THE CHELSEA HARBOUR HOTEL
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel has launched its Travel Through Time Afternoon Tea in partnership with Whittard of Chelsea, taking guests on a journey from its advent in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford through to the present day.
The menu includes finger sandwiches filled with classic and contemporary delights such as salmon and cucumber, a modern twist on the quintessential cucumber sandwich created in the 1700s, and coronation chicken, a sandwich created in 1953 specifically for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.
Desserts include flummery, a traditional jelly-like dessert made from oatmeal and originating from 1623 with a rhubarb twist; passionfruit and berry egg, a creamy passionfruit mousse topped with a seasonal berry selection inspired by the 1885 Fabergé egg; and a chocolate rainbow cake fashioned into a sundial pointing to four o’clock, the traditional afternoon teatime. All served on a time machine-inspired stand complete with dry ice.
Town House at The Kensington
The internationally renowned Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea at Town House at The Kensington has taken London by storm since it launched last year and has recently been shortlisted for the Afternoon Tea of The Year Award. Totally sold-out since its inception, guests are now in with a chance to experience this sought-after afternoon tea, as reservations will open again on 4th June 2018 for bookings in July and August.
The luxurious Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea is inspired by the iconic characters and scenes of the Oscar-nominated film Beauty and the Beast. Offering guests the perfect fairytale afternoon spent with friends and loved ones, this whimsical tea features delightful Mrs. Potts and Chip Potts fashioned china, together with a delicious assortment of sweets and savouries, allowing guests to indulge on treats inspired by the iconic film.
Biscuits and cakes are set for their annual makeover inspired by the world’s top fashion designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu and Tom Ford, as The Berkeley launches its Spring/Summer 2018 Prêt-à-Portea collection.
A favourite for fashionistas, the service adds an innovative twist to afternoon tea and celebrates the latest catwalk trends.
This season’s shade of summer is Tom Ford’s hot pink forming a chocolate stiletto biscuit, while Miu Miu’s sunny swimsuit of dazzling yellow is placed upon a vanilla biscuit base. Following this is red carpet-ready Ralph & Russo’s pale pink ruffle dress transformed into a delicate ice cream cone.
A butterfly handbag cake is inspired by London’s very own Aruna Seth, while others include Dolce & Gabbana’s Queen of Hearts
celebrated design set upon layered almond sponge cake and Richard Quinn’s iridescent floral display placed on an upside-down Black Forest gateau.
ROYAL LANCASTER LONDON
With the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show and Hyde Park’s Rose Gardens in full bloom, Royal Lancaster London offers its Bloomin’ Brilliant Afternoon Tea.
A botanical selection of sweet delicacies features a freshly-picked strawberry tart with lime curd and baby basil; Valrhona chocolate flower pots with budding crystallised violets; a lemon and elderflower sable dome; and an orange blossom and ginger macaron.
Savoury seedlings include Royal Lancaster home-smoked salmon roses, smoked in a citrus-chamomile tea; and free-range Barradale Farm eggs with wild baby cresses. A sunflower
-seed choux bun filled with zesty Coronation chicken offers a rather exotic scent, while the bouquet of English asparagus is paired with sun-blush tomatoes and red amaranth and a warm tartlet of Somerset Brie, Royal Lancaster honey and red onion chutney.
All blooming Afternoon Teas will include a ‘Flowering Tea’ for the table and a packet of bee-friendly seeds to take home and plant.
DALLOWAY TERRACE AT THE BLOOMSBURY
Dalloway Terrace has launched it new honey bee-themed afternoon tea.
Newly-appointed head pastry chef, Chris Dodd, formerly of Tredwell’s and Café Royal has taken inspiration from the humble bee and its value to the environment. Highlights include honey roast ham and English mustard mayonnaise sandwiches served on wholemeal bread; vanilla scones and Morello cherry scones served with clotted cream; raw honey and homemade jam and lemon shortbread served with lavender honey and blueberry cream, crowned with a blueberry glaze.
The restaurant has also added a classic cocktail to the menu, the aptly named ‘Bee’s Knees’ (£12) – Hayman’s Gin, fresh pressed lemon and London honey – with £2 being donated to the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust charity for every drink purchased.
ROYAL HORSEGUARDS HOTEL
The team at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London’s historic Whitehall were busy creating the new Transatlantic Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea to celebrate the nuptuals between Harry and Megan.
They took inspiration from both sides of the pond, bringing together cakes, sweet treats and sandwich fillings to celebrate both Harry and Meghan’s heritages.
From red velvet cupcakes to mini pecan pies, Victoria sponges and blueberry cheesecakes, the sweetest layer of the afternoon tea stand is filled with delicate mouth-watering treats with flourishes of golden crowns and stars and stripes.
