By British standards, the tradition of afternoon tea is actually quite recent. It was the seventh Duchess of Bedford who first asked for some bread and butter, cake and tea to be brought to her room in the afternoon. As dinner was usually served around 8 p.m., she found the wait for lunch to be long and she started to feel hungry around 3-4 p.m. She enjoyed this afternoon snack and started inviting her friends to come and join her every day. They liked it so much that they started making it an occasion by dressing up in their best outfits for this new hobby. And from there, afternoon tea spread and became the afternoon treat we know today. Afternoon tea is enjoyed across the UK, but nowhere more so than in London. This quintessentially English tradition is, of course, the most popular in the capital. For a guide to the best places to try the treat, here are some amazing places for afternoon tea in London.
1. Hotel Saint-Ermin
St. Ermin’s is a hotel that likes to approach each guest as an individual and understands that not everyone wants the same thing. With that in mind, its Afternoon Tea offers a variety of options, including Champagne Afternoon Teas, Vegetarian Afternoon Tea, and even Afternoon Tea. noon for the children. Served in a casual, elegant setting adorned with quirky rococo plasterwork, St. Ermin’s Afternoon Tea features a selection of sweet and savory treats inspired by seasonal ingredients sourced from the hotel’s rooftop vegetable garden. All teas are served with freshly baked scones, clotted cream, homemade jam and award-winning teas from The Tea Makers of London; available Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pro tip: Should you wish to bring your grandchildren with you, the children have their own special seasonal themed afternoon tea menu, available on request every weekend. This must be reserved in advance, as it is not on the regular menu.
2. The British Museum
Under the magnificent roof of the Great Court Restaurant in the English Museum, afternoon tea is served. Start with sandwiches of Wilshire ham and farmhouse chutney, smoked salmon and cream cheese, crowning chicken and celery, egg mayonnaise and mustard watercress before indulging in a delicious selection macaroons, Jaffa chocolate cake, meringue pie, etc. For an extra special treat, there is the option of adding a glass of prosecco.
Pro tip: Have afternoon tea after touring the museum, or visit just for afternoon tea if you want an unusual setting.
3. Afternoon tea on a London bus tour
Afternoon tea on a bus tour of London is one of the most original ways to enjoy this delicacy. You’ll board a vintage double-decker bus and be driven through the streets of London, admiring the capital’s most famous sights while sampling a selection of sandwiches, cakes, and pastries. Guests experience London’s landmarks, history and culture from the comfort of their seats, including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye Private and the Tower of London. And all this while experiencing the most English of all things, afternoon tea.
4. The Rubens Hotel
Feel like royalty for the day with an exceptional champagne afternoon tea at The Rubens at the Palace. The living room offers spectacular views of Buckingham Palace and has a bold red interior that makes for the perfect romantic and elegant setting. Rubens was royal even before he was a hotel. At this location there was once a much larger house, and in 1700 it belonged to the Earl of Mulgrave. In 1840, it was a row of shops that served the palace and its occupants. The hotel only came into existence in 1953. Its location and views have made it a very royal place, which is reflected in everything it offers. Enjoy a decadent afternoon tea experience that includes pastries influenced by the House of Windsor and inspired by Her Majesty The Queen. You can also enjoy unlimited glasses of champagne during your 90-minute brunch.
5. The Montague Hotel
Enjoy afternoon tea in a truly special setting at Montague Hotel, once a Georgian townhouse. Bottomless Afternoon Tea includes a selection of warm plain and raisin scones, cakes and fresh hand-cut sandwiches with classic fillings like egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon, chicken, cucumber and cream cheese. You can choose to sit inside or, if you prefer, you can sit on the beautiful outdoor terrace. Outside on the terrace, it’s hard to believe this is central London!
Pro tip: You can also bring your dog. Four-legged friends are also welcome on site with a collection of pet-friendly services including food and water bowls, a dog gift bag containing a toy, treats and cleaning bags .
6. Brigit’s Bakery
Located in chic Covent Garden, Brigit’s Bakery is something you might not expect to find in London – a French patisserie. Upon entering, the first thing you will see is the cake counter stocked with sweet treats all prepared daily by an expert team of French pastry chefs. This selection includes fruit tarts, chocolate éclairs, cupcakes, macaroons, cookies, scones, cakes and pastries. The full afternoon tea experience includes a selection of sandwiches, cakes, mini cupcakes, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, plus a large selection of loose leaf tea and juice. orange. The venue also has a good wine list if you want to splash out.
7. The Biltmore Hotel
Located in London’s prestigious Grosvenor Square, The Biltmore Mayfair is a luxury hotel surrounded by gardens and greenery. Michelin star chef Jason Atherton has created an exceptional afternoon tea experience, showcasing fresh and traditional produce from across the UK. Afternoon tea is served in the tea room and features a range of freshly brewed teas from the tea trolley or a celebratory glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne. The sandwiches include English cucumber with black truffle, as well as crème fraiche and Hereford beef sirloin with horseradish. The scones are served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry and raspberry jam. Pastries include a milk chocolate and cherry mousse and a pear and cinnamon spiced macaron. Afternoon tea is served Friday to Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
8. An Aldwych Hotel
An Aldwychthe independent contemporary luxury hotel in Covent Garden, offers guests a unique afternoon tea experience. Charlie and the chocolate factory Afternoon tea was created in partnership with the Roald Dahl Story Company, and it’s a sensory experience that you certainly don’t have to be a kid to enjoy. Diners can expect a mix of unusual savory treats like salmon and beet macaroons and spinach roly-poly. Candies are a little more conventional, but just as fantastic. Watch out for the blues with desserts like blueberry chocolate pie and scones with snozzberry jam and all the creams. Soft drinks include the waterfall-mixed chocolate milkshake and the strawberry juice water gun punch. It’s the weirdest afternoon tea you’ve ever had.
9. Hotel des Ducs
Dukes is a five-star boutique hotel in the heart of trendy St. James’s, London. From the moment you approach the hotel you can see that everything is very British. From the Union flag fluttering above the door to the doorman in his bowler hat, Dukes tells a story of British complicity. So you know afternoon tea is going to be good here. Afternoon tea at Dukes includes a selection of traditional sandwiches, handmade pastries, fruit and plain scones, as well as the ‘cake of the day’, all freshly made, homemade and served in the room of drawing. Choose from a wide variety of the East India Company’s fine loose leaf teas and infusions, and toast to true happiness with a glass of fine champagne or even a selection of their world famous mini martinis.
10. The Goring Hotel
This is a very special afternoon tea, because The Goring is the only hotel in London with a Royal Warrant from the Queen and an award-winning afternoon tea. As the holder of the British Tea Guild Council’s Best Afternoon Tea and Excellence Award, The Goring has become famous for serving one of the most famous afternoon teas in the capital city. Served in the luxurious five-star setting of The Veranda, the ever-changing menu includes freshly baked homemade scones served warm with Devonshire clotted cream and fruity homemade jam, delicious pastries, fancies, pies, soft sandwiches and high quality products. tea blends. At The Goring, it won’t be just any afternoon tea, so to indulge, the hotel offers guests the option of pairing the experience with the finest glass of Bollinger champagne.
Pro tip: 2022 marks the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and The Goring will be celebrating this remarkable milestone all summer long with its Afternoon Tea. The Goring pastry team have concocted a special menu to celebrate this very English tradition. With fabulous cakes and sandwiches, this afternoon tea is one of the tastiest ways to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Jubilee Afternoon Tea will be served at The Goring from April to September this year.
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