A Festive Afternoon Tea dans Paris

Paris Architecture, Juliet Balcony and grey slate roof

On Sunday morning, we woke up to the most beautiful room service spread. My favourite pastries on beautiful silver trays and delicious smelling sausages that wafted into the bedroom as Ben opened the door. 

Man lifting up silver platter to reveal hot food standing in hotel room

plate of sausages and bacon

Blonde girl in dressing gown lifting up silver platter to reveal hot food.

Basket of patisserie on white table cloth

room service breakfast with silver platters at the Warwick Hotel Westminster

Warwick Hotel Westminster orange juice at breakfast with paper over the top

Basket of patisserie on white table cloth at hotel westminster, paris

Flatlay of room service breakfast with patisserie in the centre and tea around at hotel westminster, paris

I have to admit that I ate all the pastries in that little wicker basket. Ben and I lounged on the sofa with our dressing gowns wrapped around us and slurped on our cups of tea and orange juice. I’ve never had breakfast as room service before, so it was a real luxury treat. The spread was incredible and we felt like absolute royalty. 

I’m one of these annoying people that always feel as though I’m a bit of a burden in hotels. I’ll always tidy up before I leave and make sure I make the bed, so ordering room service always feels like I’m creating work for someone else and I always feel guilty. But then again maybe that’s the point, it’s supposed to be a treat and definitely felt like one at Hotel Westminster

We spent the morning rushing around Paris making the most of the beautiful Parisian architecture shooting some outfits and exploring the beauty, before nipping back to the hotel for a quick change. 

We left once more and made our way to the Peninsula Hotel. A few weeks before, we had afternoon tea at the Peninsula in Hong Kong, so we were really looking forward to seeing how one of the newer hotels in the chain would compare. 

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea Menu

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea flower

The Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Lobby

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, decorations

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea table

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Lobby at Christmas time with Christmas Tree

With Christmas in the air, the entire Hotel was transformed into the most beautiful festive wonderland. Beauty-wise, The Peninsula Paris was winning over The Peninsula Hong Kong. The trees are the kind that you dream of having space for in your home one day, decorated with classic colours to really emphasise the stunning hotel decor. I know now, without doubt that Paris does Christmas more beautifully than anywhere I have ever travelled. 

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, Silver Tea Pot

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, Silver Tea Pot pouring tea in cup

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea in the lobby

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, Katie Matthews - blonde girl in red dress at afternoon tea

pink champagne being poured into Champagne flute

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea in the lobby, chandelier

We were seated in the restaurant, champagne poured, and feeling incredibly relaxed.

After walking around in the freezing cold all day, we welcomed the steaming china cups of tea as our fingers started to thaw out. 

A delicious glass of their pink bubbles for me and a sharper glass of Brut for The Gentleman, before the main event arrived. 

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea Champagne

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, champagne in flute

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, Finger Sandwiches

Delicate sandwiches – Foie Gras on toasted foccacia bread, an homage to the croc monsieur – two slices of granary bread filled with egg mayonnaise and topped with more, a cheese and apple savoury side and finally an inside out cucumber sandwich. Cucumber in the middle and philly on the top. Each little morsel beautiful and done with such intricacy to create the most delicate mouthful. 

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, cakes

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, cakes

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, cakes

Scones were skipped in the afternoon tea, in favour of some creamy cakes and bites. Usually I savour the scones as a great middle ground breaking up the savoury sandwiches and the sweet cakes, so the cream cakes were quite a lot to eat on top of everything else – and I have a particularly sweet tooth. 

Regardless, the cakes were delicious – the meringue pieces were especially spectacular. I’ve never had such a little meringue that managed to be the perfect balance of crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside. 

I usually have to stay away from the creamier cakes as my stomach doesn’t really agree with them, so I let The Gentleman be just that and have the middle tier plate of cakes.

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, cakes and sandwiches

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, cakes

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, cakes

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, cakes

Moving onto the top tier, two stolen-like cakes. Fruit and heavy sponge cake dusted with icing sugar. A rice crispy cake topped with sweets, a puff pastry base and caramel chocolate top covered in nuts and sugared fruit. Finally, the showstopper; a giant Ferrero Rocher Bauble on a base of red velvet sponge. Absolutely incredible. 