The savoury tier includes sandwiches filled with London smoked salmon and cream cheese, classic cucumber and sour cream, honey roast ham and mustard, Parma ham and gherkins and crayfish with Marie Rose sauce.
Completing the service is a selection of traditional handmade sultana and plain scones, served with lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam.
This summer, in collaboration with Laurent-Perrier and charity partner mothers2mothers (m2m), Sanderson is launching the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Courtyard Garden.
The Sanderson will transform its iconic garden into an Alice in Wonderland-inspired pink haven, full of flamingos and floral accents, where guests can enjoy the famous Mad Hatter’s
Afternoon Tea with a Cuvée Rosé twist.
The Courtyard Garden is a hidden oasis full of nature as well as a fountain and reflecting pool, together with a seated swing as a throne for the Queen of Hearts, for the perfect Instagram moment. The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is full of characters from the stories of Lewis Carroll’s famous story. The menus are hidden inside vintage books, while sandwich plates feature ticking clocks. The tea is full of classics with a twist, from Tweedle Dee’s lemon curd financier to Alice’s cinnamon, apple and peach ‘Drink Me’ potion, alongside Alice-inspired tea infusions.
The Mad Hatter’s Cuvée Rosé Tea will include the Pink Floquet Cake – a strawberry flamingo with a white chocolate Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé croquet truffle.
ST MARTIN’S LANE HOTEL
The Speakeasy Cocktail Tea has arrived at St Martins Lane’s hidden cocktail bar, Blind Spot.
The tiered options of Speakeasy Tea, Cocktail Tea or Champagne Flight makes for the ideal alcoholic accompaniment at the ultra-trendy Blind Spot.
The savoury section includes a mini beef burger; smoked salmon and avocado tartlet; and vegetarian wrap with baba ghanoush and rocket salad, while the sweet selection is formed of grapefruit cheesecake sandwich; raspberry and matcha tea tart; and Ludovic’s summer éclair with passion fruit cream and dulcey ganache.
The service’s tea cocktail options come in the form of the Prelude – Bombay Sapphire gin, English summer tea, rosé champagne and peach syrup; Following A Bird – Bacardi Carta D’oro rum, pineapple spicy mix and darjeeling syrup; or the Smile For A Y 0 chamomile-infused Grey Goose vodka, lemon sherbet and white vermouth syrup.
ONE ALDWYCH HOTEL
One Aldwych has taken influence from its position in the West End and its neighbouring theatre for its afternoon tea. From golden chocolate eggs and chocolate caramel milk to playful homemade candyfloss, every item reflects the wonder of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The savoury section includes smoked salmon, chive crème fraîche on poppy-seed bread; free-range egg mayonnaise and watercress on brioche; coronation chicken on onion bread; caramelised onion, sage and chestnut quiche and Montgomery cheese scone with bacon jam.
The sweets include golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango; chocolate caramel milk; bubble-gum panna cotta, berries and meringue; homemade candy floss; blueberry and white chocolate cake pops; cocoa bean financier; banana and caramelised walnut cake; and warm scones served with berry jam, lemon curd and Devonshire clotted cream.
A more adult treat comes in the form of the Cocktail Charlie with Dalmore whisky mixed with Merlet Sœurs Cerises cherry liqueur, chocolate bitters, grapefruit juice and cherry syrup. Topped with champagne.
TRAFALGAR ST JAMES HOTEL
With views of Trafalgar Square and set in the brand-new Dining Rooms, afternoon tea at recently opened Trafalgar St James Hotel uses local ingredients, with flavours that nod to the Mediterranean.
Finger sandwiches include sumac and raisin chicken; egg and cress with sriracha mayonnaise (v); smoked salmon and labneh; cheese & pickle (v); and pickled cucumber, avocado and
Plain and raisin scones are served with a selection of jams and clotted cream, while the afternoon patisserie includes baklava; millionaire orange shortbread; lime cheesecake with champagne rhubarb; and black and white chocolate dipped strawberries, all offered with a choice of Tregothnan tea.
THE PETERSHAM HOTEL
A perfect respite from the heat and drama of the Wimbledon Championships, The Petersham Restaurant, at The Petersham Hotel in Richmond, is running its quintessential Afternoon Tea with a delightful Wimbledon twist, available from Monday 2nd July – Sunday 15th July.
Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges’ big serves for the season are a scrumptious Pimm’s jelly and cucumber foam, mini mango ‘tennis ball’ cheesecakes and white chocolate and strawberry tartlets. It’s a grand slam of favourite Wimbledon flavours. And, with a view over the Thames as inviting as Centre Court, The Petersham is a destination that can be enjoyed throughout the Championships, and beyond.
