Afternoon Tea at Vicinity Tower Bridge

Few things say London more than Tower Bridge and Vicinity, a
bar and restaurant in Tower Hotel, offers an afternoon tea that capitalises on
that with a Tower Bridge-shaped cake stand. This is a good afternoon tea for
tourists in London, as you have a view of Tower Bridge from the window, and can
indulge in the quintessential English finger sandwiches and scones and a
selection of patisserie and petit fours.

My husband I were given a voucher for afternoon tea here
some time ago, then Covid prevented us from using it; the hotel luckily offered
to extend the expiry date so we were able to finally make a booking just before
Christmas last year. We took a day off work while our daughter was at nursery
and made the most of it, following our afternoon tea with the Money Heist

If you are coming here, whether it’s to see the bridge
(which is a tourist attraction you can visit) or to go to the hotel or
restaurant, I recommend walking from London Bridge if you can. It’s a lovely
walk alongside the river and in winter, there is usually a Christmas market
which creates a magical atmosphere – and you get a good view of Tower Bridge as
you approach.

The restaurant was fairly quiet when we arrived at lunchtime
on a weekday but quickly filled up, with what looked like a few office
Christmas lunches as well as tourists. We had excellent service from someone
who appeared to be the maitre d’; we were given a table next to the window with
a view of the bridge and a menu for the afternoon tea. I always think it’s a
shame when the menus are taken away once the food comes and you are trying to
remember what each of the petit fours and mini desserts are – though in this
case I could be forgiven for not remembering as I realised they didn’t match up
with what was on the menu. 

I asked the waiter and the maitre d’ then came over
to apologise, blaming supply chain issues – I didn’t mind that the cakes were
different at all, I just wanted to know what we had in front of us! He told us
what each one was, and they were delicious – as was the cocktail that they gave
us as a complementary treat and the extra portion of mille-feuilles as they said they were trying out a new recipe and asked for our opinion!

I would recommend afternoon tea at the Vicinity for the
food, cocktails, service and view – and at £24.95 per person it’s not as expensive as some of the
more lavish, luxurious London hotels, so it won’t blow the budget either.

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