Afternoon Tea at Claridges

Afternoon Tea at Claridges in Mayfair was a treat from my darling daughter Charlotte. We’ve been to many together over the years, so did this magnificent luxury hotel delight as much as we hoped? If you are looking for an opulent or luxury Afternoon Tea in London (or high tea, if you prefer), Claridges is a much better option in my experience than the ever popular Ritz.

Find out what makes Claridges one of the best places to take Afternoon Tea in London and what makes it a magical experience…

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review.

 

 

PIN for later!

Afternoon Tea at Claridges in Mayfair was a treat from my darling daughter Charlotte. We've been to many together over the years, so did this magnificent luxury hotel delight as much as we hoped? If you are looking for an opulent or luxury Afternoon Tea in London (or high tea, if you prefer), Claridges is a much better option in my experience than the ever popular Ritz. Find out what makes Claridges one of the best places to take Afternoon Tea in London and what makes it a magical experience...

 

We stepped through the doors of this busting and luxurious hotel from the well heeled streets of Mayfair to be greeted by an opulent art deco entrance hall with it’s signature black and white floor tiles.

Large leather chairs were settled near the fire place. I was attracted to the warmth of the glowing logs and took a moment to take in this iconic hotel.

Claridges has starred in it’s own tv show and was every much a character of the show as the charismatic staff.

Our Afternoon Tea was served in the the Reading Room. It’s brighter than the Foyer (which can be used as a Private dining room). Although the foyer looked like the cosier option.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. Served In The Reading Room.
The Reading Room.

The champagne was served with flourish and we felt about as special as we ever had on an Afternoon Tea.

 

Afternoon Tea at Claridges in Mayfair was a treat from my darling daughter Charlotte. We've been to many together over the years, so did this magnificent luxury hotel delight as much as we hoped? If you are looking for an opulent or luxury Afternoon Tea in London (or high tea, if you prefer), Claridges is a much better option in my experience than the ever popular Ritz. Find out what makes Claridges one of the best places to take Afternoon Tea in London and what makes it a magical experience.
Perfectly chilled Champagne.

Of course the Champagne was both delicious and perfectly chilled!

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review.

 

Cheers to this girl who made this wonderful event happen.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. Champagne To Start.

 

There is something timeless about this elegant room. Claridges is a boutique hotel with roots to our English heritage. If you want to experience the tradition of Afternoon Tea this is one of London’s top places to do it.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. The Reading Room Has A Pianist.

 

The room has a wonderful buzz of polite conversations and the tinkling of the pianist.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. The sandwiches.
The finger sandwiches.

The finger sandwiches are not stuffed full aka Marks and Spencers (and there is always a time and place for those). These are refined and elegant using the very best British ingredients. Expect treats like Clarence Court duck egg and Dorrington ham.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. Savoury Course.

 

I get excited by unexpected treats and this ‘chef’s seasonal savoury’ was delightful, with cream cheese and Scottish salmon on a sweet cake of some sort.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. The Art Of Taking Ones Time.
The art of taking one’s time.

So with the piano tinkling tunes we could actually recognise, we began to munch our way through. We have learnt to take our time at Afternoon Teas. It can be so disappointing to get to the end too soon otherwise!

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review.

 

The staff are famously brilliant here at Claridges. We were enjoying our waiter as much as the sandwiches. He poured tea with subtle theatre. We grinned back at him enjoying every cup being poured.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. Tea Pouring.
Tea pouring becomes theatre.

We went for the house tea, the ‘Claridges Blend’. I usually do because it’s been specially crafted to suit the Afternoon Tea edibles by the Rare Tea Company.

 

Afternoon Tea at Claridges in Mayfair was a treat from my darling daughter Charlotte. We've been to many together over the years, so did this magnificent luxury hotel delight as much as we hoped? If you are looking for an opulent or luxury Afternoon Tea in London (or high tea, if you prefer), Claridges is a much better option in my experience than the ever popular Ritz. Find out what makes Claridges one of the best places to take Afternoon Tea in London and what makes it a magical experience..
The Claridges Blend.

I don’t know how our waiter did it, but the entire time he knew exactly when to clear and pour and bring us more.

We need to talk about these scones.

These are as light and fluffy as is indeed appropriate for a scone to be. The clotted cream (which you should always place on first) is luscious followed by a spoonful of the delectable jam.

The jam. The jam served at the Afternoon Tea at Claridges is considered to be one of the best in the world – Marco Polo Gelée. It has flavours of bergamot and vanilla infused through it. You can buy a pot at the table and I’m beating myself up that I didn’t get some for the Christmas breakfast table!

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. The Scones.
The scones.