The Petersham’s Wimbledon Afternoon Tea also includes a classic selection of finger sandwiches; scones; exquisite patisserie including Petersham Victoria sponge, Opera, and fruit cake; a selection of quality teas; favourites fizzes, and sunshine, of course. Served throughout the course of the famous Championships, the special tea is priced at £27.50 Monday to Friday and £29.50 Saturday and Sunday (add a glass of champagne for £12.75).
THE MIDLAND HOTEL, MANCHESTER
The Tea Room at The Midland has launched a brand-new menu addition and extended its opening hours for guests to enjoy their famous afternoon tea into the evening.
The Manchester hotel already offers a variety of hugely popular afternoon tea menus including traditional, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
The new Evening Tea menu features a selection of delicate sandwiches and hot savouries, including Ox Cheek and Blue Cheese croquettes. Also included is a selection of cakes, alongside the afternoon tea favourite, a scone with clotted cream and a choice of Mrs Darlington’s jams.
The menu will also offer a pairing of two gins, including Manchester Three Rivers, to perfectly complement the savoury and sweet elements.
The Midland Hotel has been serving afternoon tea since its opening in 1903, but last year opened The Tea Room in response to a boom in afternoon tea bookings.
GEORGIAN HOUSE HOTEL
In the Georgian House kitchen chefs have developed a new afternoon tea, which demonstrates how the leftovers from good quality ingredients can be used creatively to produce delicious dishes. Smoked fish bruschetta, savoury and sweet scones, lemon meringue pie, raspberry croissant mille feuille and revitalized Prosecco form part of the menu.
Georgian House hopes its ethically-conscious afternoon tea will encourage guests to consider how to make the most of the produce they buy.
The savoury selection includes meat and cider terrine; spinach, Sussex Slipcote cheese and breadcrumb burger; and fruit scone using dried fruit.
The sweet selections include lemon meringue pie made from egg whites and lemons leftover from making Hollandaise sauce; raspberrycroissant mille feuille made from unused croissants baked until flaky and crisp, with cream and
raspberries; and tea and apple doughnut made with fresh doughnuts infused with tea and filled with apple jam.
NOBU HOTEL, SHOREDITCH
The new Nobu Café, set within the striking Nobu Hotel Shoreditch has launched a luxurious Nobu-style Afternoon tea.
Accompanied by tea or coffee, and the option to add a glass of Veuve Clicquot or a cup of Kinto Coffee or Imperial Gyokuro tea, the afternoon tea will offer a unique take on the British tradition, with dishes including:Chicken Karage, Anticucho Den Miso & Pickled Cucumber on Sourdough Crilled Tofu, Butter Lettuce & Shiso Pesto on Shokupan Yuzu & Kumquat Pound Cake
The sweet section of the afternoon tea service is heavily influenced by matcha, with petit fours and patisserie including a choux injected with matcha cream; yuzu and kumquat pound cake; chocolate tart; almond financier cake; pink and green matcha macaroon; and a matcha and white chocolate bon bon.
W LONDON LEICESTER SQUARE
For an afternoon indulgence packed with tempting treats and playful twists, TEA TOTAL at W London combines iconic tea-time classics, experiential English garden inspired sweet creations and crystallised shots from the bar’s latest cocktail menu.
Available to devour in the vibrant bar and lounge, The Perception at W London, TEA TOTAL will provide the perfect daytime pick-me-up that is almost too beautiful to eat.
Presented in a sleek box complete with pull-out draws and hidden doors, guests will be encouraged to discover the mouth-watering creations one-by-one with the option to start with the traditional sandwiches and freshly-baked scones or immediately tuck in to the unique sweets and paired cocktail shots.
Behind door one, guests will discover Spring Planter, a mint-chocolate mousse-filled flower pot with popping candy dirt and sprouting micro cress, paired with the Banana Republic shot containing Belvedere, sage, lime, apricot jam, cinnamon and banana.
Neighbouring Queen Bee combines fresh flavours of avocado, lemon thyme, pistachio, bee pollen and local honey sourced from Walthamstow; enjoyed with Hayfever – the perfect spring-summer antidote. The Dew Drop, served on a spoon, will certainly surprise taste buds with an edible summer tomato, rose water and Tonka droplet, sitting on a bed of Oreo and coffee soil, to be kicked back with the gin and Violette liqueur-based, Purple Rain.
Waiting in the remaining draws are buttery raisin scones served with traditional clotted cream and tart strawberry jam as well as a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly prepared on tasty hazelnut and apricot sourdough and cranberry and onion bread.
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