A Vincent Van Gogh afternoon tea in London

Hotel Cafe Royal in Soho, London is where we spent Mother’s Day this year having a Van Gogh afternoon tea served in the luxurious Oscar Wilde Lounge.

Hotel Café Royal has partnered with ‘Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience’, a 360º digital art to create a bespoke menu has been designed by award-winning Head Pastry chef Michael Kwan drawing inspiration from Van Gogh’s iconic paintings, from Sunflowers through to Two Crabs.

Starting with an amuse-bouche of smoked tomato tartar, crostini and pulled lamb and marrowbone tart, then moving on to a selection of sumptuous sandwiches including crab and dill on lemon bread, inspired by Van Gogh’s 1887 painting, Two Crabs. Followed by traditional raisin and plain scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam, and Earl Grey Tea jelly.

Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, a sunflower seed praline and salted caramel The Starry Night, a pink grapefruit compote with orange marmalade and  Van Gogh Self-Portrait, a pecan crunchy, coffee mousse sponge, served on its very own easel.

Available Friday to Sunday served from 12.00 pm until 5.30 pm.

Priced at £65 per person & £75 with Champagne. There are gluten-free, vegan and halal afternoon tea options available. 

Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, London, W1B 4DY 




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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