Afternoon Tea at 41 Portland Place

We went to 41 Portland Place, a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian townhouse with traditional period features which is the home of the Academy of Medical Sciences, for afternoon tea. It was fascinating to learn that 41 Portland Place was designed by James Adam (a Scottish Architect) and was the private home of Thomas Gage [British General commanding all British Forces in North America in the mid-18th Century during the opening days of the American Revolution].

While our tea was being prepared, we explored and enjoyed the art works on display. There is also a lovely terrace for when the weather is better (unfortunately it was raining on our visit). We then settled down with  peach bellinis to whet our appetites for the treats ahead.

We tucked into fab salmon, cucumber and roast beef sandwiches; mini-scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam; Battenberg cakes (which brought back childhood memories of my fascination with these multi-coloured cake squares); Date and Walnut cake loaf; and a Victoria Sandwich cake with fresh raspberries and vanilla cream  – all accompanied by numerous cups of tea from a good tea selection. We rounded off our tea with Orange Jelly & Vanilla Cream shots (which had orange segments in the jellies and the cream had pretty flecks of vanilla seeds), and ensured we saved space for the gorgeous Chocolate Cherry Brownies – which had a crusty exterior and a moreish, gooey chocolate cherry interior. Heaven on a plate!

Thank you to Ali, Nikki, Sheeka and Will for looking after us so nicely during the afternoon and for a lovely, enjoyable afternoon tea – one of the best we have experienced in London!

The Academy of Medical Sciences have contemporary facilities and is a great place to hold meetings, conferences, screenings and product launches. All their rooms are bright, airy and spacious.

The delightful food is created by Head Chef Will Carvalho and his team, part of the Harbour & Jones hospitality team. For your catering needs for your event, he can be contacted via email: or via Twitter: @Chef_Carvalho

For more about Will and his interesting culinary journey to AMS:

For enquiries regarding all your event needs, get in touch with Ali Blows, their Sales & Marketing Manager, via email: or via Twitter: @ali_blows

Twitter: @41pp

Academy of Medical Sciences
41 Portland Place
London W1B 1QH

Reception: 020 7631 0200
Bookings: 020 3176 2177

Located near: Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Marylebone

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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