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The best spots for Afternoon Tea

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Published November 3rd 2009
Afternoon Tea was invented back in the 1840's by the Duchess Anna Maria, who began a craze of inviting her friends to enjoy an afternoon sip with her as a chance to catch up on high society gossip.

Continuing in that time-honoured tradition, here are some of the swankiest places in London to take afternoon tea:

The Ritz. The crème de la crème of Afternoon Tea, where bookings are being made six months in advance. It remains so popular largely due to the unique and memorable experiences offered by the opulent and historical surroundings of the Palm Court and the time honoured traditions of the Ritz.

To set the scene, you can’t have your brew in any old get-up at the Ritz, a strict dress code applies, and if it is not adhered too, you may be asked to leave the premises. The tea rooms are adorned with lavish gold and cream furnishings, extravagant bouquets of fresh flowers and huge glittery chandeliers, which are the perfect accompaniments to indulge in their famous Chocolate Afternoon Tea, which must be ordered 48 hours in advance due to its unique preparation.

Where: 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR


The Dorchester. The famed 5 star hotel on Park Lane offers an award winning decadent selection of Afternoon tea, including High Tea, Laurent Perrier Rose tea (which is accompanied by – you guessed it – Rose Champagne), Champagne Afternoon Tea (accompanied by a glass of champagne or Rossini Cocktail), and of course Classic Afternoon tea, all served in the Promenade Room where you are also treated to light musical entertainment.

Where: Park Lane, W1K 1QA


Claridges. The highly acclaimed hotel and restaurant in Mayfair offers a choice of 30 teas from around the world. Claridges have recently added themed afternoon teas to their menus.

Where: Mayfair, W1K 4HR


Designer Italian coffee houses are on the way out, and afternoon tea is the way forward, so don your best outfit and go and enjoy this timeless British tradition in the heart of our beautiful city.
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Where: Mayfair, Parklane, Piccadilly
Cost: From around £33
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