As we eagerly await the top of lockdown on 2 December, The Resident picks out one of the best Christmas afternoon tea experiences at London’s top hotels and eating places…
Lead picture: Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at Rubens at the Palace
1 The Chesterfield Mayfair’s Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park may need been cancelled this 12 months attributable to Covid-19, however The Chesterfield Mayfair’s Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea is full steam forward! Starting with a Mulled Wine Taster welcome drink, the festive deal with options Christmassy sandwiches akin to Pulled Ham Hock, Brie and Spiced Apple Chutney on onion bread and smoked salmon and cream cheese on beetroot bread. Freshly baked cranberry and chocolate scones can be served with clotted cream and home made strawberry jam, and festive pastries embody chocolate Yule log, a pistachio and cranberry slice, gingerbread man cupcake, clementine macaron, cranberry and coconut Christmas ball and Christmas tree chocolate and occasional pot. Available 12.30pm-5.30pm each day from Three December until Three January 2021 (together with Christmas Day) priced £47.50pp with a selection of tea, espresso or sizzling chocolate, or £25 for beneath 12s. Upgrade with a glass of brut, rosé or white label Lanson Champagne for £56.50pp. Vegetarian and gluten-free choices out there upon request.
35 Charles Street, Mayfair W1J 5EB; chesterfieldmayfair.com
2 Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane Festive Afternoon Tea
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is serving a Festive Afternoon Tea all through December. The quintessentially British custom can be reimagined with festive flavours to seize the magic of Christmas. Delicate finger sandwiches made with conventional components match for the season are complimented by an array of pastries taking inspiration from the season crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Mariano Dileo. Set in the center of Mayfair, the gem of a lodge has probably the greatest addresses in London. Plus, the Four Season’s famed outside terrace, an atmospheric setting for locals and lodge visitors alike, has been reworked for the winter season with house heaters and blankets, serving up champagne and Christmas cocktails just like the Park Lane Party, completed with a playful flavour-infused bubble, and Naughty & Nice, made with cognac and served with marshmallows and dipping chocolate. The Festive Afternoon Tea is £46pp and from £62pp with a glass of champagne.
Hamilton Place, Park Lane W1J 7DR; fourseasons.com
Three The Rubens at the Palace Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea
Rubens at the Palace serves up an afternoon tea ritual match for royalty. Not solely is the lodge situated reverse the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace – one of many best working stables in existence – the expertise was recommended in the 2019 Afternoon Tea Awards. Served in the Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews, the festive tea includes a collection of Christmas and traditional pastries and comes with limitless mulled wine. Menu highlights embody a Christmas turkey pie, a chopped steak and crispy shallot sandwich in a brioche bun, a gingerbread latte macaron and a Rubens yuletide log with mulled wine cream. Available from Three December (Mon-Sun 12noon-5.30pm, Boxing Day 12.30pm-5pm, and New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day) priced £49 per grownup and £19 per little one beneath 12. Book earlier than 15 November and get 20% off your invoice. You may also benefit from the Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea on Christmas Day itself from 12.30pm-5pm, priced £69 per grownup and £19 per little one beneath 12 (in-house visitors get £10 off). Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan choices can be found.
39 Buckingham Palace Road SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
The Rubens at the Palace Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea
The Christmas Winter Wonderland Afternoon tea at The Chesterfield Mayfair
four Fortnum & Masons Christmas Savoury Tea
Fortnum’s has launched its first ever Christmas afternoon tea. Served in the world-famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, the Christmas Savoury Tea options venison and apricot sausage rolls, traditional finger sandwiches, seasonal patisserie just like the Silver Bauble and Red Velvet Parcel, and cheddar truckle scones with truffle mustard butter. There’s additionally a Classic Afternoon Tea, which incorporates fruit scones, traditional finger sandwiches and afternoon tea muffins. While there, discover the Fortnum’s halls, that are decked out in festive livery and bursting with reward choices and scrumptious meals for the all of the household. Available from Three December till four January 2021 priced £65pp with a pot of Fortnum’s Tea. Festive champagne cocktails can be found from £12.50.
