Afternoon tea at The Peninsula, Hong Kong

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula, Hong Kong

My travel tradition of taking afternoon tea at an extravagant venue in every city I visit began back in 2006 when I visited Hong Kong with my friend Simon. It was my first trip to Asia and Hong Kong had been on my wish list for a long, long time.

The Peninsula Hotel is a beautiful colonial hotel which opened back in the 1920s and is renowned one of the best places to stay in Hong Kong (a night here is still on my wish list!). I love its over the top grandeur and the fact that guests can request to be driven around the city in one of the hotel’s fleet of ‘Peninsula green’ Rolls-Royces!

The Lobby, Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong.

The Lobby, Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong.

Exploring the Peninsula hotel, Hong Kong

When we arrived at the Peninsula, instead of heading straight to the Lobby’s afternoon tea area we instead explored the public areas of the hotel. All around the edge of the lobby are designer boutiques where the rich and powerful can pick up a quick Louis Vuitton bag or new Tiffany necklace if they wish. So after a bit of window shopping we headed up the winding staircase to check out upstairs – and watch the string quartet (The Lobby Strings) play – before heading downstairs and getting seated.

Tea is served!

Tea is served!

Afternoon tea at the Peninsula, Hong Kong

The afternoon tea was a luxurious treat for us at the time, but it was a great experience that I still look back and think about from time to time all these years later.

I dressed up and made a real occasion of it, enjoying our leaf tea, fresh sandwiches and tasty cakes – a refreshing change from the rice and noodles we’d be devouring for the previous week. We also had the chance to have a chuckle at someone other than ourselves – for the past week we’d been laughed at by locals when trying to master the art of eating with chopsticks, so when we turned to see the table next to us attempting to eat a scone with a knife and fork, we had to laugh.

Afternoon tea menu, Peninsula, Hong Kong

Afternoon tea menu, Peninsula, Hong Kong

The food was tasty, the service fine and we had a grand time just relaxing and soaking in the atmosphere – we spent a good few hours there without any pressure to move on, which was lovely.

Hong Kong is a city that of constant hustle and bustle, but when you enter the Peninsula you feel like the world just stops which can be a lovely break from the manic streets outside.

It was here that my love of afternoon teas really began and to this day I enjoy nothing more than discovering interesting new venues to try out. Where’s your favourite afternoon tea venue – I’d love to hear of some new recommendations!

Afternoon tea at the Peninsula

Afternoon tea at the Peninsula


By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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  1. February 4, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    I forgot about the guys next to us eating scones with a knife and fork!
    Also, did we finish everything on the cake stand? I can’t remember.

  2. February 4, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    I think we gave it a good try but might have had to leave some! 🙂

  3. February 6, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    Those are some good sized scones! The whole experience looks lovely 🙂

    • February 7, 2014 / 11:56 am

      Hi Kayleigh, yes it was pretty special, and it’s where my afternoon tea obsession really began I guess! 😉

  4. Ania
    February 8, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    That reminds me a bit of a colonial hotel/restaurant I went to in Borneo – something the tour guides arranged, otherwise we would never have known it was there.

    It’s funny to see that the selection of sandwiches and cakes is essentially the same wherever you go in the world – I’m glad they keep it as traditional as possible!

    • February 10, 2014 / 2:13 pm

      Ooh do you know the name? One day I plan to visit Borneo, so would be good to check out!

  5. Ania
    February 14, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    I have had a look at the schedule from the trip, but can’t find the name. However, I think it might have been in the Chinese village of Lachau in the Batang Ai area. I wouldn’t have remembered, but we went there after visiting the Semenggok orang-utan sanctuary! Nice memories.

    • February 17, 2014 / 8:34 am

      Thanks Ania! Will keep a note of that and when we finally do a trip there (it’s on the ever growing list!) we’ll see what we can hunt down. 🙂

  6. March 25, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    We’re going to Hong Kong in July and I’ve already seen two hotels to visit for Afternoon Tea including the Peninsula Hotel so this review was just perfect! You definitely need to have afternoon tea at The Old Cataract in Aswan, truly my favourite hotel ever location xx

    • March 27, 2015 / 11:30 am

      Glad I could help Kelly! It’s well worth a visit. I’ll look into the Old Cataract, not hard of that one before. If it’s that great I’ll have to start planning another trip soon lol

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