A TALE AS OLD AS TIME | A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST THEME
My love of Disney is no secret and Beauty and the Beast will always be one of my favourites. Last year on finding that The Kensington’s ‘A Tale as Old as Time’ was fully booked, I was gutted to think that I’d missed it. Thankfully I was presented with a second chance when the theme was extended due to high demand.
The afternoon tea actually completed a long weekend city break in London. We kicked it off at Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On The Run || tour. While we were planning the break, Jamie and I debated which hotel to stay in for our last two nights. The moment we stepped foot in The Kensington, I regretted our decision. A beautiful and elegant location with impeccable service, the Kensington Hotel would have without a doubt been worth the higher price tag than that of The Hilton (which I wouldn’t recommend, but that’s another story).
THE AFTERNOON TEA
The afternoon tea comprised of delicious Disney Beauty and the Beast themed goodies, began with an extensive and unlimited tea menu. It was accompanied by a three-piece canopy starter and followed by sandwiches and sweet treats. There’s only so much that can be done with sandwiches but the food was delicious and the menu so intricately planned. The grey stuff (is delicious), the last rose petal was suspended in a palate-cleansing jelly flecked with real gold, and a macaroon snowball inspired by one of my favourite scenes; the one in which Belle and the Beast realize they’ve fallen in love. Last but not least was my favourite feature; the Cogsworth biscuit, which was so intricate and almost too life-like to eat, but delicious once I did.
& WHY IT’S AN EXPERIENCE
This particular afternoon tea sets you back at least £45.00 per person. There are also optional additions such as themed cocktails or prosecco incurring additional costs. In comparison, we’ve brunched at The Ivy for less and dined on lobster at The Wolseley for around the same price, so it’s definitely extravagant. Despite the initial ‘how much for a couple of sandwiches??’, the expense not only covers food, but also the impeccable service and the experience itself. It’s tailored specifically to anyone who is fondly familiar with the tale as old as time. A wonderful experience and much more memorable than the average scone and tea pairing.
Our attendant was attentive. He was welcoming and more than happy to cater for Jamie’s recently developed gluten intolerance at very short notice. We were provided with an alternative menu without hesitation or question. He took time explaining the relevance of every aspect of the menu and the unlimited nature of sandwiches and tea. What impressed me the most was the offer of taking a picture without us even having to ask.
Although the Kensington is fully booked for this specific menu, I completely loved it. I look forward to keeping an eye out for future excuses to be their guest.