Afternoon tea is the ultimate indulgence, a decadent pause in life’s mad rush, that’s filled with warm scones dripping with jam, lovely cakes, delicate sandwiches and fine tea. It sets you up nicely for the rest of the day and pleases absolutely everyone from visiting out-of-towners to children to girlfriends.
The Winter Garden Restaurant in the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone in London is a breathtaking palm court with a glass roof soaring eight stories overhead. Our special afternoon tea deal in this gorgeous space is £35.
In Egham in Surrey, The Lounge has a classic ambience too, it’s just that its period is more 20th century modern than Victorian. It’s a sophisticated, open space by the side of the Thames where afternoon tea is served with all the trimmings for £20 for two.
In Knightsbridge, Langtry’s is an Edwardian masterpiece of a hotel and restaurant with bags of history and an irresistible afternoon tea for just £22.50 (£28.80 with a glass of fizz).
The Athenaeum is right on Piccadilly overlooking Green Park and practically within waving distance of Buckingham Palace. Just think, while you’re enjoying your afternoon tea in a classic setting with a kir royal for £27.50, her Maj may be just over the hedge having hers as well.
The deVille Restaurant in the Mandeville Hotel is calling all men to their special Men’s Tea, the only afternoon tea for men in London. Whisky features along with slightly more butch sandwiches, beautiful tea and games from the bar. £23.50.
Apsleys – A Heinz Beck Restaurant begins its special seasonal Festive Afternoon Tea from 22nd November with festive tea cakes, Christmas cake and mince pies plus fresh strawberries and cream.
Prism in the former Bank of New York on Leadenhall Street in the City has teamed up with Pinky and Snow Leopard Vodkas for afternoon tea with a twist – literally! First it’s Snow-Leopard gravadlax on pumpernickel with beetroot, then spiced plum and Pinky vodka fool, tea and coffee and chocolates for £15. Or swap tea for a cocktail for £19.50.
Brumus in the Haymarket Hotel offers several afternoon teas, but we especially like the sound of the Ruinart and Miller Harris Sensory Tea for £35. It starts with a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne, then includes a series of gourmet-baked delicacies and sandwiches accompanied by Miller Harris fragrant teas. Bliss.