We all know it doesn’t get more English than an afternoon tea & a lot is written about this very English tradition with countless guides about where to go in London to experience the best.
So, in celebration of National Tea Day 2019 & continuing our celebrations for our Perfect Cuppa English 4th birthday, I thought I would share some of my favourites, which I have visited over the years. These may not be the most popular options, but I hope you enjoy some insights into my perfect cuppas!
- Claridge’s Hotel: this has to be the ultimate luxury occasion for me with its decadent art deco interior, I feel like I’m in a glamorous 1920s film when I come here for afternoon tea. They do a traditional tea, as well as seasonal menus, plus a children’s menu. Just remember you will need to book several months ahead to get a reservation.
- The Wallace Collection: this small museum just near Selfridges is a mansion house with a great collection of Victorian paintings & furnishings, but also happens to house a beautiful conservatory restaurant, where they serve delicious afternoon tea amongst the palm trees. Below you can see the Perfect Cuppa English team at our latest get-together enjoying their afternoon tea.
3. Biscuiteers: for a slightly different, creative twist on the afternoon tea, why not try the Biscuiteers in Notting Hill, who specialise in beautifully-crafted, artistic biscuits for their afternoon tea, as well as the traditional scones & cakes.
4. Fortnum & Mason: has sold tea for more than 300 years & their Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is a famous location for a very English afternoon tea. I also love wandering around the store afterwards looking at their lovely food gifts & hampers, which make perfect gifts.
5. Hotel Café Royal: a little gem on Regent Street, experience afternoon tea in the 19th Century mirrored lounge which has been visited by Oscar Wilde, David Bowie & Mick Jagger, amongst other celebrities.
Hope you enjoyed my recommendations and if you want to find out more about the afternoon tea tradition, the history, the key elements & the etiquette, then I would highly recommend reading Jane Malyon’s book “Scone or Scon(e) – The Essential Guide to British Afternoon Tea”. Jane, who runs The English Cream Tea Company, is the fountain of all knowledge when it comes to afternoon tea: she sells gift afternoon tea hampers which can be delivered to enjoy at home, or even sent all over the world, plus you can now go have her afternoon tea at the Secret Sconery on a lovely day trip out of London!