Review: Children's Festive Afternoon Tea at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

by Nadia Ismail

To celebrate the festive period, Sheraton Grand Park Lane has created a specially themed Christmas Pudding Afternoon Tea, which is a treat for all the family. The hotel has gone above and beyond to ensure their younger guests are truly embraced in the Christmas spirit and can be immersed in a wonderful festive Afternoon Tea. The ambiance was enchanting, adorned with cheerful decorations and the staff went above and beyond, ensuring a warm and welcoming atmosphere for families.

The food selection was not only visually appealing but also thoughtfully crafted to cater to the tastes of little ones. Alongside simple finger sandwiches such as cream cheese and cucumber or ham and cheese, a sweeter jam sandwich is also added ensuring that younger diners are pleased. From cute, Christmas-shaped biscuits to London themed cakes, each treat showcased creativity and attention to detail. The portion sizes were suitable for children, striking a balance between indulgence and moderation.

The beverage options included child-friendly choices, and the staff was accommodating in customising drinks to suit individual preferences. The inclusion of hot chocolate and juices was a hit among the young guests.

What truly set this experience apart was the inclusion of engaging activities for children. From cookie decorating to giant gingerbread men cakes, the interactive elements kept the little ones entertained throughout. The staff's patience and enthusiasm in guiding these activities contributed to a joyful and stress-free experience for parents.

With the younger diners entertained, we were able to enjoy our festive Afternoon Tea in the most elegant of settings. The Palm Court reflects the history of the venue and offers a glimpse into the magic of the roaring 20's. We are informed that pastry chef takes inspiration from the 1920s, created patisserie with a more modern twist.

The festive flavours take centre stage and we are taken on a journey with seasonal treats such as a turkey slider with grain mustard and cranberry dressing, which feature alongside more traditional offerings such as cucumber and cream cheese and egg mayo. The scones even have a Christmas makeover being flavoured orange cinnamon and cranberry. I personally love an Afternoon Tea that has more than one condiment to flavour the scones, and at Sheraton Grand Park Lane there is a choice of three! Strawberry Jam, Lemon Curd and a seasonal Orange Jam are served accompanied, of course, by lashings of clotted cream.

It's evident that the establishment prioritised creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for both children and their families. Whilst the children’s sweet selection is designed in festive London themed shapes, the adults version is equally beautiful. My personal favourite was the chestnut, pecan and blackcurrant pudding, with an oozing fruity centre, but also loved that the iconic ruby now adorns chocolate antlers in it’s transformation into Rudolph!

Sheraton Grand Park Lane succeeded in delivering not just an Afternoon Twa but a magical and immersive Festive experience. Highly recommended for families seeking a charming and joyful way to celebrate the festive season with their little ones.

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane starts at £65 per adult and £25 per child. Click here for more information and to book.

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Nadia Ismail

Nadia is a Londoner and dessert advocate. Passionate about showcasing the beauty within food and the memories they can evoke, she shares her sweet adventures on her Instagram page @southbankfoodie

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