Afternoon Tea is a quintessential British tradition dating back to the Victorian era as a means to curb any hunger pangs between lunch and the evening meal. Today, afternoon tea has become a celebrated occasion in its own right and its growing popularity has resulted in a tasty array of creative menus, delectable dishes and imaginative presentations. Check out our favourite places in London to enjoy this wonderfully celebrated foodie fare.
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Como The Halkin
Try afternoon tea with a distinctly Spanish twist at Ametsa at Como The Halkin. Served with the flair and passion that has become the restaurant’s trademark, the talented team at Ametsa, has created a menu which draws on the principles of Basque cuisine. The usual sandwiches have been replaced by a selection of savoury tapas, followed by a series of desserts that match extraordinary taste with stunning presentation. Enjoyed in their recently updated Halkin bar and lounge, each afternoon tea is served with a choice of tea leaves and the team of experts will help you to select the perfect two teas to match with your menu selections. If you want to enjoy something stronger they have designed new cocktails using NOVELTEA, a spirit using unique blends of tea and botanicals. Cocktails include: the Tale of Tangier, the Tale of Oolong and the Tale of Earl Grey. For an extra special occasion, guests can enjoy a chilled glass of Spanish Cava or Taittinger Brut Reserve.
Momo, the recently reimagined North African Mediterranean restaurant in Mayfair, has launched a Moroccan twist on the beloved afternoon tea, complete with traditional teas, sandwiches and sweets to be enjoyed on their stunning terrace, the perfect spot to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of Regent’s Street in the heart of London’s capital. Diners can try a selection of delectable sandwiches including Haloumi croque with tomato and basil, Tunisian fricassee with egg, tuna and olives and Cucumber with labneh and mint. North African flavours will shine through with tempting sweets including Muhalabiya, a Middle Eastern milk pudding delicacy with strawberry rosewater. For those looking for classic Mediterranean flavours, indulge on Momo’s exotic twist on a Lemon tartlette, Date scones with quince and prickly pear jam and Chocolate and chilli choux pastries. Sip on champagne or a selection of traditional Moroccan mint teas infused with rose water, cardamom and saffron.
St James Hotel & Club
The five-star St. James’s Hotel and Club in Mayfair is offering a historical-themed 1840 Afternoon Tea, designed by Executive Chef William Drabble of in-house Michelin Star Restaurant Seven Park Place. Guests will be transported to Victorian times and taste classic cakes of that period, keeping its originality but with slight modern-day twist. The tea features highlights from Victorian times including a Tipsy Cake, soaked in sherry and served with custard, profiteroles, lemon drizzle cake, custard tart and a classic Victoria Sponge Cake. Other dishes include Cheshire cheese scones, made with the oldest recorded British cheese, plain scones with jam and clotted cream as well as an array of traditional savoury sandwiches. All served on Victorian inspired crockery and washed down with a cup of an exclusive fine loose tea blend from The East India Company – created especially for the hotel – or for those in the mood for something fizzy, St. James’s Hotel and Club’s finest Champagne.
The Landmark London
At The Landmark London, they have been perfecting and refining the art of traditional Afternoon Tea for over century. Today you can experience their quintessentially London afternoon tea the High Palms, High Tea in inimitable style under the high palms of their magnificent Victorian Winter Garden atrium. The setting is serene and magical, the atmosphere relaxed and refined with the soft sound of piano and daylight twinkling through. Indulge in an irresistible assortment of delicacies, delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones served with rich Cornish clotted cream and delicious preserves, along with a selection of crafted cakes and pastries.
Mamounia Lounge, the Middle Eastern restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Knightsbridge, is giving the traditional afternoon tea an Arabic makeover with its Lebanese and Moroccan Afternoon Tea menu. Created by Head Chef Thamer Darwish, the afternoon tea pays homage to the ingredients and flavour combinations used in authentic Arabic cooking, featuring a selection of mini wraps, savoury and sweet hand-made pastries and authentic Moroccan tea.
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Playing on the infamous connection with the martini and DUKES LONDON, the hotel has created The MarTEAni Afternoon Tea in partnership with The East India Company; comprising three beautifully crafted mini martinis as well as an assortment of tasty treats. Available daily, from 12pm to 6pm in the DUKES Drawing Room and costing £48 per person, guests will be able to enjoy this quintessentially British custom… with a twist!