During our afternoon tea, a local (all female) school choir glided into the Lobby and started signing the most beautiful Christmas Carols. All the usual songs, but in French. They reminded me of the all girls school from Harry Potter with all their grace and their beautiful hats, capes and gloves.

I still would have preferred the scones to the cream cakes, but it was a delicious afternoon tea. We were both obscenely full, but there was no time for rest as the hotel had organised a tour for us to see the rest of the building. 

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Afternoon Tea, Katie Matthews, Blonde girl wearing red dress sipping champagne

The Paris Peninsula is a brand new hotel in a 19th Century shell. A stunning cream building with slate roofing looking over the Arc de Triomphe and the Tour Eiffel. At night, sitting in the roof top restaurant, the view is one of the most romantic in the whole of the city. With prices that are entirely more affordable than most good restaurants, you’ll have to book well in advance to secure a spot at L’Oiseau Blanc

L'oiseau Blanc, Peninsula Hotel, Paris at night time

L'oiseau Blanc, Peninsula Hotel, Paris

Our guide proudly showed us the Grand Premier Suite; the most beautiful room I’ve ever seen complete with living room, walk in wardrobe, beautiful marble bathroom and huge bed. If you could imagine the perfect Monochrome Parisian apartment, this would be it.

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Living room

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Bed

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Bathroom

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Bedroom

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Bathroom

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Bedroom

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Living room

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, living room

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Walk in wardrobe

Grand Premier Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Paris, bathroom

I did enquire – but at 3,500 euros per night, for now at least, it’s a little out of our price range. 

Still, there are plenty more restaurants and bars in the hotel as well as more reasons to visit. You could just sit in the huge atrium for an afternoon, people watching and listening to the beautiful pianist, while the light starts to fade. 

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Reception

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Reception

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Reception

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Reception, Girl standing on grand staircase wearing red dress and heels

Of course, if you’d rather feel more at home, the gentleman could always retire to the smoking room, while the ladies to the wine room. 

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Cigar and Whiskey room

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Cigar and Whiskey room

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Cigar and Whiskey room

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Cigar and Whiskey room

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Cigar and Whiskey room

If you’d like to arrange a special occasion, well, there’s even a room for that too! 

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Private dining room

Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Private dining room

Before our afternoon tea, we had seen some beautiful horses standing outside the hotel, attached to a carriage. We made an inquiry and were told that the horses and carriage were for use of the hotel guests. Unfortunately, we were ten minutes too late, otherwise they would have made an exception for us to have a night time ride. Instead, we made sure we took some snaps with the huge Christmas tree, before being swallowed into the night time. 

Blonde girl, Katie Matthews, Kalanchoe, standing on staircase at Peninsula Hotel Paris

Blonde girl, Katie Matthews, Kalanchoe, standing by Christmas Tree at Peninsula Hotel Paris

For those of you here for the fashion, you may have spotted my gorgeous red crochet dress. The Exquisite Lace Dress* is by Kaleidoscope, a relatively new brand to me, but one I’m very glad I discovered.

Kaleidoscope thought I might like the dress as well as some of their shape wear*. Both pieces came in perfectly for our afternoon tea, keeping everything neatly aligned as every single cake was devoured with not even a teeny bump as evidence. You can shop the entire Kaleidoscope Occasion Dress collection here – let me know what you think! It was my first time ever wearing shape wear and after initially panicking that I was going to get my waist stuck in a hole only just big enough for my ankle, I settled into the ‘Bridget Jones knickers’ and actually ended up really loving them! 

I would highly recommend them for occasions where you’d love that extra little help, but don’t have time to lose a few pounds. I’ll definitely be wearing them again soon!

Couple, Katie Matthews and Ben Heath, Kalanchoe, standing by Christmas Tree at Peninsula Hotel Paris

Blonde girl, Katie Matthews, Kalanchoe, standing by Christmas Tree at Peninsula Hotel Paris

Just passers by in the beautiful city. 

Eiffel Tower, Tour Eiffel, Paris at night time

Arc de Triomphe, Paris at night

Paris Street at Christmas

Merry-go-round in Paris at Christmas time, at night

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