As the most quintessential English of customs, there is no doubt that the traditional Afternoon Tea has flourished over the last few years, steadily becoming an occasion more than just a hot beverage. We’re delighted by the number of restaurants, hotels and other venues offering the quaint treat on their menus.
The consumption of tea dramatically increased during the early nineteenth century, it was around this time that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to have grumbled of having “that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. The solution? A pot of tea and a light snack!
Where else better to experience a true English Afternoon Tea than in the capital city itself. Here are some amazing venues offering their very own take on an Afternoon Tea:
1. Afternoon Tea at the British Museum
Great Russell Street
Prices from £19.50
Housed beneath the stunning frosted roof of the British Museum, the Great Court Restaurant is the perfect destination for Afternoon Tea after spending the day experiencing the rich history and culture of the first national public museum in the world.
Enjoy a selection of savouries and a delectable array of home-made patisserie and warm scones served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
2. Valentines Afternoon Tea at Number Twelve
Spend some quality time with your loved one over delicious heart shaped macaroons and chocolate dipped strawberries, served in the Number Twelve Restaurant, available on the 13th & 14th February.
The Ambassadors Bloomsbury hotel, situated in the literary district of central London, is located within walking distance of Russell Square, Euston and Kings Cross St. Pancras stations.
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
This award-winning contemporary luxury hotel located in Covent Garden, is one of the most important Edwardian buildings in London and is now protected by the English Heritage.
Experience a scrumdiddlyumptious Charlie and the Chocolate Afternoon Tea created by Executive Chef, Dominic Teague and inspired by the hotel’s official partnership with the acclaimed magical musical production of Roald Dahl’s tale, brought to life by Sam Mendes on stage in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and only a two-minute walk from One Aldwych.
4. Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel
From £48 per person
Tumble down the rabbi hole and enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea with a twist with this Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea set in the hotel’s Courtyard Garden, surrounded by flowering trees and glistening fountains, the perfect setting for a magical treat.
Discover menus hidden inside vintage books, teapots adorned with kings and queens, napkins wrapped with riddles and sandwich plates featuring birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks, all playing host to this wondrous affair.
Offering more than just finger sandwiches, you’re presented with Classic Cucumber, Goat Cheese Croque-Monsieur, White Crab Éclairs, all created with specially selected ingredients to delight the senses, followed by beautifully intricate sweets, delicious and generously portioned, a fantastic conclusion to a gloriously bonkers occasion.
5. Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
Dig out your glad rags and treat yourself to a world famous Afternoon Tea, with a luxurious selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, and 16 varieties of tea, all immaculately presented and served in the beautiful Palm Court beneath a spectacular glazed skylight.
The dress code of The Ritz reflects the ambience and style of the different areas of the hotel. In The Ritz Restaurant and The Palm Court, gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie; jeans are not permitted.
If you fancy experiencing one of these delicious Afternoon Tea’s yourself, why not get in touch to find out more about our Wish Days scheme! Private days out for a few friends or family can be arranged by us using our luxury courtesy car. To find out more call us on 01243 871652.