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by Anna S (subscribe)
Writer living in South West London
Published March 14th 2012
The Best Afternoon Tea in London

One of the things we Brits are renowned for is our keen tea drinking, so on a trip to London, why not embrace this tradition and head out for a day of Afternoon Tea?

There are so many offers on at the moment for Afternoon Tea in London. Why not make use of one of these deals ready for the long Easter Weekend in a few weeks and treat your friend or loved one to a fun afternoon out in a traditional London city hotel with minature cakes and sandwiches and of course... tea?

Harrods Afternoon Tea

Harrods - Renound for being the biggest and most prestigious department store in London, why not pop there for a wander and a spot of afternoon tea? Right now Buy a Gift have a great offer on for 58 per person for a 2 hour experience and you can check out the rather fancy menu here.

His and Hers Tea at The Mandeville Hotel

A gorgeous luxury boutique hotel right in the centre of London near Bond Street tube station that offer tea for "Him and Her". Perhaps too stereotypical for some but a fantastic afternoon experience for couples wanting to enjoy this pastime together. Ladies will enjoy a delicious selection of homemade scones, deep filled sandwiches, pink meringues and designer cupcakes accompanied by an extensive selection of teas. The Men will be served with a feast of roast sirloin sandwiches and chicken satay followed by hearty chocolate brownies washed down with your Earl Grey. You can buy this here from 54 per couple.

Tea at The Ritz

Afternoon tea in London at The Ritz is an institution in itself, served in the spectacular Palm Court, the choice of several varieties of tea and a delicious menu combine to make for an unforgettable afternoon.

An extensive selection of 17 different types of loose leaf tea is offered. The traditional English Tea Menu includes freshly cut sandwiches with smoked salmon, cucumber, egg mayonnaise, roast ham and Cheddar cheese fillings. The finger sandwiches are served on a three tier stand, together with freshly baked apple and raisin scones with strawberry preserve and clotted Devonshire cream, followed by a delectable selection of afternoon tea cakes and pastries.

If you go for this one, remember to go in formal dress, no jeans are allowed. A wonderful traditional British experience here starts at 42 per person.

Bond and Brook - Fenwick

Ideally located on the second floor of department store Fenwick, Bond and Brook has ladies-who-lunch firmly in its sights. The elegant mid-century furniture, white palette, flashy pewter bar and framed fashion photography make the venue a stylish stop for shoppers, while its all-day menu has feminine appeal.

The frou-frou afternoon tea is full of dainty sandwiches, fondant fancies and a cheeky champagne cocktail make for a suitably wicked break from frocks and shoes.

Tea at The Dorchester

Of the 3,000 meals served at The Dorchester each day, none receives more attention than the gracious service known as Afternoon Tea. In fact, The Dorchester has been named as London's top Afternoon Tea venue by the Tea Council of Great Britain a record three times in 2000, 2002 and again in 2007. The Dorchester is the only London hotel to achieve this distinction.

Tea is served in The Promenade, a lobby on the ground floor, where potted palms and towering fountains of flowering plants surround plush couches with pillows as soft as marshmallows. Marble columns the colour of apricot parfait rise from the floor, crowned by gilded Corinthian capitals.

Afternoon Tea, Champagne Tea and High Tea all begin with savoury finger sandwiches. Crusts are removed from fresh baked white and brown breads, and the delicate slices are filled with smoked salmon, egg, chicken, prawn and cucumber. Warm scones arrive next, made from a recipe unchanged at The Dorchester for over half a century. They are served with glistening strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream. On the downside it isn't cheap, with prices running from around 40 for regular afternoon tea per person and 50 for afternoon tea that includes a glass of champagne. It's definitely worth it (who doesn't want to order from a tea sommelier at least once in their life?), but it's not really the most affordable way to spend an hour and a half, that's for sure.

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Where: London
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