Restaurant Review: Oblix West Afternoon Tea. If you’re looking to treat a loved one to the best afternoon tea in London, try the Oblix West Afternoon Tea. This restaurant is located in The Shard which is a stunning building right near London Bridge Station.
“Treat someone special to afternoon tea at Oblix West which is located on the 32nd floor of The Shard. You can toast the city while you tuck into the cutest cakes,” Homegirl London
Oblix West Afternoon Tea Menu
A friend had given Homeboy a gift certificate for a champagne afternoon tea at Oblix West. We were excited to visit The Shard which is a short walk from our apartment. We put on our glad rags and sauntered up the street for our afternoon tea treat.
Afternoon Tea Menu
You should really start with a glass of champagne so you can toast each other, your occasion and that wonderful London skyline. It was a bit overcast on the day we visited but still, what a spectacular view you get.
After your champagne, you can choose a pot of tea. The list includes Black Tea such as the Oblix Blend which has been created exclusively for the restaurant. Oolong, Green and White Tea options are also available. Homeboy and I were both drawn to the Petal Tea. This was a unique blend of Chinese white Silvertips, Spanish almond blossom, Indian rose petals which had the subtle flavour of roses.
The menu was called The London Afternoon Tea, so the ingredients are sourced from the city like the honey which is from Harrow. A three-tier afternoon tea stand arrives at your table which looks perfect and very pretty. You start at the bottom and work your way up to the top layer. The little finger sandwiches were tasty. We asked for vegetarian options for me and Homeboy had a few fish sarnies in his set. Expect something along the lines of Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese or Free-Range Egg with Mayo. If you eat meat you can try the Ham with Alexandra Cheese, Celeriac and Mustard or Angus Beef with Horseradish.
After the sandwiches, you can proceed to the freshly baked scones. You get four of those which include cranberry scones. This is accompanied by a tray of raspberry jam, fresh honeycomb and clotted cream.
You’ll be very happy when you reach the final course which is the dainty little desserts. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you will be given a slightly different selection which avoids animal gelatine. Our plate consisted of a delectable Dark Chocolate and Passion Fruit Tart, Vanilla Pana Cotta, Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake and Lemon Macaron. These were all super cute and tasted amazing.
The good news is that afternoon tea is unlimited. You can order another round of your favourite things. We ordered more scones, clotted cream and vegetarian sandwiches! Afternoon tea is served Monday to Sunday from 2.45 pm until 4.30 pm, prices start from £42 per person.
Oblix West Afternoon Tea Setting
Our Table for Two
The restaurant is glam and stylish. It really is a lovely setting to enjoy afternoon tea with someone special. When you arrive on the 32nd floor you see the entrance to the restaurant and are taken through the open kitchen into the main dining space. If you’re lucky you will get a table for two right by a window. You sit side by side to your companion so you can both stare out at the views across London. The rest of the space is contemporary, decorated with dark wood with a bookcase and wine bottle display.
Oblix West Afternoon Tea Information
Restaurant Entrance on Floor 32
To find out more about the Oblix at The Shard Website. Oblix is situated on Level 32, The Shard, St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY. The nearest tube station is London Bridge. There are a few exits at this station so follow signs for The Shard. All the restaurants are accessed through one entrance and you need to go through security so allow time for that. There are two parts to the restaurant – East and West. You do need to book to secure your table. It is a smart dress code in the restaurant, Homeboy was asked to remove his hat when we arrived. Enjoy your afternoon tea, we certainly did!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me and for our friends for giving us the gift certificate.