A trip to London without afternoon tea is a bit like going to Vegas and not hitting the casinos. It’s essential. It should be on every discerning traveller’s bucket list. The downside is that there’s a million and one places to indulge in this quintessentially British tradition and choosing can be something of a nightmare. Talk about first world problems.
Thankfully, you’re in luck. Our experts have handpicked three exquisite venues that tick all the boxes and some when it comes to the very best of British, and with Afternoon Tea Week (Yes, this exists) taking place between 7th-13th August, what better time to indulge?
The Clermont Hotel
Always delivering fantastic experiences and the epitome of elegance and class, The Clermont Hotel provides an Afternoon Tea offering falling nothing short of charm, class and everything quintessentially British.
With locations in Victoria and Charing Cross, the Afternoon Tea experience is a delight any time of year. Served in the Lounge in Victoria and the elegant Conservatory in Charing Cross, guests can indulge in the delectable menu.
Highlights include British classics, such as Eton Mess, Victoria Sponge and Chocolate and Orange Tart, traditional all-butter scones served with English Strawberry and Raspberry Reserve and Cornish Clotted Cream, and classic elegant finger sandwiches such as Cucumber, Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese, Cured Ham and Wholegrain Mustard, and Egg Mayo and Watercress.
Vicinity, The Tower Hotel
With unmatched riverside views of iconic London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, The Shard and Butler’s Wharf, Vicinity offers their guests the Afternoon Tea experience overlooking this sensational backdrop. Served in the iconic three-tiered Tower Bridge tea stand, guests can delight in the classic sweet treats, finger sandwiches and traditional all-butter scones. Vicinity also features an al-fresco terrace – the perfect place to relax with an Afternoon Tea during the summer months.
The Royal Horseguards Hotel
To mark this historic year and continue the Coronation celebrations of The King and The Queen Consort throughout the summer, The Royal Horseguards Hotel introduced a royally delicious ‘Coronation Afternoon Tea’, available until 1st September. A classic afternoon tea with a regal twist, including Pimm’s Victoria Sponge, Rhubarb & Elderflower Vanilla Slices, warm poppy-seeded West Country Sausage Rolls, and Coronation Chicken finger sandwiches, and guests can also indulge in the quintessentially traditional all-butter scones.
Guests can enjoy the Coronation Afternoon Tea whilst soaking up the Victorian grandeur of the hotel, adorned with timeless period features and stunning décor.
Across the hotels, guests can choose from a variety of teas from English Breakfast to Darjeeling, and can add bubbles, a cocktail or enjoy their afternoon tea with a refreshing glass of Pimm’s. A delightful way to celebrate Afternoon Tea week on 7th– 13th August.
Words by Fletch.