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What Afternoon Tea means to you? It’s a British classic that’s for sure, but these days it is offered in a range of different styles, flavours and locations. Afternoon tea is no longer just cucumber finger sandwiches, scones and a cup of tea in a drawing-room whilst holding your pinky up.. oh no!
Firstly, these days Afternoon Tea usually consists of a few glasses of bubbles, a range of cakes, a range of different flavoured scones, fancy sandwiches, and if you must have tea there’s usually at least 5 options!
In addition to this Afternoon Tea is no longer a single event, you can make a day of it by attending the Theatre, a Gallery, doing a London Underground Treasure Hunt or even visiting the Houses of Parliament!
If that isn’t enough variety for you then there’s themed Afternoon Tea’s too like a Japanese Afternoon Tea, a Chocolate lovers Afternoon Tea, a London themed Afternoon Tea and even a Cinema Club Afternoon Tea.
I was invited to an Afternoon Tea event by Lastminute.com to try out some of the best afternoon tea’s in London in one place. I gladly accepted and I ate the most delicious food!
These are the Afternoon Tea’s I tried which are all offered in London and are really good if you’re looking to celebrate an occasion in London with Afternoon Tea.
First up is the Charbonnel et Walker from the May Fair Kitchen. This menu was designed to recreate culinary delights of the Mediterranean with a selection of Spanish and Italian small plates. The Tiramisu from this menu was incredible, we also got to see a demonstration of how its made by the Head Chef which was pretty special and the Chocolate Scones were also as good as they sound! You can experience this Afternoon Tea yourself at The May Fair Hotel, for more information and prices have a look here!
Then there’s the Le The Du Soir from the Hampshire Lounge Bar, also in London. This is a selection of bespoke Moet and Chandon Ice Imperial infused dishes (aka pretty much all the dishes have a dash of Champagne in them!) and has a very British Focus with English Strawberry Shortbread and Raisin and Apple Scones to name a few of the dishes.
Lastly is the El Dolce Semplice from Monmouth Kitchen which is an incredibly unique mix of Italian and Peruvian delights. It was fair to say that the Salmon and Jalapeño Tacos went down well with the crowd and even more so after we watched a demonstration as to how they are made. We also watched the Lemon Scones being made so I of course had to try one afterwards and I’m now convinced they may well be the best Scone flavour! The Churro’s also took me right back to being in Peru which I loved!
Of course the selection of drinks on offer- Strawberry Sangria, Champagne and Pisco Sours’s matched perfectly with the dishes that were on offer and the Countries they represented. (However it confirmed that I still do not like the Peruvian drink of Pisco Sour!)
So if Afternoon Tea is on your bucket list, or if you’re looking to treat a friend or family member to something special, why not have a look at what options are on offer and get booking because you’re sure to find something to suit you!
To See a little glimpse of our Afternoon Tea have a look at the video here!
I attended the Taste of Travel Afternoon Tea Event as a guest of Lastminute.com however all opinions, thoughts & mouth watering photos are my own.
I’m Ellie Quinn!
I’m a travel addict who has been travelling on and off since 2010. In the Summer of 2018 I quit my office job in London, left my flat and I now travel and blog full time! Yes, I’m living that dream!
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