It’s safe to say that we’re a bit afternoon tea obsessed in the UK. Why would you not have three tiers of cakes and sandwiches with your cuppa? A whole week dedicated to afternoon tea starts today, so here are some of our faves…
Afternoon tea is serious business in London town – and luckily, it comes in all shapes and sizes. You’ve got glitz and glamour at The Ritz and Claridge‘s, or quirky and quaint at the Urban Tea Rooms or the Wellcome Collection. Even if tea isn’t your cup of tea, you can go for the Burgerlicious one instead. There’s no escaping.
We know if you love afternoon tea, you also love travel (because, good taste). So, before you don your floppy hat, long gloves and pocket watch, here are some travel-themed options that cater to both your passions…
These ones will get you geared up for your holiday…
At Le Dolce Vita Italian Afternoon, there isn’t a cucumber sarn in sight. Instead, you’ve got tomato and mozzarella bruchetta, parma ham bottoncini (that’s a fancy roll to you and me) and a spread of the finest Italian cheeses. When it comes to the sweet stuff, there’s brioche, Torta capresse (nice cake) and soft nougat bites.
How much? £34; £48/ £51 with glass of Champagne
You can pick from a tranquil terrace or souk-style interiors for an afternoon tea at Momo. Moroccan chicken wraps replace the traditional sandwiches, there’s fig jam instead of strawberry for the scones, plus a selection of sweet Maghrebine pastries to finish off. The teas are from the revered Mariage Freres, and of course include authentic Moroccan jasmine.
How much? £22 or £32 with glass of Champagne or cocktail
It’s all about high chai rather than high tea at The Cinnamon Club. This one includes all the traditional sarns and sweet treats but with an Indian twist. You can tuck into tandoori chicken and chutney sandwiches, Bangla scotch egg and Bombay potato bonda. And when it comes to the sweet stuff you’ve got spiced scones and carrot and ginger toffee pudding. The tea selection includes Assam or Indian Massala Chai, or you can sample a cinnamon bellini.
How much? £20 or £32 with glass of champagne.
Travelling is as much about the journey as the destination. Here are some afternoon teas you can enjoy on the move…
If you like a generous helping of scenery with your tea, the BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus takes you on a whistle-stop tour of London’s best attractions. In just 90 minutes you’ll cover Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus and much more. The menu features all the classic afternoon tea staples – sarns, mini quiches, scones, mini cupcakes and macarons. And don’t worry – they go slowly, so you won’t end up with everything on your lap.
How much? Adults from £45, Children (6-11) from £35
Hope you’ve got your tea legs – because on this afternoon tea experience, you’ll be cruising (gently) down the Thames and clocking all the famous landmarks while tucking into a generous spread. There’s tea on tap and, in between eating, you can head to the upper deck to enjoy 360-degree views of London’s riverside attractions.
How much? £22 or £33 with Champagne
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Published: August 10, 2015
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