You can’t possibly forget you are in London when you order the TLSee – Tea, London and Sightsee – in the Mauve Lounge at The Howard, for the highlight of this particular feast are the award winning biscuits. The miniature replicas of London landmarks including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, a London taxi and the Crown Jewels, are not just creative masterpieces, they taste great too. Some are iced flavoured shortbread biscuits, others, like Big Ben, are Valrhona chocolate with an exquisite fillings. Quite what the Queen would say if she found out that her Crown Jewels were made of ground almond and butter shortbread with gold leaf and silver crunches, is not hard to imagine.
The accompanying sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries are nicely presented by charming staff, keen to keep you replenished and eager to send any uneaten goodies home with you in a specially designed doggy bag. Twinings tea, first sold nearby on the Strand over three hundred years ago, feature on the tea menu, and include classics, tisanes and the TLSee Blend of Assam, Lady Grey and East African Bop. On your way out, take a look across Embankment and the Thames at the real sights of London.