From the traditional afternoon tea with scones to some very innovative selections, you’re sure to find one that suits you. We asked Suze from The Luxury Columnist to round up five of the most luxurious afternoon teas in London to whet your appetite.
Flights of Fancy at St Ermin’s Hotel
St Ermin’s Hotel has many intriguing secrets behind its historic facade. It’s the only publicly accessible building closely associated with British espionage: Sir Winston Churchill used to enjoy a glass of champagne in the hotel’s Caxton Bar and it was used by officers of the Secret Intelligence Service to meet agents.
Their Flights of Fancy Champagne Afternoon Tea was designed by St Ermin’s chef, Adam Handling, who recently won the Scottish Chef of the Year award. Presented in a cute open box, it’s accompanied by a Laurent Perrier “Flights of Fancy” trio of champagnes.
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at The Stafford London
The Stafford London is a hidden gem, located in the heart of St James near Green Park. Housed in an imposing red brick building, it’s got a fascinating history. It was built as private residences in the 17th century, later becoming a hotel where, uniquely, its wine cellars were used as a shelter during World War II.
They have just launched a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, served in the American Bar. It’s a unique place, as the ceiling and walls are covered with baseball caps, club ties and sporting mementoes donated by customers. This afternoon tea is a tempting spread of savoury sliders, smoked salmon sandwiches, quiche and other treats – don’t miss the mini wagyu burgers.
Guilt-free Afternoon Tea at The Intercontinental Park Lane
The Guiltless Afternoon Tea makes clever use of natural ingredients and is free from refined sugar. The staff will happily adapt it for any dietary requirements, including gluten and dairy free. It’s served in the Intercontinental London Park Lane’s stylish Wellington Lounge, which stands on the former site of Her Majesty The Queen’s childhood home.
Recently awarded the UK Tea Guild Award of Excellence, the tea here is excellent and there’s also a guilt free cocktail made from cane rum, lime juice, fennel and agave syrup. The Market Garden sandwiches are all served on gluten-free bread, and focus on seasonal British vegetables.
Picnic in the Park at Dukes Hotel
Dukes London is one of the capital’s most iconic hotels. Frequented by Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond, Duke’s Bar is said to be the inspiration behind the famous line “shaken, not stirred”.
The bar offers an afternoon tea with a difference: a picnic in the park. They provide everything you need to enjoy a relaxing picnic in the nearby Royal Parks, including a hamper of delicious food. You can tuck into such treats as chicken brochettes, poached salmon, cheeses, strawberries and cream. They will supply the picnic blankets, shrugs and even hot water bottles on a chillier day, from £35.00 per person for 2 people. You can also book an exclusive butler service for champagne picnics for an additional fee.
Summer in the City at The Conrad London St. James
The Conrad London St James is located in the heart of historic St. James and Westminster. Behind a 19th century facade which was once Queen Anne’s chambers, the hotel has some unique artworks like “The House Always Wins” based on the nearby House of Commons with Batman and Dalek characters.
Their afternoon tea lounge, Emmeline’s, is a stylish spot with love seats, mood lighting and quirky sculptures. They have taken inspiration from summer to create an afternoon tea featuring barbecue chicken and coleslaw in a roll, passion fruit and coconut bounty cake and mini chocolate mousse cream cones.
Where is your favorite place for afternoon tea?
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