Shaking up afternoon tea at Savage Garden London
If you’re the kind of person who loves a taste of the high life, there’s no better way to do it than a rooftop bar.
There’s plenty of choice in London, depending on the vibe and the view you’re after, but today we’re checking out afternoon tea at the Savage Garden.
Hidden away on top of the DoubleTree by Hilton at Tower Hill, the Savage Garden has one of the most impressive panoramic views of the city for the perfect selfie backdrop featuring The Shard, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Gherkin and St Paul’s.
The interior is striking. Think jagged lines, gold, marble and plush velvet. Outside, the terrace is perfect for al fresco cocktails. Savage Garden pride themselves on being a “study of experimentation” – which all becomes clear with the drinks menu.
Top of the list is the ‘Flambard Colada’, which is inspired by Ranulf Flambard, the first ever Tower of London prisoner and first escapee (he got the guards drunk, ironically), and is a perfect blend of Havana Club 3YO, pineapple, cucumber wormwood and Ayala Champagne. Other signature cocktails include the ‘Horny Beast’, ‘Kiss Ass Martini’ and the ‘Punk Rock Fashioned’.
Forget what you know about afternoon tea too, you won’t find any curly salmon sandwiches here. They’ve ditched the traditional crustless triangles for sweet potato sliders, smoked chicken and Korean ketchup tacos and a roast beef and wasabi remoulade.
On the next tier up, pink ‘savage scones’ are served up with jam and clotted cream, and above that is a cake selection so good it would have Mr Kipling shaking in his boots. Think shiny golden black tea chouxs, cherry and coconut lemingtons and dark chocolate crémeux spheres.
It would be rude to have afternoon tea without a cup of actual tea – ‘Dammann frères’ loose leaf tea to be exact. There’s the usual breakfast tea option, and oriental green tea, camomile, fresh mint. Try the ‘Coquelicot Gourmand’ poppy almond and cherry flavour… it’s divine.
It’s not all about the twisted afternoon tea though – the dinner and lunch menus are equally as experimental. There’s a feasting menu with enough meat to satisfy a raptor, or a pescatarian platter with oysters, sesame prawn toast and squid sticks. Don’t forget to check out the bar at night between Wednesday and Saturday for the ultimate party vibe.
Tel – 020 7709 1043
Written by Sam Johnson, our man in the ‘big smoke’