Just in tea for Mother's Day the delectable Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea comes to Balthazar. Marking the 25th anniversary of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on beauty power are all part of the indulgent treat. Food includes finger sandwiches and a foundation stick fashioned out of shortbread cake with mango-passion fruit and praline mousse, encased in chocolate. Tea of all types is on the menu but for a real treat try Bobbi's punchy party cocktail - tequila blanco, lemon and lime, sweetened with gingerbread liqueur and soda. Everyone who has the tea is also invited to arrange a complimentary makeup lesson at the Bobbi Brown Covent Garden studio around the corner. Try out the ultra glamorous limited edition Vintage Red for Balthazar lip colour, developed especially for the occasion, and you'll feel like a 1940s pin up.
Mother's Day Afternoon Tea
Lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb lined up like brush-on beauty power.
Balthazar, 4-7 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HZ
Dates: 29th May - 29th September 2016
Carlos Place, Mayfair, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL
Tube: Bond Street Station
The Connaught in Mayfair was originally intended as an oasis of calm for the landed gentry of England to retire to during their hectic visits to the capital. Little has changed since the opening of the hotel in 1897 - doormen in top hats and white gloves still usher guests into the majestic entrance hall with its magnificent mosaic floor and grand wooden staircase, and the historic tradition of afternoon tea is still re-enacted daily. Afternoon tea is served from cake stands in the Espelette dining room from where you can sample some of Helene Darroze's more informal dishes. The handiwork of New York interior designers, the Connaught's Espelette brasserie style dining room exudes peaceful, pared down elegance and provides the perfect, luxurious setting for afternoon tea. Film stars Sharon Stone and Lauren Bacall are among the celebrities who have sampled the Connaught's Traditional Tea which consists of finger sandwiches, pastries, cakes and tarts served alongside a selection of teas (including a special Royal Connaught Afternoon blend), coffee and infusions.
Mother's Day Sittings: 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5pm and 5.30pm
Brown's Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP
Tube: Green Park Station
Established in 1837 for 'genteel' folk, James Brown's charming hotel instantly became synonymous with the refined tradition of afternoon tea. A popular haunt of royalty and statesmen, the hotel has also attracted and inspired a number of famous guests. Graham Bell made his first successful British telephone call from Brown's in 1876, Rudyard Kipling wrote 'The Jungle Book' here and regular visitor and author Agatha Christie based her book 'At Bertram's Hotel' on Brown's. Lord Byron who once described the founder, his former valet, as the "gentleman of gentlemen", also supped in these elegant surroundings. The English Tea Room is a wonderfully refined, discrete setting from which to enjoy a choice of teas - including Brown's own blend - finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, Brown's famous home-made jams and clotted cream, and a selection of cakes and delicate pastries. Sink deep into an armchair, relax in front of the fire to the sounds of a piano, enjoy your chosen blend of tea from fine Wedgwood porcelain and select your desired delicacy from a Victorian silver tea-stand as you form part of history at Brown's. A traditional, suitably historic way to mark Mother's Day.
Mother's Day Sittings: 12pm, 12.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 6pm & 6.30pm
Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BH
Tube: Green Park Station
For a glamorous way to enjoy Afternoon Tea step into Flemings Mayfair, one of London's oldest hotels, located just minutes from the designer stores of Bond Street and Jermyn Street. Undergoing a £14 million refurbishment, the luxury hotel will have a brand new restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin in July 2016. In the meantime, afternoon tea is served in the elegant Regency drawing room surrounded by de Gournay hand-painted wall panels showing views of India, eating from beautiful Bernardaud crockery. Choose from The Drawing Room Traditional Afternoon Tea, Jacquart Champagne Afternoon Tea of Ruinart Rose Royal Afternoon Tea.
Mother's Day Sittings: 12.30pm-5pm
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, Fitzrovia, London, W1A 1ER
From the day Fortnum & Mason opened its doors to the nation back in 1707, tea has been one of their main concerns and the St James's Restaurant opened just a few years after the British discovered their now beloved cuppa. However, in 2012 the restaurant was given a grand refurbishment and, opened by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, was renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Fortnum's is the original London tea house. The fabulous food hall downstairs stocks over a century of blends including India, Nepal, Japan, Sri Lanka, along with their own in-house infusions, green teas and all sorts of fruity numbers. Tea tasting really is a fine art and these are the experts with nearly 300 years' experience. The calm atmosphere, pacifying piano and broad view of Piccadilly makes the fourth floor Tea Salon a tranquil haven away from the sea of shoppers outside. The reputation of the food hall precedes it, and the sandwiches and pastries live up to expectations. Choose from a Traditional Tea, a Savoury Tea or the more substantial High Tea.
