Review: Alexander Hamilton Afternoon Tea, The Lanesborough


Steph Theodosiou sinks her teeth into afternoon tea with a musical edge at The Lanesborough hotel

The Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant at The Lanesborough hotel makes a truly stunning setting for a relaxing afternoon tea. The pianist plays beautifully on the grand piano tucked away in the corner – it’s the perfect accompaniment to the gentle murmur of chatter.

The light, baby blue walls are bedecked in lavish gold accessories, mirrors and white busts; marvellous chandeliers sparkle in the sunlight streaming in from the domed glass roof and the ornate Corinthian-like columns skirting the room are perfect to gaze at as you sit with a cup of fragrant tea and soak it all in.

Following the London opening of Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’, a musical depicting the life of Alexander Hamilton (one of America’s Founding Fathers) Céleste’s new Head Pastry Chef Gabriel Le Quang has created a selection of special desserts. Each has been inspired by the characters and events brought to life in the hit show – and they don’t disappoint.

The food


We begin with a glass of Champagne before ordering a pot of the Afternoon Tea and the Cinnamon Tea – both delicious, but the Afternoon Tea blend is my favourite, with surprising aromatic hints of rose in the aftertaste. Next up is a tasty selection of classic finger sandwiches, followed by deliciously warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, then we eagerly await to sample the new pastry creations.

Kicking off the American patriotism is the delicate Pecan Pie, a typical American dessert, and a Caribbean Chocolate Star: a chocolate shortbread garnished with a Caribbean Valrhona ganache and edible gold star, which symbolises the stars on the American flag. The Grapefruit Religieuse is charming to admire; inspired by Angelica Schuyler (Hamilton’s sister-in-law) and the pomelo flavours of the Caribbean, it even sports a mini pink craquelin bonnet!


The Exotic Lace Cupcake features mango, banana, passionfruit and lime flavours which pay homage to Alexander Hamilton’s Caribbean heritage. Last but certainly by no means least, my firm favourite is the Blackberry Cheesecake. A contemporary take on the characteristic American cheesecake, this mousse and blackberry filling pudding is inspired by the distinctive purple colour and golden buttons of Alexander Hamilton’s uniform.

The verdict

The sweet treats certainly do not disappoint, and you will leave feeling relaxed and content after this delightful afternoon tea in the heart of London.

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Where: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Cost: £39 per person, or £49 with a glass of Champagne per person

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