By Patrice Sweeney
The luxurious Skyline Afternoon Tea is a sensory adventure of textures, flavors and colors, all enjoyed above a sprawling vista of London’s architectural jewels.
Experienced in the swank habitat of Radio Rooftop Bar, whose chic and modern design crowns the avant garde heights of ME London, afternoon tea of this ilk combines the comfort of the familiar, with the delighted surprise of the innovative.
This unique spin on British tradition can be experienced either indoors or outdoors, although the Rooftop Terrace holds an unfair advantage of providing a stunning view. Regardless of where they’re perched however, guests can still enjoy the generous spread that populates Skyline’s Afternoon Tea menu. At £45 per person, guests can indulge in an expansive medley of sandwiches and desserts, with tea included.
The first serving of afternoon tea is comprised of a three-tiered cake stand presenting an array of assorted finger sandwiches. To start off however, an amuse-bouche of prawn cocktail, marie rose sauce, and lemon creates clean flavors with a subtle hint of prawn. The rest of the tray features a dizzying collection of diminutive sandwiches that represent interpretations of the traditional; the concept of a typical beef sandwich is upgraded with USDA Prime grilled beef, horseradish, mayonnaise, ephemeral watercress, for example.
Creative flair with a modern and international twist also highlights the palette teasers: Feta with black olive tapenade is served between compressed slices of watermelon, tightly packed to rigorous rectangular shapes. The assertive yet controlled saltiness of the Greek cheese cuts through the sweetness of the watermelon, creating a balanced interplay that is rounded off with the earthiness of the paste.
After the initial array of savory sandwiches, guests sample the Nitro Fruit Burst as a palette cleanser. Made of Earl Grey mousse, liquid nitro fruit salad and popping candy, it’s a fun yet sophisticated interlude to the rest of Skyline’s feast. Traditional scones, served both plain and with fruit, are coupled with creamy and yellow individual servings of butter.
The next cake stand introduces a minuscule tower with an offering of pastries and desserts. Guests are spoiled for options, as each piece is a small celebration of artistry and taste. The delicacy of the lemon meringue melts in the mouth, while the cheesecake and blackberry dome lingers pleasantly on the tongue. All the while, this multicolored assortment of sweets is enjoyed with a choice selection of herbal, green, or black tea.
However, tea isn’t the only beverage available for enjoyment. Skyline Afternoon Tea also proffers a Champagne Skyline of up to £60, with bottles boasting such names as Moët Imperial Brut, Perrier- Jouët Brut, and Billecart Rosé. There’s also a Virgin Skyline of nonalcoholic beverages that serve to Alkalize and Detoxify at £50, while the Blended Skyline at £55 promises hand-crafted cocktails that pair well with their Afternoon Tea.
Regardless of the choice, the Skyline Afternoon Tea is a coupling of delectable quality and luxury.
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