Tea is brewing up a storm. Yes, the charming, relaxed ritual of afternoon tea is in vogue – so much so that there is even a National Afternoon Tea Week (which starts today and runs until Sunday 16) dedicated to the much loved British tradition. Wondering where to celebrate having your cake and eating it? Check out these three haute spots..
Situated on the King’s Road in the heart of Chelsea, the restaurant is a sophisticated London hotspot for food lovers. On the first floor, the main restaurant and bar have become legendary: a contemporary dining room in a rich palette of deep reds and dark browns that serves a traditional afternoon tea consisting of a stunning selection of finger sandwiches, fruit scones with clotted cream and jam plus an exquisite array of cakes and sweets. The tea is priced at£22.50 per person or £29.50 with a glass of champagne. For more information or to make a booking, visit www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk/menus/bar-and-terrace/afternoon-tea-2
Classy Italian, Cucina Asellina, has recently launched their ‘Taste of Italy’ afternoon tea. Priced from £29 or £35 with a glass of Prosecco per person, the tea consists of Italian inspired sandwiches such as Grilled courgette and sundried tomato served on focaccia bread, followed by an Asellina red berry tiramisu, Sardinian style amaretti biscuit, Raspberry lychee rose mousse and raspberry sandwich and Buttermilk scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam. Mmmmm.
Cucina Asellina, Me London Hotel, 336-337 The Stand, London WC2R 1HA
Hotel Café Royal
On 14 September, Hotel Café Royal will unveil The London Royal Tea, a take on the English afternoon tea tradition, featuring a London theme playfully presented in the gilded splendour of the iconic Oscar Wilde Bar. A celebration of British history, The London Royal Tea at Hotel Café Royal will allow visitors to learn about the origins of taking tea and the many traditions associated with it. Guests will embark on an indulgent culinary journey that begins with a selection of savoury treats, traditional tea sandwiches, sweet delicacies, scones and cakes. We can’t wait!
Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, London W1