For our Autumn team building day this year, we were joined by the wedding co-ordinators from the Larmer Tree for a trip to London. This included afternoon tea at Fortnum and Masons.
After coffee at the station, we joined the inevitably crammed London train to Waterloo. In London we took the Tube across to Piccadilly with two of our party revealing they had never been on the Tube before!
When we arrived at Fortnum’s it was fully decked out for Christmas and we spent a great time browsing the regular and Christmas wares on the various floors, before finding their instore gin distillery where we enjoyed tasting the wares.
Surprisingly, afternoon tea does not start at four o’clock anymore! Not even at Fortnum and Mason! So we were booked in for one thirty.
The surroundings, food and service were all impeccable. Our waiter Harrison was a great example of friendly and efficient service, for whom nothing was too much trouble. He started by serving us a magnum of champagne and explained what we should expect. We were impressed with the substantial separate tea menu, which included an impressive variety from around the world.
With Harrison’s help we all made our tea choice and it came served in individual pots in Fortnum’s colours with silver tea strainers.
When our food came it was brought by a team of waiting staff carrying two cake stands each of very well presented, finger sandwiches, fruit and plain scones and cakes, accompanied with clotted cream and pots of Fortnum’s own strawberry jam and lemon curd.
No sooner had we eaten the sandwiches they were replenished. Sam saw another table have something that looked nice and enquired to Harrison what they were. Not only did Harrison tell us they were cheese scones but he brought one each for all of us!
We were all impressed by the level of service especially as we estimated that there was a least 200 other diners.
After enjoying our tea experience, we walked some of it off walking along Horse Guards, past Buckingham Palace and through to Flight Club near Victoria Station. “What is Flight Club?” I hear you ask? It’s a darts themed bar where we all had a great time playing a variety of virtual interactive darts games with our reactions being played back to us. It was a great day enjoyed by all.