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Nothing goes more hand-in-hand than mums and afternoon tea. This Mother’s Day why not indulge in the quintessentially British staple than with your ol’ mama?

From afternoon teas inspired by fashion catwalk shows to teas that couldn’t be more classic if they tried, here’s 21 afternoon teas your mum is going to love:

Rotunda Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square 

Afternoon tea is all about class and the Rotunda Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square certainly lives up to its name.

On the 18th of March, the hotel will be launching the UK debut of Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows, a series of photographs by the renowned fashion photographer Simon Procter. To coincide with the display in the Rotunda Lounge, you’ll be able to delight in a seriously chic afternoon tea experience that’s just perfect for Mother’s Day. We’re not sure what’s cooler, Simon Procter’s body of photographs or the one’s you’re about to snap up on your ‘gram.

where: 10 Trinity Square, Tower, EC3N 4AJ
website:
www.fourseasons.com

Céleste

It’s not everyday your two favourite restos collide but lucky for us, ours just did.

The Lanesborough has partnered with Peggy Porschen for an afternoon tea that encompasses the millennial phrase ‘pretty in pink’ to its fullest. Served up under the domed glass roof in the Michelin-starred restaurant, Céleste, the afternoon tea will be bringing Peggy Porschen’s pastel-hues, floral facets and a whole lot of Instagrammable delights that your mum will absolutely adore.

where: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner,  SW1X 7TA
website:
www.oetkercollection.com

 

The Berkeley

If your mum’s a cool mum, she’ll love striking a pose as you both dive into London’s most fashionable afternoon tea experience.

Prêt-À-Portea at The Berkeley has become iconic in its own right among the fashion set and, quite frankly, we’re equally obsessed! Each month there’s a new outstanding finale designed by a fashion world tastemaker. This month sees fashion editor and renowned stylist, Martha Ward, take to the stage with her romantic collection of tiers of strawberry mousse, rhubarb confit and almond génoise.  Catch the tea for the ‘gram and your tastebuds.

Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
Website: www.the-berkeley.co.uk 

The Palm Court

See ya 2020, we’re headed back to the real roaring 20s courtesy of The Palm Court’s Nineteen Twen-Tea afternoon tea experience. Glam up this Spring and enjoy delicate pastries and savouries all of which is inspired by the 1920s with an added contemporary sprinkling. Go all out and upgrade for the free-flowing Champagne option!

Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BX
Website:
www.palmcourtlondon.co.uk 

No. Fifty Cheyne

Fancy afternoon tea fit for a Queen? Stroll over to No. Fifty Cheyne and delight in a delicately crafted afternoon treat. Expect to be munching through roast beef and horseradish with watercress open sandwiches, homemade scones topped with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and chocolate brownie squares with summer berries.

And, you’d be foolish to miss their Earl of Champagne cocktail, concocted of cold-brewed Earl grey tea from The Rare Tea Co., Wyborowa vodka, lemon zest, gammer syrup and Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Champagne.

Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3 5LR
website: www.fiftycheyne.com 

Jean-Georges At The Connaught

Afternoon tea doesn’t get grander than this and we can guarantee you’ll be in your mum’s good books for a long time when you treat her to a tea at Jean-Georges at The Connaught.

Select your tea, delight in egg and truffle mayonnaise sandwiches and leave room for their mango tart. Think layers of almond tart, mango mousse and caramel Chantilly.

Where: The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL
website: www.the-connaught.co.uk

InterContinental London Park Lane

The Wellington Lounge’s afternoon tea is a true royal treat. With notes hinting to seasonal delights from across the British Isles, you’ll find everything from Scottish salmon and cucumber on beetroot bread; celeriac remould and purple basil on turmeric bread; and banana and milk chocolate layered mousse. For an added Mother’s Day treat, each mum will receive a special little keepsake to take home.

WherE: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1J 7QY
website: www.ihg.com

Roast

Have yourself a very Quintessentially British afternoon tea experience courtesy of Roast this Spring. Nuzzled in the beating heart of Borough Market, spend your afternoon delighting in four exceptional courses of traditional sandwiches, plentiful scones and gallons of tea. You seriously don’t want to miss out on their blood orange drizzle cake with lemon cream either – it’s divine.

Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
Website:
www.roast-restaurant.com

Tíng

Is this London’s highest afternoon tea? It certainly is in the literal sense because you’ll be high up on level 35 of the Shard!

