There is something about catching up with the girls while sipping on tea, munching on a beautifully decorated cake, a scone with a generous spoon of jam and clotted cream and finger sandwiches all combined making Afternoon Tea. Here are some of my favourite Afternoon Tea’s for those who want to experience something special in the capital…
The Howard Swissôtel – Temple Place
Tea, London & Sightseeing – all combined making up a unique Afternoon Tea show casing London’s iconic sights as edible shortbread and 3D chocolates, all served in the stylish Mauve Lounge.
The Afternoon Tea at The Howard Swissôtel is truly an experience and good value for money. The service and food get it just right. I left feeling relaxed, content, and full of cake (with a goodie bag to take home filled with the biscuits and cakes we didn’t have room for).
The Berkeley Hotel, London
Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley Hotel also known as “Prêt-à-Portea”, is inspired by the latest catwalk trends and fashion world creations of the season, all served on Paul Smith fine-bone china. To reflect the changing seasons of fashion, The Berkeley Hotel update the menu every six months. When we arrived we were greeted by soft but lively piano music and shown to our table, overall the room had a relaxed atmosphere.
The cakes were delightful and so well created, I was truly amazed. Some cakes and pastries almost looked too good to eat… almost 😉
The Sanderson Hotel, London
After a short walk from Oxford St we arrived at The Sanderson Hotel and were shown to our table, set in the beautiful courtyard garden area. The staff was very friendly giving us a couple of minutes to choose our tea flavour, while another waitress brought over five chilled glasses of bubbles…. perfect to start our afternoon off. I gazed around the room with excitement as I noticed the afternoon tea stands on the other tables, filled with miniature indulgent treats.
The Alice in Wonderland themed Afternoon Tea is filled with fun treats, as shown in the photo above the finger sandwiches come in a variety of bright colours… the green spinach bread was very tasty! There are lollipops that turn your mouth from cold to hot and delicious scones that melted in my mouth. To top off our afternoon the very nice waitress brought us a plate of salted caramel chocolates which the chef had made… there is something about the salted and sweet combination… I am a BIG fan!
The Haymarket Hotel, London
Located just down the road from Piccadilly Circus, The Haymarket Hotel has a very stylish yet relaxing feeling as you walk in the Reception area. We were greeted by friendly staff and shown to our table (it was a round table, which I love because I find them more sociable when dining in a group).
We were served afternoon tea on a modern glass stand including neatly cut finger sandwiches, scones, thick clotted cream and a variety of jams, fruit tarts, moist macaroons and homemade carrot cake. The chef was very happy to change the menu slightly for my friend who was pregnant at the time and it felt like nothing was to big of an ask.
Grand Imperial London -Victoria
If you are looking for something a little bit different to the traditional Afternoon Tea, then a visit to The Grand Imperial Restaurant is a definite must to try the Asian inspired Oriental Afternoon Tea. We were taken to our table and I instantly felt a Feng-shui vibe going on in the room along with the traditional oriental décor. Out came a glass of champagne for each of us, while we read the choices of teas to choose from. They brought two cake stands to share between four people and as the cake stands were placed upon the table the ‘oohhs’ began 🙂
The waiter then began to explain the courses… on the top plate we had fresh black cod rolls, lobster dumplings (these were extremely tasty) and Cantonese pork buns. The next plate had prawn crackers with shredded duck mixed in plum sauce, an alternative way of serving the usually known duck pancake roll (I ate these near the end and the prawn cracker wasn’t as crispy as it may have been if eaten when they the food was served). Sharing the plate with the duck are shredded chicken/rice mix together and served on a lettuce leaf. Finally, the last plate had a green tea crème brulee and egg tartlets.
Overall a delicious and unique experience. This was a good idea and The Grand Imperial restaurant have definitely succeeded in putting this together. I have recommended this to friends to try out.
I hope I have given you some ideas for when selecting your Afternoon Tea in London for that special occasion… Enjoy!