12 days of festive fun – 8. Make time for tea

There’s no better time of year to indulge in the ultimate British treat – afternoon tea. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, whether you’re spoiling relatives or catching up with out-of-town friends. In December, London’s top tearooms step it up a notch with delicious festive teas. Here are some of the best.

12 Days of Christmas Tea at the Wellington Lounge.

12 Days of Christmas Tea at the Wellington Lounge.

Wellington Lounge, Mayfair – Inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas, the tea menu at the InterContinental Park Lane this year includes a partridge and morel mushroom pie (sorry, no pear tree!), choux bun swans a-swimming, a dark chocolate drum, and a ‘golden ring’ treacle tart.

The Lobby Lounge, Charing Cross – At the stunning Corinthia Hotel near Trafalgar Square, the award-winning Lobby Lounge is serving dainty  roast turkey and stuffing sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and festive fancies shaped like snowmen and Father Christmas.

Bond & Brook, Mayfair – For an indulgent treat after a morning of shopping, head for this hidden gem at Fenwick on New Bond Street where you can enjoy Christmas cake pops and clementine jelly, washed down with Tea Palace’s special Christmas blend.

BB Bakery, Covent Garden – In the heart of Covent Garden, pop into this gorgeous girly café for smoked salmon blinis, cupcakes, candy cane macarons and more. It’s perfect for a pre-theatre feast.

The Athenaeum, Mayfair – This Tea Guild award winner (‘Best Afternoon Tea in London 2012’) has put together a menu full of Christmas flavours, from cranberry and allspice scones to mulled wine jellies and a cake trolley laden with stollen, yule logs and whisky-laced fruit cake.

Need more inspiration? Check out our Afternoon Tea page or ask our experts on twitter. If you’re looking for something a little different, take a look at our round up of teas with a twist.