Afternoon tea spots across London are being decked out with chocolates and flowers for Easter-themed teas. The Resident checks out the best Easter afternoon teas to try this spring…
Lead Image: Easter Afternoon Tea at Jumeirah Carlton Tower
1 Easter Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Lanes of London, Mayfair
One for the chocoholics, Lanes of London will be serving a Chocolate Afternoon Tea for Easter. You can dine on a tempting chocolatey treat selection including an Easter hunt Chocolate nest, Hatter Chocolate Cupcakes, and Tea Cup Biscuits. Enjoy Rabbit Scotch Eggs and finger sandwiches of Goats Cheese, Tarragon and Piquillo Pepper, along with freshly baked Hot Cross Buns with a selection of jams. Available from 12-5pm 30 March to 1 April. £22.50 per person but for added sparkle, opt for decadent free-flowing Rose Champagne for £39.50.
140 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 7AA; lanesoflondon.co.uk
2 Honey Bee Afternoon Tea at Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
Dalloway Terrace has been transformed with a bee inspired interior. The terrace has been reimagined by master florist Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart and is adorned with an abundance of wild English flowers creating a kaleidoscope of colour, with oversized bees laced within the meadow styled blossom. The exceptional ‘Honey Bee Afternoon Tea’ takes inspiration from the humble bee. Highlights include; honey roast ham and English mustard mayonnaise sandwiches served on wholemeal bread, Vanilla scones and Morello cherry scones served with clotted cream, raw honey and homemade jam and Lemon shortbread served with lavender honey and blueberry cream crowned with a blueberry glaze. £35 per person.
16-22 Great Russell Stree, Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com
3 Easter Sunday Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Residence, Mayfair
Join the household staff at The Residence this Easter Sunday. With Monday free, come and indulge in a selection of delightful treats and tasty tipples. The tables will be adorned with daffodils commemorating the end of winter, and the beginning of wonderful spring-time. They will their resident harpist there to serenade you while you enjoy delectable Easter egg desserts and our very own custom-created ‘Easter Egg Cocktail’. From £45 per person.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair W1J 6JD; mr-foggs.com
4 Easter Weekend at Sketch, Mayfair
Enjoy good food, company, and Music this Easter Weekend at Sketch with their whimsical Afternoon Tea. Expect delicious sandwiches such as Scottish smoked salmon with Jacob’s cream. The Sweets promise to be something fabulous with Carmel and chocolate gateau and pear bourdaloue tart. Keep an eye out for the trolley and pick between a ‘hot cross bun’ and dark chocolate mint cake. Available from Friday 30th of March to Monday 2nd of April and starts at £80 per person.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2XG; sketch.london
5 Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason, St James’s
Both adults and children will enjoy afternoon Tea with Fortnum & Mason in the beautiful Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. The famous Fortnum’s afternoon tea sees sandwiches, scones and gallons of tea and fizz accompanied by specially created patisserie including the super chocolatey Gianduja cake topped with a chocolate egg. For little ones, afternoon tea is replicated on a miniature tea tower with child-friendly food. Adult’s Afternoon Tea, from £49 and the Children’s, £23.
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St James’s W1A 1ER; fortnumandmason.com
6 Egg-citing Easter at The Arch London, Marylebone
The Arch London will be serving an eggs-tra special Easter Afternoon Tea featuring classic scones and sandwiches as well as sweet treats including: Triple chocolate and maraschino cherry tart, White chocolate and lemon curd Swiss roll, and Chocolate and blood orange tea cake. The chic Easter afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the hotel’s stunning Martini Library, stylish restaurant or chic Salon de Champagne and will be available from 26 March until 2 April 12pm-7pm. Priced at £28 per person.
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marylebone W1H 7FD; thearchlondon.com
7 Hyde Lobby Bar at Royal Lancaster London, Bayswater
After 40 days of avoiding all things sweet, why not satisfy the sugar cravings with an ‘eggs-tra’ special afternoon tea at Royal Lancaster London. The Easter Afternoon Tea will be served in the relaxed surroundings of the brand new Hyde Lobby Bar, making it the perfect occasion for all the family. Enjoy classic sandwiches such as the Home smoked maple-cured salmon pinwheels alongside a variety of ‘egg-citing’ additions for the Easter tea, like the Crème egg lollipop. Available from 28 March until Tuesday 3 April, 2pm-5.30pm, priced from £35 per person.
Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater W2 2TY; royallancaster.com
8 FLOWERBX Collaboration at Balthazar Restaurant, Covent Garden
The Balthazar x FLOWERBX Afternoon Tea brings together the skill of Balthazar’s Head Pastry Chef, with the floral expertise of FLOWERBX. Enjoy cakes in the shape of colourful seasonal blooms, in beautiful FLOWERBX hues: Sky Blue Hydrangea, Violacious Tulips, and the newly introduced, deep red Balthazar Rose, specially created to celebrate this exciting collaboration. Each FLOWERBX inspired cake has been expertly paired with flavours to complement both the flower and the hue. These include Apple and Blackberry Tulip, Coconut and Yuzu Hydrangea, Salted Caramel Anemone, Lemon & Blueberry Dahlia and Balthazar Raspberry Rose. Available Mon-Fri 3pm-5.30pm, Sat 3pm-5pm, and Sun 3pm-6.30pm
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5HZ; balthazarlondon.com
9 Chinoiserie at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge
Enjoy a very English Easter afternoon tea at the Chinoiserie in Jumeirah Carlton Tower while being serenaded by the resident harpist. This imaginative menu starts with Savoury cones including one with mousse and Cornish crab. Up next are the Sprouting savouries, with delicious options such as the fresh asparagus with creamed Goats cheese and basil roll and the roast beef sandwich with creamed horseradish and watercress. Finish off this tea with special Easter sweets like the lime and basil bunny tart, and the banana and caramel nest. Available from 26 March to 8 April, 3pm-6pm, and will cost £45 per person.
1 Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge SW1X 9PY; jumeirah.com
10 English Country Garden at 108 Brasserie, Marylebone
Enjoy Spring at its finest this Easter with the English Country Garden Afternoon Tea at 108 Brasserie. This quintessentially British Afternoon Tea has been designed to encapsulate an idyllic English country garden setting. From grass meadow serving boards, terracotta pots, edible flowers, fork and spade fashioned cutlery and surroundings adorned in freshly cut flowers, you are sure to be transported to a tranquil English Country Garden scene in the heart of London. Highlights of the Spring English Country Garden afternoon tea include; Smoked salmon served on Guinness bread; Poppyseed and orange blossom homemade scones with Rhubarb jam and orange curd. Sweets include; Lavender pannacotta served with sparkling wine jelly and Chocolate and rose opera cake.
108 Marylebone Lane W1U 2QE; 108brasserie.com