London is an incredible city and whether you live in the capital or you are a tourist, it is a place to head for those special occasions or just to reconnect with some old friends. One of the best things about the city is the huge selection of incredible restaurants, bars and café’s – you are really spoilt for choice. But where are the best places to go for afternoon tea?
In the heart of Mayfair you will find a mix of large designer shops and smaller boutique sellers in the mews. Nestled in one of the hidden courtyards you will find Hush one of London’s most popular eating destinations. Hush runs some amazing events in it’s gorgeous courtyard including ‘classics in the courtyard’ where diners can share an evening together watching the golden oldies of screen. If you are looking for something different then try their Gin and Jam Afternoon Tea. You can expect elegant finger sandwiches, delicious warm scones and macaroons all served alongside a selection of loose leaf teas. Of course you are probably wondering where the gin comes in? You can select one of Hush’s many Gins to enjoy alongside your tea! Call up the girls, chuck on your denim jacket and make the most of the warmer weather by sitting outside and watching the world go by.
One of the best places to visit is Liberty’s, no London visit is complete without it. This famous department store is home to Cafe Liberty where you can enjoy a fantastic Afternoon tea. Served daily between 3 and 6pm or all day on Sunday, take the time to explore the incredible products dotted around the beautiful building, then head upstairs where the cafe has recently been refurbished and enjoy a glass of Perrier Jouët, selection of finger sandwiches, afternoon tea pastries & treats, plain or fruit scone, strawberry jam, Cornish clotted cream and freshly brewed tea or coffee which is available to buy in store.
For all out glamour then how can you not put on the Ritz? Serving afternoon tea since 1906, it is built into the heritage of the hotel. Service will be impeccable and you will have the opportunity to sample a little slice of royalty. Finger sandwiches with smoked salmon alongside apple and raisin scones and a plethora of little cakes on a tiered stand. Of course one is expected to dress for tea so bear in mind jeans, sportswear trainers are forbidden – but just think of it as an excuse to put on a cute tea dress! Whilst in the Ritz it’s worth taking a look around for some of it’s hidden secrets. Beyond a glass wall in the main hall you will find a man at a desk. If you request a visit to the cigar lounge, he will push open the door and you will be whisked off to a secret club. Very exclusive, only those who know, know. Whilst cigars may not be your thing, it’s worth heading down just for the experience.
Where’s your favourite place to enjoy an afternoon tea in London? Wherever you go next enjoy your tea!