A tasty brew from a china cup and fresh finger sandwiches followed by a scone slathered in a generous helping of jam and cream – there’s nothing quite like Afternoon Tea. Good news then, that 14 – 20 August marks Afternoon Tea Week, a tribute to the great British tradition that gives us all a valid excuse to overindulge in the treat as much as we possibly can. Read on for our pick of the best places to get your fancy fix. >>
Head down the rabbit hole to indulge in a myriad of whimsical treats bursting with flavour. Try the Cornish crab brioche roll with spiced avocado and coriander and Mad March hare vanilla pocket watch macaroon, washed down with a crisp glass of Cuvée Rosé twist. The tea also boasts an exclusively Pink floquet cake – a strawberry flamingo with a white chocolate Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé croquet truffle – so there’s no excuse not to be late for this very important date.
Available until 26 September
If you’re partial to a fragrant twist on the traditional cuppa, head to Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane which has partnered with JING Tea and Chelsea Physic Garden to launch ‘The Garden Tea’, a limited-edition Fruit and Floral afternoon tea experience. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, scones and jams made from the finest seasonal ingredients grown in Chelsea Physic Garden. One of the menu’s signature sweet treats is ‘The Beehive’; a pastry combining oats, honey, blueberry and almonds, partnered perfectly with JING’s Pineapple and Osmanthus tea. The tea is bursting with tropical pineapple aroma and delicate, floral notes and is sweet and thick, to beautifully complement the honeyed flavours of the dessert.
ME London’s hugely popular Radio Rooftop has created a stunning floral themed Afternoon Tea, presenting a host of classics with a Spanish twist – in a nod to the hotel’s heritage. Manchego and quince sandwiches and Iberico ham on tomato-infused bread are paired with light and floral sweet treats, including lavender scented crème brulee and rose layer cakes. Wile away an afternoon taking in the city views from the famed terrace which has been transformed into a Summer Garden especially for the summer season.
Available 14 – 20 August
45 Park Lane is serving up and authentic slice of the American dream with its first ever American-themed afternoon tea ‘CUTcakes and Tea’. Replacing the traditional components of porcelain, sandwiches and piano music, with a feast of delicious American teatime favourites, menu highlights include Cola Cake with Caramel Corn, S’mores, Black Truffle grilled cheese and American craft beers. A delightful taste of the States here in the UK capital.
The Den at St. Martins Lane Hotel is transporting guests to the tropics without the long-haul flight, with its afternoon tea with a boozy twist. Expect indulgent dishes like Pina colada cake, coconut dacquoise, pineapple confit and coconut mousse with Bacardi Cuatro rum and Strawberry daiquiri tart, lime cream with Bacardi Carta Oro rum and strawberry ganache. An exotic spin on the quintessential concept.
Inspired by the four British seasons, ever-changing seasonal ingredients and rich hues and textures of blooming florals in spring, this organic afternoon tea is a must-do for any green-fingered folk. Take your pick from smoked salmon Guinness brown bread, Coronation chicken tartlet, Dorset crab crumpet apple, and watercress truffled brie with Jerusalem artichoke crisps. Each rustic treat is perfectly paired a choice of rare teas or a special Rhubarb Mimosa if you’d prefer.
Drawing inspiration from the genres of cubism and Pop Art and the artists that popularised them, a mouth-watering selection of pastries make up this curious tea offering. An edible version of Picasso’s colourful painting ‘The Weeping Woman,’ a dark chocolate crémeux finished with creamy Jivara chocolate ganache and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans made from Black Forest Gateau, are so expertly crafted, that they look almost too good to eat.