5 The Milestone Hotel and Residences Festive Afternoon Tea
The Milestone Hotel, a 5-star boutique lodge in Kensington with long-stay residences, is providing a Christmas afternoon tea themed with loads of festive treats. Seasonally themed sandwiches embody roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry, brie with mulled spiced pear and raisin chutney, and Dingley Dell ham with English mustard mayonnaise, whereas festive pastries embody mini Christmas cake and mince pies, chestnut and white chocolate choux buns, and a spiced apple and gingerbread mousse. Available from Three December until four January priced £55pp or £65pp together with a glass of champagne. Served each day between 1pm and 5pm, besides on Christmas Day. A kids’s tea can also be out there.
1 Kensington Court, Kensington W8 5DL; milestonehotel.com
6 Festive Pink Afternoon Tea at Adam Handling Chelsea
To rejoice the primary cargo of Prosecco DOC Rosé from main wine-makers Villa Sandi, the pastry group at Adam Handling Chelsea, headed by Chris Underwood, has been engaged on a pink-themed festive afternoon tea. Think pink savouries together with dill-cured smoked salmon with cream cheese, purple onion and stilton tartlet and vegetarian stuffing sandwich with purple cabbage and cranberry on tomato bread, plus candy treats akin to a pink parcel with blackcurrant mousse and vanilla brulée, and a Christmas bauble with coconut cream and passionfruit curd. The festive Afternoon Tea is served with a glass of Villa Sandi Prosecco DOC Rosé for £65pp, or £55pp with a spread of teas from Newby, together with a specially-selected Rosehip and Hibiscus mix. Available from Three December till the New Year.
75 Sloane Street, Chelsea SW1X 9SG; adamhandlingchelsea.co.uk
Fortnum & Mason’s festive afternoon tea is new for 2020
The Milestone Hotel and Residences in Mayfair is serving a Festive Afternoon Tea
7 Montague on the Gardens Unlimited Festive Afternoon Tea
Montague on the Gardens, a boutique lodge in Bloomsbury, is providing an Unlimited Festive Afternoon Tea with all the new spiced cider, mulled wine or wealthy sizzling chocolate you want for 90 minutes. The seasonal afternoon tea contains festive treats like conventional mince pie and stollen cake, in addition to conventional sandwiches like Norfolk turkey with celery and almonds, egg mayonnaise and mustard cress, smoked Scottish salmon and cucumber with cream cheese and chives. Executive Chef Martin Halls has rigorously designed the menu to mirror the seasons and all the things is made utilizing solely the best of British components. Available from Three-31 December at 12midday and a pair of.30pm seven days every week priced £50 per particular person.
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ; montaguehotel.com
eight Festive Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
One Aldwych, a Leading Hotel of the World, is placing a festive spin on its Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea this Christmas. Plates can be piled excessive with sandwiches like turkey and cranberry on charcoal bread, cinnamon glazed brioche buns and festive fruit scones with all of the jams and lotions. Sweet shop-inspired treats embody mazipan chocolate milk, home-made candyfloss, gingerbread and white chocolate pops with violet popping sweet and cocoa bean financiers. A collection of award-winning seasonal free leaf teas are additionally on provide and you may add quite a lot of champagnes or a fizzy cocktail. The lodge can even host a 25-foot Christmas tree, which final 12 months was adorned with 130 snow domes. Served in Indigo and the Lobby Bar from 2 December till 1 January 2021 priced £52pp or from £63pp with a glass of champagne or fizzy lifting cocktail.
1 Aldwych WC2B 4BZ; onealdwych.com
9 Festive Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough Hotel
The Lanesborough is at its most magical throughout the vacation season, when it transforms into an enchanted mansion full of stunning shows. The lodge’s award-winning afternoon tea, served each day in the majestic surrounds of Michelin-star Céleste, or in the Withdrawing Room, can be giving its in style Peggy Porschen tea a sprinkle of festive magic. Founder and life-long baker Peggy Porschen held her first prestigious pastry chef place at The Lanesborough again in 1999, making this a really particular afternoon tea deal with certainly. Classically festive flavours can be fantastically offered in Peggy Porschen’s Insta-famous stylish, pastel hues, with vegetarian and vegan choices, in addition to a kids’s menu, additionally out there. Available from Three December to four January priced £75pp together with a glass of Champagne on arrival.
Hyde Park Corner SW1X 7TA; oetkercollection.com