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: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter: @Chef_Carvalho
For more about Will and his interesting culinary journey to AMS: http://www.41portlandplace.com/news/82/41-portland-place-rsquo-s-head-chef-will-carvalho
For enquiries regarding all your event needs, get in touch with Ali Blows, their Sales & Marketing Manager, via email: email@example.com or via Twitter: @ali_blows
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