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Amba Hotel Charing Cross – my first afternoon tea

September 22, 2015

Located on The Strand, a mere two minute walk from London’s Trafalgar Square is Charing Cross station and The Amba Hotel. The building has been operating as a hotel since 1865, though it only became part of the Amba chain in 2014. This most recent reincarnation is a wonderful blend of modern style and historic opulence, showcasing many of the building’s original features whilst complimenting it with modern twists. It’s a blogger or selfie taker’s paradise with a sprawling staircase up to the rooms and a fetching red telephone box before the elevator bank that just begs to be photographed.

amba hotel

The Amba Hotel invited a group of bloggers down to their Charing Cross venue to enjoy a fabulous afternoon tea and attend the Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery over the weekend. As it was also London Fashion Week, chilling out in a hotel filled with models in varying stages of undress (I should have papped a photo of the group of Chinese models having a fag break in nothing but short dressing gowns at the front of the hotel) seemed rather fitting seeing as Audrey Hepburn was, and still is a major fashion icon of her era.

amba hotel staircase

Can you believe I’ve lived in the UK for nearly my entire life but have never had a proper afternoon tea? A few of the bloggers I met at the Amba Hotel found this hard to believe, but then again, I found it near impossible to believe that one of them had never been to an IKEA so swings and roundabouts people. Swings. And. Roundabouts.

I digress slightly, but in a way it’s a perfect segway onto the subject of the afternoon tea isn’t it? Totally.

afternoon tea spread amba hotel

We sampled a range of sandwiches, teas and sweet treats, my favourite being the cucumber with free range eggs and cream cheese sandwiches, closely followed by the freshly baked scones served with strawberry preserve and Devonshire clotted cream.

afternoon tea amba hotel

The food was delicious and the crockery on which everything was presented was so pretty it made me battle with my usual need for functional, Scandinavian style table ware and consider buying a pretty, hand painted china set so I could throw my own afternoon teas at home. I’m an oversized mug kind of woman but now I wonder if I’m missing out, not owning a single teacup and saucer.

]I think this is my first of many afternoon teas and I hope the first of many visits to the Amba Hotel. I have to thank them for hosting us and for being so hospitable. Also, a massive thank you for the Audrey Hepburn exhibition, what an amazing treat!

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  • Reply Liska @NewMumOnline September 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Totally get ya as Ikea is one of my favourite hangouts. Your photography here is superb. I love afternoon teas. I had one in Harrods once which was divine. This sounds like a fabulous event – I have all of Audrey Hepburn’s movies x
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    • Reply Circus Mum September 28, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Liska, I’m afraid to admit it but I haven’t watched ANY of her films. Like where have I been hiding the last 30 years? High five on the IKEA hangout. We should so meet in one for lunch one day after the school run. I could so do with a road trip….

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