Afternoon Tea

One Aldwych

A ruby red ‘Cocktail Charlie’, bubbling away under a cloud of smoking dry ice in a teapot, made up of a mixture of whisky, cherry marnier, chocolate bitters and champagne.

Intercontinental, London

The ‘Royal’ afternoon tea at Intercontinental is a fair example of it’s kind, with ingredients that can in places be luxurious, but a basic premise that centres on British classics.

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.

Corinthia

Corinthia is perfect for Christmas; it’s domed glass cupola spills natural light through 1000 baccarat crystals of the Full Moon chandelier, and room is transformed with festive finery.

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.