The classic and traditional afternoon tea has been a sort after experience within the English society for years. First popularised by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, in 1840 it suddenly became a fashionable event! A perfect, relaxing afternoon out with family, friends or business associates, it’s a fabulous way to indulge yourself with gorgeous food and wonderful company.

London is home to some of the country’s best and most lavish afternoon teas with contenders including The Ritz, The Connaught and Claridges, serving some of the finest afternoon teas this country has to offer. Along with your typical English afternoon tea, we have seen the rise of more abstract and unique twists on this English tradition, The Rosewood London.

The traditional afternoon tea at The Connaught is a journey of taste and textures! Starting out with a savoury amuse-bouche which of course is accompanied by a glass of chilled champagne. You are then graced with a selection of finger sandwiches, presented in a variety of breads, of course with a range of classic fillings. Why not indulge yourself with this lavish experience after a long morning shopping or working?  A traditional afternoon tea, of course, would not be complete without freshly baked scones, heavily spread with clotted cream and home-made strawberry jam or lemon curd.

For the finale, you are presented with an exquisite array of hand-crafted cakes and fancies, this afternoon tea is pure harmonious perfection. If you think it couldn’t get any better than that, the pièce de résistance is a miniature chocolate fountain with strawberries or ginger cake for dipping. The Connaught has truly created a mouth-water, eye-pleasing afternoon tea for your enjoyment.

The Rosewood has put a unique twist on the traditional English afternoon tea, inspired by some of the most iconic modern artists this world has to offer, including Jeff Koons, Hubert Le Gall, Wassily Kandinsky, Banasky and Jackson Pollock. All of The Rosewood’s art inspired pastries and selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches are served in the elegant Mirror Room, along with loose leaf teas and freshly baked scones, all created by the Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins.

We could write pages about London’s lavish afternoon teas, but if we had to choose some of our favourites, they would definitely include The Connaught and The Rosewood. So if you are looking for a relaxing and lavish afternoon out, you have definitely come to the right place.

Traditional Afternoon Tea in London – The Connaught