It’s Afternoon Tea Week! Britain is celebrating all things English Breakfast and Battenberg cake for the next 7 days. As the annual festivities begin with the scent of fresh scones and herbal infusions, I thought it would be fun to tell you about 3 of the best afternoon teas in London.
The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A has won London’s heart. Barely open a week, the show—the first and largest retrospective of the fashion designer’s work to be held in Europe—has had Londoners queuing, tweeting, and drooling over McQueen’s tartan and tulle since before it launched. As someone that loves food over fashion, I found a great way to experience the excitement: a McQueen exhibition afternoon tea followed by a trip to see his work.
The only thing I love more than afternoon tea in London is a trip to the spa and afternoon tea in London. I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold January day than indoors getting a massage and indulging in sweet treats and comforting tea. So today I’m doing just that at The Landmark London hotel in Marylebone.
The only thing better than afternoon tea in London is afternoon tea in London’s newest tearoom. The Rosebery just opened in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, and I’ve been invited to discover what it’s all about.
The English summer season is approaching. Starting with the Chelsea Flower Show next week, the annual parade of events will take us through the warmer months in a blur of horse races, boat races, tennis, and sailing. From Royal Ascot to Wimbledon, the Henley Royal Regatta to Cowes Week, this summer—as every summer—will bring with it a series of not-to-be-missed events. In celebration, this week I got a sneak peek at a summer season afternoon tea at The Goring hotel in London.
This week London is a feast for the senses. On Monday I got a sneak peek at the new Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern, which opens today. The exhibition is a feast for the eyes, with color playing a dominant role in the artist’s works. And in a feast for the mouth, Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel has used the cut-outs as inspiration for a delicious Matisse-inspired afternoon tea.
The City of London is quiet on the weekends. The brisk walk of the bankers is gone, and a strange silence pervades this usually bustling area of central London. As I emerge from the tube at Bank station and pass by the Royal Exchange, I’m the only person on the street. And once I reach my destination and settle in for afternoon tea at Threadneedles Hotel, I feel like I have the whole of the City to myself.
Yesterday America took over London. The NFL football game at Wembley stadium meant that Vikings and Steelers jerseys outnumbered all other forms of clothing in the city. Being American, part of me wanted to join the fun. But given that I’m eligible for UK citizenship in just a few short weeks, I decided to indulge in a famous British pastime: afternoon tea at The Dorchester hotel on Park Lane.