My mother kindly purchased us a GroupOn voucher to have afternoon Tea at this hotel as a little treat.
Having never had a proper afternoon tea before, I was quite looking forward to the experience.
When we entered the resturant where we would be served the tea, it seemed extremely drab and Soulless.
The tables were old and horrible wooden looking laminated things and there was a little vase with a fake flower in it! Surely a nice little white table cloth and a real little flower wouldn't cost them the earth? The tables were extremely close together and we felt awkward talking to each other as everyone could hear what we were saying.
As expected, we got one glass of champagne in a small champagne glass....which was fine, but obviously didnt last very long.
I then expected to see a menu for teas, instead, a watier came round and simply asked if we wanted tea or coffee!! My mother requested a decaf tea which was not available so she had to settle for normal english tea. I requested peppermint and luckily enough, they had this!
We were then given a cake stand which contained about 6 finger sandwiches in the bottom layer, 2 small cakes in the second layer and 2 scones on the top layer.
The sandwiches were tasteless and the bread was stale at the ends so they had obviously been prepared earlier that morning and were sitting there for quite a while!!
The cakes and scones were quite pleasant and I dont have any complaints about them, however, when I did go to use my fork to eat them, I noticed that my fork was dirty! Not nice!
We were sitting down for all of about 50 minutes and to be honest, by the end of that 50 minutes, we just wanted to get out of there.
Having now read a previous review from 2012, it would seem that nothing much has changed!
I would seriously advise not wasting your money here and pay a little extra to go elsewhere and have a much nicer traditional tea experience!
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- The Principal London will open in stages throughout the course of this winter, and will fully launch in March 2018. Whilst the final touches are made to some areas, be one of the first guests to experience a sneak preview of the newly renovated hotel located in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s most literary neighbourhood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Russell Hotel London
- Hotel London Russell
- Russel Hotel London