The occasion was my Mother's 50th birthday, we needed a suitably swanky venue for a Champagne Tea and having done The Ritz and The Wolseley before we settled on Refuel@ The Soho Hotel.
Upon arrival we were ushered to a rear dining room, more lounge that restaurant with large couches and ridiculous over sized decoration for example a 10 feet tall Pixar lamp and a dresser which ran along an entire wall. It's a spectacular and stunning room.
We all ordered the Champagne tea for £28 (except Cri who is expecting) despite being strongly steered toward the Sensory Tea for £35 by the waiter. Service was polite though we had a fairly lengthy wait between ordering and receiving our glass of R de Ruinart NV champagne.
The table settings were very pretty, all china was Wedgewood and tiered cake stands are shared between 2. The Champagne Tea consists of a selection of sandwiches (my favourite part being more partial to savoury than sweet), salmon blinis, strawberries and cream, scones (fruit and plain), victoria sponge, fruit tartlet and a cupcake. It's a lot of food and remarkably, I didn't need to eat for the rest of the day, we were booked in at 4pm.
We lingered for around 2 hours feeling like proper ladies in our parlour, taking genteel sips of Earl Gray from our teacups. It was quite startling upon leaving to see the crowd gathered at the Refuel Bar for their Friday post work drinks, such a haven of tranquility is the tea room.
I would definitely recommend this place for tea, sadly we didn't see any slebs, unlike others but they are often to be seen dining here and if that's not a draw for you, it's significantly cheaper than the equivalent at The Ritz although you are given seconds there.
Refuel @ The Soho Hotel
4 Richmond Buildings