That's one very high tea!

PUBLISHED: 10:01 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:01 17 July 2013

Afternoon tea at Paramount

Afternoon tea at Paramount

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HIGH tea is a familiar British staple - but not this high!

Breathtaking views of London can be enjoyed while taking afternoon tea at ParamountBreathtaking views of London can be enjoyed while taking afternoon tea at Paramount

In fact the afternoon tea I sampled at Paramount at Centre Point in London’s West End is billed as the “highest high tea in London”.

Just a short train hop from Times Territory a towering array of treats was served, in the literally tower-top restaurant, which sits 32 floors above Soho.

The spread provided a smorgasbord of tastes to accompany the incredible 360 degree views of the capital.

Whether with leaves (£28) or with bubbles (£42), afternoon tea at Paramount was a welcome respite from the buzzing, chaotic streets below.

Afternoon tea at ParamountAfternoon tea at Paramount

As well as the views of the City, the Houses of Parliament and the British Museum below the interior offered plenty to feast the eyes on too with striking interiors by design don Tom Dixon.

On to the food courtesy of new head chef Mark Kay – formerly of Chez Bruce and Wild Honey – gourmet sandwiches included ocean-fresh smoked salmon and fromage blanc on rye pumpernickel; perfectly poached chicken with spring onion mayonnaise on multi-grain; and free-range boiled egg with grain mustard, mayonnaise and cress on toasted brioche.

These were accompanied by a signature quiche of the day and oven-fresh scones served with rich clotted cream and thick, homemade strawberry jam.

And Paramount’s range of teas and coffees was extensive, with no less than nine varieties to complement its afternoon fare.

The bar at ParamountThe bar at Paramount

If you have a head for heights and a taste for tea, Paramount is definitely the place for you.

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