We’ve rounded up our pick of London’s best afternoon teas. From masterclasses to fashion-inspired teas, expect the best of British with a twist…
By Annabel Fuller, Victoria Peake & Zoë Delmer-Best
Time Stops Here at Hilton London Paddington
Situated near the hectic clamour of Paddington station Time Stops Here @ 146 makes the ideal oasis for any weary traveller who needs some time to replenish and reset. Surrounded by plush seating and stylish flower walls, guests are treated to a generous spread of savoury snacks, scones and sweet treats. Featuring the purest tea from Hope & Glory (also available in cocktail form) and delectable chocolates from Maison Pierre Marcolini, this is an occasion for self-indulgence.
£36 per person; hilton.com
Japanese Tea at Sexy Fish
Get yourself to Sexy Fish Mayfair and nibble through their new Japanese-inspired spin on the great British ritual. The new afternoon tea infuses time-honoured classic elements with seasonal Japanese ingredients. Complete with an impressive fishtail and swirling tentacles, the one-of-a-kind tea stand inspired by mystical creatures of the sea provides a picture-perfect setting for this exquisite tea.
£58 per person; sexyfish.com
Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley
Boutique hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge, The Berkeley has created a special fashion-inspired menu which sees the iconic designs of Christian Dior baked in biscuit form. Inspired by the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A, the carefully curated offering features a colourful array of decadent savouries and luxurious treats, all prepared by the Michelin-starred Chef Alfredo Russo.
£60 per person; the-berkeley.co.uk
Rock n’ Roll Afternoon Tea
The Gore Kensington has teamed up with luxury event planners La Fete to launch a new afternoon tea inspired by the vibrancy of the Rock ‘n’ Roll. Drawing inspiration from legendary artists including The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Queen and David Bowie among others, each item on the menu is creatively named to the theme. For a twist on traditional afternoon tea, try the “Woodstock” Chipolata hot dog or the “Whisky a Go-Go” chocolate heart.
£35 per person; starhotelscollezione.com
Afternoon Tea at Brown’s
Enjoy a tea fit for royalty at Brown’s. The English Tea Room of the iconic hotel is renowned for being a favourite with Queen Victoria and offers a traditional high tea with 17 teas, a selection of succulent finger sandwiches, an assortment of delicate pastries, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. All to be enjoyed with a glass of chilled Ruinart champagne.
£55 per person; afternoontea.co.uk
Crown Jewels Afternoon Tea
Overlooking the Tower of London, Rotunda at Ten Trinity Square has introduced a new afternoon tea celebrating the most visited artefacts in Britain: the Crown Jewels. Made with the country’s finest produce, the menu features classic British sandwiches including egg mayonnaise with truffle oil, coronation chicken and minted cucumber. Sweets include a Griotte Amarena cherry and liquorice macaron topped with a silver jewel and a single-origin Madagascan Manjari chocolate tart with Sansho berry and fresh raspberries, topped with gold leaf.
£35 per person; fourseasons.com
What’s the Tea?
For a playful and fabulously-fun affair, The Perception Bar at W London has launched its glitter-filled ‘What’s The Tea?’ inspired by the decadent world of drag. The bold offering is presented in a vibrant pink cosmetics case with runway-ready sandwiches and a selection of edible cosmetics and brightly-bejewelled cakes.
£39 per person; theperceptionbar.com
Mary Quant at The Pelham
The Pelham has teamed up with the V&A to launch a playfully vibrant fashion-inspired menu in line with the opening of Mary Quant exhibition. The 60’s Mod experience draws on the history of the British designer who has been immortalised by fashion iconography as the originator of the miniskirt to present a colourful selection of decadent savouries and luxurious treats. The tea has been created in partnership with La Fete who have had a hand in the planning, designing and conceptualising.
£40 per person; starhotelscollezione.com
Rose Garden Afternoon Tea
Palm Court at Kimpton Fitzroy London has launched a brand new, limited edition Summer Rose Garden Afternoon Tea in partnership with Laurent-Perrier. Executive Pastry Chef, Thibault Marchand, who was recently named the winner of Channel Four’s ‘Bake Off: The Professionals’, has been inspired by his love of summer and rose gardens in the UK, as well as his native home of France, to create a menu of unique, intricately crafted pastries to perfectly match the delicate flavours of Laurent Perrier’s iconic Cuvée Rosé.
£30 per person; palmcourt.london
Royal Tea at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
The luxurious afternoon tea at Mayfair’s 5-star Athenaeum Hotel & Residences features delicious scones accompanied with Tiptree strawberry jam and lemon curd, and a pastry selection which includes Valrhona chocolate and almond opera cake, blood orange macarons and Manjari chocolate and salted caramel tart. Deliciously light sandwiches are filled with Galvin cure smoked salmon and Cumbrian beef with Coleman’s horseradish on onion bread.
£39 per person; athenaeumhotel.com
Savage Scones at Savage Garden Rooftop
For a non-traditional tea, Savage Garden is the perfect location to indulge – you won’t find a single white tablecloth or finger sandwich in sight. Expect the likes of sliders, tacos, dark chocolate spheres and ‘savage scones.’
£30 per person; savagegarden.co.uk
Bottomless Bubbles at Haxells Restaurant & Bar
Strand Palace is inviting guests to spoil themselves during Afternoon Tea Week with a bottomless bubbles add-on to the traditional high tea. It’s all served in the opulent afternoon tearoom and includes an irresistible assortment of delicious scones, finger sandwiches and delightful cakes.
£35 per person; strandpalacehotel.co.uk
Fancy Tea at the Lyaness
Taking a playful approach to the traditional afternoon tea and keeping classic Lyanfun at the forefront, Fancy Tea is a tongue-in-cheek take on a high-end 80s dinner party with a bold twist and cocktails created by the talented team. Expect an indulgent menu full of bold flavours and 80s-inspired delights that make for an unforgettable experience.
Modern Indian Afternoon Tea
Titans of the culinary world, Vivek Singh and Great British Bake Off star, Tamal Ray, have come together to create a modern, Indian-inspired take on the quintessential classic afternoon tea. Now on the menu at Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden, the bespoke menu brings fire and spice to the traditional tea-time spread and is inspired by the duo’s shared family roots in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Lebanese and Moroccan Afternoon Tea
Mamounia Lounge, the Middle Eastern restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Knightsbridge, is giving the traditional afternoon tea an Arabic makeover with its Lebanese and Moroccan Afternoon Tea menu. Created by Head Chef Thamer Darwish, the afternoon tea pays homage to the ingredients and flavour combinations used in authentic Arabic cooking, featuring a selection of mini wraps, savoury and sweet hand-made pastries and authentic Moroccan tea.
£20 per person; mamounialounge.com
High Palms High Tea
For something truly traditional, The Landmark London offers a delicious afternoon tea served beneath the elegant high palms of the famous Winter Garden Restaurant. It comprises an irresistible assortment of delicacies, 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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