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Mother's Afternoon Tea

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The Athenaeum Afternoon Tea

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The Athenaeum Afternoon Tea
The Athenaeum Afternoon Tea
The Athenaeum Afternoon Tea
The Dorchester Afternoon Tea
The Dorchester Afternoon Tea
The Berkeley
The Lanesborough
The Connaught
The Connaught
The Cadogan
Brown's Hotel
Claridge's
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
 

 

Tradition, elegance, style, luxury and relaxation are all synonymous with the very English tradition of afternoon tea - as are (delicate) piles of sandwiches, cakes, scones, petit fours, jam and lashings of cream. Yum. What better way to treat hard working mums this Mother's Day than to invite her to afternoon tea at one of London's grandest hotels?

 
 

The Athenaeum Afternoon Tea

The Athenaeum Afternoon Tea The Athenaeum Afternoon Tea Where:
, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London London, W1J 7BJ
Category: Afternoon Tea

116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BJ

Tube: Green Park Station, Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

Having received the Tea Guild's prestigious award for 'Top London Afternoon Tea 2012', the Athenaeum promises a delectable dining experience. Known for their quintessentially English food, the hotel offers diners an indulgent yet frivolous experience. Visitors can choose between the Evergreen Tea and the Regent's Park Honey Tea, both served in the intimate Garden Lounge. The Evergreen tea offers a sumptuous menu of rose petal champagne, a range of rare teas, traditional English finger sandwiches, scones, crumpets, homemade pastries and, of course, a generous serving of clotted cream. While the Regent's Park Honey Tea, ideal for those with a sweet tooth, has been created using honey gathered from the bees of London's Royal Parks and provides a number of honey based treats. Starting with a glass of honey fizz, diners will then be served a selection of sandwiches, scones and crumpets. However, the highlight is the finale: a constellation of honey based desserts that include a moist honey cake, rich honey cheesecake and light but creamy lavender macaroons.

Mother's Day Sittings:

12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm

 
 
 

The Dorchester Afternoon Tea

The Dorchester Afternoon Tea The Dorchester Afternoon Tea Where:
, 53 Park Lane, London London, W1K 1QA
Category: Afternoon Tea

53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

Winner of numerous awards, this hotel has been a byword for style and comfort for over 70 years. Served in the famous marble and gold Promenade entrance lounge of The Dorchester, diners can chose to indulge in either a Traditional, Champagne or High Tea before drinking in the extravagance of the lavish setting. Palm tree fronds flutter above elegant couches while bright sun-light streams through the windows. Choose from a varied selection of 20 imported teas, or go for the Dorchester's very own delicate blend. The hotel employs its very own tea chef, solely in charge of the afternoons selection of finger food, not to mention the 15-strong team of pastry chefs who intricately fold together the mouth-watering range of sweets. Their scones have been made to the same delicious recipe for over 50 years, and we can tell why. Awash with light this is no place for those who want to hide away in the shadows. It is, however, perfect for those traditional afternoon tea takers for whom glamour and glitz coupled with eyeing up fellow diners is part and parcel of the whole ritual.

Mother's Day Sittings:

1pm, 2pm, 3:15pm, 4.15pm

 
 
 

The Ritz

The Ritz Afternoon Tea The Ritz Afternoon Tea Where:
, 150 Piccadilly, London London, W1J 9BR
Category: Afternoon Tea

150 Piccadilly, St James's, London, W1J 9BR

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 

Tea at The Ritz has to be the London equivalent of Breakfast at Tiffany's - a world-famous brand that captures the essence of each city's history and culture. Synonymous with the comfortable colonialism of the old British aristocracy, for Londoners afternoon tea at The Ritz conjures an image of luxury, indulgence, formality and impeccable service. Detailed in delicate shades of gold, pale green and pale pink, the Palm Court, where afternoon tea is served, is an exemplar of soothing sophistication combined with lavish Louis XVI luxury. Lofty ceilings, glittering chandeliers, gilded trellises, marble columns, deep cornices and draped floral curtains all combine for a visual treat of the old Establishment. Waiters, dressed immaculately in tails, serve up tea in fine bone china with exact precision while a pianist tinkles the ivories and a harpist plucks away in the background. Views of the Green Park royal gardens are a stunning reminder of a time when King Edward VII, Winston Churchill and Charles De Gaulle formed part of the regular stream or royal, aristocratic and noble visitors taking tea at the hotel's Palm Court. It hardly needs saying but dress smartly - a jacket and tie are essential for men.

Mother's Day Deal and Sittings:

Especially for Mother's Day 2014, The Ritz will be serving a Bellini Cocktail alongside their Traditional Afternoon Tea. Children also receive a teddy bear with their tea.

11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm

 
 

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The Berkeley

The Berkeley Afternoon Tea The Berkeley Afternoon Tea Where:
, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London London, SW1X 7RL
Category: Afternoon Tea

Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7RL

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station, Knightsbridge Station

 
 

Served in the appropriately themed Caramel Room with its low-lighting, chocolate-coloured wall coverings and snappy faux-crocodile fabrics, afternoon tea at the Berkeley is a modern, stylish affair. From the contemporary design of the room (courtesy of New York-based interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud) to the unusual, striking design of the cakes and pastries this is an afternoon tea experience for those who like to mix tradition with innovation. While the traditional elements of the meal still remain, The Berkeley has added its own creative twists to the ritual, bringing this centuries old institution into the 21st century by producing cakes and pastries inspired by each fashion season's catwalk designs. With a choice of over 30 teas from around the world, an array of finger sandwiches and sweet pastries and a selection of freshly baked raisin and apple scones with tea-infused jam and Devonshire clotted cream. This is the perfect Mother's Day treat for truly modern mums.

