We visited the Danubius for afternoon tea following a voucher offer on a website.
The location is great, we got the tube to Baker Street and had a wander around the Sherlock Holmes shop before going through a rather pleasant part of London to get to the hotel.
From the outside it doesn't look like much, however looks can be deceiving and in this case they were.
We entered and asked the receptionist where to go for afternoon tea, she asked if we were checking in...so again I asked where to go for afternoon tea, we were directed towards the bar. Maybe could do with listening better or learning English better, unsure of which. Thankfully this is the most negative comment I have to make!
In the bar we were directed towards a table and our voucher was taken and a couple of glasses of prosecco brought over to us.
The room was lovely and bright and warm which we admired whilst waiting for our afternoon tea. As we have given up meat for lent we requested a vegetarian option in advance, and I reminded the waitress of this also. She asked if that included salmon, alas yes, I consider salmon to not be in the vegetarian spirit! But anyhoo she telephones up to the chef to ensure this excluded that salmon option. When the afternoon tea arrived we were greeted with 4 scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of roasted mediterranean vegetable, cucumber and egg sandwiches. The top plate consisted of something which resembled the ice-cream shape of a whippy cone covered in chocolate-intriguing!
The sandwiches were really good. We were a little nervous as most restaurants struggle with vegetarians and throw cheese and pickle at them and run away, so this was quite a refreshing dose of imagination. The sandwiches were very good, however the bread was a little dry in places and would have been nice if it had been fresh.
The strange not whippy not ice cream things, were like a grainy mousse covered in chocolate with a soggy base, these were not great and if there was one thing to be improved this would be it. The scones however were quite the delight and saved the whippy things. Fresh, beautiful cream and pleasant jam. It would be good if the jam had more fruit in to really compliment the delightful cream. We each had a pot of tea and sweeteners were available upon request. During the meal we finished the inclusive glass of prosecco and another was brought straight over. This was very unusual as places will usually charge for a second glass, however it was very much noticed and appreciated that here they didn't. Very much offered a welcoming and that they wanted to you to enjoy the experience. This was added to by the live musical offering which really was just perfect.
The restaurant and bar filled up a lot whilst we were there with many other people also having afternoon tea, so they are doing something right and bar the top plate, don't think they could do much better. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and conducive to an afternoon tea environment.
I found the waiting staff very kind and attentive and I really did enjoy my afternoon out. Living in London, I would definitely go back again and recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located right opposite Lords Cricket Ground, nearby Regents Park and the lovely area of St. John's Wood in Central London. The hotel compromises of 364 bedrooms and 11 meeting rooms. Danubius Hotel Regents Park is an ideal choice for both business and leisure travellers in Central London. The hotel has onsite car parking and is outside the london congestion zone charge. Within walking distance is the world famous Abbey Road, Madame Tussauds, London Zoo, Sherlock Holmes Museum Camden Town and Baker Street just to name a few t. Oxford Street is only a few bus stops away and the west end only a short ride by underground. Wembley Stadium ( 8 stops ) and the O2 ( 25mn ) are of direct access on the Jubilee line. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Danubius Regents Park
- Regents Hotel London
- Danubius Hotel Regents Park London, England