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27 Sep 2010

London's Finest Afternoon Tea




Afternoon Tea is a positively quintessential English tradition. Served with scones or cucumber sandwiches, it a delightful light meal and can be enjoyed in hotels, cafes or tea shops. Afternoon tea is a must-do experience for any London visitor, and our expert team here are Check-in-London are not only well versed with the best Serviced Apartments in London but they have also sampled some of the finest afternoon teas in London.

Below, we recommend some excellent venues that serve great afternoon tea in London.

1. The Ritz Hotel - St James's

The Ritz needs little introduction and 'Tea at The Ritz' is an institution in itself. Opened in 1906, the Ritz has the feel of a French country house and is furnished in the Louis XVI style throughout. The hotel is still considered to be one of the finest in the world and taking Afternoon Tea in the magnificent Palm Court is still very popular indeed.The Ritz received an Award of Excellence in The Tea Guild's Top London Afternoon Tea 2010 Awards, in recognition of their outstanding quality and consistently high standards in tea service.


2. Grosvenor House - Mayfair

Frequented by royalty, celebrities and business leaders since its opening in 1929, the historic 5-star Grosvenor House is the "Grande Dame" of Park Lane, offering a quintessentially British experience.

Champagne Afternoon TeaThe Park Room and Library at Grosvenor House is a tranquil and pleasant setting for the an award-winning Afternoon Tea. With large comfortable sofas, elegant flower displays and live piano entertainment there is an atmosphere inducive to a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.


3. The Dorchester Hotel - Mayfair

The Dorchester has been named as London's top Afternoon Tea venue by the Tea Council of Great Britain a record three times in 2000, 2002 and again in 2007. The Dorchester is the only London hotel to achieve this distinction.Tea is served in The Promenade, a lobby on the ground floor, where potted palms and towering fountains of flowering plants surround plush couches with pillows as soft as marshmallows. Marble columns the colour of apricot parfait rise from the floor, crowned by gilded Corinthian capitals.


4. Brown's Hotel - Mayfair

Brown's Hotel has a fascinating history and has hosted many distinguished guests since it opened as London's first ever hotel in 1837. It is from here that Rudyard Kipling penned many of his novels and it is believed that The English Tea Room was the inspiration for Agatha Christie's ‘At Bertram's Hotel'. To this day this glamorous, five-star establishment welcomes guests ‘in-the-know'.

The English Tea Room serves one of the most famous afternoon teas in London and was voted The Tea Guild's ‘Top London Afternoon Tea 2009'. The sophisticated and stylish interior is a clever mix of both tradition - thanks to the original wood paneling, fire places and Jacobean detailed plaster ceiling and contemporary style, with Paul Smith lighting, fashionable fabrics and original artworks.


5. Athenaeum Hotel - Mayfair

The Athenaeum has been awarded The Tea Guild Award of Excellence 2010 by UK Tea Guild in recognition of achieving the very highest standards in the service of Afternoon Tea.

Laduree is world renowned for its tea shop in Paris and their famous macaroons and patisserie. The Athenaeum is the only hotel to work with Laduree, and are now serving the ultimate

indulgence of a Laduree Tea in the Garden Room. £42 per person. The Athenaeum also features some of London's top luxury serviced apartments.


6. The Lanesborough - Knightsbridge

The Lanesborough takes its name from a country house that once stood on the same site and captures the gracious style of an early 19th-Century residence. Situated at Hyde Park Corner on Knightsbridge, this landmark building of 1828 has been restored to its original splendour and is one of London's finest 5 star premier hotels.

Afternoon Tea is taken in the Apsleys conservatory restaurant and there is a tea sommelier service on offer to advise guests and discuss the numerous varieties on offer. The Lanesborough has been awarded The Tea Guild Award of Excellence 2010 by UK Tea Guild in recognition of achieving the very highest standards in the service of Afternoon Tea.


7. The Langham - Oxford Street

The Langham, London has been serving Afternoon Tea to the cream of London society since 1865. 2010 saw Palm Court awarded the tea equivalent of the OSCARS, the Tea Guild's ‘Top London Afternoon Tea' award.Located in the heart of West End, the five-star Langham hotel has one of London's most enviable addresses. Commanding a position at the top of Regent Street, take a break from a hard day of shopping to enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea, served in Palm Court, which is the height of elegance, reflected in the wooden floors, the lavender and sage leather chairs and fresh flowers at every turn.

If you're visiting soon and want to book a London serviced apartment with easy access to one of these great afternoon tea locations, speak to a customer advisor.