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Would You Pay £500 For A Cup Of Tea?

‘Tea for two, and two for tea, just me for you and’ – HOW MUCH? ‘Tap water for two, and two for tap water…’ as the song didn’t quite go. As a nation we’re obsessed with tea, we consume it by the gallon, we even built an entire empire on it (well, that and subjugation of native peoples, exploitation of natural resources, overcoming malaria with gins and tonic and playing too much cricket – so all the good stuff). But how far would you go for the perfect cuppa? And do you have £500 spare? If so then order an […]

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The New 5* Afternoon Tea You Just Have To Go To

The Game Bird at The Stafford London knows how to do an afternoon tea properly. Their latest afternoon tea looks to their home of St James for inspiration. Partnering with some of the highest-quality independent boutiques and delis in the area they’ve created an afternoon tea that takes you on an edible journey of the hotel’s surroundings. When did I decide to go and stuff myself silly on sandwiches? On the day of the London marathon of course, so as weary runners much more deserved of carbs than me hobbled from the Mall up to the tube at Green Park […]

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Here’s Where To Go For Tea in Chelsea

When I first came to London, I remember walking through the terracotta streets around Cadogan Gardens and thinking ‘yes, this will do nicely, I’ll move here’. Cute. How naïve I was. Fast forward another 19 years and my ten year old dreams may have been dashed (I live in a box room) but I can still walk through Cadogan Gardens and lust over the buildings and the pretty blossomed streets. I can also head to boutique hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens for afternoon tea and pretend like I’m in my own sitting room and I have chefs at my beck and […]

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This New Afternoon Tea Celebrates London’s Icons

I’ve always been a fan of gherkins – I’ll eat them out of the jar if I’m given a fork. I understand though that gherkins belong to the same family as sprouts, Marmite and the Kardashians, they’re divisive. What about a chocolate gherkin though? More specifically The Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe, if we’re being pedantic) made from white chocolate filled with a dark chocolate ganache. I think that would be a yes from everyone. Why all the gherkin chat though? Well, following on from the success of their Tale As Old As Time afternoon tea, Town House at The […]

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Hunky Dior-y: The Christian Dior Exhibition Gets Extended

It’s the biggest exhibition of the year, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the V&A and news just in has revealed that the sell-out extravaganza has been extended to run until the 1st of September. The V&A will release additional exhibition tickets on the 15th of each month, for...

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11 Incredible New Afternoon Teas

Afternoon tea is a truly marvellous, quintessentially British experience that we can’t get enough of, which is why any excuse for a scone and cuppa is most welcome. Yet it goes without saying that the old, much-adored tradition sometimes needs a little tinker with and a sprucing up to make that classic egg and cress sarnie a little more desirable. Sprinkling magic onto their afternoon tea’s are a number of intrepid restaurants and hotels, creating wonders out of classics including a London Landmarks tea, a teddy bear picnic offering for the kids and a tea which comes equipped with coveted city […]

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London’s Most Fashionable Afternoon Tea Returns

It’s known in the fashion and food community that if you’re hunting for a designer-based afternoon tea you’re going to want to strut your sassy stuff down to Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Victoria Beckham afternoon tea here or if you’re into fashion just as much as we are then here are 28 catwalks to see at this year’s London Fashion Week.

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7 Foodie Experiences You Need to Try Now

We get it, the weather is starting to turn, the nights are drawing in and the televisions is getting rather good and all you want to do is hibernate under your duvet. This is London though and you can’t just say in, you need to get out there and experience everything it has to offer and this winter Mastercard is giving you a little helping hand with more priceless experiences. Embrace Hygge at Inamo Read any hygge guide and they’ll tell you that it’s all about being with your friends, eating and playing board games. This is the London equivalent […]

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The 17 Halloween Food and Drink Spots Creepin’ It Real

If you’ve seen our Halloween party guide, you’ll know there a jeepers and creepers amounts of cloak-donning and fang-wielding venues across London ready to get you ghouling. However, if for you Halloween is more about enjoying cocktails made from fake blood, eating desserts that look like bloodshot eyes or eating burgers with black buns, then greetings! You’ve come to the right place. Here’s our round-up of all the spooky shenanigans going on throughout the city this year. Oh and by the way, Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball? Because he had no BODY to go with. Bluebird Chelsea Imperial Wharf […]

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The Japanese Afternoon Tea You Need To Try

Ready to try your next afternoon tea? Yes, obviously. In which case let us introduce you to the rather fancy Japanese restaurant, Ginza Onodera because they have partnered with Tsujiri Matcha House to launch Onodera Ochakai, an afternoon tea but different. Gone are the sandwiches with dried edges and the scones and instead you’ll find sushi spider rolls, filled with deep fried soft shell crab and wasabi sauce; mini sliders of premium Wagyu beef and pots of lightly seared salmon tataki. You’ll also find Ginza Onodera’s signature chicken karaage, lightly battered and served with lemon and sundried chillies. Rather than […]

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