Londoners in the know have long been flocking to The Capital Hotel to experience its quintessentially English afternoon tea hotel but now it seems that word has spread as the Knightsbridge favourite has just received the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence for Top London Afternoon Tea 2012. It’s in pretty good company as it’s now up there with Claridge’s, The Savoy and The Ritz. The awards are judged by a team of undercover inspectors and are only bequeathed to those establishments that show the greatest commitment to tea service. So pop along to The Sitting Room between 2.30pm and 5.30pm and stake your spot. You won’t regret it – especially when you taste pâtissier, Arnaud Tualand’s freshly baked pastries and home-made scones served with clotted cream

£25pp £37.50 with a glass of chilled Jacquart Champagne