London, a foodie’s paradise, is home to a wealth of new offerings this summer. Whether it be flash-frozen ice-cream, delectable pastries (hello Cronut!) or one of Chelsea & Westminster’s best afternoon teas, these summer flavours are sure to whet your appetite
3 OF THE BEST AFTERNOON TEAS
1 Sketch Rich Tea
Mayfair institution sketch and Champagne house Veuve Clicquot have just launched an innovative and unusual twist on the traditional Champagne afternoon tea, a tea-strained Champagne to complement the delicious homemade afternoon tea, which includes delicious finger sandwiches, fresh pastries and traditional scones with clotted cream, fig and strawberry jam.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2XG; 020 7659 4500; sketch.london
2 The Savoy’s Thames Foyer
A magnificent glass domed atrium at the heart of The Savoy, the Thames Foyer is an enchanting space that radiates natural light and sociable warmth. Famous the world over for its Afternoon Tea – which is an experience that has been enjoyed here for over 125 years – the Thames Foyer hums with gentle chatter, melodious piano and the delicate sound of silver on bone china.
The Strand WC2R 0EU; 020 7836 4343; fairmont.com/savoy
3 The Flower Tea by Alexis Gauthier
An award-winning chef has created an inspired new style of afternoon tea for 11 Cadogan Gardens. The Flower Tea by Alexis Gauthier retains the essential elements of savoury, scones and sweet, but brings a lightness and finesse in execution missing in other heavier, more sugary offerings. Gauthier was one of the first wave of chefs to popularise plant- and flower-led menus.
11 Cadogan Gardens SW3 2RJ; 020 7730 6383; flowerafternoontea.co.uk
Four Winters ice cream
Ice cream aficionado Four Winters is bringing the high-tech trend behind magical, made-to-order ice cream to the capital with the opening of its first London store on Gloucester Road. Perfect for foodies and families alike, the futuristic parlour offers ice cream inspired by the four seasons with the added spectacle of seeing it flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen before your eyes.
103 Gloucester Road SW7 4SZ; fourwinters.co
The Ivy does breakfast
For the first time in a history that spans almost a century, The Ivy in London’s theatreland has opened for weekday breakfast. Executive Chef Gary Lee has created a menu featuring English breakfast classics, including a traditional Full English and Vegetarian Breakfast, as well as an entire section dedicated to eggs, and a host of lighter options.
1-5 West Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9NQ; 020 7836 4751; the-ivy.co.uk
The Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery London
Chef Dominique Ansel and his team are bringing some French and New York flavours across the Pond with the opening of his eponymous bakery, Dominique Ansel Bakery London, in late summer. Located on Elizabeth Street, Ansel’s first Europe-based bakery will carry a new line of London-only items, as well as a menu of signature pastries that will include The Cronut, the croissant-donut hybrid pastry that was named one of The Best Inventions of 2013 by TIME magazine.
17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia SW1W 9RP; dominiqueansellondon.com
Prosecco at POLPO Knightsbridge
The recently opened POLPO Knightsbridge, located on the Fifth Floor of Harvey Nichols, has launched a Franciacorta & Prosecco Bar. Showcasing beautiful new antique stem glassware, and a neon ‘Prosecco’ sign, the bar will celebrate the very best of Italian sparkling wines. Included on the new menu will be one of the all time great Italian sparkling wines, the Ca’ del Bosco’s Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige, which is made in the metodo classic style and had notes of apricots and toasted nuts.
109-125 Knightsbridge SW1X 7RK; polpo.co.uk