Paramount is one of London’s hidden gems, with stunning panoramic views of the Capital and a prime spot to see the City and the Shard. Tucked away on the 31st, 32nd and 33rd floors of Centre Point on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and New Oxford Street, there are few places in London that can provide such a thrill and relaxation without having to pay for a ticket (although ordering a cocktail helps). The Restaurant, formerly synonymous with breakfast, lunch and dinner presenting dishes that are classics with a slight twist, has started to offer afternoon tea, and it is the highest in London.
Tea itself is offered in two styles, “with leaves” at £28 per person, or “with bubbles” at £42. For those who wish to get away from the heaving streets and unwind over some wonderful tea leaf infusions, or let your hair down with some fizz and cakes, you could not think of a more serene place to do so; looking down on the rest of the world buzzing around like the busy bees that they are.
The selection of tea is extensive enough for those with degrees in the oxidisation levels of individual Oolongs, but not so numerous that a novice would be overwhelmed when trying to find their favourites. The wine list is well thought out, and offered to the table (just in case you want to stick around for a post scone drink) with plenty of classic names intermingling with those for the more adventurous imbibers.
The food offered, like their main a la carte offerings, is modern (no cucumber seen here), yet with a doffed cap to the traditional that makes high tea such a British institution. The savouries, offered by new Head Chef Mark Kay, formerly of Chez Bruce and Wild Honey, are well thought out and innovative with a balance that leaves one asking for more, and the pastries are simply delicious; finding a heavenly point where sweet meets savoury and rich textured flavours are never heavy. Possibly one of the few places where one can finish everything without feeling bloated and in need of a quick snooze.
The highest tea here is quite delightful, and with the views and relaxed yet attentive but never obtrusive service, one could stay here for hours. An experience so good, one would probably want to stick around for dinner, and not just to see what the London skyline looks like at night.
Centre Point, 101-103 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1DD
High Tea from £28 per head.
Available from 3pm to 6pm daily