There are a few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as Afternoon Tea.
Cricket matches, starched linen napkins, and a good ole basket of fish ‘n’ chips are largely associated with the British culture. However, Afternoon Tea is known by most as the perfect example of quintessential Britain and many are eager to imitate the lifestyle of British Royalty. After all, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, did influence the ritual…
AFTERNOON TEA AT THE RITZ CARLTON LONDON
Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Carlton London is a great place to begin your journey. The Ritz’s Palm Court is an opulent, but intimate space that offers a fine three tiered selection embellished with 16 loose leaf teas, finger cut sandwiches with traditional fillings, a mouthwatering daily selection of tea cakes, pastries, and warm baked scones served with a selection of jams and of course, Devonshire clotted cream!
The venue is glamorous to say the least and a true representation of elegant British culture. Aside from the well-dressed waiters and chattering guests, the Palm Court is filled with crisped white tablecloths topped with fine chinaware, vintage birdcage chandeliers suspended from a glass ceiling, an intricate stone fountain surrounded by large Greek statues and palm trees, and gold coatings woven together bringing the venue to life. Also, let’s not forget the resident pianist adjacent to the The Ritz’s well-polished living room. It’s quite a social scene!
If you’re going to indulge in the fabulous art of Afternoon Tea, be sure to break out your double-breasted jackets and designer shoes in order to dine with London’s elite crowd. The Ritz London has a strict dress code policy – please confirm in advance. Note: I removed my bow-tie during the last 10 minutes of Afternoon Tea and was immediately instructed to put it back on.
Traditional Afternoon Tea: £50
Champagne Afternoon Tea: £66
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The Ritz Carlton London is a great place to experience vintage Afternoon Tea in a posh atmosphere! Enjoy!