The menu for afternoon tea at Harvey Nicks features a woman’s perfectly manicured hand: “Pinkies up” it entreats. Tea here though is less a prim and proper affair and more about being in the midst of the fun and buzzy environment of a temple of fashion and commerce.
Sitting amid the unadorned wooden tables, you might be next to a trio of women having cocktails, a family having light meal, a couple with toddler twins who had popped up for snacks and other afternoon tea-ers. The mood is lively, the sound level is high. Just across the low edge of the restaurant lies a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and the bubble tea counter. At times my mother found it hard to hear our conversation — something to keep in mind with large parties or those who have difficulty hearing.
Within this casual atmosphere, we were served a range of savoury and sweet treats that ranged from interesting to sublime.
The scones — plain and raisin — were tasty, and served with strawberry jam and salted caramel (my mother enjoyed it but is it gilding the lily?). I inhaled the coronation chicken on brioche, my sister-in-law liked the cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. The roasted vegetable wrap looked tempting, but disappointingly the filling had made the tortilla soggy and unappetising. We skipped it to move onto the French pastries.
There we discovered the tangy delights of the lime pie, a perfect pistachio macaroon, a red velvet cupcake with its curly hat of icing topped with a black and white decorated disc, and a light and heavenly mini-eclair. At the 5th Floor the food was the highlight for a casual, light-hearted afternoon tea experience. And where else can you sip tea, eat tiny sandwiches, then admire the Jimmy Choos, the Alexander McQueen, the Balenciaga and the Victoria Beckham on the way out?
The look: Buzz, chatter and high-gloss clatter
Tasty highlight: The mini chocolate eclairs were the best I’ve ever tasted
Perfect for: City lovers who enjoy a buzzy atmosphere with a bit of luxury shopping on the side
Child-friendly? Yes! From babies to school-age kids to teens enjoying cream tea, we saw a range of ages, and the casual vibe means no need to coax them into “fancy” clothes
Price: Available from 3-5pm. Traditional Afternoon Tea, £35 per person, Champagne Afternoon Tea, £40
You can make reservations, but on the day we went (Sunday late afternoon) there were plenty of tables.
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