It may feel like another day, another new afternoon tea, but when they’re this good, we’re completely on board. These five new afternoon teas are all inspired by different aspects of London, whether it’s our treasured Crown jewels, notable figures who lent their name to our streets or designers who changed the fashion game forever. Get the elasticated waistbands at the ready because you’re going to be tucking into a lot of scones.
Did you know that the most visited artefacts in Britain are the Crown Jewels? Yep, Londoners and tourists alike can’t get enough of the royal bling. To celebrate this Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square has created a new afternoon tea with classic British sandwiches like minted cucumber and Coronation chicken and pastries inspired by the jewels. There’s a Griotte Amarena cherry and liquorice macaron topped with a silver jewel; a Yorkshire rhubarb, jasmine tea, Chantilly and strawberry combawa confit adorned with a crown and a Madagascan Manjari chocolate tart with Sansho berry and fresh raspberries, decorated with gold leaf. Of course with any afternoon tea there’ll be scones with seasonal jams and clotted cream and because it’s a reason to celebrate you choose to add Champagne.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.1 miles)
Ok so London is the exact opposite of the countryside but we do have impressive gardens and so this tea has made it’s way into the guide. To mark the arrival of spring, 108 Pantry has unveiled its new afternoon tea that champions the English country garden and they have their first ever full vegan afternoon tea menu too. Bursting with floral flavours, the vegan menu includes the likes of smashed avocado, roasted piquillo peppers and rocket sandwiches; baked sweet potato with coriander, lime and cashew mayo on onion bread and cashew and blueberry ‘cheesecake’. The classic menu will include truffled Copper Marans egg mayonnaise and Heatherfield Smokehouse smoked salmon with lemon crème fraiche sandwiches and lavender panna cotta with sparkling wine jelly and elderflower and strawberry Battenberg. They’ve also gone all out with the extra touches, from grass meadow serving boards and edible flowers, to fork and spade inspired cutlery and floral lollipops to take home.
Where: 108 Brasserie, Marylebone Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.4 miles)
As a homage to his childhood memories of eating plenty at his Grandma’s house, Adam Handling has spent nine months creating and perfecting his afternoon tea. Served with a side of nostalgia, the afternoon tea will take classic sandwiches and give them a twist, so smoked salmon will be served with crab salad and rocket, whilst Clarence Court duck egg is served with a curry mayonnaise and mustard leaf. In a nod to the hotel’s London location of Sloane Street, the pastries have all been inspired by scientist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane. You’ll find a Granny Smith and lemongrass cremeux; passion fruit curd tart with coconut mousse and a salted caramel sacher with milk chocolate Chantilly.
Image: Tim Green
Where: Belmond Cadogan Hotel, 75 Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9SG
The Stafford London’s new afternoon tea at The Game Bird will take guests on a journey around the luxury boutiques and delis of St James that surrounds the hotel. Working with six local stores the tea will include cheese from Paxton & Whitfield; a white chocolate and lime jelly top hat inspired by the oldest hat shop in the world, Lock & Co; chocolate cigars as a nod to the Cuban cigars at James J.Fox and an almond shortbread tuxedo in homage to Henry Poole &Co. the Savile Row tailor considered to be the original designer of the dinner jacket.
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
The V&A’s latest exhibition, Mary Quant, is the inspiration behind The Pelham’s new fashion-inspired menu. Designed in partnership with luxury event planners La Fête, the colourful, playful menu includes ‘Swinging London’ sandwiches, Quant’s Crayons (multi-coloured mini buns), edible chocolate lipsticks, a classic Victoria sponge cake and the ‘Bazaar’ an open macaron topped with whipped cream and a variety of raspberries and dulcey raspberry coulis that has been creatively encased in a Quant-inspired nail varnish bottle. There’ll also be ‘Forever Mini’ cocktails and a ‘Plastic Fantastic’ mocktail or should that be ‘Reusable Plastic Fantastic’?
Where: 15 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, SW7 2LA