Mother's Day Sittings:

Service is from 1pm-5.30pm every day

 
 
 

The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea Where:
, Hyde Park Corner, London London, SW1X 7TA
Category: Afternoon Tea

Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7TA

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

Earning the Award of Excellence from the The Tea Guild on multiple occasions, as well as their Top London Afternoon Tea in 2008, an afternoon brew at The Lanesborough is a bit of a treat. The stylish early 19th century hotel sits right on Hyde Park Corner and tea is served in its restaurant, Apsleys, with its beautiful glass roof. The formal ceremony of afternoon tea here takes on an undisputable air of sophistication with the steaming tea served from silver pots - a Russian samovar if you need to know - and poured into fine bone china cups, a stack of crustless finger sandwiches to accompany it. They don't mess around here, employing a dedicated 'tea sommelier', Karl Kessab, who takes the job of tea buying very seriously - most are purchased at auction. Green, black and white teas are all on the menu, from Gunpowder to Jasmine Pearls - it's a bewildering choice so don't be afraid to ask for advice. There are several different types of afternoon tea price packages to choose from all of which come with a freshly baked scones, thick clotted cream and homemade fruit preserves. Opt for the Belgravia Tea and you'll get fresh strawberries and a glass of Taittinger Champagne as well as tea to sip on. Or, if you want all the trimmings order the Prestige Champagne Tea - and a glass of Krug Grand Cuvee arrives to top off an afternoon of elegant indulgence.

Mother's Day Sittings:

Daily 4pm & 4.30pm, ends 6pm

 
 
 

The Connaught

The Connaught Hotel The Connaught Hotel Where:
, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London London, W1K 2AL
Category: Afternoon Tea

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:

1st sitting: 1pm, 1.30pm
2nd sitting: 3pm, 3.30pm
3rd sitting: 5pm, 5.30pm

 
 
 

The Cadogan

 

Join the Queen Mother, Lord Cadogan, Oscar Wilde, King Edward VII and Lillie Langtry by becoming a visitor to this historic, timelessly stylish town house hotel. After a morning's hectic shopping in nearby Knightsbridge why not treat your mum to afternoon tea at this legendary hotel this Mother's Day? Traditional English afternoon tea is served every day in the Cadogan's wood-panelled Drawing Room. Lined with rich, heavy saffron curtains and adorned with gold-stemmed, up-lighter lamps the room is enveloped in a soothing soft glow which emanates from the warm apricot hues of the traditional fabrics. Sink into one of the deep, dark green velvet twill Edwardian armchairs as you escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and savour a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, fruit cake and tea. For that extra touch of decadence why not celebrate the day and finish off your Mother's Day afternoon tea with a glass of champagne?

Mother's Day Sittings:

1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm

 
 
 

Brown's Hotel

Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel Where:
, Brown's Hotel, Albemarle Street, London London, W1S 4BP
Category: Afternoon Tea

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:

12noon-6.30pm

 
 
 

Flemings Mayfair Hotel

Flemings Mayfair Hotel Flemings Mayfair Hotel Where:
, Half Moon Street, London London, W1J 7BH
Category: Afternoon Tea

Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BH

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 

For a glamorous way to enjoy Afternoon Tea step into The Front Room at Flemings Mayfair, one of London's oldest hotels, located just minutes from the designer stores of Bond Street and Jermyn Street. Cupcakes, Champagne and canapes are served in the eccentrically decorated Front Room, done up by interior designer Grant White who has created what he describes as "an elegant luxurious cocoon". Instead of boring old beige and brown the interiors are rich and bold with reflective surfaces and crystal lights lending plenty of sparkle and shine. Leather banquettes and velvet chairs invite you to put your feet up and enjoy one of four afternoon tea options: Traditional Afternoon Tea, Chic Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea or the Baby Shower Afternoon Tea.

Mother's Day Deal:

Mums are treated to a free afternoon tea at the hotel for Mother's Day 2014. One mum per group of four people will be treated to the complimentary treat when ordering either Traditional or Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Mother's Day Sittings:

1.30pm - 5.00pm

 
 
 

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon Where:
, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London London, W1A 1ER
Category: Afternoon Tea

Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Goodge Street Station

 
 

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 8pm

 
 
 

Claridge's

Claridge's Afternoon Tea Claridge's Afternoon Tea Where:
, Brook Street, London London, W1A 2JQ
Category: Afternoon Tea

Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1A 2JQ

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

Afternoon tea with a large dollop of royal elegance. If you want to join the ranks of princes, politicians and personalities as you elegantly sup afternoon tea head for the sumptuously decorated foyer at Claridge's Hotel. The Art Deco interior of this hotel saw a stunning refit in 1999, bringing it back to its awe-inspiring former glory and worthy of its affectionate title 'the extension to Buckingham Palace'. The centrepiece of the foyer - where tea is served - is a huge glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly. A pianist and harpist accompany diners devouring over 30 different blends of tea from around the world, classic finger sandwiches, pastries and moist, fluffy homemade scones served with the hotels exclusive tea-infused jam and clotted cream. Diners can choose between Classic afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea or Seasonal Afternoon Tea. Mums are also given special treatment over the Mother's Day weekend when the hotel includes heart shaped macaroons, a flower for each lady and petals on the table.

Mother's Day Sittings:

3.00pm, 3.30pm, 5.00pm or 5.30pm

 
 
 

The Savoy

The Savoy Afternoon Tea The Savoy Afternoon Tea Where:
, The Savoy, Strand, London London, WC2R 0EU
Category: Afternoon Tea

The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0EU

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

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:

Afternoon Tea: 1.30pm-5.45pm