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The Connaught Afternoon Tea
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
Brown's Hotel
Brown's Hotel
Victorian Afternoon Tea at The V&A Museum
The Gilbert Scott Afternoon Tea
The Gilbert Scott Afternoon Tea
 

 

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 or restaurants?

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The Athenaeum Afternoon Tea

The Galvin brothers present a modern take on afternoon tea.

116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BJ

Tube: Green Park Station , Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

The Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair is renowned for its afternoon tea having previously been awarded the Tea Guild's prestigious Top London Afternoon Tea accolade. Now that the Galvin Brothers have taken over, serving finger sandwiches and scones in their British restaurant, Galvin at The Athenaeum, we suspect that the standard has been kept suitably high. Their modern take on British afternoon tea sees them serve a selection of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats made from the very best British ingredients. Expect smoked salmon from Severn & Wye, Cumbrian ham, Kentish strawberries and Devonshire clotted cream. Diners can also opt for the Gentleman's Afternoon Tea, Royal Afternoon Tea or, to make the occasion extra special, the Bottomless Bubbles Afternoon Tea. You are dining in Mayfair, after all.

 
 
 

The Connaught Afternoon Tea

Treat your mum to afternoon tea in one of London's fanciest hotels.

Carlos Place, 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 age-old tradition of afternoon tea is still re-enacted daily. The Connaught's afternoon tea is served daily in the Jean-Georges restaurant. Choose from a selection of fine teas served alongside a menu of finger sandwiches, pastries, and plain and raisin scones serves with homemade strawberry jam, lemon curd and Cornish clotted cream. For an extra dash of luxury, opt for the Champagne Afternoon Tea experience. If you're feeling a little over-indulged, then skip the lifts and enjoy the traditional country house feel of the mahogany staircase that winds up through this grand century-old hotel. The Connaught is a traditional slice of Mayfair grandeur that takes its design cue from the English country house while offering facilities that are absolutely up-to-date. 

 
 
 

Brown's Hotel

Aftertoon tea at this hotel will offer a traditional, suitably historic way to mark Mother's Day.

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.

 
 
 

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

Choose from a Traditional Tea, a Savoury Tea or the more substantial High Tea.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus 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.

 
 
 

Tipsy Tea, Mr Fogg's

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.

 
 
 
 

The Gilbert Scott Afternoon Tea

Sip champagne and nibble on finger sandwiches while surrounded by striking gothic design.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 

With striking gothic architecture as the backdrop, afternoon tea at The Gilbert Scott is a glamorous affair. Nibble on finger sandwiches and sip on champagne while surrounded by gothic bells, a grand painted ceiling and marble pillars. With Marcus Wearing at the helm, you can expect the food to be as impressive as the surroundings. Choose between the Classic Afternoon Tea, with homemade scones, sweet treats sandwiches, savouries and your choice of tea (there are variations available); the Champagne Afternoon Tea, with the addition of a glass of Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne; and the Temperance Afternoon Tea, served with a glass of Green Lady sparkling green tea. If you really want to splash out, treat yourself to a stay at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, which The Gilbert Scott is housed within.

 
 
 

Victorian Afternoon Tea at The V&A Museum

Combine a visit to The V&A Museum with a traditional Victorian afternoon tea.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Providing the chance to enjoy a quintessentially British experience within one of London's most beautiful buildings, Benugo has partnered with the Victoria and Albert Museum to serve traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea. The award-winning British food business and the renowned museum invite visitors to feast on sandwiches and scones within the lavishly decorated Morris Room, which boasts a historic interior that was part of the V&A's original refreshment rooms. invite visitors to feast on sandwiches and scones within the lavishly decorated Morris Room, which boasts a historic interior that was part of the V&A's original refreshment rooms. Curated by award-winning food historian Tasha Marks, the menu is filled with dishes inspired by 19th-century recipes, subtly tweaked to suit the modern palate. Think Mrs Beeton's cucumber sandwich, first seen on menus in 1859; iced orange cake, circa 1891; lemon and caraway poppy cake, circa 1895; and the traditional Victoria sponge which first appeared on Victorian tables in the 1800s. The feast is served with a selection of organic loose leaf teas and an optional glass of prosecco.

 
 
 

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