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Rose tea, central London

Set in the archetypal British stately home environment – and overlooking Hyde Park, no less – the Park Room and Library at the Grosvenor House offers a rose-themed tea with rosé wine (for an extra tenner), rose-flavoured cream on your scones, rose-flavoured cakes and the rare Golden Rose Heart tea.

Daily, 2pm-6pm
Park Lane, W1K 7TN
Marble Arch

The Montague, Bloomsbury

The gorgeous garden view makes this tea – be sure to ask for a seat on the Wood Deck if visiting in summer.

Daily, 12pm-6pm
15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
Russell Square

Bond & Brook, central London

On the second floor of the Fenwick department store, this glam restaurant is girlie style heaven, with its huge silver cocktail bar, shelves of fashion books and oversized perfume bottles decorating the walls. You can enjoy modest tea and scones for £8.50 or, for a tenner more, go for the full sandwiches, scones and cakes spread.

Daily, from 3pm
63 New Bond St, W1A 3BS
Oxford Circus

Grand Imperial, Victoria

This elegant Cantonese restaurant’s take on tea (below) is as refreshing a deviation from the norm as it is utterly delicious. The likes of prawn and spinach dumplings and deep-fried black cod rolls kick things off, with a light crispy duck salad and then an egg tart with mango and sago cream rounding the afternoon out. It’s £20 for two people, or a reasonable £28 with two glasses of champers.

Daily, 12pm-5pm
101 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0SJ

Vintage afternoon tea, Marylebone

The best of British’ is offered at this stylish extravaganza at the Reform Social & Grill, itself modelled on classically dapper English gentlemen’s clubs. There’s a selection of six fancies and four sarnies to tuck into, with ingredients sourced from around the British Isles, and more loose-leaf teas than you can gently shake a dainty china cup at.

Mon-Fri, 3pm-5.30pm; 
Sat & Sun, 12pm-5.30pm
Mandeville Place, W1U 2BE
Bond Street

Japanese rituals afternoon tea, Belgravia

Designed by four-time winner of 'Britain's Best Chocolatier' William Curley and his Japanese wife Suzue, this special twist on tea includes cakes and desserts with notes of wasabi, jasmine, yuzu and green tea running through them. There's also a selection of Japanese teas and infusions to choose from. Must be booked 48 hours in advance.

Daily, 3pm-5pm
Halkin Street, SW1X 7DJ
Hyde Park Corner

Gentlemen's afternoon tea, Central London

Think afternoon tea is all about girls nibbling tiny sandwiches and quaffing bubbly? Man up at this gents’ version, a red meat feast of steak, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, mini-burger, lamb hotpot and rabbit, rounded off with chocolate fudge cake, a tankard of Jack Daniel’s and a cigar. Natch.

Daily, 3pm-5pm
Sanctum Soho Hotel, 20 Warwick Street, W1B 5NF
Piccadilly Circus

Athenaeum afternoon tea, Mayfair

Winner of the Tea Guild's best tea in 2012, and with a 'living wall' of plants to look at. Obvs.

Daily, 12.30pm-7pm
16 Piccadilly, W1J 7BJ
Piccadilly Circus


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