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Christmas afternoon tea in London

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An afternoon tea is great any time of year, but there is something more special about having one during the festive season. The resident chooses the best Christmas Afternoon tea experiences at London’s best hotels and restaurants so you can indulge yourself this winter …

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1 The Rubens at Palace Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea, Westminster
Rubens at the Palace serves an afternoon tea ritual fit for royalty. Not only is the hotel located across from the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, but the experience was commended at the 2019 Afternoon Tea Awards. For the holiday season, Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Houghton (Bake Off: The Professionals 2021 finalist ) brings fresh and festive twists to this long-standing English tradition. Served in the Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews, the festive tea includes a selection of Christmas and classic cakes and comes with unlimited mulled wine. Also available on Christmas Day, when you can also enjoy a glass of champagne. Vegan, vegetarian, halal, and gluten-free options are also available.
When: from November 15 to January 2, 2022
Price: From £ 65 / £ 19 adult / child
Address: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS
Website: rubenshotel.com

2 Chesterfield Mayfair Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea
The exceptional Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea begins with a glass of mulled wine, followed by a selection of seasonal sandwiches, including shrimp and rosemary; ham hock strips, brie cheese and spiced apple chutney; smoked salmon and cream cheese on beetroot bread; and turkey with mayonnaise and cranberry. The next level includes blueberry chocolate scones, with delicious cakes to finish, and a Christmas tree-shaped pot of chocolate and coffee. Available on Christmas Day, San Esteban, New Year’s Eve and New Year.
When: from November 19 to January 2, 2022, including holidays
Price: From £ 55 / £ 62 / £ 31 adult / with glass of champagne / child
Address: 35 Charles Street, Mayfair W1J 5EB
Website: chesterfieldmayfair.com

3 Festive afternoon tea in Corinthia London
At the Crystal Moon Lounge (where you can soak up the warm glow of 1,001 Baccarat crystals), the festive afternoon tea includes new pastries like spiced pear mousse and chai chantilly, and a seasonal pain d’épice and chestnut gtuglhupf candied. There is also the new afternoon tea with caviar (from £ 130 per person) if you want even more pleasure.
When: from now until January 4, 2022
Price: From £ 80 / £ 50 adult / child
Address: Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD
Website: corinthia.com

Room Festive Late Tea at Pan Pacific London, City
With a selection of handcrafted pastries combining traditional flavors with a touch of Asian inspiration, Pan Pacific’s festive afternoon tea is sumptuous, delicious and decadent. Treats include The Night Before Christmas (lemon butter cookies and passion fruit caramel), Christmas Tree (pistachio mousse, tart cherry compote, and financial) Chocolate Ball (moist brownie, dark chocolate, and dulcey crémaux) and A Gift from Santa (spicy clementine mousse and Victoria citrus peel cake). These are paired with blueberries and plain scones, and carrot and specula filled sandwiches; honey, stilton and berries; and smoked trout with dill cream.
When: from November 11 to January 10, 2022
Price: £ 72 or £ 82 with a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée
Address: 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB
Website: panpacific.com

5 Festive afternoon tea at Cafe Biltmore, Mayfair
Take a break from Christmas shopping and indulge in a festive treat. Taken in the impressive hotel Tea Lounge, delicacies that adorn the tea The booth includes sandwiches filled with bronze roast turkey and cranberry sauce or roast beef and Lake District horseradish. For sweet treats, there’s warm sultana and buttermilk scones with Cornish clotted cream, raspberry and strawberry reserve, The Biltmore fruit cake, and spiced gingerbread. On selected dates (December 4, 11, 18) Santa Claus and the Sugar Plum fairies organize their own afternoon tea. This comes with the same fare as the festive afternoon tea and a family performance of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker.
When: from December 1 to December 31
Price: £ 55 / £ 28 adult / child or £ 55 / £ 35 for the Sugar Plum Fairy version
Address: 44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HP
Website: cafebiltmore.com

Sixth Four Seasons Hotel London at 10 Trinity Square Festive Afternoon Tea, City
Near the banks of the River Thames and served in the glorious Rotunda Bar & Lounge, the Four Seasons Hotel London at 10 Trinity Square is serving up a festive afternoon tea during the festive season. The quintessential British tradition will be reinvented with festive flavors to capture the magic of Christmas, on a menu designed by Executive Pastry Chef Sylvain Goujon. Cakes include The White Forest, a chocolate chip cookie with creamy chocolate cremeux, cherry confit and Christmas tree-style chocolate Chantilly; The Trinket Tart – A chestnut and blackcurrant tart with a sphere to create the appearance of a festive bauble; The snowman: created with rice pudding, coconut and cinnamon; and Rudolf the Reindeer, a gingerbread reindeer with a pear. Take your tea up a notch with a glass or two of Delamotte Champagne.
When: November 26 – January sixteen
Price: From £ 50pp
Address: 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
Website: fourseasons.com

