Now that the minor mishap of snowfall has cleared up. It is time to forget about the winter chill and start thinking about sunny spring. If hiding in cosy dining rooms is still high on your agenda but so is getting out and about, then checking out our guide to the best afternoon teas might just be the inspiration you need.
Tea Like Peter Rabbit
A Peter Rabbit themed Afternoon Tea, what more could you want? You can look forward to a tea filled with all the best bits from Peter Rabbit’s favourite veggie patch. A refreshing chilled gazpacho to start, followed by an array of delicate sandwiches, featuring mozzarella, pesto and basil. Then to satisfy that sweet tooth and stop you nibbling on the tablecloth, you can dig into the petit-fours; a carrot cake, strawberry and lavender pavlova, dark chocolate beetroot brownie, and rhubarb custard. The tea will be served in the drawing room of the luxury boutique hotel in Mayfair, and has been created by the Michelin chef Shaun Rankin.
Celebrating Chelsea Flower Show
To celebrate this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, Baglioni Hotel London have teamed up with iconic fragrance brand Acqua di Parma to create a unique afternoon tea inspired by the fresh and elegant, citrus-based Colonia. Baglioni Hotel London’s Chef Alberto Rossetti (born and raised in Parma himself), has created Colonia lemon cake, lavender meringue and bergamot cream, floral verbena and lime zest panna cotta with rose coulis, violets of Parma and Sicilian cannoli with candied orange.
The Den's New Tea
The Den at St Martin’s Lane has just launched its new afternoon tea. Start with smoked salmon wrap with avocado, sun-blushed tomato cream cheese; chicken pesto and buffalo mozzarella swirls and focaccia with roasted courgettes, piquillo peppers, feta and mint. After scones with strawberry jam, there’ll be My Heart – a milk chocolate mousse with coconut; raspberry and matcha tea tart and chocolate and caramel bars with a strawberry rice puff.
Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)
Fit For The Queen
Led by Executive Chef Billy Bush, the team at the stately home’s The Orangery restaurant, has put together a culinary homage to the mourning monarch in the form of an Afternoon Tea. Enjoy some of Queen Victoria’s favourite foods, including a mini Victoria sponge, a classic chocolate eclair, mini sherry trifle and the Lady’s Finger.
Not only is the food inspired by the Empress’s favourite dishes, there are also subtle nods to notable moments in her lifetime, such as the inclusion of the Battenberg cake, which was invented to celebrate the marriage of Princess Victoria, the granddaughter of the Queen Victoria, to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884.
Inspired By Hamilton
The Lanesborough has taken inspiration from the popular show Hamilton to create – the Alexander Hamilton Tea. It will be served in the Michelin-starred, Céleste; an opulent, palatial and rococo-esque dining room, with duck egg blue walls adorned with friezes, mirrors, paintings and sculptures. Enjoy sandwiches and scones, and devour the cakes inspired by Alexander Hamilton such as the blackberry cheesecake complete with gold buttons.
Feelings Of Spring
Spring is here and so is The English Country Garden Afternoon Tea. With the menu created from ever-changing seasonal ingredients, you’ll find coronation chicken tartlets; smoked salmon on Guinness bread; poppy seed and orange blossom scones with rhubarb jam and orange curd; lavender panna cotta served with a sparkling wine jelly and chocolate and rose opera cake. Wash it down with tea and English sparkling wines including Sussex, Nyetimber Classic Cuvée.
Tea Time Travel
The Time Travel Afternoon Tea has partnered up with Whittard of Chelsea, to take its guests on a historic journey of Afternoon Tea. The menu includes finger sandwiches filled with classic salmon and cucumber (a modern twist on the quintessential cucumber sandwich created in the 1700s); coronation chicken (the chicken, of course, created in 1953 specifically for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation) and desserts such as flummery, a traditional jelly-like dessert made from oatmeal and originating from 1623 with a delicious rhubarb twist.
A Feast For The Senses
The Balthazar has joined forces with Flowerbx to bring you the most wonderful afternoon. The skill of Balthazar’s Head Pastry Chef Régis Beauregard, has been put to the test this Spring. With the help and floral expertise from Flowerbx’s CEO Whitney Hawkings, the pair have collaborated to make one truly spectacular spring tea, with the cakes designed to look like flowers, its a feast for the senses.
Come join the team down at the Skylon and take part in your own edible journey around the universe. The Skylon has created an afternoon tea inspired by the forces and the solar system around us. Eat your way through the delicious planets and shooting stars. Galactic cupcakes, galaxy macaroons and Jupiter cake are just a few of the delicacies on offer.
Where: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.2 miles)
The Wellesley is known for its extensive tea selection so is it any wonder they have felt inspired to create an afternoon tea dedicated to tea…? No, not really. The pastries and sweet treats have all been developed and inspired by some of the Wellesley’s most popular blends. The perfect afternoon, for tea infuse-iasts!
Sweet Like Honey
The Dalloway Terrace has Bee-n transformed with a Bee inspired interior, highlighting their importance within the ecosystem and encapsulating the arrival of the new season. To accompany this transformation they have created a new Honey Bee themed afternoon tea as well as a new seasonal menu bursting with fresh flavours.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
The Eco Friendly
An up-cycled tea; good for you but great for the environment. The five-star boutique bed and breakfast Georgian House in Pimlico is launching an up-cycled afternoon tea to reduce food waste. From mushroom stalks and cucumber ends, to bruised avocado and cheese crumbs all leftovers are being transformed and given a glorious second life as a scrumptious eco-friendly part of this conscious tea.
The All Inclusive
The Sanders Hotel has jumped on the band wagon, and has come up with two new exclusive afternoon teas to add to their Mad Hatters tea party. Not only is there a special vegan option but the dairy free get their own one too. So the tea is now all inclusive and everyone can enjoy the deliciousness on offer. We’re all mad here, mad about afternoon tea.