If you read this blog regularly, you already know that I absolutely love afternoon tea. There is something really special about this quintessentially British tradition that you just can’t get bored off. I ofcourse have my favourites that I never tire off, like the Thames Foyer at the Savoy and the Georgian at Harrods (click for full review) but if you are looking for afternoon tea that is a bit eccentric and a bit out there, London has quite a few options for you too.
From Glam Rock to Disney, there is something for everybody. Keep reading for a list of some of my favourites. If that’s not exciting enough, I also have a competition give away at the end of this post (which I am sure you are going to love)!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea
The Lobby Bar, One Aldwych
If you are a fan of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you are going to love the afternoon tea at the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych. From decadent golden eggs to blueberry brioche, homemade candy floss and heritage tomato tarts, the menu is surprisingly varied and less chocolate centred than you would imagine; yet every item manages to reflect the classic tale. Teatime treats and sandwiches are served with a selection of award winning loose leaf teas from Covent Garden’s Tea Palace, each of which cleverly fits in with the theme. This West End musical inspired afternoon tea is scrumdiddlyumptious!
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm daily
Cost: £34.50 pp or £45 pp including a glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne
Glam Rock Afternoon Tea
K West Hotel
Traditional Afternoon Tea has been given a glam-rock makeover at K West Hotel in Shepherd’s Bush. Guests can swap traditional hot drinks for tea-infused cocktails, and even enjoy the treat late at night like a true rock star from 10pm-1am. Who doesn’t love cocktails and cake at midnight?
All of the Rock Teas include fresh ‘rolling scones’ with clotted cream and strawberry compote alongside ‘rock and savoury rolls’, as well as a selection of extraordinary cakes decorated with edible music notes, mini gooey chocolate brownies and white chocolate ganache lollipop spiked with popping candy (accompanied by cocktails, of course). Oh, did we mention that it’s all served on vintage vinyls?
When: 2pm-6pm or 10pm-12am
Cost: £22.50 pp to £34.50 pp
With a menu inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world, the menu of this extravagant affair is changed every six months. The venue’s pastry chefs create sweet treats taken from each season’s collections at London Fashion Week, an event they attend for inspiration, and serve them on the finest, bespoke Paul Smith china.
The Autumn/Winter 2015 collection pays homage to Diane Von Furstenberg’s 40th Anniversary of the iconic wrap dress through a shimmering golden ginger biscuit. Other fashion favourites included are Moschino’s quirky ‘Yellow M’ handbag, Dolce and Gabbana’s whimsical night owl, Valentino’s mini dress and Jimmy Choo’s monochrome chic Cayla zebra print bag. Accompanying this magnificent collection is a choice of herbal infusion and loose leaf teas. The original tea for fashionable ladies is still the best in town.
When: 1pm-5.30pm daily
Cost: £45 pp or £52 pp including a glass of Laurent-Perrier
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party
The Sanderson Hotel
Guests are invited to “tumble down the rabbit hole” and enjoy the wonderful world of tea at the Sanderson Hotel. Upon being seated, you receive a menu hidden inside a vintage book and linen napkins wrapped with a riddle, thereby beginning the theatrical afternoon. How exciting?
Teapots adorned with kings and queens, sugar cubes in musical boxes, carousels and ticking clocks play host to wondrous fare. Guests are treated to dainty sandwiches filled with quaint fillings such as egg mayonnaise with watercress and a selection of homemade savoury and sweet scones served with fruit preservatives and clotted cream.The theme carries through with sweets such as strawberries and cream, homemade marshmallow mushrooms and traditional Victoria sponges, to end such an indulgent occasion.
When: 12.30pm-5.30pm daily
Cost: £38 pp
Tea In The Woods
Feel like you’re in a real-life Disney fairytale at this enchanting afternoon tea.With a menu consisting of assorted “sand-witches” with fillings ranging from quail egg and caviar to cucumber and ricotta, the menu is sure to please even the most scrutinizing prince or princesses. Also included in the re-vamped tea is Little Red Riding Hood’s Choux, Jack’s Beanstalk Tart, all complemented by the Baker and his Wife’s selection of Sketch Pastries – all fit for a basket to take to grandma’s house!
Tea In The Woods is only available from 18th May to 7th June and was created by the team at Sketch and Disney to mark the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Disney’s musical masterpiece INTO THE WOODS on 18th May 2015. You ca book tickets for this limited edition afternoon tea on the Sketch website. The first 30 people to book will also receive a copy of the film on DVD as well as the soundtrack. Not a bad deal at all.
When: 12.30pm- 5pm
Cost: £39 pp
Now for the competition – Two lucky readers get a chance to win a copy of Disney’s Into The Woods DVD. This humorous musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch, who has put a curse on them. It also has a star cast including Meryl Streep, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp. I actually saw it on a long-haul flight a few days back – it’s absolutely brilliant and is a great all around family entertainer.
To stand a chance to win these prizes, all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter box below. This competition closes at midnight on the 15th of June 2015 (unless otherwise stated) and the randomly selected winner will be contacted via email. The competition is open to entrants worldwide.
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Best of luck and hope you enjoyed my post about London’s quirkiest afternoon teas. What’s your favourite afternoon tea experience?