TÎNG has a brand new tea launching 17th March inspired by the world of pop art. Expect to be delighting in all of the classics before you let your creativity run free and paint your own piece of edible art to enjoy alongside your psychedelic sweet treats.

where: 31 St Thomas Street, Shard, SE1 9QU
website: www.ting-shangri-la.com

Claridge’s

If your mum is a woman of class, take her to Claridge’s for a real take on the English classic. Claridge’s puts its own creative spin on the afternoon delight from poached Scottish salmon to rich Oolong tea.

where: Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
website: www.claridges.co.uk

XU

What’s afternoon tea without tea, right? Well lucky for you XU is home to one of the largest selections of Taiwanese tea in the capital! Enjoy a brew with a selection of sweet potato taro dumplings, char suit girolles puff and ‘pei pa’ tsuruna spinach custard. But one dish that’s above all – the fried cinnamon mochi. Ugh, divine.

Fortnum & Mason

Can you get any more British than Fortnum & Mason? Add in afternoon tea in The Tea Salon and it’s next level quintessential Britishness. Having first opened over 312 years ago and began its life as a simple apartment for the Fortnum family, The Tea Salon has since transformed into an iconic figure in the wonderful world of tea. Outshine your Insta followers and delight in the timeless classic this Spring.

Where: 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1A 1ER
Website: www.fortnumandmason.com

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Exceptional afternoon tea? Check. Iconic views over London? Check. Free-flowing G&Ts? Triple check! Wave hello to Gillray’s Bar and its boozy afternoon tea offerings. Spend your afternoon munching through bitesize sandwiches, quaint little cakes and classic scones. One question that’s left to ask: is where the heck do we sign up?!

where: Westminster Bridge Road, Westminster, SE1 7PB
website: www.gillrays.com

Covent Garden Hotel

Chimney sweeps at the ready! We’re dolling up in our finest Mary Poppins inspired attire and headed down to Brasserie Max at Covent Garden Hotel to celebrate the arrival of their new exclusively themed afternoon tea. Expect to be feasting on Nanny inspired creations such as ‘a spoonful of sugar’ lemon drizzle roulade, a ‘jolly holiday’ violet and white chocolate macaron and ‘the perfect nanny’ caramel, dark chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake. It’s all in honour of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s musical, Mary Poppins playing at the Prince Edward Theatre.

where: 10 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9HB
website: www.firmdalehotels.com

Hotel Café Royal

If you’re after the Queen of Afternoon Teas, look no further than Hotel Café Royal. Inspired by the treats Queen Victoria delighted in over 200 years ago, expect to be delighting in smoked salmon and dill with fennel crème fraîche sandwiches, rich raspberry Victoria sponge and traditional raisin scones.

Where: 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY
Website: www.hotelcaferoyal.com

CUT at 45 Park Lane

Take a walk on the wild side and opt for an afternoon tea experience that steers away from quintessential Britishness and throws a slice of American style dining into the mix. Indulge in wagyu beef sliders lathered with cheddar and shallot marmalade, crab cakes with basil aioli and tomato relish, and New York-style cheesecake. Y’all won’t want to miss it.

Where: 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1PN
Website: www.dorchestercollection.com

Balthazar

Enjoy a taste of the Big Apple this Spring as you indulge in Balthazar’s afternoon tea offering. The NY-Tea adds a quirky American spin on the quintessential British classic. From ‘Liberty’ PB&J éclairs to Balthazar’s notorious pecan pie, you can rest assured you’ll be leaving a few pounds heavier…

Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ
website: www.balthazarlondon.com

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

You and your mama can delight in an afternoon tea fit for a queen when you dine at Galvin at The Athenaeum.

Selecting only the finest ingredients, Galvin offers a whole lot of options depending on your needs. Vegan? No worries, they’ve got a plant-based tea with everything from soy chocolate ganache to rice milk pannacotta.

Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, United Kingdom
Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com

South Place Hotel 

Looking for a pawfect afternoon tea? 🐾

South Place Hotel is back with another afternoon series that’s perfect for both your mum and your pooch. Working in pawsome partnership with accessories brand, Radley, the hotel will be serving up an afternoon tea bursting with rose blush blooms and calming yellows, inspired by Radley’s new Spring/Summer collection. While you’re enjoying your tasty treats, your pooch will be munching through mini woofens and biccies.

