Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington
If you’re looking for afternoon tea with a twist, try the Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. Here you’ll leave the traditional lace and doilies behind as you enjoy a taste experience where physics, chemistry and gastronomy meet.
Food is served in petri dishes, pipettes and syringes are provided for mixing your desserts, and billowing dry ice makes the alchemy experience feel truly authentic. This interactive afternoon tea serves up a selection of blinis, brioche buns, scones, sweet pastries and even a dinosaur-shaped biscuit “fossil” buried within a chocolate “soil.” The Ampersand Hotel restaurant also offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free afternoon tea menus too.
London Landmarks Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, South Kensington
If you’re in the South Kensington area but fancy something more patriotic, make your way to the Kensington Hotel for their famed London Landmarks Afternoon Tea. Inside the kitchens of the Town House all-day hotel restaurant, the chefs and bakers have curated a high tea menu that’s inspired by London city’s most recognisable and historic landmarks.
This afternoon tea “pays homage to the capital’s iconic buildings” and is displayed on a London Eye modelled stand. Tuck into adorable and miniature versions of The Shard, The Gherkin and Big Ben, as well as a plate of warm canapés and mini steak and ale pie.
Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Savoy, Strand
As the heart of the country, we couldn’t help but include a traditional afternoon tea option in London. And what better setting than the world-famous Thames Foyer where a breathtaking glass dome floods the dining room with natural light for an opulent ambience. Enjoy a live piano recital as you dine at this esteemed establishment.
The afternoon tea menu is comprised of a selection of unlimited finger sandwiches, homemade scones, delicate pastries and signature cakes that are all handcrafted every morning. Afternoon tea at the Savoy has become an enduring tradition that’s occurred at the hotel since it opened in 1889, making it a solid choice for high tea goers.
Cliveden House, Berkshire
Take high tea at this Grade-I listed stately home in the heart of the English countryside. Not just a country home, this five-star hotel was a haunt for the rich and glamorous back in its heyday. With historic architecture that pays homage to the period it was built, this luxurious building is the perfect place to come to enjoy afternoon tea.
Cliveden House offers themed and celebratory afternoon teas throughout the year, but it’s Classic Red Velvet Afternoon Tea puts on a spread of savoury treats, freshly baked scones and bite-sized cakes and pastries. Enjoy alongside Cliveden’s own blend of teas.
Polurrian on The Lizard, Cornwall
Escape to the seaside and enjoy afternoon tea at the Polurrian on The Lizard coastal hotel. It was awarded the 2019 ‘Best Presented Afternoon Tea of The Year’ at the Food & Beverage Magazine awards, beating over 150 contestants.
At the Polurrian, you can expect the finest local ingredients and flavours in a spread of sandwiches, sweet pastries and desserts. Wash your food down with a cup of Cornish Smugglers Brew Tea that nods towards Cornwall’s historic roots.