Afternoon Tea Week 2017 runs from 14-18 August, celebrating the Great British institution of Afternoon Tea. The Resident picks out London’s best afternoon teas created just for the occasion…
1 The Dorchester’s Ice Cream Champagne Afternoon Tea
The Dorchester in London is spinning a modern, summery take on the traditional afternoon tea for Afternoon Tea Week. Alongside delicious finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, The Dorchester’s Ice Cream Champagne Afternoon Tea showcases three different homemade ice cream flavours – black berry mojito sorbet, clotted cream and cherry, plus honeycomb and strawberry basil sorbet – all served in home-made cones. Guests will also enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne or Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne as an accompaniment. Served in The Promenade at The Dorchester from 1-31 August 2017 priced £65pp or £35 for kids.
53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA; 020 7629 8888; dorchestercollection.com
2 Bluebird’s Think Pink Afternoon Tea
Chelsea institution, Bluebird has created London’s first all pink afternoon tea for Afternoon Tea Week. Available from 17-20 August, the Think Pink afternoon tea, in association with Château Minuty rosé, is an elegant French twist on this quintessentially British afternoon delight. The all-pink tiered affair features cupcakes with rose petal icing, red velvet rolls, pink macaroons, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches. Pair your tea with a glass of Château Minuty’s Provencal Rosé, shimmering Rosé Champagne or a Lychee Rose Martini. Served from 3-4.30pm for £22.50pp (a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Pink Ribbon Foundation).
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU; 020 7559 1000; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
3 Burberry afternoon Tea at Thomas’s Café
Enjoy Afternoon Tea Week at the fashionable Thomas’s Café in Burberry’s flagship store on Regent Street. Take a front row seat in the heart of London while enjoying a quintessentially British afternoon. Enjoy mini finger cakes, including a Victoria sandwich and lemon drizzle, alongside Thomas’s signature pale orange fondant fancy and apple crumble choux bun, as well as an assortment of finger sandwiches and tea cakes, served on a brass and glass shelved cake stand. Priced at £32 including a complimentary glass of Nyetimber rosé.
121 Regent Street W1B 4TB. For reservations call 020 3159 1410 or book via OpenTable
4 The Hari Hotel’s Italian afternoon tea
The Hari Hotel, nestled in the heart of Belgravia, launched a new afternoon tea with an Italian twist in July. Served in the hotel’s foodie hub – Italian restaurant il Pampero – ’Napolitea’ nods to its surroundings with both traditional and contemporary elements. Designed and crafted by The Hari’s pastry chefs, an array of sweets, include ricotta chocolate cannolos, bombolini (Italian filled doughnuts) and the impossibly light chocolate sfogliatelle. Mushroom and truffle arancini and classic bruschetta sit alongside refreshing melon and Parma ham for savoury bites. Guests will be fuelled with tea and for a boozy option, bottomless Prosecco is available. ’Napolitea’ will be available from 2.30pm – 5pm every Thursday – Sunday. Napolitea is £35 per person. Napolitea with Bottomless Prosecco is £45 per person. Please book 24 hours in advance.
20 Chesham Place, Belgravia SW1X 8HQ; thehari.com
5 R Chocolate London’s award-winning afternoon tea
R Chocolate, founded by self-confessed chocoholic Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, serves a classic Afternoon Tea at their new boutique chocolate shop in the heart of Belgravia. Enjoy a selection of afternoon delights created using only the highest quality ingredients, paired with a glass of Champagne Baron de Rothschild or, as a unique alternative, a chocolate sparkling wine from France. Chocoholic treat include a Grand Cru Mousse with Hazelnut Biscuit & Sea Salt Caramel Centre, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Strawberry & Champagne Mousse with Pistachio Biscuit, Scones with Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam and the tea of your choice. £35pp or £45pp with a glass of Barons de Rothschild Champagne or CiaB (a French sparkling wine infused with chocolate).
198 Ebury Street, Belgravia SW1W 8UN; rchocolatelondon.co.uk
6 Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea, Town House Kensington
Get whisked away to a land of princesses, beasts and talking dishware with Town House’s new Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea. To celebrate the premiere of Beauty and the Beast, the tea will feature themed treats such as the ‘Try the Grey Stuff’ chocolate mousse and a clock tart featuring Cogsworth’s face. This tea has proved so popular that it has been extended twice beyond the end of its original run, and is now being served until 30 June 2018! During 2017, the Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea is £35pp or £45 with a glass of Champagne and the Festive Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea will be £38.50pp or £50 with a glass of Perrier-Jouët, Grand Brut NV Champagne. In 2018, the Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea will be the same price as the festive special.
