Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is the man behind Berners Tavern, one of London’s most sought-after restaurant reservations. Located in Fitzrovia’s London EDITION hotel, the restaurant blends a romantic, historical look with an all-day dining menu of seasonal, contemporary British cuisine. This month, the hotel is offering 25% off its afternoon tea. You’ll find no boring finger sandwiches here, rather decadent chicken and truffle baguettes, salmon tartare, a delicious selection of sweets, including a chocolate tart with yuzu, and unlimited scones with jam and cream. To redeem this offer, guests should quote 'TEA TIME' when booking. Afternoon tea is served Saturday and Sunday, between 12-4pm.
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
Brasserie of Light
Located in Selfridges, Brasserie of Light features the capital's largest-scale artwork by Damien Hirst – a 24ft crystal-encrusted statue of Pegasus with a 30ft wingspan – alongside all-day dining in a chic, art-deco setting. This month, the restaurant has unveiled its decadent limited-edition ‘Pink Pegasus’ afternoon tea. The tea includes a selection of sweet and savoury treats, including fresh smoked salmon on rye bread; shredded Asian vegetable rice paper rolls; feta, fennel and red pepper puffs; and a lobster, mango and avocado cocktail. Those with a sweet tooth will be able to enjoy pink meringues, a mini ‘Pegasus Pie’, passion fruit and butterfly meringue, and a chocolate bubble dessert. Each ‘Pink Pegasus’ tea for two includes a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB
Cadogan’s By Adam Handling
To celebrate the launch of the new Matthew Williamson range from Newby Teas, Cadogan’s by Adam Handling at the Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea will be serving a selection of these exceptional teas throughout Afternoon Tea Week. The pâtissiers at Cadogan’s have created a special selection of dainty pastries as part of its offering, complementing the flavours of the collection of high-quality loose-leaf tea blends. The pastry selection includes Mandarin & Passionfruit Cremeux and Salted Caramel Sacher with Milk Chocolate Chantilly.
75 Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9SG
This Afternoon Tea Week, Cahoots’ ‘Captain’ has married up two quintessentially British staples – afternoon tea and the humble British picnic – to create his original ‘Squiffy Picnic’, combining a serving of 1940s-inspired fodder with cocktails and live entertainment. Each party will receive a vintage hamper full of sandwiches and picnic treats as well as a flask filled with a cocktail of their choice. The cocktail selection includes ‘Mornin’ Mr Milkman’ (Russian Standard Original vodka, Mozart dark chocolate liqueur, Lucano Anniversario amaro, pineapple syrup and almond milk) as well as ‘Down the Apples and Pears’ (Hendrick’s gin, peach liqueur, apple, mulled wine syrup and Fentimans Rose Lemonade).
13 Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW
Inspired by the hustle and bustle of ancient and modern day markets around the world, Cinnamon Bazaar has begun serving its ‘Traders High Tea’, which is packed with punchy flavours. Served alongside a ‘Bazaar Bellini’ and traditional Indian masala chai, guests will be able to tuck into tandoori chicken and chutney sandwiches and bhangra lamb sliders followed by samosa chaat, watermelon chaat and aloo tikka chaat, Cinnamon’s take on the classic Indian street food. An afternoon tea with a difference.
28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS
COMO The Halkin
Created by the team at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, the afternoon tea menu at COMO The Halkin draws on the principles of Basque cuisine. COMO The Halkin’s recently launched afternoon tea package features bespoke tea pairings by TeaLeaves, connoisseurs in hand-crafted artisanal teas and wellness botanicals. Each tea will be paired with a Basque dish from the Ametsa with Arzak kitchen, creating a sensory afternoon tea experience: pairings include Iberico ham croquettes with Lapsang souchong and chocolate with churros and Mountain Berry tea. Just for Afternoon Tea Week, the hotel is offering 25% off all tea packages.
