A Tale As Old As Time

A Tale As Old As Time | The Kensington

A Tale As Old As Time

My love of Disney is no secret and Beauty and the Beast will always hold a special place in my heart. Last year on finding that The Kensington’s ‘A Tale as Old as Time’ was fully booked, I was gutted to think that I’d missed it, but thankfully I was presented with a second chance when the theme was extended due to high demand. The afternoon tea actually completed a long weekend city break in London, which was kicked off by Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On The Run || tour. While the break was in its planning stages, Jamie and I heavily debated which hotel to stay in for our last two nights, and the moment we stepped foot in The Kensington, I regretted our decision. A beautiful and elegant location with impeccable service, the Kensington Hotel would have without a doubt been worth the slightly higher price tag than that of The Hilton, Kensington (which I wouldn’t recommend, but that’s another story).

The Kensington Hotel

The afternoon tea comprised of delicious Beauty and the Beast themed goodies, beginning with an extensive and unlimited tea menu accompanied by a three-piece canopy starter and followed by sandwiches and sweet treats. Although there’s only so much you can do with sandwiches, the food was delicious and the menu had been so intricately planned. We tucked into the grey stuff (it’s delicious), the last rose petal which was suspended in a palate cleansing jelly flecked with real gold, and a macaroon snowball inspired by one of my favourite scenes; the one in which Belle and the Beast realise they’ve fallen in love. Last but not least was my favourite feature; the Cogsworth biscuit, which was so intricate and almost too life-like to eat, but delicious once I did.

A Tale As Old As TimeA Tale As Old As Time

This particular afternoon tea sets you back at least £45.00 per person, with optional additions such as themed cocktails or prosecco incurring additional costs. In comparison, we’ve brunched at The Ivy for less and dined on lobster at The Wolseley for around the same price, so it’s definitely extravagant. Despite the initial ‘how much for a couple of sandwiches??’, the expense not only covers food, but also the impeccable service and the experience itself. The afternoon tea is tailored specifically to those who are fondly familiar with the tale as old as time and is a much more memorable experience than your average scone and tea pairing.

A Tale As Old As Time

Our attendant was attentive. He was welcoming and more than happy to cater for Jamie’s recently developed gluten intolerance at very short notice, providing him with an alternative menu without hesitation. He also took his time explaining to us the relevance of every aspect of the menu and the unlimited nature of the sandwiches and tea and offered to take a picture without us even having to ask.

A Tale As Old As Time

Although I believe that the Kensington is fully booked for this specific menu, I’m now a fully fledged fangirl, and look forward to keeping an eye out for future excuses to be their guest. 


27 thoughts on “A Tale As Old As Time | The Kensington

  1. This afternoon tea looks amazing, so many cute little details. I love beauty and the beast so this is beyond amazing.
    I would love to go to something like this.
    Also your outfit is very pretty, you look gorgeous 😊💕

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  2. What a wonderful treat Sophie! 💖 The whole experience looks so delightful and I love the Beauty & The Beast theme. I really like their attention to detail especially on the Cogsworth biscuit and the service sounded fantastic. It all looks so tasty and your photography is stunning, you look gorgeous too! Thanks for sharing 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  3. This looks so much fun, what a lovely, special treat. I think Flora would enjoy something like this. I’ve promised to take her for a proper afternoon tea for her next birthday so although London is probably too far away, I can use your post as inspiration! Glad you had a lovely time, and you look gorgeous 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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  4. This is quite possibly the cutest post I have ever written, the theme just looks so sweet I’m very jealous! – I love an afternoon tea but never been to a themed one before.

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Oh my god I would love this so much! I bet it was such a magical experience! That Cogsworth biscuit looks so cute I wouldn’t want to eat it. That is a lot of money but like you said it would be a wonderful experience! I am glad you had a nice time and you look beaut!! xx

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  6. This looks incredible! It’s amazing that they managed to cater for Jamie’s intolerance at such short notice, that can be such a struggle. I’m not even a huge Disney fan and I can’t stop looking at those amazing biscuits. This sounds like it was absolutely worth every single penny and I imagine it would be the most incredible experience for a big Disney fan. Also, slightly off topic but you look absolutely stunning here too! x


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  7. !!! Love that you got to have a Beauty and the Beast theme at Kensington’s! Oh man, they don’t play around with the grey stuff! The whole setup is so cute. Even though there’s a cost to the whole theme, at least it’s worth it with the experience you get. Thanks for sharing this experience!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me


  8. How amazing! I love Beauty and the Beast and
    I would have loved to experience this! Looks like you had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing 😊

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  9. This is so amazing. I never even knew this place existed. I agree, the price is a little steep. But honestly, you only live once so why not!

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