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Published March 19th 2013
Dine at the one of the most luxurious hotels in the world
The Ritz London is known worldwide for its first class service, unforgettable dining experience and spectacular rooms and furnishings. Tourists come from all over the world to view this astonishing hotel and to sample some of their excellent cuisine. Their world famous afternoon tea is held in the glamorous Palm Court, where you will indulge in a variety of handmade sweet and savoury treats, whilst listening to live classical music.
As a lover of sweet treats and tea I have been to many afternoon teas across the country, but nothing compares to afternoon tea at The Ritz. As members of the Tea Council's prestigious Tea Guild their selection of cakes, sandwiches and teas are utterly divine, along with the amazing service you receive. When first entering the building, you will feel like royalty as you are warmly welcomed by the friendly doorman and are immediately blown away by the luxurious decoration and furnishings of the hotel. Before you are seated, take a look around the hotel and admire the design of the entrance rooms. Make sure that you dress up in your finest attire to dine at The Ritz as you will not be allowed to enter without formal clothing and shoes, plus it makes the day even more fun if you have to find something extra special to wear.
Once you have been seated, you will be offered a variety of different teas to try. There is an extensive selection of 17 flavours, therefore it is probably best for each person to choose something different so you can taste everything the menu has to offer. I strongly recommend the Champagne tea, however there is something different to suit everyone. Whilst you are waiting for your tea the pianist and harpist will start playing beautiful classical music, which really creates a brilliant atmosphere.
Take time to look around where you are seated as the Palm Court room has been used to entertain guests since 1906. Their most famous and treasured guests include King Edward VII, Charlie Chaplin and Sir Winston Churchill, who have all dined in this area. Make sure you don't miss the gold fountain complete with statues towards the back of the room.
The traditional English Tea Menu includes freshly cut sandwiches with smoked salmon, cucumber, egg, mayonnaise, roast ham and Cheddar cheese fillings. The sandwiches are served on a three tier stand, which also includes apple and raisin scones and a selection of afternoon tea cakes and pastries. The scones were cooked to perfection and the strawberry jam and clotted Cornish cream it came with was at the highest standard. The section of tea cakes and pastries were full of flavour and were almost too beautiful to eat.
During your meal, the waiters, who are all suited in tuxedos, will go out of their way to make your time at The Ritz unforgettable. Half way though your meal a selection of cakes will also be served on a cake trolley, so make sure you don't fill yourself up too much too quickly.
If you are celebrating a birthday, it is strongly advised that you let the staff know when you book. The waiters will bring the birthday boy or girl a small birthday cake with candles and champagne, which is just the icing on the cake. Don't worry, you can ask for this small cake to take away if you already have had far too much sweet food for the day. On holidays such as Easter, The Ritz also have a special Easter afternoon tea for children. This includes Easter inspired cakes and each child will also receive a chocolate Easter egg and Ritz teddy.
At £45 per head you may think twice about booking a table for afternoon tea, but I strongly recommend that you do. This is an experience which is a perfect treat for someone special or for a special occasion. You will be waited on hand and foot and feel just like the rich and famous. The palace-like interior, exceptional staff, food and live music are the perfect combination to make your day an unforgettable one.