Diptyque Christmas Tea

Nestled between the elegance of Mayfair and the creativity of Soho, the Oscar Wilde Lounge is the space where great minds came together to change the world.

It is in this very room that Oscar Wilde fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas, Aubrey Beardsley debated with Whistler, David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust and Mick Jagger, the Beatles and Elizabeth Taylor danced the night away. Dating back to 1865 and formerly known as the Grill Room, the gilded room was renamed in honour of our most famous patron becoming the Oscar Wilde Lounge. Today, this dramatic setting is home to Hotel Café Royal’s award-winning afternoon tea service named the Best Traditional Afternoon Tea in the UK at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2017/18.

A sprinkle of festive magic is added to their traditional afternoon tea service for the holiday season. Created in partnership with Diptyque the festive afternoon menu features notes of Christmas orange, clove, cinnamon, almond and tonka bean to fashion a feast for the senses.

 Aspinal personalized wallets were a delight as each guest found their own.

A candle lit, offering soft hints of fragrance and visual warmth the scent of luxury.

Swarovski spoiled us with festive sparkle to dazzle the eye.

While the sophisticated and delicious Veuve Clicquot supplied us with bottomless bubbles whilst enjoying the spread.

Tables groaning with teatime treats to pretty to eat (well almost) I could not resist but at least hesitated long enough for a pic or two…. you know, the camera always eats first!

Dressed to impress all were a picture to behold.

Thank you to my amazing, wonderful  and ever so beautiful co-host Fern, without whom none of this would’ve been possible…

Photography: Ana Szabo