Review: Afternoon Tea at The Magazine Restaurant Hyde Park

Afternoon tea at Magazine Restaurant

The Magazine Restaurant is a short walk from the Serpentine Gallery, next to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, who is also responsible for the stunning Olympic Aquatic Centre, The Magazine is an awesome building with an exceptionally good menu.

I went with a friend one sunny afternoon to have afternoon tea; we sat outside as the weather was too gorgeous to stay in.

Afternoon tea at The Magazine is all about performance: it first impresses you with its presentation, and then hits you with a fantastic flavour combination.

Afternoon Tea at The Magazine Restaurant

Our afternoon tea featured:

a delicious green smoothie

scones with clotted cream and jam

savoury canapés with salmon, ham, beef and cheese

chocolate profiteroles

lemon meringue tartlets

white chocolate and lychee truffles

There is a lot of attention to detail in each dish – with different layers and interesting combinations.

The only thing I wasn’t overly keen with was the tray the afternoon tea came with: it had a gravel base and a slate tile on top. I much prefer glass or ceramic crockery.

The menu is sophisticated but accessible – no need for lengthy explanations of ingredients or preparation. Afternoon tea at the Magazine is definitely a grown-up experience for foodies who like indulgence.

Magazine RestaurantAfternoon tea at Magazine Restaurant

The Magazine Restaurant – Kensington Gardens.

Picture credits: Paola Bassanese