An afternoon of finger sandwiches, delicious desserts and endless top-ups of tea has become a classic and well-loved British tradition over the years. Whether you want to celebrate a special occasion or simply need a mid-shopping treat, we bring you a first class selection of afternoon teas in and around Regent Street.
Hotel Café Royal
68 Regent St, W1B 4DY
Recent winners of the Best Traditional Afternoon Tea in the UK award of 2017, Hotel Café Royal’s service and creativity has proven to be first class, making for a definite must-try this summer. Set in the iconic and exquisite Grade II listed Oscar Wilde Bar (originally established in 1865 and the place where Oscar Wilde himself once dined daily), the hotel’s traditional take on afternoon tea is complimented by its historical setting, and is accompanied by a live pianist to well and truly set the mood. With over twenty tea blends, including many exclusives, there is a tea for any mood, and a selection of sandwiches for any taste, including the forever classics of coronation chicken and smoked salmon with dill crème fraiche. To tempt your sweet tooth this summer, Hotel Café Royal also serves intricate delicacies such as coconut and mango dacquoise and strawberry mojito macaroon.
Sophisticated, glamourous and steeped in history, award-winning Hotel Café Royal is certainly one that will impress.
To book click here or call 020 7406 3310
Liberty London, Regent St, W1B 5AH
As one of London’s most loved department stores, Liberty London is probably best known for its hand-picked edit of beautiful gifts, fashion and homeware from an eclectic range of designers. However, tucked away on the second floor behind rails of fabulous dresses lies Café Liberty. This understated dining spot makes for an oasis of calm and is ideal for re-fuelling and relaxing while shopping. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are all served daily. For afternoon tea, Liberty sidesteps formal tablecloths and serves tempting selections of sandwiches, pastries and treats on crockery decorated with its famous floral prints. Expect to be spoilt with scrumptious warm scones, lashings of clotted cream and oodles of delicious strawberry jam.
To book call 020 7734 1234
The Langham London
1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA
Famed as the birthplace of afternoon tea, The Langham’s Palm Court has been serving everything from afternoon tea to champagne high tea to London’s high society since the Victorian era. While adults indulge in the very finest food and drink, little ones can enjoy a playful children’s tea menu, created in partnership with iconic toy store, Hamley’s. For afternoon tea, expect the likes of beef pastrami and burford brown egg sandwiches, along with a ‘spherically challenged’ dessert of creamy coconut, liquid raspberry and manjari mousse, made by the hotel’s passionate patissiers. For all teas, The Langham has collaborated with British fine china brand Wedgewood, to ensure each and every tea is superbly served to the highest standard. This renowned luxury hotel exudes pure elegance and makes for an ideal setting to celebrate an occasion in style. With its extensive champagne list and private dining area, you will certainly have an afternoon tea to remember.
Before you visit, why not swot up on The Langham’s very own guide to afternoon tea etiquette, right here.
To book click here or call 020 7636 1000
25 Heddon St, W1B 4BH
If you’re after a unique take on afternoon tea, then look no further than Heddon Street’s MOMO, which provides an exotic, Moroccan twist on this British favourite. Expect Zaalouk and Mechouia on toast, chocolate and harissa mousse, along with scrumptious date scones, paired with clotted cream, quince and a prickly pear jam: an absolute must try! In addition to its unique food flavours, MOMO provides a range of black teas and herbal infusions from around the world, such as Jing Chai from India and Whole Lemon Verbena from Paraguay. In warm weather, MOMO’s outdoor terrace, surrounded by greenery, offers a tranquil oasis where you can relax and enjoy your tower of Moroccan treats.
To book call 020 7434 4040
68 Regent St, W1B 4DY
Hotel Café Royal’s elegant new addition, Papillon, celebrates the best of European café-culture, and features both British and French influences throughout its delightful menu. With desserts devised by Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Barber, whose imaginative sweet treats always impress, expect the most delicious petit gateaux with your afternoon tea. In this elegant haven clad with golden marble and decorated with fabulous fresh flowers, you can sit back and watch London life go by on Regent Street, whilst sipping on your chosen tea. Simply perfect!
To book click here or call 020 7406 3333
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