The area around Victoria Station has been going through refurbishments for a while. There is a really cool area with lots of restaurants just north of the station, and Aster is probably one of the most glamorous of the options there. Owned by the same group who have Bluebird in Chelsea, Aster is a Scandinavian restaurant, spread across two floors, and looking out over Victoria. Inside the décor is traditional yet modern, it feels like the restaurant has been there for a while, though it only opened in 2017. Walking up the stairs to the first floor bar area, I felt like Nordic royalty attending a ball, ready for my feast of the best fish dishes and cocktails Scandinavia had to offer.
I was there for a cocktail making master class followed by Afternoon Tea. Rob the barman was really charming and showed us how to make two signature Aster cocktails. He was clearly really passionate about his cocktails, and this came through in the taste, they were delicious!
The Nordic afternoon tea which followed was really interesting. A quite different experience to the traditional British afternoon tea, the menu was largely fish based, featuring everything from crab to rye. It was really fun to try out some different flavours, and the compulsory sweet treats for dessert were delicious. I particularly loved the Sea Buckthorn Macaroon.
For £15 per person I think this is a great value Afternoon Tea option in central London. Aster seemed very diverse and would be a great place for evening cocktails as well as lunch or dinner.