Peter Rabbit and that tiger are both coming to tea this Easter as London springs into action with a number of charming afternoon teas for all the family. Rest assured, there are a few indulgent, boozy teas for grown ups too. The Resident checks out the best Easter afternoon teas…
Lead Image: The Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly
1 Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly
Mr McGregor’s Garden comes to life in this nostalgic Peter Rabbit afternoon tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly. Inspired by the original Beatrix Potter tale, savoury delights include Mr McGregor’s Garden, which wraps carrots, radishes and pea shoots inside a mini baguette, as well as a smoked salmon and sun-dried tomato pinwheel. Pastries include the beautiful Flower-Pot Hideout, a chamomile mousse inside an edible chocolate pot, the Magnificent Mushroom with strawberry ganache and a crunchy meringue stem, and, of course, carrot cake. A mini version is presented inside a wooden vegetable patch box for kids, who will be given an array of Peter Rabbit goodies including a purse, drawstring bag and bespoke Le Méridien Piccadilly Peter Rabbit book. There’s also the chance to take part in a dedicated Peter Rabbit trail across the hotel. Available from April 2019 for six months from Mon-Sun, 12.30pm-5pm, priced £35 for adults and £25 for kids.
21 Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 0BH; terraceonpiccadilly.com
2 Enchanted Easter at The Lanesborough, Hyde Park
For one day only on Sunday 14 April, The Lanesborough’s Michelin-star restaurant Céleste will be transformed into an Easter paradise. In collaboration with acclaimed florist Nikki Tibbles, founder of Wild at Heart, and Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, the enchanted woodland wonderland with feature real lawn and meadow grasses, rabbit tunnels and rope swings. Families can live the fairy-tale experience with an afternoon and Easter egg hunting among the foliage and flowers, with a glass of chilled champagne and afternoon tea canapés on the raised balcony of Céleste for the parents. Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium will provide a pudding table with delectable cupcakes and chocolate lollipops, and there’ll be entertainment from NOTORiOUS KiDS for the little ones, including face painting, arts and crafts. The ticketed event is £50 per child (4-10 years old) and £75 per adult.
3 London Hilton on Park Lane, Mayfair
Last year’s Great British Bake Off: The Professionals winners, Emmanuel Bonneau and Sam Leatherby, have transformed London Hilton on Park Lane’s afternoon tea for Easter. The three tiers of Easter delicacies include a mango and vanilla half chocolate egg, as well as cherry and chocolate parfait, orange macaroon, carrot cake, passion and white chocolate tart, and mandarin and praline log. Sandwiches include smoked salmon with horseradish cream and cucumber, chive and cream cheese on malted seed bread and coronation chicken on ciabatta bloomer. Freshly baked scones come in a choice of plain, chocolate chip or raisin, layered with either salted caramel spread, Cornish clotted cream or strawberry jam. Available from £39pp (or £49pp with champagne) in the Podium Restaurant and Bar until 22 April.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1BE; podiumrestaurant.com
4 The Tiger Who Came To Tea at The Savoy, The Strand
Judith Kerr’s popular children’s book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, has charmed children and parents alike since its first publication in 1968, and now, you can experience it almost literally at The Savoy. Partnering with HarperCollins Children’s Books, The Savoy’s Tiger Who Came to Tea afternoon tea is the hotel’s first children’s afternoon tea offering in its 129-year history. The pastry team has created a whimsical menu drawn from the tea that Sophie and her mum shared with the visiting tiger, including sandwiches, tiger-striped scones and playful pastries, all served on bespoke chinaware. From £40 per child (aged 5-12). Available to book on Friday 19 and Monday 22 April only.
The Savoy, The Strand WC2R 0EZ; thesavoylondon.com
5 Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia
The patisserie experts at Berners Tavern – Jason Atherton’s much-loved restaurant in Fitzrovia – have created an Easter Afternoon Tea choc-full of seasonal chocolate treats. Available on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April, the tea will include spiced ginger and milk chocolate macaron rabbits, coconut mousse with mango and coconut shortbread eggs, and carrot cake plant pots with cream cheese frosting. The savoury delights also reach way beyond the ordinary,with the likes of poached chicken and truffle baguette with pickled mushroom, a sunflower and poppy seed scone with goat’s curd and apple salad, and Loch Duarte salmon tartare with pickled cucumber and crème fraiche. Priced £39.50pp.
Berners Tavern at The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street W1T 3NP; bernerstavern.com
6 Harvey Nichols Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Knightsbridge
Harvey Nichols has launched a limited-edition Chocolate Afternoon Tea for Easter, featuring plenty of indulgent chocolate desserts. Head Pastry Chef David Conlon has created a trio of chocolate macaroons with a white chocolate Easter egg, a hazelnut, caramel and chocolate sponge, a white chocolate exotic mouse, chocolate pavé with passion fruit crémeux and a chocolate verrine with caramelised macadamias. Finger sandwiches include smoked salmon and dill cream cheese, cucumber and poppy seed, egg mayonnaise and cress, coronation chicken and vegetable quiche. The Easter Chocolate afternoon tea is available until 28 April from 1pm-5.30pm priced £35pp or £45 with bottomless Prosecco.
109-125 Knightsbridge SW1X 7RJ; harveynichols.com
7 Mr Fogg’s Residence Tipsy Tea, Mayfair
Not only will Mr Fogg’s Residence will be serving up their spiffing Mr Fogg’s Tipsy Tea on Saturday and Sunday, they’ll also have a a Bacardi Cuatro Five Tier Chocolate Fountain throughout Easter weekend. The boozy afternoon tea will feature a selection of sweet and savoury snacks adorned with daffodils and plenty of Easter delights, while the ultimate fountain will be flowing with a self-serve Rum Rabbit Rum cocktail with Bacardi Anejo Cuatro, nut liqueur, dark chocolate, smoked paprika syrup, lemon juice and jam. Tipsy Tea is available 20-21 April priced £44pp and the chocolate fountain is running 19-22 April priced £14.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair W1J 6JD; mr-foggs.com
8 Leicester Square Kitchen, West End
Leicester Square Kitchen in London West End specialises in contemporary Mexican and Peruvian cuisine, so if you’re looking for an afternoon tea with a difference, you know where to head. The Easter Afternoon Tea experience features classic sandwiches alongside desserts with Leicester Square Kitchen’s signature flair. Linger over sugar-coated doughnuts with Peruvian chocolate sauce, served alongside a limited-edition handcrafted chocolate nest. Available until 23 April from 2pm-4.30pm on weekdays and weekends from 1pm-4.30pm priced £30pp (£36 with a glass of prosecco).
31-36 Leicester Square WC2H 7LH; leicestersquarekitchen.co.uk
9 Fortnum & Mason’s Children’s Afternoon Tea, Piccadilly
Treat the little ones to an afternoon tea experience at Fortnum’s award-winning Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Their famous tea tradition has been replicated for children this Easter with an array of finger sandwiches, freshly baked plain and fruit scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry preserve. Then, sitting proudly on the top tier will be a specially created patisserie plate of Mini Chocolate Easter Eggs, Chocolate and Passionfruit Marshmallow, Raspberry and White Chocolate Jelly and the classic favourite – Jammy Dodger Biscuit. Served with the option of classic blend tea, hot chocolate, a glass of milk or apple or orange juice. Priced £26. Fortnum’s is also hosting craft workshops for children aged 5-12 on 16 and 17 April, priced £25.
181 Piccadilly W1A 1ER; fortnumandmason.com