I tried a new themed afternoon tea at a hotel in central London inspired by theatre.

If there are two things I really love, it's theatre and themed afternoon teas, and this new theatre-themed afternoon tea at The Strand Palace Hotel launched in January.

Situated on the Strand, within minutes of Covent Garden, it’s a great location if you’re looking to catch a show and make it a theatre-centric day out.

The afternoon tea has been created taking inspiration from the hotel’s theatre partner, The Peacock Theatre, which is known for hosting an array of theatre and dance productions.

News Shopper: The afternoon tea has a theatrical themeThe afternoon tea has a theatrical theme (Image: Emily Davison)

I was recently invited to try the afternoon tea with my mum and, as someone with a sweet tooth, this new afternoon tea really did hit the spot.

The restaurant’s dedicated area for afternoon tea has been decorated with theatre-themed prints on the walls.

We first began with our tea, featuring a selection of five different blends to choose from, along with an option of either a glass of prosecco or a themed gin-based cocktail.

News Shopper: There is the option of prosecco or a themed cocktailThere is the option of prosecco or a themed cocktail (Image: Emily Davison)

The menu itself is presented in a very cute cardboard cake box which opens to reveal the menu.

For savouries there was a selection of options including two meat options, a seafood option and a vegetarian option.

We had the meat option, which included a Zesty Chimichurri consisting of prawns on grilled flatbread, Samba Sambal grilled chicken with Oelek mayonnaise in a small roll, a beetroot hummus wrap with sweet potato and feta, and my personal favourite, A Stagehands’ Sausage Roll with red onion marmalade.

News Shopper: There is a good variety of savoury optionsThere is a good variety of savoury options (Image: Emily Davison)

Moving onto scones, we sere served a large fruit scone with jam and clotted cream, before moving onto the sweets which definitely stole the show for me.

There were four different sweet options taking inspiration from the theatre, with an array of flavours from chocolate to fruit.

First up I tried the mini Treacle Sponge pudding with dulce de leche cremeux and pistachio crumb.

Honestly, this was my favourite out of all three, being very sweet and indulgent with a little crunch from the pistachio.

News Shopper: The sweet options had an array of flavoursThe sweet options had an array of flavours (Image: Emily Davison)

I then tried the Tutu Tartlet with white chocolate ganache and raspberry and rose mousse.

The cream was very light and airy and I loved the combination of rose and raspberry in the mousse.

I then tried the Actor’s Illusion, what I’d describe as a fancier version of a PB&J sandwich, with peanut butter mousse and raspberry compote sandwiched between madeira sponge.

I will say I’m not the hugest fan of peanut butter, but it wasn’t overwhelming, and I did end up finishing the whole thing.

News Shopper: The selection on offer really did hit the spotThe selection on offer really did hit the spot (Image: Emily Davison)

Finally I tried the Curtain Call, a little red velvet cake with masca marscapone mousseline, draped with milk chocolate, which was delicious, light in texture topped with cream and chocolate.

The Theatre afternoon tea at The Strand Palace Hotel will be available until mid-May 2024, with places bookable for £49 for adults and £25 for children on weekdays, and £59 for adults and £30 for children at weekends.