For a quintessentially British experience, book one of London’s finest afternoon teasLess
Here, you’ll journey around the globe with delicate bites that reflect the sounds and flavours featured in the novel Around the World in 80 Days tucking into everything from New York inspired smoked salmon and cream cheese on mini bagels to soft petit beurre Natais biscuits; a nod to esteemed Head Pastry Chef Pierre Morvan’s who calls Nantes home.
Afternoon tea has been served in The Savoy’s pretty Thames Foyer since 1889. A pianist plays Adele and Fred Astaire numbers on a grand piano set under a stained glass dome and gazebo.
Serving over 500 pots a day, this salon sits on the fourth floor of the St James’s department store. Expect white linen tablecloths laid with camellia china, a tinkling Steinway and a classic spread.
To celebrate the arrival of spring bringing a burst of colour and life across the city’s parks, this London stalwart pays homage to those first buds with its meadow-inspired afternoon tea.
All pale pink walls, green marble, crystal chandeliers and gilded ceilings, the Grand Saloon lives up to its name. This showy space, in the heart of Covent Garden’s theatreland, is the setting for a Regency-inspired afternoon tea created by baker Lily Vanilli.
Possibly the prettiest place to come for afternoon tea in the capital is marshmallow-pink Peggy Porschen. Snap a photo under its flower-framed entrance before heading inside to tuck into even prettier freshly baked cakes, pastries, sandwiches and scones — each linked to themes that change every few months.
Served in the art deco-feel, bookshelf-lined Gatsby’s Room, this afternoon tea provides a dose of Stateside flavour.
British-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori and his obsession with colour is what makes afternoon tea at this landmark Knightsbridge hotel really pop.
The Goring is fit for royalty and, indeed, Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding. Afternoon tea is served in The Veranda, a fig-tree-filled and birdcage-adorned space which has an opulent indoor-outdoor feel.
Every spring/summer and autumn/winter this afternoon tea, served in the Collins Room, gets a revamp, offering photogenic “couture cakes” riffing on catwalk favourites.