Afternoon Tea

L’Orchidee

The highlights of afternoon tea are the macarons which have an almost impeccable texture, and I’d recommend the sesame-speckled watermelon or rose and pistachio variety.

Chateau Dessert

Miniatures include lemon meringues, banoffee bites, fruit tarts, coffee and praline domes, berries and assorted macarons and naughty little chocolates of ganache and biscuit.

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.