Paramount High Tea, Tottenham Court Road

Although there are now many higher landmarks in the city from which to view London’s skyline, Paramount at Centre Point is still a very popular venue. Enjoy a meal, a cocktail, or indulge (as we did) in high tea – the perfect champagne celebration.

You zoom up 32 floors to the smart, slightly businesslike restaurant space. From our advantageous table by the window, on a thankfully clear day, we could see all the surrounding edifices and monuments that define London. We appreciated the foldout guide which stylishly explains each iconic building.

First, we were treated to flutes of extra bubbly champagne, which certainly made us feel special as you look out over, and toast, London. Once you’ve chosen your tea from the list of exotic combinations, the food arrives at once on a three tiered stand: sandwiches, scones, and cakes. There are four varieties of sandwich, however the menu description is a great deal more elaborate than the sandwiches appear. My favourite was the poached chicken with spring onion mayonnaise which had a particularly good flavour but was a bit stingy on the filling.

Fresh, warm scones were delicious but rather heavy, the dry texture benefitted from a generous layer of clotted cream and strawberry jam. Cakes displayed various levels of success, the red velvet and brownie came highest.

For £42 per person the food perhaps lacked allure but I think most will admit the Paramount setting makes this high tea unique and lovely for special occasions.

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