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May 20, 2009 03:56 AM

[London] Afternoon Tea

For the June or July Sandwichist article for Londonist, I'm planning to review an afternoon tea. I've experienced the Lanesborough which was good, so I am looking for other ideas.

If anyone can recommend a brilliant place to go for afternoon tea (must include sandwiches) I'd be deleriously happy.


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  1. Brown's Hotel has always been a very luxurious (and pricey) afternoon tea. We always remember our first. :-) Sotheby's also has a very pleasant space and serves a good tea, but I'm not sure if it includes sandwiches. You could call to check. It's a pretty room.

    Here's a link for so more good ideas.,UK_-_Eng...

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    1. re: zuriga1

      One of my favourite places for afternoon tea is Duke's Hotel in St James's. The thing that makes it stand out is that they include a hot, buttered crumpet! So you get lovely finger sandwiches, warm scones and clotted cream, a large pot of tea, cakes and crumpets. Its served in the (smallish) drawing room which has the most divinely soft and comfortable sofas and as its not that well-known it's relatively quiet.

      1. re: isabella_deste

        Ah. Dukes. Douglas always recommends this place. It is well and truly on my short list.

        1. re: isabella_deste

          Some placemarks:

          Duke's Hotel
          35 St James's St, London, Greater London SW1A 1, GB

          The English Tea Room at Brown's Hotel
          34 Albemarle St, London, Greater London W1S 4, GB

        2. re: zuriga1

          I really liked the Winter Garden (#8 on your 10 best list) when i was there last Nov. Very polite & professional service.

          1. re: klyeoh


            Winter Garden
            222 Marylebone Rd, Paddington, Greater London NW1 5, GB

        3. Sketch is a very interesting place to explore... afternoon tea served after 3pm with sandwiches £24pp

          Plus Market Kitchen did a piece of Afternoon tea recently... here's where they went.

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          1. re: grobeaar

            Sketch looks like a lot of fun for afternoon tea... and I am delighted to have now discovered Momo. Seems fun. Thank you very much.

            1. re: grobeaar

              Funnily enough, I went to Sketch yesterday for afternoon tea and it was so not worth it.

              While the jam and eclair were were good, the sandwiches were a major let down on stale bread and far too "creamy". The teapots do not come with leaves in them, leading me to believe it is produced from a bag and we were not offered more hot water/tea as is the standard anywhere else.

              Scones were nice, but tiny. They get a couple points for playing The Clash rather than the typical piano music, but the tea part of the afternoon tea was a let down.

            2. Fortnum and Mason, on Piccadilly, is a classic.

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              1. re: berbadeerface

                Placemark for Fortnum & Mason:

                Fountain Restaurant at Fortnum
                181 Piccadilly, London, Greater London W1J 9, GB

              2. Possibly not what you're looking for but the No 20 restaurant at the new Sanctum Soho Hotel do afternoon tea. The regular tea includes 'Cucumber, Marmite with watercress, free-range egg with mayonnaise, Bradenham ham with mustard, smoked salmon, Gentleman’s Relish with mustard cress'.

                The slightly more interesting 'New English' tea includes a ham and cheese toastie, Millionaire's shortbread, teacakes, a packet of Munchies (?!) and a Long Island Iced Tea.


                I still like the Dorchester and Browns for 'traditional tea'.

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                1. re: DollyDagger

                  I wonder what Long Island Iced Tea is! I may have to investigate.

                    1. re: DollyDagger

                      It must be! The Sanctum afternoon tea looks very good!

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        A Long Island Iced Tea is an extremely powerful drink, if done right. Usually contains around four different kinds of hard liquor, and, because of the sweetness of the mixer, usually doesn't taste as alcoholic as it really is. Definitely a drink for when you don't have any plans for the rest of the day!

                        1. re: raistlyn

                          I guess I should have spent more time on Long Island. I was a Westchester person. :-)

                      2. re: DollyDagger

                        Sanctum looks awesome. Great suggestion. Thanks very much indeed.

                        1. re: DollyDagger

                          I went to Sanctum and it was utterly empty and the staff didn't have a clue about the New English. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. We left and went to Yauatcha.

                          1. re: Browners

                            Ah, sorry to hear that. From what I've heard, they seem to be putting minimal effort into the restaurant. Lets hope their brutally expensive bedrooms are doing better business!

                        2. Very classic rendition of afternoon tea at Brumus at the Haymarket hotel, details in an old post:
                          Very well priced too at under £20, considering the quality.

                          Haven't had time to post on afternoon teas I've had in the last couple of months, but Andaman at the St James Hotel and Club stood out - luxe environs, awesome pastry kitchen, and savoury stuff that goes above and beyond sandwiches (there was only one sandwich -- open faced and Italian-ish, with tomato and prosciutto); however in lieu of other sandwiches there were other good things, like caviar and blini with sour cream. And it's steal at £22 in a civilised and quiet part of St James. The offerings for tea change every month.

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                          1. re: limster

                            Thanks limster, the St James looks great and I'm going there for my birthday!

                            1. re: limster

                              Placemark for Brumus:

                              Brumus Restaurant & Bar
                              1 Suffolk Ln, City of London, Greater London EC4R 0, GB