London is a hotspot for Afternoon Tea, which suits me down to a T, (excuse the awful pun) as it’s one of my favourite ways to celebrate, show someone I love them, or quite frankly just pass the time. Living in London, I have tried many of the extensive options on offer and I thought by now I had enough knowledge to share the love, on one of my favourite subjects.
Traditional: The Ritz
An obvious choice I know but well loved for a reason. Serving afternoon tea since 1906(!) this is the perfect setting if you are looking for a traditional afternoon tea experience. With a strict dress code and exquisite settings, pop on your glad rags, and eat tiny sandwiches in style.
£54 Per Person
Family Friendly: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea, One Aldwych
Set in the heart of London’s West End, what better way to treat the kids (or yourself) before seeing a show than with the most delicious selection of sweet treats imaginable? To be honest, as soon as I saw candyfloss I was won over. In their own words, taken from their website: ‘From golden chocolate eggs and chocolate caramel milk to playful homemade candyfloss, every item reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl's classic tale.’ YUM. Look no further for the perfect, child friendly, indulgent treat.
£45 Per Person
Most Informative: Fortnum and Mason.
Who doesn’t like a portion of knowledge served with their scone? At Fortnum and Mason that’s exactly what you’ll get. With an optional tea tasting session (£10 extra) and first hand knowledge from extremely well informed staff, you’ll feel like the ultimate professional. And with an extensive tea selection, it’s no wonder they’re her Majesty’s favourite.
Best to treat someone Special: Claridges
The ultimate in luxury, save this for a special occasion, (it’s awfully fancy).
150 years on, and Claridges is still the ultimate afternoon tea experience. With an extensive sandwich selection, as well as the best darn scones I’ve ever had, it’s a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Be sure to book in advance though to avoid disappointment.
£60 per person
Children’s Afternoon Tea: £30 Per Person
Affordable: The Wolsely
I’ve been here for many a Birthday in my time, and as somewhere that has a much more reasonable price range, it’s the perfect place to invite Friends without them having to fork out a pretty penny. The quality of food and service however is top notch and a little birdy mentioned to me that if you tell them it’s your birthday they bring you extra Sandwiches...
£29.75 Per Person
My Top Pick : Diptyque Tea, Hotel Cafe Royale.
It wasn’t just the promise of a Diptyque Candle that caught my attention. The setting is a thing of beauty, it’s the ultimate in luxury and the perfect setting for a special event. With a live piano and a menu to make your mouth start watering, don’t miss out on this gorgeous feast for the senses, available until June 3rd.
£45 per person £60 with a Diptyque Candle
With so many choices on offer, it can be hard to know where to start. I’d say try them all. Heck, you only live once!