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…
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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.
The champagne was served with flourish and we felt about as special as we ever had on an Afternoon Tea.
Of course the Champagne was both delicious and perfectly chilled!
Cheers to this girl who made this wonderful event happen.
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.
The room has a wonderful buzz of polite conversations and the tinkling of the pianist.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Now please excuse me, I need a moment. Just me and my sweet plate.
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!
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?
This is not a sponsored post. I’m just sharing the love of Afternoon Tea at Claridges.
Brook Street, Mayfair
London W1K 4HR
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