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The top five afternoon teas in London

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,” wrote Henry James in The Portrait of a Lady.

From quintessential scones with jam and cream, accompanied by the perfect English Breakfast, at Harrod’s Georgian Restaurant to a luxurious Champagne afternoon tea at The London Hilton Park Lane, follow’s definitive guide to seeking the best afternoon tea in London for a summer treat.

Afternoon Tea for Two at Harrod’s Georgian Restaurant

Harrods is an iconic London institution, famed for its high-quality products, elegant settings and faultless service; its Georgian Restaurant boasts all three and has been satisfying customers since 1913. Recently refurbished, the decor combines the elegance of 1920s and 30s fine dining with modern elements; the restaurant itself is a work of art and a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. You will both be treated like royalty from the moment you enter with this exceptional afternoon tea for two. You will be met by staff and seated at an impeccable table before being served a luxurious version of the quintessentially British treat: a range of finger sandwiches, tea pastries, fresh scones with clotted cream, fragrant rose-petal jelly, tangy lemon curd and sweet strawberry preserve. These will be accompanied by the unlimited loose-leaf tea of your choice, to be taken from Harrods’ extensive menu; including the finest teas from around the world, each blend on offer has been specially selected by Harrods’ tea experts. The service at this famous venue is second-to-none, with nothing too much trouble; you will have around two hours to enjoy your food, service and surroundings at your leisure, so treat someone special to an unforgettable experience today.

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Champagne Chocoholic Afternoon Tea for Two at The London Hilton Park Lane

Enjoy a luxurious Champagne afternoon tea at one of London’s top hotels and live a chocoholic’s dream! Enjoy a sumptuous four course afternoon tea especially created by Anthony Marshall, the hotel’s renowned Executive Chef, all washed down with a glass of Champagne each. The hotel is a member of the Tea Guild, serving tea from Harney and Sons which has been specially blended to create the perfect cup. Enjoy a course of classic British sandwiches before being served a selection of scones, then freshly made beautiful pastries and finally the chocoholic’s dream – a course of miniature fancies!

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Unlimited Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at 5* Grosvenor House, Park Lane

What better way to indulge in Champagne afternoon tea than in complete style and luxury! Grosvenor House Hotel, with its tranquil atmosphere and elegant interiors, offers everything you’d expect from a 5-Star hotel in the heart of London. Welcoming and attentive staff will have a quintessential British feast prepared especially for you in The Park Room, boasting stunning views overlooking Hyde Park and set in a typically British stately home environment. You’ll sample a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, warm scones with preserves, scrumptious cakes and pastries. This is all topped off perfectly with bottomless Champagne – perfect for toasting a special occasion!

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2 for 1 Champagne Afternoon Tea in Avista Restaurant at the Millennium Mayfair

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Considering this magnificent venue’s location, just a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park, it really couldn’t be a more perfect place for spoiling yourself and a lucky guest to a classic afternoon tea together. At the three AA Rosette Avista Restaurant and Bar in the 4-Star Millennium Hotel London Mayfair, there are finger sandwiches, warm scones and tasty pastries to indulge in, accompanied by fragrant and authentic tea. To make your experience even more special, you will also be provided with a fabulous glass of champagne each.

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Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at The Royal Park Hotel

The Royal Park Hotel offers the perfect indulgent experience for you to share with a loved one. On top of a spectacular afternoon tea served on bone china and silver cakes stands you’ll each be served a chilled glass of Laurent Perrier champagne! The food lover in you will be over the moon with the exciting selection of sandwiches which include Lapsang Souchong Smoked Salmon, Lemon Cream Cheese on Beetroot Bread or Daylesford Organic Chicken and Tarragon Mayonnaise on Curry Bread, and the wide selection of loose-leaf teas will turn you into a tea connoisseur in no time.

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