Mother's Day Sittings: 12pm to 6pm
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0EU
Afternoon Tea at The Savoy Hotel is a traditional affair, and the attention to detail is superb. The grand hotel, which re-opened in 2010 following a three-year £220m refurbishment, serves tea in the Thames Foyer, where guests used to enjoy dinner-dances. Now restored to an original design found in the hotel's archive, the room exudes a sophisticated elegance. The genteel atmosphere is perfectly set by the tinkling piano as tea is served on delicate Royal Doulton bone china. Try the Savoy Blend tea to accompany your finger sandwiches, scones and French pastries. On Sundays, as well as the traditional afternoon tea, The Savoy also offers an Art Decadent Tea in the theatrical Art Deco interior of the Beaufort Bar where the tea and accompanying sandwiches can be enjoyed with chilled champagne or a cheeky tea time cocktail.
Mother's Day Sittings: 1pm-5.45pm
The Lobby Lounge, Corinthia Hotel , 10 Whitehall Place, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BD
Served in the grand Lobby Lounge, afternoon tea at the Corinthia is a classy affair. Diners are initially greeted by the magnificent site of the 'Full Moon' chandelier, created by Parisian designer Chafik Gasmi and made up of 1001 glistening Baccarat crystals. The menu focuses on quintessentially British cakes, including Battenberg, Eccles cake and Bakewell tarts. Taking into consideration Londons major events, special seasonal options are also often added, such as floral fancies inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show or couture biscuits in honour of the latest catwalk trends from London Fashion Week. Sandwich options include smoked salmon, coronation chicken, Lancashire cheese and piccalilli, and cream cheese and chive while a selection of plain and fruit scones are served with house preserves and clotted cream. Guests can choose between an array of teas, including bespoke blends created especially for Corinthia London's Tea Palace, and there is also the option to enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
Mother's Day Sitting: 12pm-6pm
Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, Marylebone, London, W1B 1JA
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
There's a long tradition of taking tea at the Langham Hotel. Afternoon Tea has been sipped here since the mid-19th century, originally served for the princely sum of 1/6d (now 7 1/2p) to the cream of Victorian society. Following a lavish £80m refurbishment, this landmark hotel - the first grand hotel in London - serves up tea, once again, at the Palm Court restaurant. Lavish is an appropriate word. Thanks to elaborate designs by architect David Collins, you can enjoy your tea and cake in sumptuous crystal chandelier lit surroundings, perched on plush velvet seats. An almost ridiculous level of attention to detail means the day's progression is marked by subtle changes in lighting, linen, chinaware and the staff uniforms. An aroma of ginger flower wafts over perfumed teas and delicate cakes while live piano music plays in the background. There are over 30 blends of tea to choose from including home grown tea and pre rain Jun Shan (Imperial Mountain) silver needle yellow tea at £40 a pot.
Mother's Day Sittings: 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2XG
There's the option of two very different afternoon tea experiences at Sketch. Both the Glade, a fairytale dining room that features ethereal woodland murals and earthy wicker furnishings, and the Gallery, designed by India Mahdavi, serve the traditional offering. Originally featuring work by Martin Creed, the Gallery now has work by David Shrigley as part of a long-term programme of artists-conceived restaurants. The afternoon tea menu is the same for both experiences with towering assortments of Sketch sweet pastries, dainty macaroons and delicious savouries offering true afternoon tea innovation. Diners can also choose to add a glass of champagne.
Mother's Day Sittings: 12.30pm-4.30pm
For mums who like a cheeky tipple, book in at Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, London, W1J 6JD
Tube: Green Park Station
For a naughty addition to your cuppa - and we're not talking about an extra sugar - book in for Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg's. Putting a twist on the traditional offering, guests are invited to sup on a selection of tea cocktails, blending Early Grey and English breakfast with Hendrick's gin and Jasmine and Rooibos with champagne. Sugar cubes may be replaced with ice cubes but all cocktails are still served from a traditional teapot and food also remains loyal to the custom, with finger sandwiches, macaroons, and Victoria sponge and lemon drizzle cake all on the menu. Diners can choose whether to sit inside, surrounded by Mr Phileas Fogg's trinkets from around the world, or outside in the botanical garden.
Mother's Day Sittings: 3pm
IN THIS ARTICLE
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Flemings Mayfair Hotel
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
Corinthia Afternoon Tea
The Langham Afternoon Tea
Sketch - Afternoon Tea
Tipsy Tea, Mr Fogg's
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