Free flowing champagne, Christmas treats and a sprinkling of holiday cheer; festive afternoon tea in London promises indulgence and decadence
Words Jada De Cinque
Festive Afternoon Tea at Corinthia Hotel London
Guests to the Corinthia Hotel can enjoy a fabulously festive afternoon tea to match the endlessly decadent decor of the Crystal Moon Lounge from where it’s served. Choose from a selection of seasonal finger sandwiches including roast Norfolk turkey with apple and chestnut stuffing and Marmalade-cured smoked salmon, before tucking into treats from the trolley. Our favourites include a vanilla and white chocolate cranberry snowball and spiced red apple and tonka bean marshmallows.
The Landmark London Festive Afternoon Tea
Hosted in the iconic Winter Garden, with a backdrop of the hotel’s breathtaking 23ft Christmas tree, The Landmark London is staying true to the traditional tea this year with its festive offering. Expect a delicious selection of savouries and sweet treats such as a gingerbread and redcurrant mousse chocolate brownie and a pistachio and cranberry opera cake, all to be washed down with a crisp, chilled glass of Champagne.
The Savoy Festive Afternoon Tea at The Thames Foyer
The Savoy Hotel is serving a plush afternoon tea with all the trimmings. Take your pick of classic sandwiches with seasonal fillings such as roast turkey with cranberry chutney on walnut bread, before tucking into an indulgent cake stand. Highlights include freshly baked scones with winter preserves, a miniature sherry soaked festive fruit cake topped with glistening candied fruits and an elegant selection of pastries including a Christmas bauble of salted caramel cremeux and hazelnut macarons with vanilla ganache and textures of clementine.
Available until 24 December; thesavoylondon.com
The Promenade at The Dorchester
Indulge yourself with delicious Christmas classics in the charming surroundings of The Promenade at The Dorchester hotel. Guests can enjoy a tantalising array of freshly-baked scones, festive pastries and a chilled glass of Champagne.
Available until January 4; dorchestercollection.com
Boxing Day Afternoon Tea at The Petersham Restaurant
Stuffed from the Christmas feast? Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle! This Boxing Day you can enjoy a turkey sandwich with a difference as The Petersham Restaurant puts on a dazzling festive afternoon tea. For a one-off Boxing day treat, guests can celebrate the magical season with a selection of scrumptious handmade sandwiches and desserts. Spoil yourself with lashings of chocolate mulled wine and caramel mousse, cinnamon and orange cheesecake and delightful traditional turkey and cranberry sandwich.
Available 26 December; petershamhotel.co.uk
Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch
Tis’ the season to be jolly as Nobu Hotel London brings a sprinkle of Nobu magic to Shoreditch this Christmas. Their extravagant festive afternoon tea puts an exclusive Nobu-style twist on the classic British tradition with an array of appetising and flavourful plates of beef tenderloin on a multigrain roll with schichimi miso mustard, a tofu bun with truffle tofu cream and pickled tomato, and snow crab tempura with ikura on a shokupan bun. End on a plate of mouth-watering Christmas-themed sweets and cakes. Top picks include a melt in the maraschino cherry and chocolate Christmas tree, a coconut snowball with white chocolate ganache and a Santa Clause whisky macaroon.
Bulgari Hotel London in Knightsbridge
What could be more magical than snuggling up and spending a winter’s afternoon beside a fireplace with one of London’s most decadent festive afternoon tea experiences? The Lounge at Bulgari Hotel London offers a glamorous setting, the warmest of welcomes and a selection of savoury delights and traditional treats. Tuck into mini chestnut and blackcurrant bûche, blood orange verrine, pistachio macaroon and a raspberry and vanilla tart. Pair it with some of the world’s finest teas, sourced from all four corners of the globe.
Available until 6 January; bulgarihotels.com
Image by Bulgari Hotel London