It was my birthday over the weekend, and S whisked us to U.K’s tallest building in London, The Shard, for the ultimate indulgence: Afternoon Tea with a toddler 😝. TĪNG, located in the Shangri-La Hotel is situated on the 35th floor offering spectacular views of London. To much of #JasperBean’s delight, London looked like legos from where we were.
If you know me or have been reading my blog, then you will know I absolutely adore afternoon tea! I recently went to an afternoon tea class learning how to make those little yummies too! Just think about it, the fresh bread and fillings, scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam and then to top it off, the beautiful desserts and pastries all washed down with an extensive range of fragrant leafy teas of your choice or wine (at an additional cost). I couldn’t possibly choose which menu to go for, so we sampled both the Traditional English Tea and Asian Inspired Afternoon Tea.
What was on the menu?
Traditional English Afternoon Tea
- Smoked Salmon with dill and crème fraîche
- Roast Angus Beef with grain mustard and onion jam
- Honey Roast Ham with tomato chutney and watercress
- Organic Duck egg with mayonnaise and truffle
- Vintage Chedder with piccalilli
- Classic plain scone
- Golden raisin scone
- English clotted cream and strawberry jam
- Yuzu praline macaron with caramalised hazelnut, marmalade and black sesame
- Spiced gingerbread, pear mousse and caramel crèmeux
- Mandarin mousse and spiced prune compote tart
- Chocolate plaisir (Milk chocolate mousse, marinated raisins licorice brûlée, Pedro Ximinez)
- Cassis violet choux with blackcurrant compote and vanilla crème
Asian Inspired Afternoon Tea
- Sugar cured Angus striploin in a Rendang brioche bun
- Beetroot Cured Salmon with sesame and yuzu on dark rye
- Shredded smoked duck, coconut and sesame in a mango rice paper roll
- Crab tart with ginger and sweet chilli
- Taro spring roll with peanut and chilli dip
- Classic plain scone
- Golden raisin scone
- English clotted cream and gooseberry and elderflower jam
- Vietnamese coffee cremeux choux with arabica crunch
- Mascarpone mousse and gooseberry compote tart
- Pandan exotisme gateau with coconut jaconde and pandan crème
- Mango passion ganache macaron
- Pink guava mousse with tropical compote and passion curd
We were also treated to an interesting lemonade tea, which we didn’t really like. What specifically pique our interest was the box of dry ice that came with it! Needless to say, me and #JasperBean was super excited when they poured some liquid into it and a flurry of cool cloudy vapour started to escape.
The cost is competitively priced to Afternoon Tea’s around the city like Sketch, The Ritz, Mondrian London and Rosewood, with the added bonus of dining against a bretahtaking backdrop of London. Therefore, I think it was well worth the price because although we weren’t on the 69th 0r 72nd floor viewing platforms obviously we didn’t have to pay extra for the view either. Of course, you can book general admission to The View From The Shard starting from £20.95-£25.95 for an adult and £19.95-£24.95 for a child, but bear in mind, you don’t get any yummy scones or desserts included for that price!
Overall, our experience was pretty toddler friendly. The staff and setting was relaxed, friendly and welcoming. We were seated in The Lounge on sofas by the window, so this was perfect for a restless toddler who didn’t liked being strapped to a high chair. There was a generous amount of space for us to move around. We didn’t feel like we were crowded or had to talk over other diners to be heard. It felt realy comfortable, as if we were at home. Which is very fitting, as the name of the restaurant, TĪNG, actually means “living room” in Chinese.
In the photo below, you can kind of guess our table is much lower than an ordinary dining table, therefore #JasperBean can easily reach his hands to the middle of the table and wipe everything off. However, this wasn’t an issue here as our table overlooked London Bridge Station which provided a transport fanatic with an endless amount of train, bus, helicopter and people watching opportunities.
At one point, #JasperBean thought it was the right thing to just lie on the floor in the middle of the room. To my relief, we weren’t located in the main restaurant area and there was only 2 other tables of diners around us, but more to my surprise, the staff and diners didn’t even bat an eyelid and laughed with him as well. As per usual Shangri-La standards, the staff remained calm, professional and welcoming throughout our stay and the rest of the restaurant was filled with the enchanting sound of a live piano session which meant even more fun and dance for my little boy.
My only criticism of the restaurant was that there was a lack of baby changing facilities. I understand that having one of those clunky changing tables may ruin the overall look and feel in the toilets. Therefore if you have a young baby, you may consider giving this place a miss (unless you don’t mind changing your baby on their sofas in the restaurant…). But saying that, there are plenty of baby changing facilities in London Bridge Station.
Fortunately, #JasperBean changes quite easily whilst standing up. So this wasn’t a problem for us because there was plenty of room in the toilet cubicles to easily manoeuvre ourselves. To much of my little boys’ amazement and shock, the toilets were also hi-tech, so everytime I pressed a button and it made a noise, he would cling on me a little tighter and squirm. Of course, a trip to the toilet gave us a chance to catch another side of London’s skyline. I’ve also been told that the urinals in the men’s room also provided floor-to-ceiling views of London. So it’s not everyday you can bare all to London without getting into trouble. 😊
Good to know:
- Afternoon Tea availability: Daily from 12pm to 4pm.
- Dietary requirements can be met, notice preferred but not mandatory.
- A gluten free Afternoon tea option is available with advance notice.
- Menus as always are subject to change based on seasonal availability.
- Prices correct at time of publishing.
- The restaurant also offers breakfast and an all-day dining menu until 11:30pm.
- Halal menu available in the restaurant, however you need to email them ahead and request for this.
- The lifts that take you up are some of the fastest in the world, moving at 6 metres per second, so remember to swallow or have a sip of water whilst going up.
- Address: Level 35 Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU
- Closest Underground Station: London Bridge
Have you been to The Shard or specifically TĪNG? Did you have a good experience or one you would rather forget? Where else would you recommend afternoon tea’s around the world?
Love, MsMamaBean x
All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and are not influenced by any company or people in any way.
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