Big, tall buildings and afternoon tea two of my favourite things to do when travelling. So when I can combine them I am totally in my element! I pre-booked afternoon tea on the Sky 100 Observation Deck via Viator prior to our trip to Hong Kong. At £20 each I didn’t think that was a bad price for entrance, great views over Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and some yummy, scrummy cakes. As we were staying on Hong Kong Island and the Sky 100 building is located on Kowloon we used our Big Bus Tour hop on, hop off tickets to get to it. This was easily done – bus from our hotel to the pier, ferry (also included in ticket price) across to Kowloon, short walk and hopped back on bus, tour of Kowloon with audio guide, jumped off in the basement of the Sky 100 building. It could not have been easier.
When we got to the front desk to swap our paper print out ticket for a real one we were informed that one side of the observation deck was closed to visitors due to a private party and as compensation we were given a ticket for a free drink instead. As we only had 3 days in Hong Kong and already had the other days activates planned out there was no way we could come back another day when the whole floor was open and take advantage of the 360 degree views. So we accepted our free drink ticket and headed towards the lifts which would take us 100 floors in the air. As this is the tallest building in Hong Kong and you shoot up in less than 1 minute, prepare for your ears to ‘pop’!
The observation deck itself is quite stark – all white with Ikea(ish) furniture. But then again you’re not up there to review the interior design you’re up there to take in the magnificent views. We visited on an OK sort of day, not bright sunshine but then not rubbish either. Which meant we were greeted by quite good views, slightly misty but you could still make out what you were looking at? Floor to ceiling windows mean that your views are uninterrupted. You really do realise how high you are when the cars on the ground look like ants J It was great looking out over Victoria Harbour all the way over to Hong Kong Island and Victoria Peak and even though one side of the observation deck was closed it didn’t spoil our experience.
Now for the best part – afternoon tea! I gave our ticket to the guy at the café who politely asked what drinks we would like and if either of us had any dietary requirements. After we asked for 1 tea and 1 coffee plus to Cokes (our free drink tickets) and explained that I was a vegetarian we took our seats and waited eagerly for the good stuff to arrive. We were not disappointed. Out came toasted sandwiches, scones with jam and butter (although I would have loved a bit of clotted cream), macaroon, rum and vanilla cake, mini panna cotta, cheesecake éclair and chocolate chip brownie square. Even though when it was placed in front of us I thought – there’s not much there, that’ll never fill us – it certainly did. In fact we left one or two little cakes that we simply could not eat!
We then decided to have one more coke each for the road, so I sent Mr ESLT off to the counter with 100 Hong Kong Dollars (around £8.50) and he had to come back for more cash. I kid you not – £5.50 for a can of coke, a standard can of coke! Yes folks, Hong Kong tourist traps are super pricey! I would recommend taking the trip up to the Sky 100 Observation Deck however if you only have time to do either this or go up to the top of Victoria Peak. I personally would choose The Peak. However if you have time to do both, do both as you get different views and different perspectives of Hong Kong….just maybe take a bottle of water with you instead of paying the extortionate prices the café charges! We spent around 2 hours up there and that included afternoon tea, so I’d recommend allocating a hour(ish) if just walking around the observation deck.