The sunshine today prompted a post on the classic British concept of afternoon tea.
Us Brits are obsessed by tea – a cup before you leave the house, one at 11am and at 4pm to break up the day – kitchen areas at work are always the time to have a quick chat over a cuppa tea!
I’d say Afternoon Tea is a perfect treat – gather the girls and have some sandwiches, cakes and scones over a fresh pot of tea. You can even glam it up by adding a glass of champagne in luxury hotel. I often entertain clients by taking them for tea in a posh hotel – its quintessentially touristy and such a fun thing to do for them.
So my top three places to have afternoon tea has to start at: The Athenaeum, which has been awarded the tea equivalent of the OSCARS, the Tea Guild’s ‘Top London Afternoon Tea’ award, a 5 star hotel in Mayfair. This epitomises the height of elegance with impeccable service and delicious food of finger sandwiches, scones, muffins and cake and a desert cart with macaroons, chocolate fudge cake, shortbread, millefeuille and more.
The second place I’d recommend is Bake-a-Boo in West Hampstead – a cute little hideaway which can only be describe as quaint and very girly offering a wide variety of hand-baked seasonal cakes, treats and cupcakes galore.
The Berkeley is also a very cool hotel for tea with its Prêt-à-Portea, inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world with Valentino clutch cake, Bottega Veneta mousse and macaroon, Dolce & Gabbana chocolate éclair, Stella McCartney cake, Burberry biscuit coat, Miu Miu shoe biscuit and Jill Sander mousse.
Other places I’d recommend are: Claridges, The Ritz, Soho Hotel (you just can’t go wrong at any of the Firmdale hotels) and little tea shops.
Afternoon Tea has lots of inspiration for places to go, and even if you don’t want to go out then call some friends around and have your own little afternoon tea soiree with home-made scones, cakes and finger sandwiches.