5 OF THE BEST PLACES TO GO FOR AFTERNOON TEA IN LONDON

5 of the Best Places to go for Afternoon Tea in London

5 of the Best Places to go for Afternoon Tea in London – Guest post by Lucy Barnes

 Afternoon tea has long been a treasured tradition in England, and for good reason. Combining three of my favourite things in the world- tea, cake, and miniature sandwiches with the crusts cut off, what’s not to love?!

And with so many places serving their own take on traditional afternoon tea, we’re spoiled for choice.

Writing for websites like The Tourist Trail, I come across a lot of interesting places that serve afternoon tea. Out of the huge range of options out there, I have carefully selected just five of those places that deserve a place on your bucket list.

So here is my list of five of the very best places to go for afternoon tea in London…

 

1.   Claridge’s

Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR

If you are after a quintessentially British afternoon tea experience, Claridge’s is a must. Surrounded by tasteful design with Art Deco features, you will be served traditional English afternoon tea that is fit for royalty.

What to expect:

Claridge’s have three options to choose from: Traditional Afternoon Tea; Champagne Afternoon Tea; and Children’s Afternoon Tea.

Traditional Afternoon Tea

Finger sandwiches

Patisserie selection

Warm scones with Marco Polo gelée and Cornish clotted cream

Choice of 24 loose leaf teas

 £60 per person

 Champagne Afternoon Tea

Traditional Afternoon Tea, plus a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut or Laurent-Perrier Rosé.

£70 per person (with Laurent-Perrier Brut)

£80 per person (with Laurent-Perrier Rosé)

Children’s Afternoon Tea

Sandwiches

Pastries

Vanilla fairy cakes

Brownies                                                                                

£30 per child

Needless to say, Claridge’s afternoon tea is hugely popular, so you will need to book well in advance. We’re talking months. So if you are considering going for a specific date or occasion, make sure you make your booking in plenty of time.

What makes it special:

The children’s menu has been designed so that it can also be used as a colouring book to keep little ones entertained.

Perfect for:

If you want a traditional English afternoon tea experience.

 

2.   The Ritz

150 Piccadilly, St James’s, London W1J 9BR

Feeling fancy? For a more luxurious take on afternoon tea, you need The Ritz. Think golden sculptures and intricate design features. Almost everything is gilded in gold. Even the walls.

Naturally for such an opulent setting, there is a dress code. For afternoon tea, there is a strict policy of no jeans or sportswear, and gentlemen are expected to wear a jacket and tie.

What to expect:

The Ritz also has three options for afternoon tea: Traditional Afternoon Tea; Champagne Afternoon Tea; and Celebration Afternoon Tea.

Traditional Afternoon Tea

Selection of speciality sandwiches

Freshly baked raisin and plain scones

Clotted cream and strawberry preserve

Assortment of seasonal pastries and cakes

Fine tea or Ritz filter coffee

 £57 per person

 Champagne Afternoon Tea

Traditional Afternoon Tea, plus Ritz Champagne or Ritz Rosé Champagne.

 £76 per person (with Ritz Champagne)

£80 per person (with Ritz Rosé Champagne)

 Celebration Afternoon Tea

Traditional Afternoon Tea, plus a Celebration Cake.

 £68 per person (with Celebration Cake)

£87 per person (with Celebration Cake and Ritz Champagne)

What makes it special:

There is often live music from pianists, string quartets, and harpists- the perfect accompaniment to your elegant afternoon tea.

 Perfect for:

Special occasions or celebrations that warrant champagne.

 

3.    Harrods

87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1 7XL

Are you a tea connoisseur? If so, Harrodsafternoon tea deserves a spot on your bucket list. You will have a huge range of tea to choose from, all of which have been carefully selected by the in-house Tea Tailor (which is my new dream job).

Focusing on quality, the menu takes each aspect of afternoon tea very seriously. With ingredients such as black-truffle butter and petits entremets, this is the gourmet way to enjoy afternoon tea.

What to expect:

The menu changes seasonally, but an example menu would include:

Savoury puff pastry with salt beef and Welsh rarebit

Selection of sandwiches

Patisserie selection

Freshly baked scones

Clotted cream and Harrods jam

£55 per person (with tea)

£65 per person (with a glass of Harrods Premier Cru Brut, NV Champagne)

What makes it special:

A wide variety of tea to choose from, selected by the in-house ‘Tea Tailor’.

Perfect for:

Tea connoisseurs. If you have someone picky to impress, Harrods is the place to go.

4.   Fortnum & Mason

181 Piccadilly, St James’s, London W1A 1ER

Fortnum & Mason have been in the business of serving afternoon tea since the 19th century, so they’ve had a long time to perfect it. Describing it as “they best way ever invented to while away an afternoon”, what sets them apart is their tempting Cake Carriage.

What to expect:

Fortnum & Mason offer several options for afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tez

Finger sandwiches

Plain and fruit scones

Clotted cream, Fortnum & Mason strawberry preserve and lemon curd

Selection of individual patisseries

Choice of cake from the Cake Carriage.

£52.50 per person (with Fortnum’s Famous Blends tea)

£56.50 per person (with Rare Tea)

 Savoury Afternoon Tea

 Finger sandwiches

Savoury scones

Afternoon tea savouries, such as terrines and pates

Choice of cake from the Cake Carriage.

£52.50 per person (with Fortnum’s Famous Blends tea)

£56.50 per person (with Rare Tea)

Children’s Afternoon Tea (age 4-10 years)

Finger sandwiches

Fortnum’s plain and fruit scones

Selection of afternoon tea cakes

Choice of hot chocolate, classic blend tea, fruit juice, or glass of milk

£26 per child

 High Tea

Choice of exquisite savoury dishes

Plain & fruit scones

Clotted cream, Fortnum & Mason strawberry preserve and lemon curd

Selection of individual patisseries

Choice of cake from the Cake Carriage.

£54.50 per person (with Fortnum’s Famous Blends tea)

£58.50 per person (with Rare Tea)

What makes it special:

The excitement of choosing your cake from a Cake Carriage.

Perfect for:

Cake enthusiasts.

5.  May Fair Kitchen (Charbonnel et Walker)

Stratton Street, London W1J 8LT

Do you enjoy delicious, luxurious truffles created by master chocolatiers? Me too. May Fair Kitchen has wisely teamed up with Charbonnel et Walker to create a decadent chocolate inspired afternoon tea.

What to expect:

Selection of sandwiches

Sicilian lemon scone

Charbonnel et Walker chocolate scone

Orange preserve and vanilla mascarpone

Selection of Charbonnel et Walker truffles

Selection of Charbonnel et Walker cakes

Loose leaf tea or coffee

£35 per person

£45 per person (with Moet & Chandon Brut Impérial)

What makes it special:

The menu was created in collaboration with master chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker.

Perfect for:

Anyone with a sweet tooth, this is a true indulgence. If you love chocolate, this is the one to go for.

So there you have it, my list of five of the best places to go in London for afternoon tea. If you want some more inspiration for your bucket list, you can read more of my recommendations (covering the whole of the UK) on the travel guides section of The Tourist Trail where you’ll also find plenty more ideas for places to eat & drink.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and buy some scones. Thank you for reading 5 of the Best Places to go for Afternoon Tea in London

Bon Appetit!

Lucy Barnes

Blogger & Afternoon Tea Enthusiast