You don’t need an excuse to indulge in the delights of an afternoon tea but from 12 to 18 August, it’s Afternoon Tea Week making it positively compulsory. So, here, we list just a few of the ways you can raise a tea cup to celebrate this great British institution at some of our loveliest Great British establishments.
Afternoon Tea at Harrods
Formerly known as The Georgian Restaurant, The Tea Rooms at the world-famous department store offers afternoon tea Monday to Saturday 11.30am until 7pm and 11.30am until 5pm on Sunday. The sandwich selection includes classics with a twist such as salt beef with pickles and mustard and Faroe Island smoked salmon with roasted beetroot. The cakes are similarly upmarket and can be washed down with your choose from their range of sparkling wine and champagne.
Tea Tasting at The Ritz
A charming, traditional afternoon tea at The Ritz is enjoyed in the spectacular Palm Court. Enjoy sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream (of course), and pastries and teacakes, which will be replenished upon request. Plus, The Ritz is the only hotel, not just in London but in the UK, to have a certified Tea Sommelier, Giandomenico Scanu, who collects teas from around the world to add to their selection of 1 loose-leaf options.
Sundown Cocktail Tea at St Martins Lane Hotel
Do things a little differently in The Den at St Martins Lane Hotel near Leicester Square with an evening tea. here, you can burrow away from the buzz of London’s streets and relax over a range of savoury delights, including thyme and parmesan shortbread with goat’s cheese mousse line or a toasted sandwich with fig and smoked applewood. Then the decadence can really begin with a chocolate Earl Grey slice, apricot and rosemary mousse and a raspberry vanilla cake with rose cream. Top them off with a flight of tea-inspired cocktails.