We had not been to the Four Seasons since its closure for refurbishment and were very much looking forward to enjoying our return visit. We had previously enjoyed visits to the first floor bar, with its excellent service, and some delightful and remarkably good value lunches, again in the spacious and beautifully decorated first floor restaurant.
The refurbishment has removed the first floor bar and dining areas and, with it, the rather grand double staircase, but I can quite understand the desire to make better use of the building.
The waiting staff looked after us well and, on balance, we think that they seated us in the open area as being a nicer space with greater height. We were invited to have a look round afterwards and we did - pleasant, but sadly hardly worth making another visit.
The choice of teas was good and delicious, but the sandwiches and cakes poor. We opted for a glass of rose (sorry no acute accent to hand) and so tea for two amounted to £117.30 including the 15% service charge. We were well looked after, but I was reluctant, and I speak as a tipper, to add any more. I can only hope that the Four Seasons does pay its staff adequately - actually more than adequately, judging by the way that they had to run round some of the other guests.
All in all a disappointment, and an expensive one at that. We will continue to visit other Four Seasons sites, but there is a lot of competition for afternoon tea in London - much of it better quality and better value.
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