A Diptique Afternoon Tea at Cafe Royal Hotel London

I am sure that you are all very much aware now, of my love of an afternoon tea. When I was approaching my 40th birthday, my husband suggested writing a list, almost like a bucket list, of 40 things that I would like to do over the next few years. (you can read about The List in these two posts if you would like, here and here). One of the items on the list, was to sample as many afternoon teas as possible. (See what I did there, it cunningly went on the list as one item, yet is an ongoing treat, the gift that keeps on giving you could say…….)

Diptique Afternoon Tea Cafe Royal

My Mum’s birthday is in January, and everyone always gets that after Christmas slump, so I like to do something for her birthday that gives her a treat to look forward to. When we were in London the first week of January to go and see the musical Everyones Talking About Jamie, (its fabulous, I fully recommend it) we went into Cafe Royal Hotel as we often do, for cocktails. To get to the cocktail bar in the hotel, after passing the most amazing floral displays in the lobby, you walk through a reception room that has display cabinets along the corridor, and on this occasion, the most amazing smell that hit you as soon as you walked in. The cabinets are full of the most stunning Jimmy Choo shoes, (you may have seen them on my Instagram stories) fine jewellery, and Diptique candles. There are also candles lit along the pathway you walk down, and this of course was the source of the amazing scent.

Now, being a shoe fiend, I always stop to ooohhh and ahhhh over the shoes, and also wanted to see what fragrance the candles were. I saw that the candles were to celebrate the collaboration that the hotel was doing with Diptique, in way of a limited edition, themed afternoon tea. Candles and cake, two of my obsessions combined! How blooming lovely! A mental note was made to look into it for Mum’s birthday, my dreams of ever owning the crystal encrusted shoes were pushed to the side and I went to join Mum in the bar for our Kia Royales’

Afternoon tea is served in the Oscar Wilde Lounge, and walking into the lounge at Cafe Royal Hotel, is a sight to behold. It is just beautiful. Very grand, very opulent, and just so very special with its original ornate detailing. The lounge, formerly called Grill Room, dates back to the 1800’s and was renamed in honour of the hotels most loved patron. It was in this room that Oscar Wilde fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas, David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust and Elizabeth Taylor came to dance the night away. Oh how I would love it if those walls could talk! Imagine the stories they could tell……

Once we had taken our seats on the gorgeous, pink velvet button backed chairs, our afternoon tea itself started with a beautiful, cold glass of champagne. Of course, as you would expect in a place of such graduer, it was poured by the waitress with such flourish, and a pianist was playing soft music, creating atmosphere and ambience. Any dietry requirements were noted and we were left to soak up the ambience and enjoy our drinks.

The food we were served at this afternoon tea was beautiful. Delicate finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and preserve, tiny pastries and deserts that were intricate works of art. You had a selection of 30 teas to choose from too! I chose the Elizabeth Taylor Earl Grey to accompany my savoury course, and it was delicious. Between your savoury and sweet courses, you are served an “amuse bouche” to cleanse your palette. This was a cold, delicate minty and berry drink that was delicious. It was a welcome interlude between the courses.

The cakes and pastries take their inspiration and flavours from the Diptique candles most popular wintery scents, so berries and rose are given a nod. The food was plentiful, interesting flavours and amazing. My second tea that I chose, The Oscar, was the weirdest tea I have ever had with its smoked, oaky taste, but I actually really liked it. It was different. I like different.

One of the things we loved most about this afternoon tea, was how un-rushed it was. We were left to enjoy our drinks, sandwiches were eaten without rush and we felt totally relaxed and could sit back and soak it all in. A little while after our sweet course was served, we heard the pianist start to play Happy Birthday, and our waitress came over with a slate tray with truffles and Happy Birthday written on it for Mum. It was so unexpected! I did not know they were going to do this, and assume it was because when I booked it I had mentioned it was a treat for my mums birthday. What a lovely gesture and great service. It made mum feel special, although she felt a little shy when everyone clapped haha.

diptique afternoon tea cafe royal

We really had the most wonderful, fabulous day and this afternoon tea is very special. Although the Diptique one has finished now, they do others throughout the year.  I would fully recommend this, award winning afternoon tea. The setting alone makes you feel like you are really experiencing a treat. The perfect ending was when they brought over two gift bags for mum and I, with a Diptique candle in the hotels signature Baies scent to take home, full details here if you love candles.

Whenever I light the candle at home, it will be a lovely reminder of a wonderful day. Perfect!

Do you enjoy afternoon tea? Like me, do you enjoy being all fancy for a day? I always feel like its a glimpse of how the other half live, do you? As it is an ongoing quest to sample all the afternoon teas that London has to offer, Id love to hear any recommendations you have. 

Disclaimer – please excuse the picture quality in this post. My big camera was playing up so I had to use my phone, in artificial light. Not great but the afternoon tea was too lovely not to share with you all. Forgive me…

diptique afternoon tea cafe royal



  1. February 9, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Sounds like you both had a wonderful day! The afternoon tea sounds absolutely delicious, and the little pastries look amazing! I’m looking to book afternoon tea for my mum’s birthday this year, so this could be a good contender! x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 9, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Oh Hannah it really was a lovely experience, Id fully recommend it. I think the setting makes it amazing too, and its ideal for shopping being on Regent street, just sayin……….

