Afternoon tea is a British institution, and one which everyone should indulge in from time to time. Here is our pick of the top 5 in Mayfair.
1. The Chesterfield.
The Chesterfield has won The Tea Guild’s ‘Award for Excellence’ five years running. Choose a traditional afternoon tea, or satisfy your sweet tooth with their Chocolate Lover’s option. You may even be accompanied by ‘Poetea’ from resident tea-poet Elizabeth Darcy-Jones.
Claridges boasts a choice of almost 40 teas from around the world. With a range of sandwiches, scones and pastries to satisfy all appetites. They also offer seasonally themed teas; from Easter teas with hot cross buns. To the Chelsea Flower Show tea, complete with dainty floral pastries.
Located in The Mayfair Hotel, The Quince salon provides an unusual take on a classic. Using Eastern Mediterranean cuisine as the basis for their savoury dishes. Delicacies such avocado hummus and Ottoman style pastries. Alongside more traditional options make Quince an entirely unique experience.
The Connaught’s restaurant Espelette’s afternoon tea. ‘Chic and Shock’ can be enjoyed in a position overlooking architect Tadao Ando’s new water feature. Their speciality is their home-made jam, which has its own separate menu!
Perfect if you’re not so keen on sweet treats, Flemings is famous for their ‘Savoury Martini’ afternoon tea. Where visitors get a choice of gin or vodka martini accompanied by a selection of savoury scones and canapés.