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If you are looking to try a traditional afternoon tea with a difference, look no further than the ARTea Experience at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Set in the comfortable and more informal lounge bar, your afternoon tea experience will start with your choice from their varied menu of 14 teas from around the world. Once you have chosen your tea, sit back and relax and enjoy some of the art on the walls, from which the Lancaster London drew it’s inspiration for the experience.

The hotel itself is based in a leafy part of London, nestled between Paddington and Hyde Park, a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel is moving into a refurbishment, with work looking to be complete by August 2017, Although you do not have to be staying at the hotel to appreciate their afternoon teas!

The price of the basic afternoon tea experience is £35 per person, a reasonable price for central London. You can upgrade your experience to include a glass of gin and tonic (£43.50) or a glass of champagne (£45). After sipping our champagne our chosen teas – the Pai Mu Tan and the English breakfast were brought over to us by the friendly waitress, along with an sand-filled hour glass brew timer, which indicates how long to allow your tea bags to infuse into the hot water!

We then took delivery of our sandwiches, which are served first along with some delicious pastries. The sandwiches included smoked salmon on granary bread, roast English beef with horseradish, free range Barradale Farm egg with wild cress on white bread, cucumber and rock salt on wholemeal bread, along with a warm tartlet of English asparagus. The sandwiches tasted fresh and flavoursome and were the perfect portion sizes, once we finished these we asked for our scones to be put in the oven – the wait was around 8 minutes and this was a great time to let our food go down. All the scones are made to order so they are fresh and warm as soon as they hit the plate

The scones were presented on a board styled like a paint palette, with the cream and jam contained within paint tubes which I loved. The whole spread was very artistic and set in an old art box, this was very unique and fitting for the setting.

Once the scones had disappeared it was time to move on to the final course, the pastries, which had been tempting us since they arrived alongside the sandwiches. There was a varied selection of deserts including chocolate and honey lollypops, strawberry and rosewater panacotta, vanilla and hazelnut mousse in a macaroon, lavender eclair with white chocolate, and a lemon meringue tart with edible art.

We had a truly great time at the Lancaster London and would highly recommend this experience. We were impressed by the warm service and expert advice in regards to their menu and selection of teas. If you are looking for a memorable afternoon tea with a difference, The ARTea is definitely an option to consider.

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