Here at The Handbook we aren’t even going to try and pretend we don’t love afternoon tea; like Bonnie and Clyde; Romeo and Juliet and Snoopy and Charlie Brown – it’s The Handbook and afternoon tea.

Which is why when we heard the The Kensington hotel had launched not one, but two new tea menus we got a little too excited. Served in the newly refurbished drawing rooms and cosy Town House restaurant the teas have been created by Executive Chef Steven Gibbs (formerly of Hix and The Ivy) and includes the Classic Afternoon Tea and a Gluten Free Tea for those looking for something a little lighter.

The Classic Afternoon Tea includes the likes of Dorset crab and avocado with lemon puree and braised salt beef with English mustard cornichons sandwiches followed by the likes of smoked salmon gougère with horseradish crème fraîche and wild mushroom & leek tart with aged Parmesan.  Following buttermilk scones will be carrot and walnut cake with cucumber and cream cheese icing; vanilla and raspberry macarons and dark chocolate and cherry panacotta with sea salt caramel.

If gluten isn’t your thing then go for the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea; it features the same sandwiches as the classic tea but is followed by lighter dishes such as red pepper hummus and feta on grill gluten free flat bread and a fresh superfood salad. Of course there are cakes but they are gluten free so indulgence is that bit lighter and they’re joined by the likes of date and almond balls dipped in chocolate and grated coconut and Pâte de fruit.

If you’re after a dose of culture with your tea then The Kensington is offering afternoon tea guests a complimentary tickets to the V&A’s latest exhibition “Botticelli Reimagined” which displays the largest collection of Botticelli’s art since 1930.*

An afternoon of tea, cake and art: dreamy.

*There are a limited number of tickets for ‘Botticelli Reimagined’ available and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis. One ticket per full afternoon tea guest.