Stylish tea is the perfect ending to a shopping trip. Here are three of the capital's finest destinations for afternoon tea:
Bea’s at Bloomsbury (£19)
Still relatively new, Bea’s At Bloomsbury has received praise and publicity from the Louis Vuitton City Guide, the Financial Times, and Time Out London. That’s not all! The Independent listed it as one of the UK’s top 50 tea rooms. So what’s on offer? For a bargain £19.00, you get a pot of tea by Jing Tea Company, a selection of savoury baguettes, a freshly baked scone with Cornish Bea’s At Bloomsbury clotted cream & jam, a cupcake, a selection of mini meringues, fruity marshmallows, and a selection of brownies. Champagne Afternoon Tea is also available for £26.50.
Corinthia Traditional Afternoon Tea (£39)
The Corinthia Five-Star Hotel is not only based in a prestigious location, but offers a prestigious afternoon tea menu. You will get a selection of English teas, finger sandwiches such as creamed Innes goats’ cheese and cucumber, Goosnaugh cornfed chicken with ale mustard, Loch Var smoked salmon, organic egg mayonnaise & micro watercress, and roast sirloin of beef with creamed horseradish, each served on artisanal breads. This is all finished off with a selection of warm scones and clotted cream. The Corinthia also offers three other afternoon teas ranging from £21.00 to £58.00.
The Dorchester Afternoon Tea (£41)
With 8 different afternoon themes to choose from, such as ‘Champagne Afternoon Tea’, ‘Ice-cream Tea’, and ‘Vintage Afternoon Tea On The Balcony’, you are definitely spoilt for choice. The Dorchester Afternoon Tea costs £41.00 and starts with savoury finger sandwiches filled with chicken, cream cheese, cucumber, egg and smoked salmon. Warm scones are served next, which is a Dorchester special made from a recipe that has remained the same for over 50 years. The final course is a beautiful platter of cakes and tartlets. Afternoon Tea is served five times daily at The Dorchester, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4.45pm, and 5.15pm in the promenade and in the spatisserie.