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Where To Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

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Afternoon tea is a British institution and when better to indulge than during Afternoon Tea Week? Whether you want the classic comforts of scones and crustless finger sandwiches or you want to mix it up with an Oriental twist, we’ve tasted our way around the capital to bring you the best of the bunch.. From The Ritz’s regal offerings to Jason Atherton’s Japanese infusions, check out the new wave of afternoon teas making a mark on London’s food scene…

Afternoon Tea At The Ritz

Make like the Queen and set up camp in the luxurious setting of The Ritz, where you’ll be treated like royalty – formal dress code is required – and served up a decadent feast of British and French-inspired delights. Dive into delicate finger sandwiches with a twist – cheddar sandwiches on squishy tomato bread; chicken served with a delicate lemon cream on malty brown bread; Scottish smoked salmon and zesty lemon butter on springy sourdough; and ham with grain mustard mayo on soft French brioche. Scones are naturally served on elegant china plates, and the 18-strong tea menu, curated and exclusively blended by The Ritz’s tea sommelier, Giandomenico Scanu, is a something to truly savour, with everything from black tea blends, fermented Oolongs, herbal fruit teas and even The Ritz’s own Chai.

150 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 9BR, Traditional afternoon tea £54pp; £70 with Champagne

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Afternoon Tea At Dalloway Terrace

Enjoy afternoon tea alfresco in the stunning setting of Dalloway Terrace – the perfect spot for a languid lunch basking in the sun. They’ve just unveiled their new Afternoon Tea menu which includes delicious fruity offerings of Roast Hazelnut and Lemon Financier, Fresh Raspberry and Streusel Tart and Yuzu Caramel Parfait with Red Berries, alongside a selection of sandwiches – think Smoked Salmon and Lemon Crème Fraîche on Beetroot Bread and Chicken and Tomato on Mediterranean crusty loaf. Pair with their Maison Perrier-Jouët Champagne Flight and you’ll be set up for the entire afternoon.

16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, WC1B 3NN, Afternoon tea £30pp; or £40pp with a glas of Champagne; Maison Perrier-Jouët Champagne Flight includes three glasses for £45

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Wyld Tea at Dandelyan

Recently voted the third best bar in the world – and one of the best in London – Dandelyan’s gorgeously glam Thameside setting never disappoints. And neither does its cocktail list – you’ll be treated to four specially crafted Mr Lyan cocktails paired with reinvented retro classics. So if that doesn’t tempt you to dive into its boozy Wyld Tea, its three-course offering of imaginative little sandwiches and sumptuous sweet treats might be enough to convince you otherwise. Food lovers will revel in a delicious sandwich spread filled with the likes of elderflower-infused cucumber; Scottish smoked salmon and samphire; brown shrimp and candied orange butter; and flaky chicken pinwheels with moreish Mr Lyan lager braised bacon jam. These are paired with the Napoleon House Cup – a heady mix of Dandelyan citrus fruit cup, absinthe and apple is served alongside a pot of herbal tea, leaving you to mix the two into your teacup in whatever ratio you’d like – and sweet treats in the form of perfumed rose blancmange; baked Alaska with berries and Battenberg cake with a twist.

The Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, Southbank SE1 9PD, Wyld Tea is served from Sunday to Thursday 12-5pm, £55pp (£35 boozeless)

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Dorchester's Ice Cream Champagne Afternoon Tea

Take afternoon tea with a twist at the Dorchester, where you can indulge in a quaint ice cream-themed afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, as well as an array of ice cream cones filled with blackberry mojito sorbet, clotted cream and cherry, honeycomb and strawberry basil sorbet, served in homemade crispy cones. And if that wasn’t enough, you can raise a glass of the fizzy stuff too – choose Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne or Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé to accompany your lavish spread.

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA, the Ice Cream Afternoon Tea will be served in the Promenade at The Dorchester, available from 1–31 August, £65 per adult and £35 per child

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Plant-Based High Tea At Farmacy

If you’re looking forward to celebrating Afternoon Tea Week the healthy way, Farmacy’s new plant-laden platter is undoubtedly your best bet. The ultimate in clean indulgence, this healthy spread comes with no traces of dairy, refined sugars, additives or any nasty chemicals, and features a selection of moreish savoury bites – think raw quiche filled with organic spinach ‘cream’ and topped with pickled fig; smoked carrot and chickpea blinis finished with fresh dill, and jackfruit and pickled chilli tacos. Decadent desserts including the likes of Farmacy’s strawberry and cashew mousse; lemon ‘meringue’ pie; banana and maca caramel cake; and rich chocolate and praline ganache. A selection of warm scones are also included and come with a side of coconut clotted ‘cream’, and pineapple and apricot jam.

74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH, Plant-based High Tea, £35pp for minimum of two guests

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Fortnum & Mason, The Diamond Jubilee Salon

This elegant tea spread is about as traditional as they come, and served up in the regal setting of Fortnum’s swanky tea salon, opened by HM The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Tables are covered in crisp white linen and delicate duck-egg blue chinaware, ceilings adorned with elaborate, sparkling chandeliers, and you’ll be well looked after by a sea of smartly dressed waiters tending  to your every whim. Tuck into perfectly preened finger sandwiches filled with rare breed hen egg and cress; rare roast beef with Café de Paris butter; coronation chicken; and silky smoked salmon with chive-infused cream cheese. Follow with scones and petit fours, or if you’d prefer to opt out of the sweet offerings, you can choose the savoury option that comes with Portland Crab and Granny Smith Apple scones, Savoury Choux with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Quail Egg, Pea Panna Cotta and a flaky Cheese Straw.

