Enjoy a new take on tradition with these fun, unusual and new afternoon teas in London. From anti-gravity to Peter Rabbit, expect the best of British with a twist…
Words Georgie Rutherford
Our pick of new afternoon teas in London
FRIDA KAHLO-INSPIRED AFTERNOON TEA AT THE LANESBOROUGH
To celebrate one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, The Lanesborough has gone above and beyond with its latest culinary offering. Inspired by the colours, shapes and textures of the life of the Mexican artist, the Frida Kahlo-inspired tea offers a playful twist on the traditional Lanesborough afternoon tea with passion fruit and raspberry eclairs, a margarita baba, a Mexican chocolate tartlet and more. Feasting begins with a taste of Agua de Jamaica, the classic Mexican water flavoured with hibiscus, and can be washed down with a Mexican spiced hot chocolate.
£39 per person or £49 per person with a margarita or a glass of Champagne. For more information or to book visit the-lanesborough/frida-kahlo or call +44 (0) 20 7259 5599
ACQUA DI PARMA AFTERNOON TEA AT BAGLIONI HOTEL LONDON
To celebrate this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, Baglioni Hotel London is partnering with iconic fragrance brand Acqua di Parma to create a unique afternoon tea like no other. Inspired by the fresh and elegant, citrus-based Colonia that has been seducing customers for over 100 years, the tea features a selection of scones and sandwiches with an Italian twist and colourful treats based on the scent’s ingredients and complex bouquet. Highlights from Chef Alberto Rossetti’s creative menu include Colonia Lemon Cake, Lavender Meringue and Bergamot Cream and a Floral Verbena and Lime Zest Panna Cotta with Rose Coulis.
The Acqua di Parma Afternoon Tea is available for the month of May at Baglioni Hotel London from £47 per person. Every guest enjoying the Acqua di Parma Afternoon Tea will also be treated to a luxury sample of Colonia. For booking and for further information call 020 7368 5900 or visit baglionihotels.com
EASTER AFTERNOON TEA AT THE ARCH LONDON
The Arch London will be serving an egg-tra special Easter Afternoon Tea featuring all the classics plus a tantalising selection of sweet treats. Guests can tuck into scones and sandwiches, before indulging in the likes of triple chocolate and maraschino cherry tart, white chocolate and lemon curd swiss roll, chocolate and blood orange tea cake and milk chocolate and tonka bean mousse with peanut brittle. The chic Easter afternoon tea will be served from 26 March until 2 April 2018 between Noon and 7pm and is priced at £28 per person or £39 with a glass of Taittinger Champagne. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the hotel’s stunning Martini Library, stylish restaurant or chic Salon de Champagne.
BALTHAZAR X FLOWERBX
Following Balthazar’s hugely successful afternoon teas of past, comes a brand new collaboration that is bound to take both the food and fashion industry by storm. Balthazar is collaborating with FLOWERBX, a partnership that will make afternoon tea as beautiful as it is delicious. Diners will be able to enjoy cakes in the shape of colourful seasonal blooms, in gorgeous FLOWERBX hues such as Sky Blue Hydrangea, Petal White Anemone and the newly introduced deep red Balthazar Rose. Make sure you treat yourself to the FLOWERBX Fizz cocktail, the perfect accompaniment to the floral flavours of the cakes.
EASTER TEA AT ROYAL LANCASTER LONDON
Why not satisfy the sugar cravings with an egg-stra special afternoon tea at Royal Lancaster London. Their offering perfectly fuses afternoon tea and Easter with the hotel’s famous Hot Cross Scones, served with hedgerow fruit jam, homemade strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream. The chefs will also be serving classic sandwiches such as home smoked maple-cured salmon pinwheels alongside prawn cocktail tartlets with a spoonful of Caviar. It’s the perfect Easter outing for all the family.
ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN AFTERNOON TEA AT 108 BRASSERIE
Set in the heart of bustling Marylebone, 108 Pantry has launched its English Country Garden Afternoon Tea. The quintessentially British tea has been designed to encapsulate an idyllic English country garden. The menu is inspired by authentic British cuisine and embraces the four seasons. Highlights include coronation chicken tartlet, smoked salmon on Guinness bread and poppy seed and orange blossom scones. From grass meadow serving boards to fork and spade fashioned cutlery, guests are sure to be transported away from the office and into a typical English garden.
GRAVI-TEA AT SKLON
An out-of-this-world afternoon tea has landed on London’s Southbank. Inspired by the forces and solar system that surrounds us, Skylon’s Gravi-Tea invites guests on an edible journey through the galaxy and immerses them in a Milky Way of sweet treats. Expect Jupiter cake, rocks of the universe and cosmos mini choux. To bring you back down to earth, there is also an elegant selection of sandwiches including avocado crème fraiche and artichoke and egg mayonnaise. Skylon is the ultimate destination to celebrate the English tradition with a twist.
PETTER RABBIT AFTERNOON TEA AT FLEMINGS MAYFAIR
Hop to Flemings Mayfair and nibble your way through their brand-new Peter Rabbit-themed afternoon tea in celebration of the eagerly anticipated film. Enjoy sweet treats inspired by Peter’s favourite vegetable patch along with a Champagne Devaux botanical cocktail. The menu has been created by Michelin-awarded chef Shaun Rankin and kicks off with a refreshing chilled tomato gazpacho, followed by an array of delicate sandwiches and delicious petit fours. Where better to celebrate the revival of the classic tale than at the quintessentially British luxury hotel.
SHERATON GRAND PARK LANE X LOCK & CO.
Sheraton Grand Park Lane has teamed up with the world’s oldest hat shop, Lock & Co., to create a one-of-a-kind afternoon tea. Served in the iconic hotel’s Art Deco lounge, the tea celebrates 240 years of millinery excellence with pastries inspired by the world’s most recognisable hats such as the bowler and the fedora; there is a true theatricality to the delivery. The menu will also feature traditional fluffy Victoria Sponge and a tempting sandwich selection including smoked salmon with herb cream cheese and capers, and maple roasted gammon with apple chilli jam.
THE DORCHESTER AT THE RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
For the third year running, The Dorchester will return to the RHS Chelsea Flower show to serve a quintessentially British morning afternoon tea. The Drawing Room will feature finger sandwiches, warm scones, a glass of chilled champagne and four new pastries created especially for the Flower Show, while beautiful seasonal blooms will be displayed by in-house designer florist for The Dorchester, Philip Hammond to evoke an essence of the glamour that the hotel exudes. The Dorchester Bar will also be serving a curated menu of four floral cocktails including, Her Majesty’s Cup, created with The Dorchester’s own Old Tom Gin and served from a bespoke and classic English teapot.
TRAVEL THROUGH TIME AT THE CHELSEA HARBOUR HOTEL
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel has created a special Travel Through Time Afternoon Tea in partnership with Whittard of Chelsea, taking guests on a journey through the history of afternoon tea. The delicious menu includes finger sandwiches filled with classic and contemporary delights such as coronation chicken, a sandwich created in 1953 specifically for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation and brie and purple piccalilli, a quirky take on the classic British teatime treat. All will be served on a bespoke, time machine-inspired afternoon tea stand complete with dry ice making for a truly magical experience.