Afternoon Tea Week is fast approaching (14th-20th August) and there are some fantastic offerings throughout London and the UK to work your way around! Whether you choose to sip on a classic cup of tea, free-flowing bubbly or a cheeky cocktail – there is something for everyone. Let them eat cake!
Tea with a view at Gillray’s
Served daily from 2pm – 5pm in the impressive Library Lounge adorned by stone sculptures and original book cases – think Harry Potteresque – few venues have such gravitas or possess such spectacular views. As you look out towards the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, why not delight in our Free Flowing Bubbles Afternoon Tea? Served for just £42* per person, indulge in our classic sandwich selection served with an array of fine teas from Prince & Sons TEA co., freshly baked sweet and savoury scones and indulgent cakes.
*Free Flowing Bubbles Afternoon Tea is £42 pp Saturday and Sunday, and £39 pp Monday to Friday.
Cocktails and Cake at Voltaire
At Voltaire Champagne & Cocktail Bar, they take afternoon tea seriously – making it the perfect location to celebrate Afternoon tea Week! Located within the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blackfriars, the Grade II listed building is packed full of history.
Enjoy Classic Afternoon Tea at Voltaire (£26) and indulge in a choice of 24 teas ranging from Silver Needle white tea to fermented Pu-erh, classic green to strong black tea – including Crowne Plaza London The City’s exclusive blend. Served alongside a selection of succulent finger sandwiches, crumbly warm fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, as well as an assortment of delicate pastries and freshly baked cakes – it’s a real afternoon delight!
Then there’s the popular Voltaire Afternoon Tea and Cocktails (£35) which is accompanied by three miniature cocktails to compliment each course. Firstly a pumpkin and rosemary infused vodka to enjoy with a selection of sandwiches, followed by Hendricks, elderflower & cucumber martini to accompany fruit and plain scones, and lastly lemon, limoncello & lemon syrup fizz served with a selection of cakes and pastries.
Alternatively, guests can opt for Champagne Afternoon Tea, served with a glass of chilled Pommery NV champagne (£35).
*Served Mon-Fri 2pm-5pm Sat 1pm-5pm
Sip on a Tea-Tail at the Salt Room
Award-winning restaurant The Salt Room on Brighton’s seafront (recently included in the Sunday Times top 100) is the place to go in Brighton for a delicious and quirky Afternoon Tea. Famed for locally sourced seafood and uninterrupted sea views, Afternoon Tea at The Salt Room plays to the restaurants strengths with captivating sweet and savoury offerings.
First, choose your tipple! Options include a variety of interesting JING teas, Roasted Bean Coffee Co. coffee or Champagne or a “Tea-Tail” cocktail for an added touch of luxe. There are 5 options to choose from the Savoury Section including Truffled Grilled Cheese, Salmon & Squid Ink Bun and Aged Beef Tartare & Egg Yolk Jam Sandwich – an innovative play on a traditional finger sandwich. Candy Floss, Passionfruit Teacakes and a Strawberry Eton mess macaroon are just a few of the treats on offer from the Sweet Section.
*Served Mon-Sun 2.30pm-4.30pm
Japanese inspired afternoon tea at Tombo
Love all things Japanese? This year is your lucky year because Tombo in South Kensington offer an incredible Japanese style Afternoon Tea, starting at just £16.50 per person.
Tuck into a tempting range of savoury and sweet offerings including Temari Sushi, Maki Sushi Rolls alongside delicious cakes and desserts… think lots of matcha! And if you’re feeling fancy, swap the tea for a bottle of Sparkling Yuzu Sake- well, it is only Afternoon Tea week once a year, so why not celebrate!
*Served 3pm-5pm daily. Selection may be subject to availability