Running 21st March, 28th March, 4th April & 10th April 

where: 3 South Place, Finsbury, EC2M 2AF
website: www.southplacehotel.com

Great Fosters

Escape the city and delight in a quintessential afternoon tea in the heart of the countryside at Great Fosters. Served in the Anne Boleyn drawing room, or if you’re lucky with the weather out on the terrace, afternoon tea at Great Fosters is a delightful affair.

Where: Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR, UK
Website: www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

The Drawing Room at Brown’s Hotel

Mother’s Day should always be a special day and Brown’s Hotel have refined their offerings to perfection. Over in The Drawing Room, the renowned Mayfair hotspot have made their truly British afternoon tea even more special for Mother’s Day with an exclusive gift from Irene Forte Skincare.

Expect to be delighting in British classics and going home with a bottle of Irene Forte Skincare body oil, plus a cheeky discount towards a relaxing treatment at the spa in Brown’s.

WHERE: 33 ALBEMARLE STREET, MAYFAIR, W1S 4BP
WEBSITE: WWW.ROCCOFORTEHOTELS.COM

The Palm Court at Kimpton Fitzroy London

Kimpton Fitzroy London have crafted an all new afternoon tea experience just in time for Mother’s Day. Nuzzled in The Palm Court, the foliage adorn restaurant set in the heart of the hotel, guests can look forward to tucking into native lobster, avocado and Marie rose brioche rolls, lemon and sqtarbweey chocolate chorus and a whole lot of sweet delights made from Valrhona chocolate from Lyon.

 

Where: 1-8 RUSSELL SQUARE, BLOOMSBURY, WC1B 5BE
Website: 
www.kimptonfitzroylondon.com

The Montague on the Gardens

There’s tea for every occasion over at The Montague on the Gardens and there’s certainly one for your mother too. Executive Chef, Martin Halls, has crafted an afternoon tea experience that beats the rest. Expect to be delighting in egg mayonnaise and mustard sandwiches, traditional fruit scones and a selection of seasonal pastries too. Bloomin’ marvellous.

WHERE: 15 MONTAGUE STREET, BLOOMSBURY, WC1B 5BJ
WEBSITE: WWW.MONTAGUEHOTEL.COM

Terrace On Piccadilly

If there’s one tale you remember reading with your mum when you were growing up, it’s Peter Rabbit. Delight in your favourite childhood classic and let the stories come to life as you indulge in The Terrace on Piccadilly’s Peter Rabbit inspired afternoon tea, and all mother’s will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne. A personal favourite of the afternoon treat is the flower-pot hideout. It’s essentially an edible chocolate pot bursting with chamomile mousse, blackberry, chocolate ‘mud’ and sponge cake. Delightful and cute.

WHERE: 21 PICCADILLY, W1J 0BH
WEBSITE: WWW.TERRACEONPICCADILLY.COM

Corinthia London

It’s always good to have options and Corinthia London has three seriously tempting afternoon tea treats for you and your ma this Mothering Sunday. Delight in Duchess of Bedford’s favourite scones, sandwiches and sweets. And, you have to get your hands on the Severn & Wye smoked salmon and marmalade curd sandwich, it’s to die for.

WHERE: WHITEHALL PLACE, WESTMINSTER, SW1A 2BD
WEBSITE: WWW.CORINTHIA.COM

The Stafford London

Nothing says Mother’s Day quite like a quintessentially British bite to eat. The Stafford London’s afternoon tea will take you on a journey around St James’s and the luxury boutiques and artisans on its cobbled streets. Expect a whole lot of scone action.

WHERE: 16-18 ST JAMES’S PLACE, ST. JAMES’S, SW1A 1NJ
WEBSITE: WWW.THESTAFFORDLONDON.COM

The Library

After a big restoration, The Library is reopening just in time for you to delight in their afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. Think views overlooking the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament, while you delight in traditional sweet treats and picture-perfect sandwiches.

WHERE: WESTMINSTER BRIDGE ROAD, BISHOP’S, SE1 7PB
WEBSITE: WWW.THELIBRARYATCOUNTYHALL.COM

The Handbook has teamed up with The Grill at The Dorchester for an exclusive competition. Entrants will have the chance to win a dinner for two at The Grill at The Dorchester when it re-opens! www.dorchestercollection.com