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Best afternoon tea?!

by Reahm Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Hi guys!

Going to London next weekend for a few days and reallllly want to try some afternoon tea. I heard so much about! I really liked pret a portea but it's booked for my time there. Does anyone have any suggestions???? I'd like it to be a really nice atmosphere as well.

Dates: feb 16-19
Budget: none
Location: I'm staying at hotel indigo london tower hill and London Syon Park Hotel. So anything near there would be great but wouldn't mind driving 30 mins.


Thank you!!!!!

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    Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by northeast80 Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Claridges, the Ritz, the Dorchester.
    There are quite a few articles listing people's top 10, I googled 'afternoon tea london'.
    Driving 30 mins in London may only get you to the end of the road! Seriously the tube is much better than driving around central London, if you drove you'd have the congestion charge to pay, parking fees, navigating your way, angry drivers and a lot of traffic jams.
    Before you go look out for on-line voucher deals, you may find a good offer.

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  • Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by Reahm Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Yes! I just booked the private balcony afternoon tea at the dorchester!

    I need one more place for Saturday the 16, but the ritz is booked and so is claridges :(

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    Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by hawkhead Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Lots of choice. To name but a few:

    The Berkley
    The Lanesborough
    Claridge's
    The Ritz
    Fortnum & Mason
    The Dorchester
    The Atheneum - awarded 2012 Award by the Tea Guild
    Brown's Hotel - also do a detox sort of tea i.e. low carbs and sugar, etc.
    Sanderson Hotel
    Chesterfield Hotel
    Fan Museum
    The Tea Room - Stoke Newington
    Harrod's
    The Savoy
    The Langham
    Sotheby's - the auction house
    The Orangerie - Kensington Garden

    That's just a few. Prices range from ridiculous (most of them) to reasonable e.g. Fan Museum, Tea Room and The Orangery. The Mandarin Hotel serves a Chinese-type afternoon tea!

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    Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by DaveG0906 Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Time Out did a selection for afternoon tea here -

    timeout.com/london/food-drin...

    Not too sure how up to date the list is as I couldn't find a date on the article. Most afternoon teas in London appear to be very overpriced for what you get!

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  • Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by Reahm Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Yes! i checked it based on that, but was hoping for personal experiences!

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    Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by hawkhead Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Well, in that case I can recommend the one at Sotheby's. However, it all depends what you are looking for in an afternoon tea.

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    Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by xymmot Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    It's not the money, but the experience
    Of high tea
    Cheers tommy x

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  • Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by Reahm Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I have no idea! It'll be my first time! So i guess a place with lots of variety?

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    Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by hawkhead Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    If you are already booked at The Dorchester, do you really want another one? Imho, that would be a bit of overkill. Afternoon tea is something that belongs to a different era - whether you have it at Claridge's or The Dorchester or the Ritz makes no difference, they are all much of a muchness and cater, primarily, to tourists. I would plump for the Tea Room at Stoke Newington....... or else save my money and spend it on a nice meal later on.

    Btw, @xymot - high tea and afternoon tea are two completely different things and served at different times.

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    by hawkhead Online Now Feb 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    You have posted re restaurants in London - are you vegetarian or just don't eat meat? I ask this 'cos if you are vegetarian, then surely that rules out a lot of the afternoon tea goodies?

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  • Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by Reahm Online Now Feb 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Hey!

    I just don't eat meat! But the person I will be with is vegetarian!

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    Re: Best afternoon tea?!

    by hawkhead Online Now Feb 6, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    And hey to you too! And my question still stands.....

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