  2. Jean
    February 9, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    A truly wonderful day, afternoon tea, such a lovely girlie thing to do, Cafe Royal is fabulous

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 9, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      It really is. Its like stepping back in time to the times of glamorous film stars and gentlemen. Amazing xx Thanks for reading x

  3. February 9, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    What a fun way to spend an afternoon – thanks for sharing!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 9, 2018 / 11:00 pm

      You are so welcome, thank you for popping over.

  4. February 9, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Oh this is absolutely beautiful Kerry, and your mum looks so happy. What a lovely gesture with the happy birthday serenade too, top notch customer service! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 9, 2018 / 11:02 pm

      I love this photo of my Mum, I think she looks happy and lovely, she thinks she looks old! They really did exceed our expectations. Such a lovely day. thanks for stopping by lovely xxx

  5. February 9, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful place! I love how you managed to pop a keep on giving goal on your list and that’s the kind of positivity the world needs more of … Afternoon teas are one of my favourite things in he world, it’s a perfect little picnic in a pretty place xo

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 9, 2018 / 11:04 pm

      Ohhh I love that, a perfect picnic in a pretty place. What a lovely way to describe it. It really was a gorgeous place, with so much glam history! Thank you so much for reading xxxx

  6. February 9, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    That was lovely and mouth watering. I would love to head somewhere for afternoon tea. Yummy

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 9, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      Its such a decadent treat to ourselves isnt it. Book one up, you deserve it! xxx

  7. February 9, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    Aw Kerry you do make me jealous! This looks absolutely amazing. It looks so beautiful and magical, can only imagine the feeling of being in that room. Always lovely not to feel rushed, being able to enjoy it at your leisure is the biggest plus. Absolutely lovely they did that for your mum, little surprises like that are always really touching. Sounds like the perfect day, glad you had a wonderful time xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 9, 2018 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much Grace, it really was amazing. I turn into a real geek in these places and want to know all the details of its glamorous history and who visited. They made it so special for my Mum, great service. Thank you for your comment xxxx

      • February 10, 2018 / 9:09 am

        I don’t blame, i’d be the same in somewhere like this! Absolutely beautiful and so interesting, of course xxxx

  8. sgmart187
    February 10, 2018 / 3:36 am

    Sounds like a great day with your mom! There was a tea shop in Chattanooga that my best friend and I used to enjoy going to when we were both living there. Here in America, afternoon tea isn’t really a big thing, we usually go out for coffee and pastries.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 10, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      Yes I suppose it is very British. I love in America where you go for dinner somewhere, then head somewhere else for desert. I think its great. Coffee and pastries sound fab, and it is something that is slowly gaining popularity over here. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading xxx

      • sgmart187
        February 10, 2018 / 2:11 pm

        Hmm, that us true, Matt and I aren’t big dessert people so we don’t do that too often. We do live in an urban area and we love doing walking dates. We go to a nice shopping district with lots of little shops, playgrounds and walking paths, get snacks and go out with the kids for a few hours to have fun together!

  9. February 12, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    This looks absolutely wonderful. What an amazing place and one to pop onto the “must visit” wish list. Have you tried Bridget’s in Covent Garden? I took my mum there for her birthday last year (pre-theatre) and it’s a lovely atmosphere. It’s not fancy or too stuffy – just a lovely relaxed vibe but with gorgeous food xxxxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 12, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      It was such a beautiful place. I haven’t heard of Bridget’s, but absolutely love being in Covent Garden, thank you so much for the recommendation. We are up there on Friday, I may have to check it out. Thank you lovely lady xxxx

    • February 18, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Sorry for butting in but I think we passed Bridget’s the other week when we were there (on a street corner?) it was so busy and looked really lovely. A place I’d definitely like to try.

  10. February 18, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    I’m all for an afternoon tea and would have loved this one for sure, I mean, tea, cake AND a candle, what’s not to love? I think Cafe Royal has to be on my list of places to visit when in London.
    What a wonderful treat for your mum!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 18, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      Ohhh Steph, the cocktail bar is delicious, especially at Christmas. Its a great location too, lots of amazing shops near by. Just sayin………… Thanks for popping over and having a read xxx

  11. February 24, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    You’re always making me want more afternoon teas, and this looks amazing!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      February 24, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Hahaha Gemma, sorry about that….. You know how I love my afternoon tea. Its funny I have just read this comment as I was just trying to work out if I can buy the Elizabeth Taylor tea that I had there. It was so delicious! Have you any tea’s booked for the next few months??

      • February 24, 2018 / 9:22 pm

        I had a delicious cream tea today with a cherry and almond scone, yum but nothing beats the full works! I don’t have any booked as yet but if I continue following you then I definitely will be booking one! My birthday coming up so maybe the perfect opportunity. I hope you find the Elizabeth Taylor tea 😊

        • kerrylifeandloves
          February 24, 2018 / 10:01 pm

          Hahaha! I am hear to serve you, I will sample them all for you to choose from haha. Enjoy the weekend xx

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