arrived filling the table.

The list of sandwiches read like a list of the finest ingredients; Eggs Drumkilbo bridge roll with James Baxter’s potted shrimps, Cumbrian beef & Coleman’s horseradish on beetroot bread, Regents park honey roasted Dukeshill ham, mustard mayonnaise on brioche, H. Foreman and Son smoked salmon & cream cheese on multigrain bread and Coronation chicken on white bread.

The salmon and cream cheese was delicious, although I'm slightly confused as to why there was only one and not two when it's a two person tea. The coronation chicken was also perfect and a standout sandwich of the set.

 Then of course came the scones. Now how do you put your jam and cream on? Because let me tell you seeing as we are on the subject of Royals. The Queen puts her cream on first, and so I think thats the true confirmation there eh?

All the jams here also come from Royal Warrant Holders, making this a truly regal experience.

Finally the cakes arrived. Now I will say, some were good, others were not to my liking. The giant macaron was fantastic, and baked and flavoured so ell. Also the chocolate orange tartlet was delicious. However the eclair and the opera cake, I found too mousse-y and sickly for my liking.


  1. This looks like such a lovely venue and those mini scones look suuuper tasty! I think I put jam on first but I don't feel too strongly about it - I'm not originally from the UK after all! :D

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  2. It looks like a delicious afternoon tea, slightly strange you only got one of each when there were two of you though!

  3. Ooh! This is a new venue to add to the list! Looks so good! Those sandwich’s looks incred. Hope you enjoyed the Roayl Wedding,felt good to be British.

    Kara | www.karachelsie.com

  4. I do love a good afternoon tea, this one looks nice and classic!