Blogger review of the Athenaeum Pudding Parlour, London

I first became aware of just how delicious dessert can be was a couple of years ago in Savannah, Georgia, when a friend took me to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. In the moodily lit room sat girls dolled up glamorous/retro, guys ordering chocolate martinis and jazz oozing through the space. The entire vibe was yummy. (You can see some gorgeous pictures of Lulu’s here.)

The spread

The spread

I’ve longed for a similar spot here in London, and now – thanks to Janis from Really Kid Friendly and Laura from – I’ve found it: the Athenaeum’s Pudding Parlour.

Janis and Laura organised a London bloggers meet-up there earlier this week. Foodie bloggers like Claire from Crumbs, Sarah from Maison Cupcake, and Laura from How to Cook Good Food. I also caught up with WestLondonMum, South of the River Mum, Not a Notting Hill Mum, Cari Rosen, Working London Mummy, Maggy from Red Ted Art and Uju from Babes About Town.

My review of the Pudding Parlour

The parlour is just off reception and is furnished with deep-dish sofas and comfy chairs. In the middle of the space is a dramatically lit table of desserts. For the Christmas season the hotel was featuring a gorgeous Christmas pudding, mini rhubarb crumbles, rhubarb jelly with a pistachio biscotti, bread-and-butter pudding, and lemon meringue pie, among other delicacies.

Edd Kimber aka The Boy Who Bakes and Winner of The Great British Bake Off 2010, contributed a pudding of the month recipe: traditional homemade mince pies. (These had a bit too much pastry for me – I prefer the open-faced version.) The real winner was a chocolate mousse type pudding that was served in a tiny bowl made of chocolate. Claire of Crumbs declared the bowl delicious.

I had the champagne jelly, a pale yellow serving in a shot glass with a bright red raspberry at the bottom – light and subtle with a tart finish when you reached the berry.

Champagne jellies and chocolate lollipops


My usual view of fellow bloggers

The Pudding Parlour at night

A view of the Parlour at night

The experience is a refreshing change from the usual wallet-emptying experience of socialising around the Green Park/Park Lane quarter. You get one trip to the dessert table for £10, or pay £15 to have puddings with an accompanying pudding wine. Several groups of women sat around the room, drinking Champagne and tasting all the versions. While the setting and the menu might fit more readily into the image of a girls night out, I did see a pair of gentlemen at one of the tables. The appeal of chocolate-y puddings, it appears, doesn’t discriminate.

The Pudding Parlour at The Athenaeum, Green Park, Mon-Fri 20:00 – 23:00, Sat 21:00 – 23:00, closed Sun.

Read what the other bloggers had to say about the Pudding Parlour:

Organiser Janis from Really Kid Friendly5 star venue and surprisingly affordable

Organiser Laura from London-Babythe perfect alternative to a drinks date

Laura from How to Cook Good Foodloved the food and the soft flattering lighting

Working London Mummy – “Each pudding is a piece of beauty

Sarah from Maison Cupcake – “it’s a hen party for those who don’t want to go to a hen party”

I was one of a group of bloggers hosted by The Athenaeum free of charge, but the opinions in this review are my own.

I’m a journalist and blogger. Previously I was The Times’s online lifestyle editor and Alpha Mummy blogger. Now I’m co-founder of BritMums and BritMums Live! – our annual blogging conference that draws hundreds. Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Google Profile+


  1. Laura Vogel
    December 9, 2011 / 10:47 pm

    How beautifully you summed up that happy scene in The Athenaeum … the way it was elegant, posh and decadent but soooooo affordable. Fab night for all!

  2. December 9, 2011 / 10:53 pm

    Thanks, lady. What I really liked was how pretty the space was while still being comfortable and not too girly. The drinks didn’t hurt either.

  3. December 9, 2011 / 10:55 pm

    lovely pics and a great post of such a lovely evening. was nice chatting to you! x

    • December 9, 2011 / 10:56 pm

      Was great to meet you too. Looking forward to getting together again soon.

  4. December 12, 2011 / 10:48 pm

    How wonderful, a place to eat sweet stuff, drink wine and wear high heels all the time time!

  5. December 12, 2011 / 10:48 pm

    oops make that the same time. Obviously in need of some sugar…in some form…

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