Afternoon tea is part of British tradition, the perfect gift for a loved one and a must-do on any tourists list when visiting London. We’ve selected our top afternoon tea picks, from the quintessential British to the Oriental version and even an afternoon tea for fashion lovers!
1. The Dorchester
This iconic hotel has seen a few famous faces or two over the years, and it continues to be a drinking and dining destination for the elite. The classic afternoon tea includes traditional finger sandwiches made with artisan bread and freshly baked scones with homemade strawberry jam, lemon curd and Cornish clotted cream. For added opulence, the Spatisserie Afternoon Tea serves a mini selection of tasty treats in an intimate space- perfect for a romantic afternoon. Celebrating something? Then opt for the champagne version of either and over Christmas, why not enjoy your afternoon tea whilst listening to a local children’s choir.
Located in Mayfair, this exclusive hotel offers an array of afternoon tea options, all taken in the Art Deco foyer and reading room. Made with only the finest British sourced ingredients, the classic afternoon tea consists of a choice of over 40 teas, finger sandwiches and apple and raisin baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and Marco Polo jelly. Champagne versions are of course available, and there’s even a children’s option with fairy cakes and brownies! During the festive period, there’s a seasonal option with turkey sandwiches and Christmas cake.
3. The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea
The Berkeley has innovatively transformed the traditional afternoon tea to a feast for the eyes that’s sure to entice any fashionista. Our beloved cakes, biscuits and pastries have been turned into this seasons must have fashion items. A Burberry trench coat never tasted so delicious! Opt for a tea or champagne option and savour every bite of this culinary masterpiece! A great option for ladies who lunch and hen dos.
4. Grand Imperial
The fact of the matter is, that not everyone likes cucumber sandwiches! But for those of you that want the experience of the afternoon tea without the usual accompaniments, then the Oriental afternoon tea at the Grand Imperial is the place to go. Enjoy oriental delights such as crispy duck salad, barbequed honey glazed pork buns and water chestnut rolls, all washed down with a glass of champagne or Oriental tea.
5. Sanctum Soho
For a true mans afternoon tea look no further than Sanctum Soho. Expect mini rabbit pasties, steak finger sandwiches and chocolate fudge cake with Jack Daniels ice cream among other delicacies. Afterwards, head up to the roof terrace where you can enjoy a complimentary cigar and frothy beer. They also a High Tea for High Heels, including a Sanctum signature cocktail, mini smoked salmon, caviar and lemon crème fraiche bagels and a double baked chocolate brownie.