Seventh Peggy Porschen’s Festive Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner
Lanesborough is most magical during the Christmas season, when it is transformed into a haunted mansion filled with beautiful displays. The hotel’s award-winning afternoon tea, served daily in the majestic surroundings of Céleste, awarded with a Michelin star, or in the retreat room, will give your popular Peggy Porschen tea a dash of festive magic. Longtime founder and baker Peggy Porschen took her first prestigious pastry chef position at The Lanesborough in 1999, making it a very special afternoon tea. The classically festive flavors will be presented beautifully in Peggy Porschen’s famous chic pastel shades, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as a children’s menu, also available.
When: from November 12 to January 5, closed on Christmas Day
Price: From £ 75 per person with Paradis Chocolate martini
Address: Hyde Park Corner SW1X 7TA
Website: oetkercollection.com

Eighth Mystical Christmas Afternoon Tea from Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Westminster
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate has launched a Mystic Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Kona restaurant. While the menu is yet to be established, expect to be filled with warm and filling holiday flavors. Last year, the tea started with a spiced winter hot chocolate drink, along with a selection of blueberries and plain scones. Delights included a festive egg mayo and mustard watercress grinder, rosemary roast beef with English mustard cream, orange-flavored smoked salmon and horseradish sandwich, and a nostalgic sandwich of Yorkshire ham, cheddar and Branston pickle. There was also a Christmas selection of treats like the cremeux pistachio Christmas cone, glace brown dome snowman, and a creamy Baileys-enriched Christmas log.
When: TBC
Price: From £ 51
Address: 51 Buckingham Gate, Westminster SW1E 6AF
Website: taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk

9 Festive Afternoon Tea at InterContinental London – The O2, Greenwich Peninsula
InterContinental London – The O2 serves a festive afternoon tea with delights like Valrhona Chocolate Caramel Cake, Raspberry Pistachio Petit Gâteaux, Artisan Mince Pie, and Clementine Cardamom Choux. In addition to the beautifully presented pastry, the holiday treat includes turkey sandwiches and blueberry mousse with cream cheese, hen egg truffle and mustard watercress mayonnaise, ripe cheddar cheese and red onion marmalade, and black olive tapenade with avocado. , sun-dried tomato and arugula. , all about a variety of artisan breads. There are also spiced and plain cranberry scones with fig and strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream.
When: TBC
Price: From £ 55
Address: 1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0TW
Website: iclondon-theo2.com

10 The Landmark London Christmas High Palms High Tea, Marylebone
Housed in the stunning Winter Garden Restaurant, the five-star Landmark London in Marylebone has launched a delicious festive afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a variety of Christmas cakes and pastries, including a gingerbread and dark chocolate mousse with chocolate brownie; Yule trunk of tangerine and cinnamon; currant, honey and mascarpone opera; and macaron with macerated fruits, hazelnut ganache and chocolate.
When: from December 1
Price: £ 68 including a glass of Champagne Brut
Address: 222 Marylebone Road NW1 6JQ;
Website: Landmarklondon.co.uk

11th Festive Nineteen Twen-Tea Afternoon Tea at Sheraton Grand Park Lane, Piccadilly
Palm Court’s Nineteen Twen-Tea Afternoon Tea has received a festive makeover with roast turkey and blueberry compote sandwiches and a selection of deliciously named pastries including the Christmas ornament (zephyr caramel cherry and tonka bean), Christmas hat (chestnut and blueberry cake), Festive Tree (gingerbread and orange tree) and Winter Berry (blueberry and hibiscus macaron). Vegetarian menu is also offered. While the menu is yet to be closed, if you are dining with young children, the Palm Court also has delicious afternoon tea for children. Faces will light up as you see a selection of cakes from London icons such as the London Eye, London Red Bus and Big Ben, as well as bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a selection of hot chocolate or tea.
When: from November 25 to January 3, 2022
Price: From £ 49
Address: Piccadilly W1J 7BX
Website: palmcourtlondon.co.uk

12 The Milestone Hotel and Residences Festive Afternoon Tea, Kensington
The Milestone Hotel, a 5-star Kensington boutique hotel with extended stay residences, offers a themed Christmas Afternoon Tea with plenty of festive treats, taken in the elegant Park Lounge, Conservatory or Cheneston’s Restaurant. Seasonal themed sandwiches include roast turkey with cranberry stuffing, brie cheese with pear chutney and spiced raisins, and Dingley Dell ham with English mustard mayonnaise, while holiday pastries include apple mousse and spiced gingerbread, tart of blueberries and orange and a white chocolate choux and chestnut muffin. Tea for children is also offered.
When: from November 24 to January 2, 2022, except Christmas Day
Price: From £ 58 / £ 27 adult / child
Address: 1 Kensington Court, Kensington W8 5DL
Website: milestonehotel.com

13 The Hatter’s Christmas Tea Party at Egerton House Hotel, Knightsbridge
The Egerton House Hotel offers a festive version of their Hatter’s Tea Party with seasonal homemade cakes including caramel Christmas log, chocolate orange tart, and spiced pear pudding with crème anglaise. There are also simple homemade scones and fruit, of course, served with curd cream and preserves. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options are also offered.
When: from November 15
Price: From £ 56
Address: 17-19 Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge SW3 2BX
Website: egertonhousehotel.com

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