Skylounge or Fenchurch Lounge,
Mint Hotel Tower of London,
7 Pepys Street,
City of London EC3N 4AF
Days and Times:
Afternoon tea is served daily at:
Cost: From £15 per person.
A discretionary service charge of 10% will be added to your bill.
No dress code but it's nice to make an effort.
Online booking or call 020 7709 1000.
Photography: Photography is permitted and staff are willing to help.
Children: Children are welcome in the Fenchurch Lounge but not in the Skylounge.
Music: Background music played in both venues.
About Mint Hotel Tower of London Afternoon Tea
There was (slightly loud) funky background music which was unusual for tea but works well for a bar which is this venue's usual role.
The views are magnificent and we sat looking across at Tower Bridge and other iconic City of London buildings.
Tea is teabags from the London Tea Company with a good selection on offer.
The Cake Stand
There is definitely more of a contemporary than a traditional feel to this afternoon tea and the in-house pastry team create miniature works of art. (Note, you can watch the kitchen staff, primarily the chocolatiers and pastry staff, from the street outside the hotel.)
I received a vegetarian sandwich selection which included cucumber finger sandwiches and an egg wrap. The standard sandwiches also had ham and salmon fillings.
We enjoyed two scones each with generous helpings of clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
The fancies ranged from slices of fruit cake and lemon cake, and a jelly (jello), to a beautiful chocolate crispy cake and meringue with sugar art swirls.
Presentation and Atmosphere
It's a very relaxed venue so the seats are large and low. The round tables are small and we ended up using four tables. I'm sure there would be no problem having tea at the restaurant tables but we wanted the view more than comfort.
If you want a tea for two the Skylounge would be great but choose the Fenchurch Lounge for larger parties or for bringing children.
If you do choose the Skylounge make sure you take a walk out onto the Roof Terrace as this is London at its best.