There was also tea, there was definitely tea, and given that this was a specially-branded Gentleman's Afternoon Tea, there was also a choice of an ale flight, or a whisky flight. Though the ale choice we were served - Bishop's Finger, Old Speckled Hen & Guiness - felt a little pedestrian, the whisky list at least sounded a bit more interesting, with a Scapa 14 year old from Orkney, an Auchentoshan Three Wood and a Glenmorangie 18 year old on offer. Towards the end of proceedings, there was also a rather left-field bacon scone, which is exactly as confusing as it sounds, though it turns out to be pleasant enough if you think of it as a savoury snack rather than a scone. And then, after a glass of iced water, we were thrust back out into the Kensington sunlight for the walk to the tube, for even at just shy of £50 you don't get to keep your seat forever.
For more, see http://www.milestonehotel.com/bar-and-dining/afternoon-tea
Disclaimer: We didn't pay for our afternoon tea, and your author only agreed to go as the invitation came from a friend. PR people, please do not send constant afternoon-tea related emails, as they will be largely ignored.