Did you know the United Kingdom is the third-largest consumer of tea in the world, behind Ireland and Turkey and more than 165,000,000 cups of tea are drunk in the UK every day? To celebrate our quintessential British tradition of drinking tea, National Tea Day was founded in 2016 and is celebrated every year on the 21st April which is also Queen Elizabeth’s birthday.
The Ritz Hotel in Mayfair offers arguably one of the most iconic settings to enjoy Afternoon Tea. The Ritz is the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Master who travels around the world to various tea plantations to source 18 different types of loose-leaf tea for you to choose from. You can also enjoy listening to the resident pianist and harpist whilst sipping on a cup of Ritz Royal Blend Tea.
Find out more about Afternoon at The Ritz here.
If you are more of a gin connoisseur than tea, Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals offers a different take on the classic Afternoon tea in Fitzrovia. You can choose between five of Mr Fogg’s finest teapot cocktails inspired by exotic plants and botanicals. You can also enjoy bottomless teapot cocktails for an additional £20pp. Find out more here.
Another classic destination to experience a traditionally British Afternoon tea. Fortnum and Mason boasts a designated tea room aptly named the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon in honour of Her Majesty’s visit in 2012, when she formally opened the room, in the company of their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge. Discover more here.
Fizzy lifting drinks, snozzberry jam, chocolate swudge milkshake mixed by waterfall… Indulge your inner child and adventure into the magical world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with an enchanting afternoon tea – inspired by Roald Dahl’s iconic story. Located in the One Aldwych Hotel in the heart of London’s Theatreland, the perfect spot for a pre or post Theatre treat.
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With a stylish indoor-outdoor terrace, enjoy an Afternoon Tea on the Dalloway Terrace located in the Bloomsbury Hotel. Dalloway Terrace offers a seasonal Afternoon Tea menu inspired by quintessential classics and created by the Head Pastry Chef, Chris Dodd including a White Rabbit pistachio sponge with lemon and thyme cream.
Departing from Victoria Coach Station or Trafalgar Square, you can enjoy an Easter themed Afternoon tea whilst your London bus driver will take you round some of London’s iconic landmarks including Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column and Downing Street. Find out more here.
Inspired by the hotel's South Kensington neighbour, The Science Museum, The Ampersand Hotel is inviting children and adults alike to transport themselves to The Drawing Rooms for an out of this world exploration of its award winning Science Afternoon Tea. Budding scientists can also dust for a collection of almond dinosaur shortbreads & fossil chocolates and use test tubes to sprinkle toppings on the homemade plain or white chocolate scones.
Discover more about the Science Afternoon Tea here.
Famously recognized for their traditional Afternoon tea, the Tea Terrace offer four options for Afternoon Tea: Traditional Afternoon Tea, Indulgence Afternoon Tea,Celebration Afternoon Tea and Gluten-free Afternoon Tea. All four options are served on Royal Albert fine bone china on a 3-tier cake stand. As traditional would have it, the bottom tier is reserved for sandwiches (you can choose from up to 6 flavours), the middle tier for buttery scones and the top tier for delicious cakes (or Artisan petit fours in the case of the Indulgence Afternoon Tea). Find out more here.
With 11 blends of tea on offer and even serving royalty with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II, you can experience a classically British Afternoon Tea at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington. You can choose from their classic, vegan or children’s afternoon tea and make a toast with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Find out more here.
Inspired by the adventures of Peter Pan on the island of Neverland, Aqua Shard have created a Peter Pan Afternoon Tea including treats such as Hook’s Perish Cake and Tinker Bell Cookies. Such treats will be served on a custom-made tea stand inspired by Captain James Hook’s Pirate Ship, the Jolly Roger. The innovative afternoon tea is also served in the triple-storey atrium of the Aqua Shard, boasting panoramic views of London’s skyline.Discover all about the Peter Pan themed Afternoon tea here.
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