181 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1A 1ER, Fortnum’s Afternoon Tea, from £44pp

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Mint Gun Club

For a decidedly different afternoon tea, hole up in Stoke Newington’s swanky new cocktail bar and tea house, Mint Gun Club. Run by Richard Hunt, a three-time International Bartender of the Year champ and the man who’s been in charge of the booze at Hawksmoor, Milk & Honey and Mahiki, you know you’ll be in safe hands if you’re looking for a booze-fuelled food sesh. They’ll be offering a quirky twist on the British afternoon spread with everything from cucumber kimchi 'Club' sandwiches to semolina cake and mochi and Turkish delight. Choose from the ‘Tiffin Tea’ served in a hand-painted Indian-layered lunchbox and lined with banana leaves, or the elaborate High Tea, an altogether more extravagant affair, served with a side offering of English sparkling wine.

4a Brooke Road, Stoke Newington, N16 7LS, Tiffin Tea: £20 includes tea of your choice, 2 sweets, 1 savoury pastry, 1 cake and 1 sandwich; High Tea: £100 (suitable for 2-4 people), includes one of everything on the menu, Champagne cocktails and teas of your choice – must be booked in advance. 

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Nordic Afternoon Tea at Aquavit London

Putting a Swedish stamp on this classic British tradition is Aquavit’s imaginative Nordic offering: a smorgasbord of Scandinavian afternoon tea treats. Devour servings of freshly baked rye bread specked with crunchy sunflower seeds, with toppings of gravlax tartare, liver pâté and beef tartare and lovage. Shrimp skagen – the Nordic version of prawn cocktail – is the star of the show, whilst the semla buns – mini dough balls filled with almond and cardamom paste, and whipped cream – give a delightfully sweet ending to this savoury Scandi spread.

St James Market, 1 Carlton Street, Piccadilly, SW1Y 4QQ, Champagne afternoon tea from £37pp; or luxury Aquavit afternoon tea £65pp

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Japanese Afternoon Tea At Sosharu

Transport your taste buds to the Orient with Sosharu’s exotic, Japanese-inspired afternoon tea. Centred around the tea ceremony traditions of Japan, the menu features iconic wagashi (confectionary) of the sweet and savoury variety, alongside unique tea blends and a selection of specially designed cocktails. Look forward to an array of Japanese sweet treats including the likes of open tamaki, matcha-iced fingers, and Taiyaki – a fish-shaped cake filled with white chocolate crème patisserie and seasonal fruits.

64 Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5RR, Japanese Afternoon tea, accompanied by your choice of loose-leaf green tea for £28, or a sparkling cocktail for £35, available Friday or Saturday, 12pm-4pm

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Sketch Afternoon Tea

The pretty, powder-pink set-up of The Gallery at Sketch is perfect for a girly afternoon tea, and it doesn’t disappoint, with caviar and quail egg sandwiches, pastries, macaroons, an assortment of cakes and Champagne all in the mix. The tea isn’t half bad either – you’ll be taken on a sensory journey of 40 different brews including rosebud, matcha, white peony and Taiwan red jade. Their quirky take on boiled egg and soldiers really sets this tea from the crowd – 63 degrees egg yolk nestled inside a deeply flavoursome ‘egg white’ made from Comté cheese mornay. Mmmm. 

9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG, Classic afternoon tea from £58pp; or £72pp with Champagne

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TING At Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard

With soaring views stretching out across the entire city, you can’t beat the spectacle of TING’s breath-taking sky-high setting. Perched on the 35th floor, afternoon tea aficionados will get the chance to dine in style at the luxe Shangri-La at The Shard, feasting on delicate morsels of Asian delights. Devour plates of beetroot-cured salmon on dark rye; mango rice paper roll, with shredded smoked duck; pandan cream gateau, with a coconut jaconde; and scones with gooseberry jam.

31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 3QU, Classic English afternoon tea: £56, or £64 with a glass of champagne; Asian afternoon tea: £56, or £64 with a glass of Champagne

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Afternoon Tea At The Zetter Townhouse

Filled with antiques and sumptuous armchairs, the gorgeous Georgian parlour at Zetter’s Marylebone townhouse is the ideal setting for an afternoon of pure indulgence. Choose from Aunt Wilhelmina’s dainty offerings – think smoked salmon with herb crème fraiche; sloe gin-glazed ham finger sandwiches; and egg mayonnaise with mustard cress sandwiched between golden brioche – or for the heartier of appetites, delve into Uncle Seymour’s moreish spread, which includes Lincolnshire pork pie and piccalilli; haggis sausage rolls; and melt-in-the-mouth black pudding Scotch eggs served with a drizzling of Indian spiced mayonnaise.

Seymour’s Parlour Afternoon Tea, The Zetter Townhouse, 28-30 Seymour St, Marylebone, W1, afternoon tea from £28

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