Spring is the best time to indulge in that most quintessentially British of traditions: afternoon tea. Here’s our round-up of the best tea-and-cake hotspots in and around Victoria.
Just a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, The Grosvenor’s Royal afternoon tea really is fit for a queen. This regal meal is inspired by the archetypal high tea as invented by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford.
The perfect place to celebrate a family affair, The Goring is one of London’s few five-star hotels to still be family run. More importantly, its afternoon tea is award winning, clinching the title of London’s top afternoon tea according to The British Tea Guild Council.
Situated opposite the Royal Mews, The Rubens’s traditional afternoon tea has the most extensive scone menu we’ve ever seen (everything from traditional to white chocolate and lavender). The Rubens also offers a special afternoon tea for children which includes scones, pastries and a choice of milkshakes.
Eccleston Square Hotel
Just a couple of doors down from Winston Churchill’s old house and overlooking one of Pimlico’s secret garden squares, this spot is perfect if you’re looking for a more cost-effective afternoon tea. Choose between the traditional option with all the frills for £26.50, or opt for the deliciously simple cream tea, which offers a selection of scones and tea for £8.50 each.
St James' Court
The Royal Afternoon Tea at St. James Court certainly lives up to its regal name. The menu here features drop scones, made using a handwritten recipe HRH Queen Elizabeth II personally sent to US President Eisenhower in 1960. Expect to find plenty more queenly classics too, such as miniature Victoria sponge sandwiches, white chocolate crowns and coronation chicken sarnies.
Conrad London St. James
Conrad London St. James has an impressive array of seasonal afternoon teas, ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. Winner of Highly Commended at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2016, the space is chic and whimsical, and a spot of tea is often soundtracked by a live harpist performing classical interpretations of popular contemporary songs.