Top places to enjoy afternoon tea in London

 

January is upon us and the days are still short and dull. The magic of Christmas is now well and truly behind us, so what better way to brighten up the gradually lengthening afternoons with a little bit of New Year indulgence? Here are our top four places to enjoy an afternoon tea in England’s capital.

Afternoon tea

Claridge’s Classic Afternoon Tea, Mayfair

Price: £50 per person

What you get: A choice of teas, finger sandwiches, scones served with Marco Polo jelly and Cornish Clotted cream, and a selection of sweet pastries.

If you’ve got children with you, they can have their own version of the afternoon tea, which is a nice touch.  You can’t fault the staff here; there must be at least two for every diner and they are all admirably keen to tell you about their favourite blend of tea – there’s a whole booklet of choices. There is usually some beautiful musical backing, often from both a pianist and a cellist. Diners are also gifted with a little tin of Claridge’s blend tea to take home.

Flemings Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, Mayfair

Price: £39 per person

What you get: A choice of chocolate & cream tea, chocolate tea or caramel tea, finger sandwiches, chocolate chip scones, petit fours

Set in a boudoir-like basement, afternoon tea here feels thoroughly naughty. It’s trendy and edgy – quite different to some of the most famous and traditional afternoon tea spots. The range of petit fours and pastries change on a regular basis and are always deliciously sticky. Past concoctions have included chocolate scones, churros with dipping sauce, and classic chocolate eclairs. Go hungry and with a very sweet tooth!

Brown’s Hotel’s Tea-Tox

Price: £39.50 per person

What you get: A healthy selection of fruit and herbal teas, savoury snacks, cakes, fruit sorbet and fruit skewers with yoghurt and honey.

A very different take on the classic afternoon tea, Tea-Tox is an ideal choice for a post-Christmas treat. Special without being indulgent, the chefs have created a menu that’s low in fat and sugar, including items such as poached salmon and dill crème fraiche on dark rye bread, and flourless and sugar-free chocolate cake. If you choose to add a glass of champagne, even that is low in calories!

Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea

Price: £39 per person

What you get: Selection of loose leaf teas, savoury snacks, finger sandwiches, cakes and fancies.

Calling all fashionistas! Whatever’s in season in the fashion world, you’ll find it here. The menu is inspired by haute couture and changes every six months to reflect the latest collections, with a little added tongue-in-cheek. The A/W 2013/14 menu includes such delights as Emporio Armani violet cassis mousse, Oscar de la Renta orange bavarois, and a Burberry Prosum heart patterned ginger biscuit trench with caramel icing. Expect your snacks to appear in the shape of shoes and items of clothing.

Stuart Leckie is Director of Sales & Marketing at St. Ermin’s Hotel.

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  1. Peter Morris says:

    Surely a place for Fortnums? Better value and higher quality than many of these in my opinion. Try the Terrace.

  2. David Arkell says:

    Having done the Brown’s Afternoon Tea experience with a friend, I can highly recommend! It was a truly wonderful way to spend late afternoon following a days sightseeing/shopping.

  3. Kerry says:

    While on a two week home exchange in East Sussex, England in 2011, my family of six wanted to enjoy a traditional English tea. We found that all the National Trust Sites in England offer a lovely afternoon tea fit for a king or queen sized family like mine. We had tea at Chartwell (Winston Churchill’s lovely family estate)

  4. Brown’s is amazing! Their afternoon tea ensemble is just as it should be; cosy, charming and tasty! Do yourself a favor and go there next time you’ll find yourself in London!

    Regitse

  5. Katie says:

    Afternoon tea in the Drawing Rooms at The Ampersand should definitely be in here too – their scones are amazing!

  6. Sharon says:

    Love afternoon tea in London. I particularly like to take my tea in the lounge/bar of the Aldwych Hotel

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