Soho has always been a hotbed for rock ’n’ roll. After all, it’s where The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig 50 years ago, just five years before Jimi Hendrix played his final at Saville Theatre. Berwick Street, with its bevy of record stores, features on the cover of Oasis’s ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’, plus Soho is home to the infamous Trident Studios, where the likes of Bowie, Queen and The Beatles recorded. So what better place to host a rock-themed afternoon tea, than in the notorious district?
On Wardour Street you’ll find the Library Lounge of the five-star W Hotel where you can order a variety of sweets and sandwiches served on a three-tier cake stand made of vinyl records. Perfect for two (we couldn’t even finish ours), you’ll get the chance to sample traditional tea time treats with an edgy twist. The bread that makes up the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ sandwiches is flavoured with the likes of beetroot and basil. There’s a ‘Sticky Fingers’ meringue impressively shaped like the mouth and tongue from the album cover. Blueberry is added to the ‘Purple Haze’ Battenberg to give it a popping purple hue. There’s even a ‘Rock Mar-tea-ni’ served in a teapot if you feel like splashing out. It’s worth a visit, if only to unleash your hungry inner rock star of an afternoon. Danielle Goldstein
For info, see wlondon.co.uk.