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As we all know afternoon tea is a very British tradition, all thanks to the Duchess of Bedford being rather peckish between meals and Hotel Café Royal is launching The London Royal Tea on the 14th September which will be a celebration of both London and British history.

Served in the iconic Oscar Wilde Bar, the afternoon tea service will begin with a bell being rung to signal the start of service which harks back to the 1800s when the muffin men would ring their bells to say the muffins were ready, that is until 1839 when it was prohibited. It still is now, so if there are any muffin men out there don’t ring any bells.

After a brief history of the traditions of afternoon tea and an intriguing piece of news from Café Royal’s legendary past the tea will begin with classic sandwiches with twists like cucumber with cream cheese and beetroot and smoked wilde salmon, quail’s egg and cress which will be followed by golden scones, clotted cream and jam.

 Cakes include traditional favourites such as Battenberg which was said to be created to celebrate the marriage of Prince Louis of Battenberg to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter in 1884, lemon drizzle and fruit cake as well as macaroons inspired by the London tube! Raspberry Regents have been especially created for the occasion and are inspired by the iconic Dome Penthouse.

To accompany will be cocktails made using Veuve Cliquot Rich, we love the sound of the Ziggy Stardust – Veuve Cliquot Rich, coconut noire tea, fresh coconut and gold dust.

A bit of history and afternoon tea  – the perfect way to spend an autumnal afternoon.

The London Royal Tea is available daily from midday until 5pm (last order).