Looking for something to do this weekend? There is nothing we enjoy more than trying London’s array of Afternoon Teas. Here are some of our favourite Afternoon Tea with a twist.
To celebrate being the official hotel partner for the BAFTAs, The Savoy is hosting a limited edition ‘Silver Screen’ Afternoon Tea which will be available until March 7th. Alongside delicate finger sandwiches and scones, there is a selection of ‘show-stoppers’ which include Marilyn’s eclair, made from rhubard compote, vanilla custard cream and white chocolate, The Roll Film comprised of liquid salted caramel, white coffee cream and dark chocolate. Leave room for the pop corn polenta cake with Chantilly cream and a generous helping of Victoria Sponge and gianduja cake.
The Afternoon Tea will be served in The Savoy’s Thames Foyer, an enchanting space that radiates natural light and sociable warmth. Since opening in 1889, The Savoy has played host to a galaxy of stars from stage and screen including Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe. These guests form the inspiration for A Time of Reflection, a collection of McAlpine Miller artwork that permanently adorns the walls of the Thames Foyer and which provides the perfect backdrop to the Silver Screen Afternoon Tea.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, The Sanderson Hotel is hosting a Mad Hatter’s Tea, offering a unique twist on the classic afternoon tea. Menus are hidden inside vintage bookcases, kings and queens adorn teapots, and speciality sandwiches are served on plates decorated with birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks. Savoury treats include the goats’ cheese croquet monsieur, and white crab eclairs.
Completing the experience, sinful scones are joined by a red velvet ladybird cake and coffee-flavoured pocket-watch macarons. The star attraction, however, is the collection of Sanderson-exclusive teas, featuring China black tea infused with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, bergamot, blue cornflowers and blue mallow flowers.
At Jinjuu, chef Judy Joo has introduced her twist on the English tradition of Afternoon Tea offering favourites from the menu. Dishes include sae-woo pops, crispy fried round prawn cakes served on sticks, steamed beef and pork dumplings or the vegetarian option that replaces the meat with vegetables, tofu and sweet potato noodles, all served with a complimenting dipping sauce.
A meal at Jinjuu wouldn’t be complete without their signature Korean fried chicken sliders; perfectly fried chicken thighs with signature mayo sauce, served with crispy iceberg lettuce in a brioche bun.
Sweet bites include French style desserts with Korean touches such as chocolate, hazelnut and gochugaru brownie, accompanied by salted miso ice cream, hazelnuts and crispy chocolate rice and a mango and passion fruit panna cotta, seasoned with slightly sweet alcoholic Korean beverage to takes things up a notch.
What is an afternoon tea without a tea selection? Guests may choose from a carefully selected range of Korean teas including yujacha, citron fruit with honey, aloe vera cha, aloe vera with honey to a traditional roast barley tea, boricha and more.
The capital takes centre stage at Hotel Café Royal’s newly launched London Royal Tea afternoon tea. Tube signs adorn the macarons and elsewhere on the silver cake trays there is inspiration from spitfire planes to pearly kings and queens. So it is with a great sense of occasion that guests sit down amid the dazzling Oscar Wilde room – an opulent riot of gilded mirrors and ceiling frescos – at the five-star hotel.
There is a strong sense of history, too, thanks to the smartly suited master of ceremonies who clears his throat every hour to regale the room with quotes and anecdotes from Wilde’s life. The extensive tea menu covers everything from oolong to tisanes (herb teas) via some delectable exclusive blends, but the tea and Veuve Clicquot cocktails are what really raise the bar.
Savouries are meaty, serving chorizo, onion and thyme “Wellington” slices, whilst the sweets included a very british battenberg and a gold-leaf-flecked “raspberry regent”.
For those who want to avoid the slump that follows a sugar-heavy afternoon tea, a Japan-inspired alternative should serve as a welcome alternative. At Ichi Sushi and Sashimi Bar, tucked off the lobby of the Park Plaza (reserve the table with the Big-Ben view), afternoon tea focuses on seafood rather than sandwiches and overly sweet cakes. A flight of heavenly blends made tea- choosing tough. You will be guided by a kimono-clad waitress who can talk you through the menu. The “bridge” of made-on- the-spot sushi (14 items) wont disappoint you either, and bonus points for fresh wasabi, which delivered a more refined kick than the paste.
- Green tea and chocolate savarin
- Passion delice
- Red bean and sesame seed with matcha roulade