109-113 Queen’s Gate SW7 5LR; townhousekensington.com
7 Green & Black’s Bottomless Chocola-TEA at The Montagu at Hyatt Regency London
The Montagu’s Green & Black’s Chocola-TEA celebrates the hotel’s namesake Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite dessert, and also Green & Black’s 25th anniversary. For Afternoon Tea Week, you can enjoy the tea with two hours of bottomless prosecco for £49 (quote ‘Afternoon Tea Week’ when booking). Every element delicately infuses Green & Black’s chocolate, with treats including the Churchill Burger with a Dark 70% Chocolate infused BBQ Sauce, an Aubergine Mousse Cocoa Éclair and a DIY Salted Chocolate Buttercream Cupcake. The traditional scone becomes a Chocolate & Pistachio Scone with a Chocolate Curd, and you can enjoy a cup of Maya Gold Cacao Tea, inspired by the ancient Mayan drink ‘kukuh’. Or you can choose Sir Winston’s Martini cocktail – a classic Martinez garnished with Green & Black’s Rich Dark 85% Chocolate. £38pp or £47 with a choice of champagne or cocktail. Available Mon-Fri 1.30pm-5.30pm and weekends 3.30pm-5.30pm.
30 Portman Square W1H 7BH; 020 7299 2037; themontagurestaurant.co.uk
8 K West Hotel & Spa Launches Festival Glam Rock Afternoon Tea
K West Hotel & Spa in Shepherd’s Bush has launched a brand new Festival Glam Rock Afternoon Tea for summer. Running until 31 August 2017, the Festival Afternoon Tea is served in The Library, which has undergone a summer makeover and been transformed into the ‘Festival Hub’ with deck-chairs, bean bags, grass carpet and flamingos, or the Studio Bar & Kitchen. The tea includes enticing mini-clubs and rainbow brioche sliders, fresh blueberry ‘rolling scones’ with clotted cream and homemade jams, as well as a selection of minted strawberry and watermelon mini-slushies, macaroons, sorbet cones and white chocolate mini cheesecake bowls. £28.50pp.
Richmond Way, Shepherd’s Bush W14 0AX; 020 8008 6600; k-west.co.uk
9 Dalloway Terrace’s Alfresco Afternoon Tea
Fingers crossed that the sun shines during Afternoon tea Week, because Dalloway Terrace’s new summer afternoon tea menu is just perfect on the terrace in the sun. Highlights of the new menu include a delicious fruity offering of Roast Hazelnut & Lemon Financier, Fresh Raspberry & Streusel Tart and Yuzu Caramel Parfait with Red Berries. The sandwich selection is new too, with the likes of Smoked Salmon & Lemon Crème Fraîche on Beetroot Bread and Chicken & Tomato on Mediterranean Bread. £35pp or £40 with a glass of English sparkling wine and £45 with a glass of Champagne.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com
10 Conrad London St James’ Summer Afternoon Tea
The Summer Afternoon Tea at the Conrad London St James adds contemporary flavours and techniques to the traditional afternoon tea. Choose from an extensive range of Harney & Sons teas (tea sommeliers are on hand to ensure a personalised experience) and, for a little extra luxury, opt in for free-flowing champagne during both weekday and weekend services. The selection of savouries includes a prawn and crab Bloody Mary or pea and mint panna cotta, as well as sandwiches such as coronation chicken on caraway bread and pickled cucumber with lemon and mint cream cheese on beetroot bread. Sweets include a raspberry and pistachio choux bun, strawberry and cream pearl and fresh scones. On Saturdays, afternoon tea is accompanied by live Jazz. £35pp or £49pp with free-flowing champagne from Mon-Thurs and £54pp from Fri-Sun.
To make a reservation call 020 3301 8080 or see conradhotels.com/london
11 Miyako’s Japanese Afternoon Tea at Andaz London Liverpool Street
Miyako at the Andaz London Liverpool Street has created a Japanese alternative to the iconic British high tea for Afternoon Tea Week. Served in the hotel’s 1901 Wine Lounge from 14-19 August, Miyako’s specially crafted afternoon tea features an array of sweet and savoury dishes, all crafted to look like a traditional Japanese meal and served in a bento box. Head Chef Kosei Sakamoto has collaborated with Head Pastry Chef Kieron Boyle to create a unique experience that swaps sandwiches for sushi and infuses the traditional scone with matcha tea. Sweet treats come in the form of matcha, strawberry and white chocolate roulade, coconut rice ‘sushi’ garnished with mango and mandarin caviar, yuzu, mango and dark chocolate mousse cake, plus pink guava macaroons. £29pp or £39pp with a glass of champagne or sake.
40 Liverpool Street EC2M 7QN. For 25% off, book via afternoontea.co.uk