High Tea – Celebrate it like a Brit!
Almost every café and hotel offers the traditional afternoon tea where you get scones, a selection of finger sandwiches, tea (of course) and high tea includes a glass of champagne. Just to make it clear, afternoon tea is for girls, couples or you and your relatives! If you are looking for a nice guy at these places, be sure he is already taken! Long-established hotels like The Ritz have a traditional tea time but there are also more trendy versions in hotels like the Sanderson that enchants with an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Tea.
To get more information and offers like free champagne with your tea, visit afternoontea.co.uk.
Here are some suggestions:
1. The Lanesborough (Knightsbridge):
Absolutely fantastic! Definitely one of the best high teas in London! In this 5 star premier hotel everything is quite old (the hotel was built in 1828 and has been restored later), upscale and aristocratic. So a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. The service is outstanding as is the selection of teas. They even offer a tea sommelier service to advise guests.
Book well in advance if you want to go there during the weekend.
2. The Ritz (Mayfair):
The Ritz is well-known all over the world and its reputation will certainly help to impress your friends and family. This is the main reason for coming here – the name. Sure, the afternoon tea is good, but the one at the Lanesborough is definitely a bit better and less expensive. But the Ritz is the Ritz…
Prepare to book weeks in advance!
3. Sanderson Hotel (Oxford Street):
You don’t like the aristocratic and stiff atmosphere of an old and traditional hotel where your granny is meeting her friends? You like something a bit different and playful while Alice in Wonderland is one of your favorite movies? Then the Sanderson hotel is the place to be! Don’t expect an outstanding culinary experience but a hip and trendy way of having your afternoon tea. You are sitting in the Sanderson courtyard that looks like an exotic garden with waterfall and plants. Another good thing is that is not as expensive as some other high teas.
4. The ‘cheap’ one at The Wolseley (Mayfair):
As mentioned in the post ‘Let them eat cake’, going to the Wolseley is a must at some point. They offer a good afternoon tea for a reasonable price, nothing special, the tea isn’t as delicious as the one at the Lanesborough, but you can get a table without having to book weeks in advance. So this is perfect for spontaneous actions!