Always up for a part-tea, and the first ones to move oolong if we see there’s no afternoon tea on offer, we’re more than chuffed to round-up some of London’s latest on the afternoon tea front.
Whether you’re a jam on top of cream contester, or a fruity tea fanatic- or even if a sushi spider roll makes all your afternoon tea dreams come true – there’s something for everyone on this whacky, wonderful list of tea’s to treasure.
We promise good quali-tea…and maybe a few more puns if you’re lucky. For now though, move oolong, there’s nothing to tea here.
What: Candy Floss and Wild Herbs at Hide
Why: You can run, but you can’t hide from this extraordinarily obscure afternoon tea at Hide. The brainchild of Ollie Dabbous and Ground head chef Josh Angus the afternoon tea features white asparagus and truffle cream, smoked egg yolk, Lancashire bomber with russet apple and mead chutney sandwiches and candy floss with wild herbs. Suffice to say, if scones with jam and cream just aren’t cutting it anymore, here’s a sparky afternoon tea with a bit of edge.
Where: 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB
What: Sugar Free
Why: You might think the sound of a sugar-free afternoon defeats the purpose of the post 12 o’clock scone scoff, but we can affirm that taking away the sugar doesn’t take away from the flavour. Home House has launched this sugar-free afternoon tea to coincide with the publication of Baking Without Sugar by the club’s Executive Chef, Sophie Michell.
The limited edition treat features gluten-free finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, homemade raspberry sugar-free chia jam and sugar-free lemon curd.
Where: 20 Portman Square, W1H 6LW
What: Sushi Spider Rolls
Why: Again, this afternoon tea from Japanese restaurant Ginza Onodera is proving that tradition is hanging by a thread on the current afternoon tea front. In a partnership with Tsujiri Matcha House, Ginza Onodera’s afternoon tea works on the traditions of a Japanese tea-party, feat. sweet and savoury petit fours, sushi (of course), and a series of Japanese small plates.
Why not indulge in a sushi spider roll to start with live tarantula’s and… OK, we’re joking they’re actually filled with deep fried soft shell crab, wasabi sauce and mini sliders of Wagyu beef, but that caught your attention right?
Where: 15 Bury St, St. James's, SW1Y 6AL
What: Beloved Britain
Why: We’re back to tradition now, and The Wolseley certainly know how to deliver a British afternoon tea. Does anything shout Union Jack much like Victoria sponge, Sherry trifles, strawberry tarts and fruitcakes? The answer is yes, scones do. There will be scones galore with homemade jam and clotted cream – try to avoid the ‘what goes first, jam or cream?’ debate and indulge in finger sandwiches too.
Where: 160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB
InterContinental London Park Lane
Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)
What: High Coffee
Why: We all love a first – first birthday, first love, first kiss, first car, first house. How about your first High Coffee though? InterContinental London Park Lane have introduced this unique taste sensation in addition to their lusted over afternoon tea.
Instead of wine pairings, this experience will see different blends of coffee – all high-grade, handcrafted, hand roasted, wood fired – hand selected to match each chapter of the tea. What’s more, you can get your caffeine fix amongst the serene settings of Wellington Lounge.
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY, United Kingdom
The Chesterfield Mayfair
Green Park (0.3 miles)
What: The Original Sweet Shop
Why: We’re assuming if you’re indulging in an afternoon tea that you already have a bit of a sweet tooth in the first place? How about then, an Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield, Mayfair?
In true stripy red and white sweet shop style, the afternoon tea will feature homemade sandwiches, freshly baked home-made chocolate chip and fruit scones, and (the icing on the cake) pastries and cupcakes in the form of coca-cola slices and liquorice allsorts lemon cheesecake. To wash down the sweet taste of, well, all things sweet, will be a brimming selection of loose teas, flowering teas, coffee or hot choc.
So, if you’re main-dessert, not starter-main type of person, this one is certainly for you.
Where: The Chesterfield, Charles Street, London, UK
What: Ooo La La
Why: The French are renowned for their expertise on the pastry front, so it’s only fair that the quintessentially British afternoon tea is given a French twist, just to test the waters…
Michelin-starred Club Gascon are the ideal candidates to put on such a display, with their new afternoon tea that pays homage to its Grade II listed location and historic Smithfield location. The afternoon tea, created by Executive Head Chef Pascal Aussignac includes dishes crunchy grapes, truffled foie gras soldiers and truffled slow cooked egg, while sweet treats include Gascon mess, Bordeaux canelé, white sugar cane and cheese pebble and matcha tea crunch.
Where: 57 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS
Rotunda Bar and Restaurant
London St Pancras (0.3 miles)
What: Heritage at the Helm
Why: One for those who like to travel outside the lines a little when it comes to teas. Rotunda at Four Seasons Hotel welcomes guests to go back to their roots for a Heritage Afternoon Tea that embraces the building’s past and connections between east and west.
The afternoon tea will be brimming with brews from Darjeeling from Makaibari to Earl Greys from Satemwa Estate in the Highlands of Malawi. Or if you like your tea with a kick, champagne on offer will include Delamotte Brut, Charles Heidsieck and AR Lenoble Rosé.
The aim is to reflect the neoclassical through the tea, with handcrafted bone china.
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG, United Kingdom