It’s officially #AfternoonTeaWeek (8-14 August) and I honestly can’t believe it’s come around so quickly! Every year I think to myself I will go for more afternoon teas so that I can review them for you but then before I realise it’s December and I’m left thinking how? I recently went to Mews of Mayfair for afternoon tea and OH MY GOODNESS if you have not been there for any type of food – you should! It’s definitely set the bar high for 2016.
The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. The early 1800s it was common to eat two meals a day, an early breakfast and late evening dinner. That’s a long time in between meals and no surprise that the Duchess would become hungry mid-afternoon. What started as a pot of tea and light snack, soon became a fashionable activity.
I honestly tried to narrow my bucket list of afternoon tea destinations – nope you’re not going to believe that bundle of lies… I’ve split London into it’s on list because well there were too many. With so many options and variations on offer it can be hard to know where to start…
The Executive Chef’s at Claridge’s remain faithful to the classic combination of finger sandwiches, scones (served warm) and sweet pastries. But the main event is the tea, Henrietta Lovell, tea connoisseur, scours the world to bring the best delicious tea from the smaller, little known producers. Henrietta works closely with Executive Chef, Martyn Nail to deliver a complementary palette of tea and food. Set in the splendour of Thierry Despont’s magnificent Foyer, inspired by the 1930s’ heyday of art deco, Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s is truly a magical experience.
Served in the beautiful surroundings of The Palm Court guests can enjoy an extensive selection of 18 different types of loose leaf tea whilst indulging in the classic sandwiches, scones and followed by a delectable selection of afternoon tea cakes and pastries. The elegant ambiance of tea at The Ritz is complete with immaculately presented waiters and musical accompaniment from our resident pianist and harpist.
Tumble down the rabbit hole in celebration of the 150th 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and enjoy all the splendor of Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. From sinful scones to coffee-flavoured Pocket-Watch Macaroons, this tea sees the imagination and flavours of a well-loved pastime merge beautifully. Experience one of the five new tailor-made teas inspired by the characters of this beloved story. Also a tipsy afternoon tea is available.
Now there is actually a review of this afternoon tea here at Petite Tea Lover but it was a guest post from one of my good friends and I am yet to trial for myself. You can check check the review >here<
Michelin star-awarded sketch covers two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, just off Regent Street in the exclusive neighbourhood of Mayfair. Enter into a room refined by a curious mind, a touch of humour with artwork from David Shrigley combined with the colour of Wednesday from the eyes of the Mean Girls, pink. sketch has created an afternoon tea menu which is sure to delight, from sandwiches to pastries too that you won’t want to miss.
Did you know that sketch used to hold the Royal Institute of British Architects Library before it moved to 66 Portland Place in 1934? Read more here.
Serving afternoon tea to the cream of London since 1865, the dazzling Palm Court delights guests with a bespoke version of the afternoon tea tradition created by award winning Pastry Chef Cherish Finden (who you might recgonise from the recent series of ‘Bake Off: Crème de La Crème’ on BB2 – I was hooked when this was on!) The latest afternoon tea is inspired by classic Wedgwood collections, with butterflies and daisies, combined with elegance and class. Read more about it over at >Binny’s Kitchen<
2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. So I couldn’t think of better way to celebrate with an afternoon tea inspired by one of his books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. From decadent golden eggs to blueberry brioche and playful flavoured candy floss, every item reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale. Teatime treats are presented with a selection of award-winning loose leaf teas and infusions from Canton Tea.
Note: Afternoon tea is fully booked on Saturdays until 15 October and on Sundays until 2 October
Fortum’s has sold tea for more than 300 years and the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon was opened by HM The Queen and has since become a stylish destination for afternoon tea. The classic bone china cake stand is always layered with light finger sandwiches on the lowest tier, scones, jam and cream on the second and delicious cakes and pastries on the uppermost. Allow a good hour or more to enjoy this most leisurely of meals at the home of tea in London. (my words not theirs :P)
I imagine that you are reading this as a potential tourist to visit London (apologies if I am wrong) – this BB Bus Afternoon tea Tour combines two wonderful tourist ideas, sightseeing and tea! What’s not to love? From The London Eye to Big Ben, The House of Parliament and The Royal Albert Hall just to name a few!
If after that list of suggestions that has left my mouth watering, you are still stuck for ideas then why not visit afternoontea.co.uk? I love this website for new discoveries, exclusive discounts and easy booking online! Where will you go next?
Much love xxx