Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Where to go for Afternoon Tea in London

There are very few problems which cannot be solved by a pot of Earl Grey, great company and a slice of Victoria sponge. We all need a bit of cheering up during the darker months of the year and although we’re technically supposed to be Team Health Kick, it's everything in moderation right? Join Fiorelli as we explore the best afternoon tea locations in London.

Best for Luxury: Claridges

The Mayfair located Claridge's is the crème de la crème of glamour. Serving as a high end hotel and restaurant, Claridge's boasts a world-class clientele which has included past guests Steve Carell, Rita Ora and Lana del Ray to name a few.
Dine in style here, with an afternoon tea menu to die for. From the classic afternoon tea to the more extravagant Champagne package, choose from over 30 different teas accompanied by seasonal treats such as apple and raisin scones with Marco Polo jelly and Cornish clotted cream – it's heavenly!

Best for Healthy Indulgence: Browns Hotel

*Left: traditional afternoon tea Right: Tea-Tox Image Source

We know what you’re thinking, how can afternoon tea be healthy? Well it turns out it's quite simple. Browns Hotel have come up with an impressive alternative to the typical afternoon tea package with their ‘Tea-Tox’ option. Low-carb, low-fat and low-sugar- that’s the thought process behind the Tea-Tox.

The options are surprisingly tempting, with smoked chicken and guacamole entrées, flour-less chocolate hazelnut cakes and lime jelly being just a small selection of what’s on offer. The best news is that if you don’t fancy the healthy option you can opt for the more indulgent version (as pictured). There’s always one person who is on a diet; this creative concept by Brown’s provides a happy solution for every member of the tasting party.

Best for Fashionistas: The Berkeley

Take your passion for fashion one step further with this award-winning afternoon tea from The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. Perfectly situated between Buckingham Palace and the upmarket Knightsbridge high street, the Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea is inspired by the colours and themes of the high-fashion world.

Even the menu takes on a unique fashion spin with trend and designer led titles such as ‘Autumn/Winter collection’ and ‘couture champagne’. The food itself is of course fashion focused too with bite size Victoria sponge slices in the shape of designer handbags and trench coat iced ginger biscuits. Delish!

Dine in style by arriving at the venue with a knock-out necklace or head-turner handbag such as the Fiorelli Harper in Mandarin. Mandarin is the colour of the season with every major fashion label championing the colour in their latest collection - be sure to stay ahead of the trend with us here at Fiorelli.

Do you have a sweet tooth? We’d love to hear about your favourite tea-time spots - Tweet  to tell us at @Fiorelli_Bags.

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