A spot of sweet amour over afternoon tea – it’s what wintry weekends were made for. High-brow, novel, and traditional – we bring you our five favourite places to take tea, and a rather tempting offer….
The Counter at The Delaunay
If you fancy experiencing the glamour of The Delaunay – sister restaurant to The Wolseley – but can’t get a table, you can enjoy afternoon tea in its no-booking-required cafe The Counter. It includes a pot of tea for one, sandwiches, scones and fantastic freshly-baked pastries. And here’s a thrifty little secret – some dishes from the restaurant menu, such as the wonderful wieners, are also served in The Counter for less than its restaurant next door. Price: £11.75 at The Counter at The Delaunay, the Delaunay’s cafe.
Afternoon tea at the fabulous Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair stylishly combines the traditional – dainty finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam – with modern touches, like beautiful china designed by Paul Smith and a healthy low-fat, low-carb ‘Tea-Tox’ option. We are also fans of the exclusive ‘tea library’ from Lalani & Co – fine rare teas explained by Brown’s very own Tea Sommelier. Price: From £39.50.
G & Teatime
What could be more decadent than an afternoon tea that replaces the tea-sipping element with gin? These fun afternoons combine tutored gin tastings and cocktail making with all the usual sweet and savoury accoutrements of afternoon tea. A lively group affair, G & Teatime is a great opportunity to learn about Mother’s Ruin and make new friends in the process. Price: £75 – 30% less if you take advantage of our special G & Teatime for Two offer, below.
Eric Lanlard at Jumeirah Carlton Tower
We’ve long had a huge crush on world-famous master patissier Eric Lanlard – his flair for baking innovation and his rugged Gallic good looks leave us all aflutter. Eric is responsible for the opulent afternoon tea offering at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, one of the capital’s most luxurious hotels. The menu changes seasonally but visitors to the Chinoiserie lounge – where afternoon tea is served – are promised ‘a culinary journey’. Be still our beating hearts. Price: £40, or £45 with a glass of champagne.
Dean Street Townhouse
One of London’s most perennially fashionable dining rooms, Dean Street Townhouse, is open very early until very late. From 3pm to 6pm traditional afternoon tea is available, but it’s the High Tea menu that we love: butch, robust savouries like Buck rarebit, Scotch egg and what we believe to be the world’s best sausage roll. Perfect for bridging the gap between lunch and supper – the very reason the Duchess of Bedford invented afternoon tea in the first place! Price: High Tea: plates from £6. Townhouse Tea (Afternoon Tea) – £16.75.
Experience the very brilliant G & Teatime for a snip of its usual price when you book for two. Simply type in the code DEUX at the checkout, and you’ll receive over 30% off. That means, instead of paying £150 for two tickets, you’ll pay £100. Don’t say we never give you anything.
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