The Royal Horseguards Hotel has a popular afternoon tea with a Mini Tea for children under 12 years old. It includes all of the essential elements of the three-tier cake stand plus a children's activity pack too.
This five star hotel is opposite the London Eye, close to Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. The building looks like a fairytale French château and has been used as a filming location in many well-known movies such as Bond films Octopussy and Skyfall, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2), plus TV programs such as Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey.
Afternoon Tea Information
Venue: The Royal Horseguards, 2 Whitehall Court, Whitehall, London SW1A 2EJ
Nearest Tube Station: Embankment.
Days and Times: Daily 1-6pm.
Cost: From £12 per child (2016 rate)
Dress Code: No dress code as such but it is always nice to make an effort.
Reservations: 020 7451 0390 or book online.
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Royal Horseguards Mini Tea Menu
The Mini-Tea is described as a "tea party for little ladies and gents". This tea has been specifically designed for children aged 12 or under and is not suitable for older children or adults. It includes:
- Fun shaped sandwiches
- Tea party pastries, fun fruit and creative cakes
- Warm, freshly baked fruit and cinnamon scones, homemade fruit preserve and Cornish clotted cream
- Colouring book and puzzle
- Baby Chai Latte, Babyccino, or fruit juice
Royal Horseguards Mini Tea Review
I took my nine year old daughter to try this children's afternoon tea while I enjoyed the Royal Horseguards Signature Afternoon Tea.
We sat in the lounge at a table for two by the window. We had large red armchairs and a round wooden table with a long white tablecloth.
The tables are awkward to get your legs under but there is plenty of space to turn the chairs to the side.
I had white crockery with delicate flowers and my daughter had a pink and white tea cup and saucer.
My tea was served in a silver teapot, with a silver strainer and stand. My daughter's choice of babyccino (warm frothy milk) was brought in a teacup. When she was thirsty later she asked for an apple juice which was a refreshing cloudy apple juice.
Staff are always nice here but it was good to see the extra effort they put in to ensure my daughter was enjoying her afternoon tea as well. It's good to see staff speak directly to children and not through their parents as it helps children to grow in confidence when dining out.
The Mini Tea sandwiches were simple squares instead of novelty shapes (well, she is getting older!) The sandwich fillings were ham and cheese, peanut butter, Nutella, and strawberry jam. If your child prefers, they can choose to have the more classic adult afternoon tea fillings (egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon and cream cheese, etc).
Just as with the adult afternoon tea, you can replenish as often as you like. My daughter had two helpings of sandwiches as they were so good.
While the cake stand for both the Mini Tea and the Adult Signature Tea initially arrives with sandwiches and sweet treats, the scones are only brought to the table when you ask for them so that they arrive still warm. Ours came together so we could share the clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
The children's activity pack is a very good idea as it meant we could stay for longer as my daughter was happily drawing and coloring while I was enjoying some relaxation time with quality tea and cakes.
We stayed for nearly two hours which is a long time for a child but my daughter wasn't asking to leave as she was as happy as me. We would definitely return and I would definitely recommend this children's afternoon tea.
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