If you want an alternative to the sweet-treat-and-cucumber-sandwiches afternoon tea that we Britons hold so close in our hearts, then make your way to Millennium Hotel Knightsbridge next time you are in London for the chic alternative to Afternoon Tea.
For on Sloane Street, between the hallowed six floors of Peter Jones and the iconic floors of Harrods, lies an unexpected afternoon treat: Dim Sum afternoon tea.
And it really does hit the spot. Served in the tested and loved format- stacked with precision on a tiered tray by liveried waiters- with the refreshing tea accompaniment, the Dim Sum tea is manna from shopping heaven. The restaurant is a stroll up a winding staircase to the first floor where the surroundings are crisp and tranquil and soothing.
I recently attended a blogger event at Le Chinois Knightsbridge to see what all the fuss is about. There was a lot of fuss, for all the right reasons. There was lots of chatter between mouthfuls, there were lots of plates emptied of delicate morsels of beef so tender it melted in the mouth, pockets of prawns smothered in wasabi, minced chicken wrapped in lettuce and crispy shredded duck spring rolls. There were dozens of little appetisers- far too much for me to eat- rounded off with the sweetness of fresh mango, and red bean and pandan mochi cake.
It’s a truly delicious experience that I recommend.
The Dim Sum Menu is available daily from 12 – 5pm at Le Chinois, The Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge – 17 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9NU.