Courtesy of The Berkeley
London is bestowed with a selection of some of the most fanciful and celebratory afternoon teas. From evoking magical tales of our childhood to a couture ‘cakewalk’, we reveal our four favorite unique afternoon tea experiences across London.
Prêt-à-Portea, The Berkeley
Ready-to-wear becomes ready-to-eat with The Berkeley’s ‘haute couture’ afternoon tea. This month, enjoy elegant delights like Jimmy Choo spiced ginger biscuits inspired by the season’s go-to Mahesa knee-highs, and Emilia Wickstead’s Red Velvet gown croustillon-covered choux buns. Then there is the neon pink Molly Goddard design that became a dressed-to-kill costume on Killing Eve, reimagined in spun sugar and finished at the table with glitter. There is also the Moschino million dollar bill-topped pistachio delice. Finally, they pay homage to Karl Lagerfeld’s last work for Fendi, Richard Quinn’s latex eye-catchers and the much talked about Le Micro Chiquito bag.
The tea also includes a flavoursome collection of elegant canapés and tea sandwiches. To drink, choose a loose leaf tea from their extensive collection.
Starting at £60 per person.
Alice in Wonderland Tea, Sanderson London
‘Eat me, drink me’, or be ‘off with your head’! Sanderson London celebrates the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland, which has been popular for guests of all ages for several years. Tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a tea party fit for any ‘unbirthday’ celebration. Discover exquisite storybook details like menus tucked inside vintage books, royal teapots, and beloved novelty delights set atop each tier. Don’t be late for this very important date!
The Sanderson also run a tipsy afternoon tea which includes three cocktails. £48 per person and £35 per child (for children 4-11 years old).
Drag Queen Afternoon Tea, W London Leicester Square
W London Leicester Square presents the most fabulous afternoon tea experience! Inspired by a drag queen’s make-up box, tea time in Soho is presented in a sparkling cosmetics case. Inside is a multi-layered offering of edible cosmetics and bejeweled cakes. Dip into Ageless Queen, a violet sugar-dusted pot of Créme Catalan. Sink your teeth into Glitter Ball, a white chocolate-coated lemon and blueberry cake-pop. Add a drop of rose perfume to the chocolate and vanilla Red Velvet roll, Red Lip Sync. Lastly, apply finishing touches of Bronze Up, a decadent layering of crunchy, creamy Oreo cheesecake. Scones are served with lashings of Clotted Night Cream and Lip Jam, whilst runway-ready sandwiches are served on mini-rolls, naturally colored with turmeric, sumac and chlorophyll. Starting at £39 per person.
There is also a monthly Sunday tea extravaganza where the dazzling Globe Girls will host, mingle and entertain you.
Destination Themed Afternoon Tea, The Stafford London
Take a journey around historic St James’s and its secluded streets. Dainty finger sandwiches and homemade sweet and savory scones and pastries are inspired by some of the neighborhood’s oldest boutiques. The oldest hat shop in the world and creator of the instantly recognizable bowler hat, Lock & Co is the inspiration behind a White chocolate and lime jelly top hat.
“A Rose For”, the latest addition to the Floris fragrance collection, acts as the base flavors in a dainty English strawberry and rosewater cupcake. There is also a fashion-forward crisp Almond shortbread tuxedo, in homage to Henry Poole & Co., the Savile Row tailor thought to be the original designer of the dinner jacket.
Guests can choose from a fine choice of tea from Camellia’s Tea House. For those wishing to celebrate in style, enjoy a chilled glass of Champagne from the extensive wine list. Starting at £47 per person.