I love me some afternoon tea. Getting dressed up and heading out to a fancy hotel to eat tiny sandwiches, scones and cakes is one of the best things to do. You always think there isn’t that much when it comes out but without a doubt I have left every afternoon tea feeling stuffed! I have been to a few afternoon teas over the past year so I thought I would start a little series going through the great ones I have been to in London.
I need to start off with the cream of the crop, to me the Ritz is the ultimate High Tea destination. It just rings glitz and glamour and is such a London staple. I bought this afternoon tea as a birthday present for my sister last year, so earlier in February we got glammed up and headed over to Green Park for a wander over to the Ritz. First off the building itself is amazing – it has a restaurant, casino and a jewellery shop on the front which we peered into, then headed round the corner for the main entrance.
The best bit about this afternoon tea is the setting, it is the grand parlour and is an amazing gold, mirrored hall. The tables were perfectly dressed with silver and a live piano player tinkled away in the background – not only playing the classics but some pop music, a great take on Adele! The tables were beautifully set and there was an amazing floral centrepiece which I didn’t get a picture of!
They had a wide selection of teas which came out in large silver teapots topped with lions. All the waiters were men dressed in old school waiters outfits which I quite liked. I had a lovely peppermint tea but of course they had every kind of tea imaginable and you had a good chance to smell the tea before you chose one. You can see the amazing silver and teacups below.
Of course the food was traditional, finger sandwiches with all the classics, cucumber and cream cheese (not a fave), ham and mustard, egg and cress, chicken and mayo and cheese and branston. All delicately cut with the crusts removed just how I like them. Then scones – a plain and a sweet raisin with some delicious jam and cream. The best bit about this afternoon tea was that the sandwiches were refreshed quite often! I was stuffed before I even got to the cakes, which included all the best macaroons, vanilla slices and large cakes they brought around and cut you a slice. You definitely get a huge amount of food so make sure you go on an empty stomach!
I loved all the food and was completely full up by the time we had finished. I then went for a little wander round the entrance hall and bathrooms which were all amazing. Traditional pink powder rooms with couches and huge tasselled curtains were a great find. I wish I could go back to stay there as I imagine the rooms are very impressive.
Overall I really recommend heading out to The Ritz, however probably for when you have a special occasion as it is £105 for two which is very steep! But you get the quality you pay for and it’s an experience I won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Here is a picture of us feeling stuffed at the end of our afternoon tea! For reference my sparkly dress was from Dorothy Perkins and my original lipstick was Rimmel Kates 101 which is my favourite deep red for winter.
Have you been out to The Ritz? Any afternoon teas you recommend in London?
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