Mayfair

The Park Lane Hotel

It’s the way in which the waiters’ lean in to you, with one hand tucked behind their backs, and gently twist a cocked teapot in position above a teacup.

Lanes of London

Lanes of London, previously criticised for its ‘concept’ heavy menu, ticks all the right boxes for afternoon tea with fresh, hot scones, cakes and sandwiches.

Brown’s Hotel

The soaring atriums are furnished in a clean biscuit-brown wood and with cosseting fireplaces and armchairs, and a pianist adds to the easy atmosphere.

Hotel Café Royal

The Oscar Wilde Bar (previously known as The Grill Room) where afternoon tea is held has been restored to its original Louis XVI detailing, and named after one of its celebrity patrons.

Coya

The launch of a set lunch menu helps to take the sting out of dining at Coya, and there is a choice between either 3 or 4 courses at £26.50 and £29.50 respectively.

Little Social

Jason Atherton breeds restaurants at a rate that would make even the most virile of bunnies blush, and has thwarted the derision of critics and bloggers alike.