Afternoon Tea At The Amba Hotel

A couple of weeks back I was invited to a glitz and glamour event at the Amba Hotel in London’s Charring Cross. The hotel is situated right next door to Charring Cross station, and its central location is perfect for any visitor to London, whether for business or pleasure. The grade II listed building was built in 1865, and previously housed the famous Charring Cross Hotel. The French-Renaissance style building was taken over by the Amba chain of hotels in 2012, and despite a wonderful revamp, with modern interiors, you can feel the sense of history as you walk through the candlelit hallways, with its high ceilings, sweeping staircases, and ornate fixtures.

We started the afternoon with some champagne, and after a brief meet and greet session with other bloggers, we were given a tour of the hotel. Every room in the Amba Hotel is thoughtfully decorated, maintaining some of the original Victorian features, and mixing it up with bright modern paintwork (with my favourite choice of colours, whites, greys, pinks, browns and blacks). The stunning chandeliers, and paintings enhance the beauty and charm of the Amba Hotel.

After the tour, the lovely folk behind the Amba Hotel arranged for us bloggers to visit the National Portrait Gallery for the Audrey Hepburn exhibition. The gallery is just a five minute walk from the hotel, and very close to Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. Waking around the gallery, I was in awe of Audrey’s natural beauty and glamorous style. The exhibition chronicles the life of this famous icon, from 1929 to 1993.

The tour was followed by champagne afternoon tea back at the Amba Hotel. There was a lovely selection of teas and coffees, scones slathered with clotted cream and strawberry jam, sandwiches and tarts (including a special selection for vegetarians, vegans and those following a gluten free diet) and dainty pastries. All in all, we had a lovely day, and I will definitely be coming back for another glamorous outing.

I was invited by the Amba Hotel for an afternoon tea and exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. I was not obliged to write a review, and all my opinions are my own.

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