Celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Megham Markle with one of London’s most indulgent, imaginative afternoon teas created especially for the Royal Wedding
Lead image: The Savoy Royal Afternoon Tea
1 Royal Afternoon Tea at The Savoy
The Savoy is celebrating its long association with the Royal Family with a Royal Afternoon Tea and a new cocktail, The Royal Welcome. The Royal Afternoon Tea has been inspired by Royal weddings past and present. Created by Executive Pastry Chef Ludwig Hely in collaboration with Susan Scott, The Savoy’s in-house archivist, the new afternoon tea menu will feature Her Majesty The Queen’s favourite cake of soft chocolate ganache, rich tea biscuits and rum soaked raisins, based on an authentic historic Royal recipe. Served alongside the cakes and sandwiches will be Tea for Heroes, an English Breakfast blend created for Terry Clark, an RAF veteran of the Battle of Britain, and Rathfinny Wine Estate’s first vintage of Sussex Sparkling. Priced £68pp.
Strand WC2R 0EZ; fairmont.com
2 Right Royal Celebration Tea at Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum’s Royal wedding afternoon tea, served in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, starts with champagne and canapés, followed by finger sandwiches including Fortnum’s smoked salmon on rye and coronation chicken. Patisserie designed exclusively for the celebration includes champagne fraises des bois and, as a nod to Miss Markle, southern velvet cake. There will also be Fortnum’s freshly baked scones with clotted cream, strawberry preserve and lemon curd, as well as a lemon and elderflower mini celebration cake mirroring the couple’s wedding cake flavour. You’ll be served the new Wedding Bouquet Blend tea, which marries English and American-grown mint with jasmine green tea and rose petals. Also, on Saturday 19 May from 11am-2pm, the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon will host a special screening of the wedding.
181 Piccadilly W1A 1ER; fortnumandmason.com
3 Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea at DUKES LONDON
DUKES LONDON in Mayfair is serving a limited-edition Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea, which you can enjoy either in the Drawing Room or the hotel’s Great British Restaurant (GBR). Culinary delights include delicate doughnut pralines, peanut chocolate délice and fruit tartelette topped with edible flowers. To commemorate the union of Britain and America, DUKES has also created red and blue Battenberg cake, a classic British cake combined with the USA’s national colours. The treats will be served with Royal 1st Flush Black Tea from the East India Company, harvested from bushes planted by HRH Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth during their first visit to Ceylon in 1954. Priced £32.50 or £42.50 with a glass of bubbles. Available now until 30 June.
36 Little St James Street SW1A 1NS; gbrrestaurantslondon.com
4 Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Suites and Residences, perfectly placed between Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, has launched a regal afternoon tea experience inspired by the monarchy. Royal subjects can dine on a selection of sweet hors d’oeuvres, including a zesty Elderflower and Lemon Cupcake, Blueberry Cheesecake Hat and Royal Seal Blue Sapphire Macaroons, inspired by the engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Savoury fancies include a traditional Coronation Chicken Sandwich, a Sussex Roast Beef served with mustard on carrot bread, as well as a classic Cornish Cheese, Cucumber and Cranberry Jelly Sandwich. £40pp. Add a glass of Prosecco for £5.
51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences SW1E 6AF; taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk
5 Royal-Tea at Selfridges
Selfridges is serving up a limited-edition afternoon tea of British classics with an American twits in celebration of Harry and Meghan’s impending nuptials. The Royal-tea (geddit?) will feature Truffle Mac & Cheese Croquettes, cornbread finger sandwiches topped with salt beef and BBQ mayo, and crab and lobster tartlets. Sweet treats include mini chocolate peanut butter & jelly cakes, chocolate sticky toffee patisserie, caramel popcorn meringues with edible gold crowns and more, including freshly baked scones. Priced £62 for two, or £80 with a glass of rose champagne each, at the Corner Restaurant & Champagne Bar on floor 2.
400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; selfridges.com
6 Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea at Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
To celebrate the Royal Wedding, the Zetter Townhouses in Clerkenwell and Marylebone are offering a special Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea with an American twist, available until 3rd June. The American twist on the afternoon tea will includeThe Chilli Dog (Dingley Dell frankfurter, brioche roll, smoked chilli beef, pickled jalapeños) The LA Burger (Toasted charcoal bun, dry aged rib & chuck, Monetary Jack cheese, coleslaw & pickles) The Buffalo (Buffalo hot wings, celery, blue cheese sauce) and The Big Mac (Mac ‘n’ cheese, Crispy onion and smoked bacon crumble), alongside Aunt Wilhelmina’s usual options and British scones and cakes. All washed down with a Royale Royale cocktail.
