• Katariina Holroyd

Afternoon Tea at the Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel

Any day is a great day for afternoon tea, but Sunday is even better. While I have a very poor excuse of a sweet tooth, the whole afternoon tea experience is something I’ve always enjoyed. The tea, the company, the cream first, then jam or jam, first then cream debate along with a beautiful venue makes for a great Sunday outing.


This Sunday I had the pleasure of experiencing afternoon tea at the Palm Court in the Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel in Russell Square. The hotel is a stunning piece of architecture in itself. Its architect was Charles Fitzroy Doll who specialised in hotels and also designed the dining room on the RMS Titanic.


We walked through the magnificent marble lobby and were seated at the hotels Palm Court where high tea is served. The Palm Court is decorated with beautiful statement lighting and greenery. The trail of roses around the room and into the naturally sunlit courtyard really gives this place a bright and modern yet warm feel. For me, an afternoon tea venue has to have something special about it if I am going to indulge in so many calories without feeling guilty. Be sure to get a photo in the pretty rose covered arm chairs.


After being seated, we were promptly introduced by our waiter and ordered our individual tea as well as a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé each before settling into our savoury sandwiches. The restaurant had a few large tables seated, but not crazy busy.







Finally, the moment everyone looks forward to – out comes the 3-tiered platter, each platter hosting a colourful array of sweets and scones. The selection of sweets was broad from the extremely rich to the fruity. Needless to say these were munched down quickly as we hadn’t even touched our glass of rosé which was very unlike us.


I cut my scone in half and put the Cornish clotted cream on first followed by the jam. During my time working at sea, we had afternoon tea many times, and I always ended up having the same debate with my English guests. Jam first or cream first? Turns out it depends where you are from. As this was a Cornish cream the Cornish way is to put the jam on first and then the cream. The Devonshire way is the opposite. Regardless, I am a mixer and my cream and jam ended up being mashed all together.




I was certainly impressed with the Kimpton Fiztroy Hotel’s afternoon tea, especially the beautiful Palm Court. The staff were friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend it especially for the price seeing as the quality of what you get compared to other London hotels. Price- £30 – Afternoon tea pp £40 – Afternoon tea with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé pp


Where is your favourite afternoon tea?