FOUR STYLES OF AFTERNOON TEA IN LONDON

My love of afternoon tea has been well documented on this blog.

I’ve written post after post after post about it… but this is the big one. This is the (modesty aside) QUEEN of afternoon tea posts.

Because today I’m bringing you not one, not two, but FOUR types of afternoon tea for you to try.

In the name of science, I joined the Starwood Hotels team on a mega-massive Afternoon Tea-athon in London. (Geddit? Cos it’s like a marathon but of tea!)

We wandered from one lovely hotel to the next, exploring gorgeous interiors and stunning balconies. We ate aaall the sandwiches and scones and swan-shaped pastries. We drank aaaall the champagne and tea and cocktails.

It was tough. Like, suuuuuuch hard work guys. But I did it all for you.

I took one for the team.

You’re welcome.

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The Fancy Afternoon Tea

Our first stop of the day was The Park Tower hotel in Knightsbridge.

Firstly, the interiors of this place are STUNNING. Embroidered wallpaper, mismatched glass vases, magnificent chandeliers… It definitely feels special. The staff are fantastic as well, really friendly and informative. Our drinks were constantly topped up and our lovely host was very helpful in explaining what was in each dish.

We started with savoury quiche tasters: perfectly crisp pastry, with a light-as-air salmon and King Crab filling. This was definitely one of the highlights of the day!

The menu is traditionally British and they change it up frequently to use seasonal ingredients. For example, I just checked the current menu and for autumn it looks like instead of the salmon and crab, they’re serving a wild mushroom and Porcini quiche with roasted hazelnuts – which sounds delicious!

This is a FANCY afternoon tea. One where you celebrate your birthday or take your mum to on Mother’s Day.

Where: 101 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RN

Highlights: The swan pastry, the seasonal menu, and the beautiful interiors!

Price: From £39 per person.

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The Quirky Afternoon Tea

Have you ever seen anything as adorable as the 101 Dalmations afternoon tea?!

Playing on the fact that the Sheraton Grand hotel is a stone’s throw away from Green Park, where the two dalmations first met and fell in love, the Dotty Afternoon Tea celebrates the film’s 55th anniversary.

Tea (and champagne!) is served in the stunning art deco Palm Court. The arched ceiling, gilded details and cut crystal glasses are so beautiful, and the live harpist playing classics in the background adds a lovely extra touch. She played the Beauty and the Beast theme at one point and I almost cried.

The food is as quirky as you can expect from a doggy themed afternoon tea. Among other things, you’ll find: “hot dogs” made from choux pastry and smoked trout; short rib and bone marrow hot pot; chocolate and plain scones with jam, lemon curd (my favourite!) and clotted cream; and a stunning red and black Cruella de Ville raspberry mousse cake, which got a big thumbs up from everyone on our table!

This would be perfect as a special tea for the kids, as well as for those who want a little luxury with a bit of a twist on the traditional tea.

Where: Piccadilly, London, W1J 7BX

Highlights: The fabulous lounge, the huge tea list and the smoked trout “hot dog”!

Price: From £37 per person.

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The Classic Afternoon Tea

The Le Meridien Piccadilly is quickly becoming one of my favourite hotels in London. Their rooftop bar is beautiful both inside and out, and we took advantage of the fantastic weather to hole up in a corner of the outside terrace.

We quickly settled into comfy deckchairs, sipping vanilla gin and chilli cocktails, nibbling on the BEST sandwiches of the day (the fresh salmon and cream cheese were particular favourites) and soaking up the view and vibe of Piccadilly.

This tea is a classic. The perfect sandwiches are followed by equally perfect daisy-topped macarons, chocolate tea cakes filled with light marshmallow, and perfectly fresh scones, still warm from the oven.

It’s a lovely tea. That’s the word that keeps coming to mind: lovely.

Perfect for a girly celebration, maybe a baby shower or hen do!

Where: 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH

Highlights: The sandwiches, the cocktails and the view!

Price: From £34 per person.

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The Cool Afternoon Tea

To celebrate 40 years of British punk, the W Hotel in Leicester Square has created a punking AWESOME afternoon tea that they’ve named: the Anarch’tea.

Served in the sun-drenched W Lounge, you’re presented with a tea stand made of vinyl records, stacked high with sandwiches, cakes and scones.

The sandwiches are actually pretty standard (and could really do with a bit more filling to be honest!), but the cakes are so spectacular that it kind of makes up for it. Named after punk songs from bands like The Sex Pistols and The Strangers, you’ll find red, blue and white Battenburg slices, zipped lips made from strawberry mousse, and even an ice cream cake with a blue mohawk.

And the scones. Guys. THE SCONES. They are officially the best scones I’ve ever had in my life. I ate two and took three of the leftover ones home with me. They’re warm, buttery, crumbly perfection and I want to eat them every day for the rest of my life.

I’m actually going back again this weekend to try the whole thing so WATCH THIS SPACE. The full review will be up soon!

Where: Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF

Highlights: The scones (oh God, the scones…), the ice cream cakes and the vinyl tea stands!

Price: From £30 per person.

