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1 The Dorchester, Park Lane

This five-star hotel is the place to go for the ultimate festive fix this winter. From Saturday 21 November, The Dorchester will serve its Christmas Carols Afternoon Tea, accompanied by the resident pianist and children’s school choirs. Finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, festive pastries (keep your eyes peeled  for The Dorchester snowman) and mince pies will be available at five sittings each day for £69 per adult including a glass of Champagne, and £35 per child (ages 5-11). Book at dorchestercollection.com/festive

2 Le Restaurant de Paul, Tower 42 & Covent Garden

For a festive feast with a French twist, look no further than bakery Paul’s Christmas tea. Guests can enjoy a variety of delicate patisseries and cakes including two buchettes (chocolate and raspberrry), freshly baked briochettes (an alternative to the classic scones) plus six mini sandwiches with bespoke fillings. The limited edition ‘Dinde de Noël’ – sliced turkey and cranberry sauce topped with a thin layer of horseradish and cream cheese – is sure to be a big hit. Available from 10 November for £30 with a hot drink, £35 with a glass of Cremant Brut, £40 with a glass of Champagne Camille Saves and £45 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot. Tower 42 and Le Restaurant de Paul, Covent Garden. paul-uk.com

A festive feast from Paul

A festive feast from Paul

3 The Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge

The Bulgari’s pastry chef Alexandre Talpaert has put a festive twist on the classic afternoon tea menu – and guests won’t be disappointed. Mini panettone, an exotic yule log, a Mont Blanc and an orange and winter spices cake will be served alongside some of the world’s finest teas. The Christmas tea will be available from 16 November – 31 December, £42 or £54 with a glass of R de Ruinart Champagne. bulgarihotel.com/london

christmas afternoon tea at the bulgari hotel

A cake stand packed with festive treats at The Bulgari Hotel

4 The Savoy, The Strand

When it comes to iconic afternoon tea locations, the glass domed Thames Foyer in The Savoy is up there with the best of them. Visitors this Christmas can enjoy duck and chicken confit finger sandwiches with chestnut and cranberries as well as a variety of sweet treats, including freshly baked cranberry scones. The afternoon tea will be available from 1 December to 1 January,  £58 per person, or £69 with a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Champagne or £74 with a glass of Ruinart Rose champagne. fairmont.com/savoy-london

christmas tea at the savoy

The Savoy’s Christmas-themed cakes

5 The Park Tower Knightsbride

Visit The Knightsbridge Lounge after a Christmas shopping session and indulge in a decadent afternoon tea featuring smoked salmon sandwiches, king crab quiche, buttermilk scones, choux swan pastries and a chestnut and praline chocolate log. Available from 25 November to 5 January, £37 per person and £45 with a glass of Moet & Chandon. A children’s afternoon tea will also be on offer, £19 per child (under 12 years of age.) theparktowerknightsbridge.com

6 The Landmark London, Marylebone

The Landmark London’s Christmas Champagne Afternoon tea includes a glass of fizz, finger sandwiches, scones and an assortment of Christmas-inspired cakes and pastries. On Wednesdays 2nd, 9th and 16th December 2015, guests will also be able to enjoy festive tunes from carol singers. From 1 December to 3 January, £55 per person including a glass of Champagne. Book at landmarklondon.co.uk

7 Corinthia London, Whitehall Place

Inspired by the season, the Corinthia’s afternoon tea menu is something to admire. It starts with six different finger sandwiches (including roast beef with creamed horseradish and Loch Var smoked salmon) and is followed by a selection of English tea fancies. The spiced mince pie macaron, Christmas pudding gateaux and mulled wine panna cotta should get guests feeling festive. Available from 27 November, from £60 per person including a glass of Laurent Perrier Brut. corinthia.com/london

8 Claridge’s, Mayfair

Claridge’s Christmas afternoon tea will return on 16 November, featuring Laurent Perrier Champagne, festively-themed finger sandwiches, handmade pastries and the highlight of the menu, a Christmas pudding. If you’re dining at the weekend, listen out for Christmas Carols in the hotel’s foyer. £80 per person. Make a reservation at claridges.co.uk/london-afternoon-tea

Claridge's foyer

The festive foyer at Claridge’s

9 Conrad London St James, Mayfair

This Christmas, the Conrad St James will serve a seasonal afternoon tea inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Snow Queen. Coconut cream, mint macaroons and candy floss will be presented alongside salted butter shortbread, yoghurt cream, frosted blueberries and sugar shards. However, the highlight of the display has to be the Snow Queen’s sceptre made from a chocolate and pearl sponge with a praline ganache. Freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches with caviar and lemon crème fraiche, a smoked salmon blini and a mini stilton tartlet will also be on offer for those without a sweet tooth! Available from 23 November to 11 February, £55 per person with free flowing G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne or £39 per person without. conradhotels.hilton.com/london

snow queen afternoon tea

The Snow Queen-inspired tea

10 Pont St Christmas Afternoon Tea, Belgravia

Executive chef Sophie Michell has created a Christmas version of Pont St’s indulgent afternoon tea with original flavours of yuletide including mini sherry trifles, mini marzipan mince pies, chestnut and brandy macaron, plus cranberry and clementine éclairs. Savouries such as Stilton cheese balls with quince jelly and mini brandy pork terrine toasts will be served alongside fresh crumbly scones, clotted cream and homemade jam. Guests will also be presented with two gingerbread girls inspired by Belgraves’s Christmas window collaboration with twins Valeria Napoleone and Stefania Pramma of luxury handbag brand, PRAMMA. £35 per person or £45 with champagne. pontst.com

11 Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Residence, Mayfair

Give the gift of a unique afternoon tea experience with Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair. Guests will enjoy an intriguing and unique selection of champagne and gin teas served alongside a selection of sandwiches, cakes and macarons. From £38 per person. mr-foggs.com/residence

Mr Fogg's Residence

Mr Fogg’s Residence

12 London Hilton Syon Park

London Hilton Syon Park’s Festive Afternoon Tea is a real slice of Christmas cheer. Delicious treats include delicate finger sandwiches, irresistible mince pies, Christmas cakes, freshly baked buttery scones with a dollop of clotted cream and strawberry jam and macaroons. This is all washed down with a refreshing cup of Twining’s Tea – there are 13 different blends to choose from – or a Musetti coffee, and a glass of mulled wine. £19.95 per person, available every day in December. londonsyonpark.com

13 Sketch Christmas with Bethan Laura Wood, Mayfair

Sketch has teamed up with colour and pattern enthusiast Bethan Laura Wood to create a spectacular Christmas installation, which will run until 6 January 2016. The London-based designer, known for her eclectic exhibits, has transformed the entrance hall with Jewel-inspired garlands constructed from coloured PVC, brass rivets and glitter, which that resemble charm bracelets, plus dramatic crisscross lighting. Guests will enjoy festive alternatives to the traditional menus, including Quail egg and caviar, Coronation Chicken and Malabar Marshmallow for afternoon tea. There will also be Christmas inspired musical surprises. sketch.london

14 Hotel Café Royal’s London Royal Tea
Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street has added a sprinkle of festive magic to the London Royal Tea, which is served in the gilded splendour of the Oscar Wilde Bar. Served throughout December and until 11 January, it makes the perfect retreat from both last minute Christmas shopping and the madness of January sales in the heart of central London. hotelcaferoyal.com

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