Eat | Afternoon tea at the Shangri-La at The Shard

Asian-influenced afternoon tea at the Shangri-La at The Shard A little champagne and a stunning view Afternoon tea at the Shangri-La at The Shard Clotted cream = heaven on a spoon Scones, clotted cream and mango jam Moi at the Shangri-La at The Shard Asian-influenced dessert at the Shangri-La at The Shard Is this the best matcha cake in London? I think so! Afternoon tea at the Shangri-La at The Shard Afternoon tea at the Shangri-La at The Shard Afternoon tea at the Shangri-La at The Shard A lovely, authentic musical touch at the Shangri-La at The Shard A view of my wonderful city

This was my third experience having afternoon tea at the Shangri-La and so, after having my proverbial socks blown off in Paris and Tokyo (to be blogged at some point…), I was expecting greatness. Fortunately, the only disappointing thing was that we had to leave at some point.

It has been a particularly intense year; the weight of academic expectation finally hit me and I pretty much spent the entire academic year in a committed relationship with my library card and a sore left shoulder from lugging books around. So, to celebrate the end of our exams, Andrea – a classmate and friend – and I decided to indulge in scones and champagne, Asia-style, meaning tea with a view. 128 metres above ground and a stunning view of my city, we opted to share both the classic and the Asian-influenced afternoon teas. From the delightful afternoon classics like smoked salmon on wholemeal bread to my favourite cucumber sandwiches to switching continents and sampling prawn dim sum and pork gyoza served warm. An afternoon tea first for me.

Listening to our helpful French waiter speak Mandarin to a table of fellow diners added to the international vibe and, for language learners like us, served as a boost to persevere with our studies, though obviously not until dessert had been served. Priorities! The combination of both classic and camomile scones served with lashings of the creamiest clotted cream in the city, and both strawberry and mango jam, made this rich, sweet and tangy combination a culinary dream come true. It’s interesting because in Asia desserts aren’t sickly sweet as they tend to be in The West, and that influence really came through at the Shangri-La. Usually scones are my favourite part of afternoon tea but that was before I tried the matcha cake… The sponge is light and the matcha flavour strong without any bitterness. A masterpiece! The egg custard tart was creamy and the pineapple dessert balanced coriander and ginger flavours. As if this wasn’t enough, I got to share this experience with a friend whilst overlooking the sights of London. Happiness abounds!

Three and a half hours and two servings of matcha sponge cake later, we bid farewell to the Ting Lounge and left our little piece of Asia feeling even more in love with London’s diversity and a stiff resolve to return to the Shangri-La in the very near future.

Shangri-La at The Shard
31 St Thomas St
+44 20 7234 8000


  1. 9 September 2014 / 20:52

    I must say, JEALOUS! And what is that lovely confection of meringue with the raspberry on top?

  2. 23 November 2014 / 14:19

    I’m so glad that you had a better experience at the Shangri La London than we did for Afternoon Tea! We had to wait 1.5 hrs for the food to arrive and then the food didn’t blow me away – have read a few reviews lately and it’s still getting mixed reviews – gorgeous photos as always x

    • Not Just Another Milla
      25 November 2014 / 20:52

      1.5 hours wait?! My goodness. You are a patient lady. Did you complain? What a frustrating experience. We had such a nice time – it was a very calm, lovely experience for me. Thanks – glad you like the photos. x

      • 25 November 2014 / 21:02

        We did, it was opening weekend and both the food and service were appalling. My other half is English and he never complains but he got so annoyed at the end when the staff member gave us the bill for the neighbouring table that he called the manager over and said it was not good enough and they gave us a complimentary afternoon tea – good on them for doing that but definitely not up to the Shangri La standard that we were used too. We stayed the night as well which was an experience- they opened way too soon before ironing out the major kinks in the building / hotel xx

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