London’s Best Afternoon Teas
Is there anything more quintessentially British than afternoon tea? No one can say they have truly visited London until they have sat down at table laden with a steaming pot of freshly brewed tea, scones and cream and cucumber sandwiches. The tradition of afternoon tea dates back to the 18th century when the Duchess of Bedford ordered tea and cakes to be served in her chambers in the afternoon. The idea quickly caught on among the upper classes and the tradition of afternoon tea was born. The practice is still widespread today and we will show you some of the best places to have afternoon tea in London.
ALBION CAFÉ- In the fashionable neighbourhood of Shoreditch, home of the vintage market Bricklane and a great number of hipsters, this café serves typical English fare, delicious cakes and takeaway. In the afternoon, tea is served with homemade cakes and scones, in a modern and relaxed atmosphere. Where: 2-4 Boundary Street When: 3.30pm- 5.30pm
FORTNUM & MASON-This famous London landmark first opened its doors in 1707 and specialised in selling teas from all over the world. Last year Queen Elizabeth II opened the refurbished Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Afternoon tea is served with either sweet or savoury treats, including scones, jams and a range of delicious sandwiches. Vegetarian, gluten free and diabetic afternoon teas are also available. Where: 181 Piccadilly When: 12pm-9pm Price: £40-£48
PARAMOUNT- Afternoon tea in Paramount is another level all together. In fact, 32 floors above the city. Admire the magnificent views of London whilst enjoying fresh tea and scones or alternatively you could try the delicious quiche or the wonderful assortment of sandwiches accompanied with champagne. Where: Centre Point 101-103 New Oxford St. When: 3pm-6pm Price: £28-£42.
BERKELEY-The Caramel Room at the Berkeley Hotel is one of the most select places to enjoy afternoon tea in London. The menu, changed every six months, follows the latest fashion trends, cakes and sweete are inspired by the designs of Chanel, Burberry and Alexander McQueen among others. Their clients include Madonna, Gwynneth Paltrow and the Beckhams. A strict dress code is enforced so dress for the occasion. Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge. When: 1pm-5.30pm Price: £39.
THE RITZ- Why not have afternoon tea in one of the world’s most exclusive hotels? Afternoon tea at the Ritz is an institution which has been celebrated since 1906. Afternoon tea is served in the elegant Palm Court and offers an extensive list of teas to choosse from as well as a delectable selection of sandwiches, tea cakes and pastries. Once again there is a strict dress code enforced, gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie. Where: 150 Picadilly When: There are different sessions 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Price: £45-£59.
CLUB VOLUPTE- This cabaret puts a raunchy spin on the tradition of afternoon tea, serving it up with a Burlesque show. Aside from the excellent selection of teas, sandwiches, scones and muffins are also served. For those looking for something different they can choose to have afternoon cocktails instead of tea. Where: 9 Norwich St. When: 3pm Saturdays Price:£49 includes afternoon tea and the show.
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