5-6 Halkin Street, Belgravia, SW1X 7DJ
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals in Fitzrovia offers guests the chance to dine and drink in an oasis of rare botanicals and vegetation collected from around the world. For afternoon tea, guests will ascend a spiral staircase to enter the venue’s stately drawing room, before hunkering down in vintage chairs for an afternoon of Victorian-inspired treats and tipples. The ‘Blooming Tipsy Tea’ experience allows guests to choose from a selection of botanical-inspired cocktails, including ‘Just Like Nanna Used to Make’, a potted potation mixing Woodford Reserve Bourbon whiskey with butter-washed kumquat, amontillado sherry, crème de pêche, lemon juice, sugar syrup and orange marmalade.
48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1QQ
London Kimpton Fitzroy London has unveiled a limited edition ‘Summer Rose Garden’ afternoon tea in partnership with Laurent-Perrier. Transforming the hotel’s Palm Court into a garden, head pastry chef Thibault Marchand has been inspired by rose gardens in the UK, as well as those of his native France, to create the afternoon tea. The treats begin with sandwiches including roast chicken, grain mustard, rocket salad and smoked salmon with fennel, apple and trout roe, followed by a selection of plain, raspberry and rose-flavoured scones served with cream, lemon curd and Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé jam. The tea also features a twist on the classic French choux, shaped into a flower and served with white chocolate petals and a sugar-paste butterfly.
1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE
Mariage Frères’ luxury tea emporium specialises in ‘Cuisine au Thé’. Its ‘King Street Afternoon Tea’ features an assortment of tea-infused savoury delights, such as avocado with Japanese matcha green tea; turmeric-seasoned shrimps with Hallelujah tea-infused coulis; or roasted cauliflower with Feu De Thé smoky black tea. Sweet treats include warm baked Parisian fruit scones with ‘Gelées extra de Thé’ jelly and tea-infused desserts such as ‘Rouge in Love’ – a red-tea candied strawberry with citrus whipped cream, vanilla shortbread and french meringue. Guests can choose from over 1,000 different varieties of tea, from the famous Marco Polo blend with fruity notes to the Covent Garden Morning tea with aromatic notes of hazelnut.
38 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JS
Mr Fogg’s House of Exploration
Mr Fogg’s new afternoon tea will lead guests on a sensory journey of global exploration, sampling flavours inspired by five of the seven continents. Guests will begin by trying a selection of miniature libations corresponding to the continents: ‘Asia’ includes Bombay Sapphire gin, Yellow Chartreuse herbal liqueur, chai tea, sake, vanilla and fresh grapefruit, while ‘Africa’ comprises Grey Goose L’Original vodka, Martini Riserva Speciale Bitter aperitif, Rooibos tea, amaro and soda water. Guests will be served paired sweet or savoury bites to complement each drink, then they’ll be able to enjoy a teapot filled with their preferred cocktail.
1a Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9HH
The Soho Hotel
The Soho Hotel's latest ‘G & Tea’ has been created in collaboration with Ableforth's award-winning Bathtub Gin. Echoing the spices of cardamom and orange peel in the gin, pastries on offer include pear bourdaloue tart with cardamom; an orange custard and fig pot; and blackberry and lavender macarons, alongside savouries such as wild mushroom and herb arancini; roast beef with horseradish on beetroot bread; and a selection of traditional finger sandwiches. The afternoon tea is accompanied by a special Bathtub Gin cocktail made with cinnamon and topped with cardamom, mandarin and fresh pear, which The Soho Hotel bartenders will whisk up from The Soho Gin Trolley.
4 Richmond Mews, Soho, W1D 3DH
South Place Hotel
This summer, South Place Hotel is inviting dog owners to experience a stylish British afternoon tea designed for both pets and owners to enjoy. Joining forces with British accessories brand Radley, the hotel is putting on a series of afternoon teas paired with a menu just for dogs, created by artisanal dog food brand The Barking Bakery. Situated in the hotel’s Secret Garden, guests can enjoy a tasty display of classic British sandwiches, British bakewell bones and chocolate and hazelnut Scottie dogs made by Bake Off: The Professionals finalist, Nelson Barros.
3 South Place, Moorgate, EC2M 2AF
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