The seasonal sweet pastries were absolutely delicious quartet. They were not overly sweet, even the macaroon which had the relatively modern salted caramel thing going on. We also enjoyed a mini loaf cake,  a tart and a layered number.

You will always get a chocolate, a fruit, a classic and a surprise inspired by the Head Chefs travels.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. Sweet Pastries.
Sweet pastries.

Now please excuse me, I need a moment. Just me and my sweet plate.

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review.

 

I feel like I haven’t made enough of their iconic bone china. It’s all part of Afternoon Tea at Claridges and it’s atmosphere. I hope they never change it!

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. Iconic Bone China.
Iconic bone china.

My daughter surprised me with a voucher. It was a beautiful gift and I loved the way it was subtly dealt at the end of the occasion. Beautifully classy.

So, what do you think, are you tempted to have Afternoon Tea at Claridges? Who would you take?

 

Afternoon Tea At Claridges Review. Who Would You Take?
Who would you take?

This is not a sponsored post. I’m just sharing the love of Afternoon Tea at Claridges.

Claridges – Afternoon Tea

Brook Street, Mayfair
London W1K 4HR

What To Wear At Claridges Afternoon Tea

 

Let’s stay in touch!

 

FACEBOOK          |          INSTAGRAM           |            PINTEREST           |            TWITTER

 

Other fabulous Afternoon Teas in England

 

Royal Birthday Afternoon Tea, The Goring

 

Afternoon Tea At The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

 


Linking to #brillblogposts  #lovinlifelinky #TheListLinky #FarawayFiles #Blogstravaganza #SaturdayShareLinkUp #HoneybeeLinky #hellomonday #fakeituntilyoumakeit #TriumphantTales #fortheloveofBLOG #

53 Comments - Write a Comment

    1. I forgot to mention the amazing fudge we got at the end! The cherry bakewell flavoured fudge we brought back home for you – it was incredible wasn’t it!! Thanks for calling us classy xxx

      Reply
  1. Okay so I don’t really ‘do’ tea (or high tea) but I love the idea of afternoon tea there and perhaps I could schedule it when I go to the UK next year. I don’t really want to do much in London but suspect I should do a couple of things I’ll have to remember it by! #teamlovinlife

    Reply
    1. Yes do!! London is vast – and some parts are so special. Mayfair is really lovely so it is a great place to explore. I know you will enjoy Claridges – it has a refined and constant buzz! x

      Reply
  2. I love going for afternoon tea. My favourite for London has been Fortnum & Mason but “up north” where we live it has to be Betty’s tea room in York. So, so, good but also, as you said here, for the service. The staff are amazing.

    Reply
    1. Oh I must try that when I get to Yorkshire one day! Fortnum and Mason are wonderful, I agree. Try Claridges next time, it’s a real occasion! x

      Reply
    1. That’s wonderful! I’m so chuffed this post has inspired you to visit Claridges. If you want to be involved in a beloved British tradition it doesn’t get much better than Afternoon Tea here. x

      Reply
  3. Oh how lovely to share a high tea experience with your daughter. I would definitely jump at afternoon tea at Claridges, but I’m a little too far away! We do have similar ones here however. I must throw a few hints my daughter’s way! #TeamLovinLife

    Reply
  4. This looks so lovely! We’ll be visiting London in the very near future and I’ve been researching places to have Afternoon Tea… those scones may have just sealed the deal! Thank you so much for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    Reply
  5. What a lovely treat to share with your daughter. The most discerning people have told me Claridges beats the Ritz hands down and I’m inclined to believe them. One for our next visit to London I think. Thanks for joining #farawayfiles

    Reply
    1. I’m so lucky to share these moments with my lovely daughter. Claridges is much better than the Ritz in our experience, which is a shame because the Ritz has such a glorious setting! x

      Reply
  6. NO WAY! This is such a coincidence Maria, you won’t believe what my blog post today is about? Honestly, I had no idea you’d published this post of your afternoon tea at Claridges – Nice choice by the way. Your daughter is stunning. Of course, with such a beautiful Mother xx

    Reply
    1. When did you go!? We might have been there together haha. My Charlotte is such a beauty, inside and out. Thank you Michelle x I’ll hop over and read your post! x

      Reply
  7. What a stellar treat! Positively drooling on my keyboard from these amazing pictures!

    I fear that the closest I’ll be allowed to get to Mayfair is a monopoly board though 😂

    Great article, PFP&P!!
    =]

    #bloggerclubUK

    Reply
    1. You’ve never been!? Alana, make it happen my love. It’s great eating finger sandwiches with a piano tinkling – so eccentric and British! xx

      Reply

Post Comment

More in foodie, latest, London, UK travel
What To Wear To Claridges Afternoon Tea.
What to wear to Claridges Afternoon Tea

Close