Is there anything quainter or delightfully British than Afternoon Tea? Tucking into a smorgasbord of dainty sandwiches and scrumptious cakes, all washed down by gallons of tea. London gladly wears the crown of being the capital of the ‘Low Tea’ ritual, boasting thousands of venues where one can partake – and with this being AFTERNOON TEA week, we have a few top picks for you.
But wait, I hear you cry! I thought Afternoon Tea was just for Victorian Ladies of leisure to eat, whilst lying on chaise lounges, sharing gossip and wearing ridiculous hats?! And whilst it did originate in the 19th Century to help one stave off becoming ‘hangry’, it’s no longer just for those whose diet mainly consists of pheasant.
We’ve got a range to choose from below – from the more traditional options, to the weird and wonderful. And for those of you who don’t drink tea and prefer something stronger…don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Need to convince the other half to try something different? Does the suggestion of having a ‘fancy tea’ make them shudder? Then we may have a solution. Taking place at the famous KIA Oval cricket ground, you get a proper day out. Arrive and take in a morning session, followed by a 90 minute guided tour and then finish up with the all-important Afternoon Tea whilst overlooking the match. It’s got a little bit of something to keep everyone happy!
Afternoon Tea doesn’t necessarily have to take place in hotel dining rooms or the salon of a Georgian Town House. Why not sit back and relax as you gently slide along the Thames, taking in the sights of Windsor and Maidenhead. Throughout the week, a plethora of Sandwiches and Cakes with Tea are available, accompanied by an audio tour. But on Sunday, something special happens – they do their Sunday Lunch Jazz special. Imagine (if you will) drifting along, enjoying your mid-Afternoon treat when softly through the speakers comes the smoothest of jazz to soothe you. Nice.
Champagne Afternoon Tea at Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton. (Only the highest level of quali-TEA)
For those who want a more traditional style of Afternoon Tea in the grandest of surroundings…but with a smattering of booze thrown in. The Waldorf produces one of the more luxurious options when it comes to the discerning connoisseur of the Afternoon Tea. No anaemic looking ham sandwiches, wilting cucumber rolls or rock hard scones here. Prepared fresh every day, served with champagne and accompanied by their resident harpist and pianist, you will find beating this level of luxury hard.
You’ve seen and done it all. You’ve climbed the highest peaks, pondered life’s greatest mysteries and achieved a plane of existence we could only dream of. You find yourself staring at the night sky and wondering if the universe has got anything else to offer…
Well, have you ever had Afternoon Tea on a bus? I think not. A more unique way to indulge in Afternoon Tea whilst perusing some of London’s greatest Landmarks. And if that hasn’t done if for you, the delectable selection on offer is all homemade for that extra special touch!
And here we are. The King and Queen of Afternoon Tea’s. The Royale. The Godfather. A combination of the bee’s knees and cat’s pyjamas. Dear reader, if it isn’t clear already, the Grosvenor House Afternoon Tea is something special. Named after the supposed inventor of the tea time ceremony, the whole affair is steeped in history and deliciousness. The menu is next level quality with the added bonus of champagne as well. So if you’re looking for the ultimate traditional Afternoon Tea this is the one.