It’s not unlikely that during your visit to London, you’ll venture upon a new cuisine or style of cooking. This comes as no surprise as the Culture Trip last year voted London as one of the best cities to eat in the world. With so many stylish eateries and unusual ingredients, you’ll be spoilt for choice, no set cuisine taking precedence over another. One style of eating and drinking you simply must try when in the UK capital is the Great British Afternoon Tea. With so many 5 Star Hotels in London proposing to serve the best afternoon delicacies, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite cafes and tea shops for an afternoon tea fit for the Queen herself.
Art Afternoon Tea at the Rosewood, Holborn
The Rosewood in Holborn is located very close to Covent Garden and the Royal Opera House, making it a suitably cultured area to have an art themed tea time. This unique Afternoon Tea menu is inspired by the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama and Banksy, all suitably expressive influences for a mouth-watering array of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and loose leaf teas. The arty pastries are designed by pastry chef pros and are bound to delight. What’s more, the Rosewood is a property from the Edwardian era of British architecture, dating back to 1914 and lets you dine with Limoges China, crystal and silverware. What a better fusion of the classic and the boldly contemporary than art and afternoon tea. Furthermore, the Rosewood plays host to the Mirror Room, which is aptly named seeing as it has mirrored ceilings and walls.
Afternoon Tea at Sketch, Mayfair
Sketch, based in the classy Mayfair area of London is another art related Afternoon Tea experience. Instead of being inspired by artists as the Rosewood is, this experience was actually created by an artist. Afternoon tea at Sketch includes a menu of caviar, quails eggs as well as finger sandwiches and macaroons. The tea menu includes teas such as Nilgiri Frost, Sri Lankan Ceylon and Rose as well as Egg and soldiers and quintessentially British Scones. The quirks of this bout of afternoon tea madness stem from the works of David Shrigley, the often comedic artist behind such subversive and slyly humorous art as his famous Brass Tooth and weekly cartoons in the Guardian newspaper.
Pret-a-Portea at the Berkley, Knightsbridge
The Berkley Hotel in Knightsbridge isn’t just a hotel, but a unique tea experience as well. Inspired by the heady colours, themes and styles of the fashion world, Pret-a-Portea serves boutique food and teas which stick to the ever changing fashion landscape. Every season sees a change of menu, this year seeing cakes inspired by Gucci’s pink candyfloss summer berry sable Breton jumper, Ralph and Russo’s pain de Genes dress and Stella McCartney’s chequerboard summer pumps among many others. That’s not all, there are of course an incredible mix of teas including aromatic loose leaf fruit teas, Earl Grey and camomile.
The Montcalm, London Marble Arch
Where would this list be without a mention of Afternoon Tea at The Montcalm in London’s Marble Arch? With a more traditional twist than the other establishments on this list, afternoon tea is the place to go to get a purely British experience. Served on Bone China Crockery, tiered cake stands burst with finger sandwiches, scones and whipped cream with jam. With delectable selections of biscuits served alongside, JING loose teas fuse delicately with glasses of champagne whilst the children’s menu encourages children to eat healthily, with chocolate dipped fruit, keeping all ages happy.