QUIRK for this WEEK

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Anomalous London tries to find these anomalous events to keep the enjoyment of the glorious capital city of London alive. The Archive has details of past quirky events along with some lovely pictures. 

Paddington Bear 

Afternoon Tea

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London

Till 15th January 2015

Daily 1-5.30pm


A perfect festive treat awaits at the distinguished Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. The setting is in the newly opened Rosebery, which faces fashionable Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street.

With all the hype in and around London of Paddington Bear, the blockbuster movie and the Paddington trail around London a great success, this themed afternoon tea is a grand finale to all this extravaganza. As with all afternoon teas, expect a selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries. Look out for one of the Paddington Bear statues in the hotel!

The team at the Rosebery have created some really cute dainties depicting Paddington Bear and his favourite treats, marmalade! The little Paddington Bear hat where the rim is made of chocolate and the top of sugary jelly; the infamous chocolate suitcase; Paddington’s favourite marmalade sandwich and a Paddington pot with saffron custard. But before you can devour through this you have to indulge in the sandwiches on the bottom tier of the uniquely designed two tier stand, which is actually hung on a metal tree overhanging the table. Very unique and very apt for this garden themed room.

The sandwiches are uniquely rolled up, as opposed to boring rectangles, and filled with exquisite fillings, such as, turkey, sage and cranberry, cured ham and tomatoes and a cute brioche of crab and crayfish.  The serving is smaller than usual, but that’s just because of the limitations of the design of the sandwich. Please do ask your waitress for more sandwiches if you so desire.

The scones are only brought to your table when you are ready, as they are served deliciously warm. Accompanied by homemade strawberry jam, rose petal jelly and lemon curd and of course the mandatory devonshire clotted cream, which I must say is the finest I have had in London. Both varieties the plain and with raisins are yummy. Again small in size so if you so desire ask for more! But be warned, there is a serving of freshly baked seasonal cakes, which includes mini mince pies, in addition to all the above afternoon tea treats!

The Rosebery depicts a garden theme with the stunning grand peacock behind the bar and the delicate lighting. The afternoon tea crockery is of a bespoke design with birds and butterflies by William Edwards. This adds to the grandeur of the room as does the classy glassware by John Jenkins. In the 1920s, this very room was a stylish tea room, and it has now returned with exquisite décor which enhances the rooms Victorian origins. The height of the room is admirable, with plenty of natural light coming in from the windows.

Another unique aspect to the afternoon tea at the Rosebery is the signature blend teas which the Mandarin has curated and which have been crafted by the East India Company. Even though you may have a favourite, such as English Breakfast or Earl Grey, I highly recommend you try these bespoke blends, such as the afternoon blend which has Orange Pekoe from Sri Lanka and Golden Monkey leaf from China and the Directors reserve Darjeeling second flush, best with a slice of lemon. These delicate teas go well with the sandwiches.  As you move on to the scones, the tea can take a stronger flavour and the single estate of Pedro Pekoe from Sri Lanka is very good. With the sweet dainties, the white tea is a perfect combination which has a fruitful fragrance but does not overpower the taste.

This lovely experience in a unique London hotel can be booked here.

Enjoy every aspect including the fabulous christmas decorations in the hotel.



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