Jhe long-awaited Platinum Jubilee holiday – a four-day weekend in honor of the Queen’s 70 years of service – is fast approaching.
Community celebrations, royal-themed activities and street parties take place across the UK from June 2-5, with several large-scale official events in the capital: the Trooping of the Colour, the Palace Party and the great jubilee lunch among them.
For those looking for a quintessentially British experience in London during the bank holiday, a number of Jubilee-themed afternoon teas are being served to celebrate Her Majesty.
Here are some of the best afternoon tea experiences fit for a royal.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Searcys (various locations)
Searcys will serve quintessentially British afternoon tea in its restaurants, from cakes in the sky at the Gherkin to the opulent surroundings of 116 Pall Mall in St James.
Guests begin with strawberry and champagne sorbet, served with a specially created Jubilee wafer, before delving into savory treats including beet smoked salmon with marinated fennel and Coronation chicken rillette with tuille de rye (originally created in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation banquet), alongside a selection of sandwiches with decadent fillings like smoked salmon and caviar.
For after parties, cream and jam scones are served, accompanied by a signature Victoria sponge, a royal red, white and blue straight Battenberg, Queen Elizabeth’s favorite teatime cake – Dundee Cake – and a chocolate, cherry and pistachio delight (in tribute to Her Majesty’s love of chocolate). Kids can get involved, too, with a special children’s menu featuring Queen Elizabeth’s childhood favorite, Jam Pennies: miniature raspberry jam sandwiches cut into penny-sized circles.
An afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without a selection of teas, of course; for extra sparkle, Searcys also offers a selection of English sparkling wines.
Experience available on Searcys at the Gherkin, St Pancras Brewery by Searcys, Searcys at 116 Pall Mall in London, more The pump room in Bath and the Blenheim Palace Orangery; from £55 per person.
Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Shard
Enjoy high tea with a view at Shangri-La The Shard, where Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea will be offered through September.
Guests will be greeted by a four-metre-high sculpture paying homage to the Queen’s stamp motif, as well as a display of photos of the Queen and the Royal Household by royal photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas, on display in the lobby . The hotel’s TĪNG Lounge will be transformed into a fragrant English garden with a ceiling of hanging wisteria, the setting for the Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea experience.
A miniature chocolate and raspberry Shard building for two to share, plus a selection of finger sandwiches including beetroot salmon with dill crème fraîche, rye bread with pastrami and mustard and Burford Brown egg mayonnaise and watercress. Flavors such as Mary Rose and Caviar, and Almond Pie with Pickled Zucchini and Basil, are followed by Sweet and Savory Scones with Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream, and other Jubilee-themed desserts:” La Perle de la Reine” (has tonka, vanilla and strawberry cakes); and a Lime and Blueberry Crowned Jubilee Pie.
English Nyetimber wine is on offer, as well as a selection of Shangri-La and Camellia teas.
Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Shard costs £7 pp including a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée or Nyetimber Rosé, or £65 pp without.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Langham
From May 25 to June 26, guests can also enjoy a Jubilee-themed afternoon tea at Palm Court at The Langham.
The limited-edition afternoon tea will include a selection of treats inspired by the Queen’s favourites, with many of the ingredients used holding a royal warrant. Sandwiches such as Scottish Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream and Dill and Coronation Chicken come with a Plowman Cheese Scone.
To follow, a selection of pastries, each inspired by a different member of the royal family: the Royal Mint with mint parfait, chocolate shortbread and cream; The Prince’s Favorite with grilled Welsh cake, peach and whipped ganache; and The Sovereign’s Cake, a dessert to share consisting of crisp Breton, Caribbean creams and soft caramel.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Langham costs £70 per person.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Great Scotland Yard Hotel
Created by Great Scotland Yard pastry chef Verónica Garrido Martínez, the ‘multi-sensory’ afternoon tea experience is offered in partnership with Floris London Perfumery – Her Majesty The Queen’s only appointed perfumer.
Inspired by the flora of Her Majesty’s gardens, which surround her British residences, historic British perfumers have created the luxury fragrance “Platinum 22 Eau De Parfum”. Great Scotland Yard’s afternoon tea reflects this bespoke flavor through an assortment of seasonal tea cakes and delicate pastries including ‘Oat, Honey and Apricot Primrose Hat’, ‘Violet Battenberg’ and ‘Imperial State Crown Lime Cookie”.
Scones come with crème de cassis and blackcurrant jam, while extravagant flavors include king prawn, zucchini, arugula and Montgomery cheddar quiche; smoked salmon, asparagus, horseradish and Avruga caviar on sandwich bread; and duck egg mayonnaise with truffle on brioche.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Great Scotland Yard Hotel from £49 per person; £60 per person including a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Sofitel London St James
Available from May 20 to June 19 (Friday to Sunday), the Platinum Jubilee-themed Afternoon Tea at Sofitel London St James “will celebrate 70 years of the reigning monarch, through inventive interpretations of the queen”.
Curated by pastry chefs Jamie Warley and Andrea Vivien, each dish has a particular symbolism linked to Her Majesty: the menu begins with pot prawns and country bread, followed by Coronation chicken, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches and salted salmon on rye.
Royal sweets include The Handbag (chocolate, praline and caramel delight), The Hat (strawberries and cream, with Assam tea) and The Stamp (pistachio and raspberry opera).
The experience is completed with a chocolate perfection pie and scones served with clotted cream and homemade jam. To accompany the menu, guests can choose from a selection of teas and champagnes.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Sofitel London St James from £62 per person; £72 per person including a glass of champagne.