Mother’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate the most important woman in your life than a good old English afternoon tea? Here are some of the best afternoon teas for Mother’s Day happening around London so you can spoil your mum in delicious style…
By Jacinta Andolini
Going out for afternoon tea is a real treat, and with some of London’s most iconic restaurants and hotels offering unique takes on the tradition, the capital is the best place to experience it. From outlandish themes to the most intricate patisserie you’ll ever taste, here are 11 afternoon teas to take your mum to this Mother’s Day.
Beautiful Afternoon Teas for Mother’s Day
Jason Atherton’s recently opened restaurant, The Betterment, will be putting on a decadent Mother’s Day afternoon tea this year, created by head chef Paul Walsh. In partnership with Silent Pool gin, delights on the menu will include Brixham crab with citrus yoghurt on rye and an incredible Silent Pool gin and tonic cake, infused with citrus fruits and white chocolate. As if that wasn’t luxurious enough, world renowned cellist Aga will be performing throughout the service.
£45 per person, thebettermentmayfair.com
Royal Opera House
Just in time for the sold out run of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake performed by the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House’s Piazza restaurant will host an extra-special afternoon tea, inspired by one of the most famous ballets of all time. The menu will include white swan macarons with chocolate wings, black swan current and cassis cheesecake as well as some beautifully curated Swan Lake cocktails.
£45 per person, roh.org.uk
St Martin’s Lane London
The Den at St Martin’s Lane London really is as cosy as it sounds, making it the perfect place to treat your mum to an afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. In the comfy surroundings, indulge in some olive, courgette and feta muffins, sumptuous cheesecake with passionfruit glaze, hazelnut rochers and of course, a generous tipple of champagne.
£45 per person, morganshotelgroup.com
In true Sanderson style, this Mad Hatter themed Mother’s Day tea is wacky, wonderful and decadent. The hotel’s leafy courtyard will be the setting for the fiction fantasy afternoon tea, and guests can expect Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry jammy dodgers, raspberry blue caterpillars, champagne and a special plant gift for your mum to take away.
£48 per person, morganshotelgroup.com
Bluebird Chelsea’s Nyetimber Afternoon Tea is a gorgeous choice for mums featuring all the usual dainty finger sandwiches, miniature desserts and delicious scones, plus a selection of fragrant loose leaf tea by Brew Tea Co. As a special Mother’s Day gift, mums can quote ‘Mother’s Day afternoon tea’ and receive a complimentary Queen’s Road cocktail.
From 26.50 per person, bluebirdrestaurant.co.uk
Kimpton Fitzroy London
The leafy palm court at Kimpton Fitzroy London is the setting for a new afternoon tea designed by the hotel’s expert pastry team. It features delicious sandwiches filled with the likes of lobster, avocado and Marie rose, tempting scones with jam and clotted cream and gorgeous sweet treats like the chocolate and raspberry petit gateau.
From £30 per person, kimptonfitzroylondon.com
The Four Seasons
This year, the Rotunda Bar and Lounge at the Four Seasons presents a Mother’s Day afternoon tea with a stylish twist. Inspired by the Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows exhibition by British photographer Simon Proctor, the afternoon tea is something of a work of art itself. Colourful and monochromatic pastries mirror the iconic fashion house, a perfect choice for fashion lovers with a sweet tooth.
From £40 per person, fourseasons.com
For those wanting to combine afternoon tea with a laid-back activity, Bateaux London is serving its signature afternoon tea with a cruise on the Thames. Starting at Embankment Pier, guests will cruise along the river, taking in London’s sights while tucking into all the quintessential afternoon tea trimmings: fluffy scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches and champagne.
£46 per person, bateauxlondon.com
Merging International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, the Mayfair-based hotel has merged two treats into one. The ‘Ladies who Tea together Spa together’ offers a splendid feast of afternoon tea in the drawing room, complete with warm scones, pastries and sandwiches. Mums will take away a bottle of the luxurious Irene Forte body oil and a special invitation to experience the spa at a discounted rate.
£75 per person, roccofortehotels.com
Mariage Frères boasts the largest tea collection in the world with over 1,000 varieties from 36 tea-producing countries arranged on its apothecary-style 1200m wall. Unsurprisingly, it also does a gorgeous afternoon tea which includes a glass of champagne, an amuse bouche of Croque-Monsieur Mariage, quiche, a salmon pastry and roasted cauliflower dip followed by sweet desserts including violet macaron and a flaky mille-feuille.
£39 per person, mariagefreres.com
The Landmark London
The Landmark London are offering a High Palms High Tea in their impressive Victorian Winter Garden atrium. It consists of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones served with rich Cornish clotted cream and delicious preserves, along with a selection of crafted cakes and pastries.
£45 per person, landmarklondon.co.uk
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