49-50 St John’s Square EC1V 4JJ; thezettertownhouse.com
7 Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea at Browns
What is a royal celebration without finger sandwiches and scones? Browns Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea features decadent lobster brioche rolls, traditional finger sandwiches and home-baked scones with clotted cream. Mini sweet treats include elderflower and gin posset and salted caramel profiteroles. Available from 8-22 May at all venues from £19.95pp. Add a glass of Veuve-Cliquot Champagne or a perfectly quaint glass of Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin and Fever-Tree Tonic for £25.95).
8 Royal Afternoon Tea at The Petersham
The Petersham Restaurant is hosting a spectacular Royal Afternoon Tea with traditional scones and award-winning loose-leaf teas alongside an array of beautifully themed cakes, pastries and sandwiches designed for the occasion by Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges. Highlights include a decadent Chocolate Biscuit Cake (a favourite of Queen Elizabeth II herself), as well as delicate Lemon Curd and Raspberry Tartlets inspired by Meghan Markle’s wedding cake. Enjoy it with a glass of Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut Champagne, a favourite of the Royal family for generations. Available now until 1 July priced £27.50 Mon-Fri and £29.50 Sat-Sun (add a glass of champagne for £12.75).
Nightingale Lane, Richmond TW10 6UZ; petershamhotel.co.uk
9 Royal Afternoon Tea at Conrad London St James
Emmeline’s Lounge at Conrad London St James has launched a Royal Afternoon Tea created by Executive Pastry Chef Diana Sedlakova. The high tea features exquisite Royal wedding-themed cakes and pastries including a hazelnut and banana veil, diamond rings flavoured with tonka bean and strawberry, and lemon and blueberry Battenberg, as well as a lemon and elderflower lollipop wedding favour. Of course, there are quintessentially British sandwiches including cucumber and cream cheese, roast beef with creamed horseradish, and oak-smoked salmon and lemon dill crème fraîche, as well as fresh scones. Available from 14 May to 31 August priced £35pp, £38pp with the Lalani & Co Tea Collection, or £42pp with a glass of G H Mumm Champagne or your cocktail of choice.
22-28 Broadway SW1H 0BH; conradhotels.com
10 The Palace Tea & Live Screening at Strand Palace Hotel
Strand Palace Hotel has afternoon tea down to a fine art, having treated its guests to the quintessential tradition since 1909. On Saturday 19 May, you can enjoy tea while watching the ceremony live in the Lounge Bar, with a complimentary glass of prosecco. The Palace Tea is accompanied by a choice of finger sandwiches bursting with traditional fillings, including smoked salmon, prawn cocktail and roast ham with cheddar, as well as a selection of delicate cakes and pastries like the fruity summer berry millefeuille and light Victoria sponge, as well as sultana scones with generous portions of clotted cream and strawberry jam. Priced £33pp, plus £8.25 for a glass of presecco or £14 for champagne. There’s also the hotel’s Gin Tea for £39pp.
372 Strand WC2R 0JJ; strandpalacehotel.co.uk
11 Lanes of London’s Royal Wedding Botanical Afternoon Tea
Overlooking from the greenery of Hyde Park, you can sit back in opulent settings within London Marriott Park Lane and soak it all up. Championing British produce, the afternoon tea features a selection of finger sandwiches, such as fennel-cured salmon, beetroot crema and pineapple sage, and a variation on classic egg, with oak leaf and chervil mayo. Royal Wedding specials include sweet treats of a Canadian bacon and maple syrup marshmallow, an Earl Grey Tea mousse, and a Union Jack cake. Served daily from midday-5pm from 14-20 May priced £22.50pp (£42.50 with with free-flowing rose Champagne).
140 Park Lane W1K 7AA; lanesoflondon.co.uk
12 The 1840 Afternoon Tea at St. James’s Hotel and Club
The five-star St. James’s Hotel and Club, a stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace, has played host to esteemed guests such as Winston Churchill, Prince Philip and Prince Michael of Kent. The historical-themed 1840 Afternoon Tea, inspired by the Victorian era, when the Queen introduced it as a pastime, features authentic highlights from the time including a Tipsy Cake, soaked in sherry and served with custard, profiteroles, lemon drizzle cake, custard tart and a classic Victoria sponge. Enjoy it with a fine loose tea blend from The East India Company, created especially for the hotel. Overnight guests can also enjoy a luxury carriage ride experience through London. The 1840 Afternoon Tea is £40pp or £52 with a glass of champagne.
7-8 Park Place , St. James’s SW1A 1LS; stjameshotelandclub.com