Lead image: St Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
1 St Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, Piccadilly
The Ritz is inviting you to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a Rosé Champagne afternoon tea in its luxurious Palm Court restaurant. Soprano Miranda Heldt will be performing operatic melodies to create a romantic ambience for the special occasion and guests will receive a beautiful red Ritz rose to take home with them. The tea will be served on Thursday 14 February across four sittings, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm, and is priced from £90 per person.
The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly W1J 9BR; theritzlondon.com
2 Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Conrad London St James
Conrad London St James is embracing the spirit of Valentine’s Day by adding some delicious treats to its indulgent afternoon tea. Designed by Executive Pastry Chef, Diana Sedlakova, the romantic cakes will accompany the traditional afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, freshly-baked cakes, pastries and scones. You can expect an eclectic range of teas, selected from around the world as well as enjoying a glass of Rosé Champagne to celebrate the occasion. The Valentine’s Afternoon Tea is £45 per person with one glass of Rosé Champagne or £60 per person with a bottle of Rosé Champagne to share between two.
22-28 Broadway, Westminster SW1H 0BH; conradhotels.com/london
3 Vegan Valentines at Café Forty One, Hyde Park
Café Forty One at La Suite West Hotel has introduced new romantic experiences for Valentine’s Day 2019, including a vegan afternoon tea, which can be paired with a romantic overnight stay. As the first vegan French patisserie in London, Café Forty One has created an afternoon tea that defies the normal perception of vegan food, with decadent sandwiches, scones and cakes, non-alcoholic fizz and loose-leaf teas. It is served daily from 1 to 28 February, 12pm to 5pm and costs £35 per person.
41-51 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park W2 3JN; lasuitewest.com
Transforming its much-loved afternoon tea with a romantic twist, The Dorchester will be serving its Sweet Love Afternoon Tea this Valentine’s Day. It will include a selection of Valentine’s Day inspired pastries such as Strawberry Milkshake Macaron, Jasmine Honey and Raspberry Rose Tart, accompanied by a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé. What’s more, for an extra touch of romance, guests will also receive a beautiful rose as a gift to take home. The Sweet Love Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester is offered from 14 February to 17 February and is priced from £85 per adult and £35 per child.
Park Lane, W1K 1QA; dorchestercollection.com
5 Valentine’s Jazz High Tea at The Langham, Marylebone
The Langham hotel is expanding the hours of its renowned high tea for Valentine’s Day to allow guests to have a romantic treat after work. Running from 5pm to 8pm on 14 February, the special Valentine’s Jazz High Tea will include a hot course, alongside the usual delicious sandwiches, scones and patisserie. Guests will be able to choose from Carlingford Oysters ‘mignonette’, a Mimolette croque toastie, roast Orkney Scallops with seaweed butter, Dorset crab and Oscietra caviar blini or La Latteria’s burratina, with artichoke, green olive and friseline salad. The special tea will also be served to a soundtrack of live jazz from the John Watson trio for a truly romantic twist. The Valentine’s Jazz High Tea costs from £65 per person.
1C Portland Place, Marylebone W1B 1JA; langhamhotels.co.uk
6 Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Rubens Hotel, Westminster
The Palace Lounge at The Rubens Hotel is one of the most perfect locations to enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea thanks to its luxurious design. But, the hotel is making it even more special this Valentine’s Day with a slight twist on its classic offering, including a complimentary shot of their Aphrodisiac Cocktail, made from Yuzu, Rose, Grey Goose, Ginseng Aperitif, egg white, lemon and topped with Lanson Perre et Fills champagne. The special afternoon tea is priced from £45 per person
39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
7 Valentine’s Day Champagne Afternoon Tea on City Cruises, Tower Pier
City Cruises’ famous afternoon tea on the Thames will have a romantic twist this Valentine’s Day with a glass of champagne on arrival, live jazz music and a red rose offered to every couple booking the package. Light sandwiches, tasty cakes, a range of pastries and English scones with plenty of jam and cream will be served, as well as unlimited tea and coffee. Just make sure you take some time to enjoy the upstairs deck for a 360-degree view of the capital’s riverside landmarks. The two-hour cruise departs from Tower Pier at 2.45pm on 14 February and is priced from £49 per person.
Tower Pier EC3N 4DT; citycruises.com
8 Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair
Brown’s Hotel is serving a special Valentine’s Day afternoon tea in the English Tea Room this February to mark the day of love. Between 14 and 17 February visitors to Brown’s can expect a twist on their classic offering with a glass of Ruinart Rosé Champagne as well as chocolate dipped strawberries to add a bit more romance to the occasion. The special Valentine’s Afternoon Tea is priced at £70 per person to make the perfect treat for your Valentine or Galantine.
Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4BP; roccofortehotels.com/browns-hotel
9 Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Fortnum & Mason
You can hardly think about afternoon tea without Fortnum & Mason, who have been perfecting the art for centuries. This year the institution is inviting guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon with a special themed menu. Diners will be treated to an array of sandwiches and freshly baked scones, presented with clotted cream along with Fortnum’s Strawberry Preserve & Lemon Curd. You can also expect some delicious patisserie, including Bourbon Vanilla and Honeycomb Cheesecake, a Rose Choux Bun and Gianduja and Cardamom Chocolate Cake. The tea costs £52.50 per person and is available from 14 – 17 February.
4th Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St James’s W1A 1ER; fortnumandmason.com/restaurants
10 Tea at Tang’s at China Tang, Mayfair
China Tang at The Dorchester recently unveiled a luxury new afternoon tea showcasing the restaurant’s signature Cantonese-style. As well as savoury and sweet dim sum treats, the tea features butterfly prawn toast, tiger prawn deep fried bread with sweet and sour sauce and vegetarian spring rolls. Refined desserts include chocolate dumplings, traditional Hong Kong egg custard tarts and Mandarin yoghurt cheesecake. Priced £46pp with the option of adding a glass of champagne from £17 or tea-based cocktail for £16. Available from 2.30pm-4.30pm in the Bar.
53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA; chinatanglondon.co.uk