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AND NOW FOR THE EXCITING NEWS!

I have a 15% discount offer to give you guys!

Simply book yourself in for an afternoon tea at one of the four hotels mentioned above, and just make sure you reference “TEA-ATHON” when you’re making the booking.

The offer only lasts until the 30th of September, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Want to read more on Starwood Hotels’ afternoon tea offers? Click through to their website!

*I was a guest of Starwood Hotels for the Afternoon Tea-athon.
All opinions, words, photos and scone loving are my own!

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  • I need to go to that 101 dalmatians afternoon tea – like quite desperately actually. Also the swan pastry is so adorable! I’ve had tea at the W before for an event and I have to say I was a teensy bit disappointed. Although the scones were great the rest of the cakes just weren’t up to scratch imo.

    • YES. You would love the doggy one Milli! I went back this weekend to try the full W tea and I actually really really liked it! It’s verrrrry sweet. That was our main take away of it! The scones were still as fabulous as ever though! :) xx

  • All of these sound fabulous!

    • They really were!! Went back to the W to try the full version of the Anarchtea this past weekend and it’s soooo yum ♥

  • Great post Katy. Been looking for potential places to go with a friend ( the bride-to-be) as we go into London to get fitted for our bridesmaid dresses next year.

    Will definitely keep these in mind and revisit your posts nearer to the time.

    It all looks scrummy! x

    Laura.

    • Oooh that’s a lovely idea!!! Yep, the Meridien one I think would be awesome for you guys. It’s right by Piccadilly Circus, so you’re near Regent Street and Oxford Street, AND the cocktails are seriously SERIOUSLY good (and we all know that bridesmaid dress shopping will probably require alcohol haha!) xx

  • This sounds like my kind of blog post! Look at all the cakes and treats! The quirky afternoon tea looks like the one for me :) Must have been so hard to take all this on for a post ;) I admire your dedication xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • It’s a tough job Jessie, but someone’s gotta do it! ;) xx

  • This sounds amazing! For afternoon teas in one day?! They all look so quirky and exciting, and they’re actually fairly priced compared to a lot of London’s afternoon teas. I really hope they keep the 101 Dalmations one around for a while. It would make a perfect birthday treat for a Disney lover!

    Lisa | farawaylisamae.com

    • I literally didn’t eat again until dinner the next day haha. We were SO full by the end of it! And yesssss the Disney tea really needs to stay. I think they should make it a Thing… imagine a Beauty and the Beast tea for instance?? xx

  • AMAZING!! I love this post!!

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  • I’m also quite the Afternoon Tea fan but I haven’t been in ages. I seem to be quite lucky that wherever I go they are always willing to cater for my lactose intolerance. I get special cakes most of the time, usually fruit cake which is probably my favourite cake, nom nom. These look amazing though, I am heading to London in Feb though so too late to take advantage of your code but will show this post to my friend I am heading there with.

    Grace
    http://www.grownupgrace.com
    x

    • That’s so good Grace! I know so many people who struggle to find teas that suit their dietary needs, and lactose must be a hard one because of the cakes and cream everywhere!! Let me know if you do book any of these, I’d love to know what you think! :) xx

  • ninegrandstudent

    This post is absolutely perfectly timed! I know I want to treat my mum to a day out in London for her birthday/Christmas this year, but had no idea where to go, especially as (unlike in the Midlands) price doesn’t really seem to be an indicator of quality. Definitely going to go study these options in more detail – and do you have any other recommendations?! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Oooh yes, have a look at my afternoon tea bus tour post! It’s run by BB Bakery and you get to eat tea on a double decker bus as it drives around London, giving you a tour! :) it’s one I’ve always said I’d love to take my mum on and the food is lovely. Otherwise the one at St Paul’s cathedral is cheaper, but really really delicious! xx

  • Emily

    This was an incredible post Katy! Your photos are so beautiful and just perfect in every way (you have no idea how hungry I am reading this post!) I’m a big fan of afternoon tea but I didn’t know there was so many different types, a 101 Dalmatians afternoon tea!? Why doesn’t that sound like the BEST THING EVER!

    Musings & More

    • Thank you so much lovely!! That means a lot :D I’ve been working really hard to improve my photography so I’m glad it’s showing! xxx

  • What a fun thing to do!! I love the look of them all, that punk one looks like such good fun! I’m looking for a late birthday treat for my friend, so I might be cheeky and use that discount code! xxx

    hannatalks

    • The punk one was awesome!! I went back again for that one this weekend just gone and it was really really good, especially if you have a bit of a sweet tooth. Would be a great one for a birthday present!!! xx

    • The punk one was awesome!! I went back again for that one this weekend just gone and it was really really good, especially if you have a bit of a sweet tooth. Would be a great one for a birthday present!!! xx

  • 4 teas in one go – pure heaven, I am SO jealous. It all looks so yummy. The Dalmatians tea sounds brilliant, I love the themed ones so much.

    • Themed teas are awesome aren’t they? I’m really hoping that someone will do a Beauty and the Beast one next year, to go with the new film release!!! :D xx