Spring has well and truly sprung. Lambs are leaping and chicks are hatching, and you know what that means in London? It means everyone goes completely Afternoon Tea crazy! There are few things more enjoyable than partaking in a little Afternoon Tea at some of the many locations around London, enjoying the fresh taste of an Earl Grey and the deliciously sinful flavour of a warm scone slathered in clotted cream and jam. So here at Merlin Events, we thought it was about time we did our run down of the Top Ten Springtime Afternoon Teas in London.
10) For the fans of the Royals, try the Afternoon Tea at the Goring Hotel, where the Duchess of Cambridge spent the night before her wedding. Enjoy Afternoon Tea outside on the Veranda now it is springtime, overlooking the Goring Gardens which are some of the largest private gardens in the capital, and feast on hand-picked strawberries. The Traditional Afternoon Tea starts from prices of £42.40 per person.
9) Fancy getting the full tourist experience? Try the BB Bakery Bus Afternoon Tea Tour for £45 per person. You’ll experience the full High Tea ceremony whilst travelling through London. See Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall whilst nibbling on BB Bakery’s famous mini quiches, sweet pastries and mini cupcakes. This Afternoon Tea is full of quirks and would have been higher up the list if it sold alcohol and had toilets on board!
8) For those counting their calories in a bid to get bikini ready for the summer, Brown’s Hotel in London offers their Tea-Tox Healthy Afternoon Tea at £45 per person. Their selection of savoury delicacies includes the deliciously healthy poached salmon and dill crème fraiche on dark rye bread. Even the sweets won’t make you feel guilty, with a flourless chocolate cake and seasonal fruit sorbet both keeping the calories down without making you feel like you’ve missed out. For a supplement of £5, you can even enjoy Brown’s Seasonal Tea Library – a collection of the world’s finest teas on a seasonal basis. Ask their tea sommelier which one to try.
7) The Marriot London County Hall’s Quintessentially English Afternoon Tea is served in the hotel’s Library Lounge. This once served as the Member’s Library for the delegates at the Greater London Council so is steeped in history. Located on Westminster Bridge, enjoy Afternoon Tea for £32 per person. You’ll need to book at least four weeks in advance though!
6) The Ritz’ Afternoon Tea is the epitome of traditional Afternoon Teas. Served in the Palm Court, guests can sup their Afternoon Tea to the sound of one of The Ritz’ many entertainment acts, usually a pianist, harpist or string quartet. For style and elegance, surely nothing can top the Ritz, but remember, no jeans or trainers are allowed here and all gentlemen are expected to wear both a jacket and a tie! However, where better to spend a special occasion? The Celebration Tea with Champagne is £77 per person and includes a glass of champagne and a special cake delivered to your table. You’ll need to book at least four months in advance.
5) And now for something completely different…the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel is, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, fully themed around the adventures of Lewis Carroll’s Alice. With bespoke crockery, menus hidden inside vintage books, napkins wrapped in riddles and the food delightfully themed, you’ll want to fall down the rabbit hole all over again! Prices start from £38 per person and vary depending on which day you go and what you have.
4) Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is a superb chance to really feel like royalty. With the option of Afternoon Tea, High Tea or Savoury Afternoon Tea, you’ll be able to hand pick your experience, and with over 150 types of tea available to you, you’ll never be quite happy with Tetley’s ever again! Prices start from £40 per person and you’ll be able to wander the rest of the Queen’s personal department store afterwards.
3) The London Hilton on Park Lane’s Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea is what dreams are made of. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, enjoy their freshly baked chocolate chip scones and smother them with praline chocolate spread for a truly sinful afternoon! Don’t panic if you prefer a savoury treat, though; their range of freshly prepared sandwiches that include a smoked salmon with horseradish delight will ensure that you leave happy and fulfilled. Try it with a glass of champagne for £46 per person.
2) Brand new venue, Royal Afternoon Tea at the Riverside Rooms, slams in to our list at number two! Situated in County Hall on the South Bank, you and your friends can enjoy Afternoon Tea at this elegant new location whilst gazing out at some of London’s most iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the River Thames. The Riverside Rooms are arguably the most central of all the Afternoon Tea locations listed here, within five minutes’ walk of Westminster, Waterloo, Embankment and Charing Cross stations. Also includes a ticket to the London Eye!!! Get tickets here
1) Ham Yard Afternoon Tea takes the number one spot on this list. They are famous for their extensive menu which changes weekly to ensure that everything is fresh and in season; this way guests can enjoy the experience again and again and again. Located in the heart of Soho, eating here feels like you’ve unlocked a precious secret that you want to tell everyone you know about! Feast on warm scones in their eclectic eating area with quirky light fittings, distinctive art work and the most extensive selection of drinks at the bar that I have seen and at just £19 per person, this is truly a steal!
So there you have it! I hope you enjoy trying one, a few or all of these places over the next couple of months and do let us know what and where you enjoyed and why. Equally, did we forget your favourite? Let us know so that we can pop by and see what all the fuss is about!