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Time for Tea - Afternoon Tea in London - My Top Spots

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 "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour 
dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
[Henry James]

Afternoon tea became a fashionable event for the upper class and society women in the 1880's when ladies would dress up in smart gowns and hats and gloves to indulge in tea and a light snack in the afternoon to fill the gap between breakfast and dinner. Nowadays it's a regular treat for many people for all sorts of occasions. I mean where else can you sip Champagne, tuck into scones with lashings of clotted cream, nibble on cucumber sandwiches with the crusts off and enjoy a nice cup of tea in china cups?

Many people only know of the traditional top hotels that offer an afternoon tea in London but from my time living in London, and my obsession with tea, champagne and cake - I have built up a fair knowledge into all the amazing places that you can go to indulge in afternoon tea. There really is something for everyone, from the simple to the lavish to the more simple and budget friendly.

Of course I also happen to think it makes the perfect indulgent treat for a meal with your husband to be or a girly gossip with your bridesmaids and even a place to treat your mum to say thanks for putting up with you being bridezilla. So here are London Bride's top picks for afternoon tea in London...


Camellia's Tea House - Central Cuppa

Tucked away in Kingly Court off busy Carnaby Street, Camellia's Tea House is the perfect place to stop for a cuppa when out and about in central London. A quirky 1930's haven of relaxation, serving the finest blends of tea it's the perfect pick me up when out dress shopping!


 
Claridges - English Elegance [£35+] 

English tradition at its finest - this is luxurious elegance and the best of British. If you want to impress then this choice will never fail. A true classic. 

Tea Party -  Girly Get Together [£17+]

The best way to enjoy afternoon tea is of course served on pretty vintage china. Hire out this  decorated north London venue for a glamorous and girly get together, crack open a bottle of bubbly and gossip to your hearts content. Perfect place for a hen do or bridal shower. 



Bea's of Bloomsbury, St Paul's - Urban Indulgence [£15+]

The new younger sister of Bea's at One New Change in St Paul's is something to be admired.  Inspired by Japanese tea houses, this is a well designed and stylish setting with cakes displayed in a glass wall and hanging light teapots. This is most definitely the place for hipster afternoon tea. 


Bake-a -Boo - Sensitive Snacking [£15+]

A darling little hideaway in West Hampstead as well as lots of delicious treats they have an amazing range of speciality cakes for those with allergies such as wheat, gluten and dairy and they even offer sugar free! A great place to treat your mum. 


The Wolseley - Art Deco Decadence [£21+]

A true English classic, right in the heart of Piccadilly, tea at the Wolsey is pure decadence. The incredible art deco ambiance is something to be experienced as of course is their menu. One of the more masculine afternoon tea options I'd say so a perfect place to treat your favourite gentleman. 

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Soho's Secret Tea Room -Vintage Tea [£14+]

If you are looking for an authentic tea experience then this hidden tea room in Soho above the famous Coach & Horses pub delivers. A real mix of characters here as you step into the 1940's for traditional tea and cake whilst soothed by the soft jazz music in the background. 

 
Charlotte Street Hotel - Invite The In-Laws [£21.50+]

A glamorous yet cosy setting for Afternoon Tea, and very generous servings. Invite the in-laws along to try out their specialist selection of Miller Harris fragrant teas and you're bound to earn brownie points with Mum. 



The Berkeley - Fashonista Feasting [£36.50+]

This is designer afternoon tea for the fashion forward. Treats include haute couture cakes in the styles of top designers such as Christian Louboutin and Alice Temperley. They also do the cutest little take away boxes in case you don't eat all the cake.






I hope you find something here for every occasion and budget, would love to hear any more suggestions [I can always add to the list!] or where you love to go for this tasty treat. I'm all for doing more testing in the name of research, naturally...

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