It’s official, the week between 8th – 14th August is my favourite time of the year, as it has been proclaimed “Afternoon Tea Week”. Whether enjoyed in a 5-star hotel, or as a home baked treat, it’s my absolute favourite meal! It’s the only time when it’s acceptable to have just cucumber in a sandwich or eat sweet before savoury.
To celebrate I have picked some of my favourite London haunts for Afternoon Tea, from the traditional to the quirky. Plus I have an added treat, if you book through BuyAGift.com during Afternoon Tea Week and use the promotional code AFTERNOONTEAPR you will receive an additional 20% off. I can tell you right now I’ll definitely be treating myself to one, now just to decide which…
If you ever find yourself dreaming of chocolate then this is perfect for you; a mouth-watering indulgent chocolatey twist on traditional afternoon tea. Allow your taste-buds to experience a haven of sweet, rich, velvety goodness! Dine on a selection of delicious sandwiches, scrumptious scones, beautiful brownies and banana bread whilst being served the finest selection of smooth and creamy Hotel Chocolat chocolates and sipping on your choice of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or special Hotel Chocolat cocoa infusion, with a glass of fizz included.
Making a Great British Tradition even greater, the Podium Restaurant’s Executive Chef has created a sumptuous version of afternoon tea that ticks all the boxes. In addition to superior teas, exclusively blended by Harney and Sons for Hilton Hotels, you will devour delicious sandwiches, chocolate chip scones with praline spread and melt-in-the-mouth pastries. Then the special moment for any chocolate lover – a selection of beautifully-crafted and delicious chocolate fancies, served on an edible chocolate plate!
Pass under the magnificent Tower Bridge, see the buzzing Southbank, marvel at The Shard and gaze up at Big Ben from the river – all the while tucking into delicious sandwiches, scones, pastries, and refreshing tea! There’s no finer way to see London than whilst bobbing along on the River Thames. Background music is provided by a pianist tinkling the ivories as you cruise along this world-famous river, taking in the sights and being served traditional treats and a pot of tea. Don’t forget your camera, as this river cruise on the magnificent Harmony affords incredible and unique views of London landmarks.
Harrods is iconic and famed for its high-quality products, elegant settings and faultless service. Its Georgian Restaurant decor combines the elegance of the 1920s and 30s, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. You will be met by staff and seated at an impeccable table before being served a luxurious version of the quintessentially British treat: a range of finger sandwiches, tea pastries, fresh scones with clotted cream, fragrant rose-petal jelly, tangy lemon curd and sweet strawberry preserve.
Celebrity chef Eric Lanlard, the Cake Boy himself, has conceived a mouth-wateringly fabulous cake boutique, in the heart of London’s Battersea, by the banks of the river. With a trendy yet relaxed vibe, this quirky pleasure emporium is the perfect place to while away an hour sipping on organic tea or coffee, and tucking into such sweet delights as petit pains, mini pastries, French macaroons, and delicate fruit tarts. There are scrumptious sandwiches as well, to satisfy your savoury tooth, and you’ll each enjoy a glass of Champagne to help you celebrate the occasion.
Enjoying afternoon tea in the Playboy Club London is definitely one you won’t forget. Set in Salvatore’s sophisticated piano and cocktail bar, the iconic Bunnies serve up a selection of scrumptious and decadent afternoon treats with a playful twist, including bunny-themed cupcakes and boozy iced tea! With their clientele including Hollywood’s greats and British royalty, this is the ideal place to indulge with a unique spin on a delicious tradition!