Afternoon tea is more than just a time of day and the style of beverage. It’s a British institution, a joyous occasion that needs to be observed with due respect and diligence. For regular takers of this very special time of day, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a selection of tisanes, cakes and sandwiches. For the uninitiated, what have you been doing with your afternoons?
There are so many tea spots in Belgravia so we’ve chosen a few so, whether you’re an old hand or a newbie, you’ll be able to indulge all your tea-time dreams.
Peggy Porschen Parlour
For Peggy and her talented team of pastry chefs and sugar-craft artists, sweet treats are a way of life. Their creations have won awards and they are passionate about creating edible works of art, which take you from everyday indulgences to special occasions. Step in to the Peggy Porschen Parlour and get ready to be sweetened up. This is a world where roses always bloom and cakes become living art. Effortlessly instagrammable, cakes and confectionary paired with artisanal tisanes or a glass of pink champagne are the ultimate treat. From 8am – 8pm (breaking rules on what time to have afternoon tea is totally encouraged) you’ll be able to choose from a mouth-watering range of cakes and cookies – once tasted never forgotten. There’s also an opportunity to bag a few of them to take home as gifts – for a friend or for you.
6 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ
Ready to tea
The Berkeley is undoubtedly one of the leading 5 star hotels in London – and is well known for being fashionably first when it comes to second to none experiences. Sashay your way to Prêt-à-Portea, the catwalk inspired afternoon tea – where ready to wear becomes ready to eat with a range of designer inspired treats – including Prada’s stiletto-and-socks combination – recreated as intricate piped chocolate biscuits. For spring / summer 21, there are a range of couture cakes inspired by the run way success of style stalwarts. Get a front row seat to experience Donatella’s ocean-themed cocktail dress reimagined with darquoise and mango confit, encased with fruit mousse and topped with sugar starfish, or why not try the Anna Wintour iced vanilla biscuit – a tribute to the US Vogue editor’s puppet that graced the ‘frow’ at the recent shows. Paired with a fine tisane or a glass of bubbles, you’ll always be in style.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
A Family affair
London’s last family-owned luxury hotel, The Goring is Belgravia at its best. This award winning hotel has a passionate and dedicated team who, over 100 years have perfected their style of hospitality. Come and enjoy afternoon tea – something that the team at the Goring have been perfecting for some time. The hotel is the holder of the British Tea Guild Council’s Top London Afternoon Tea Award and the Award of Excellence, so they know a thing or two about the perfect team time treat. Served in the fabulous five star surroundings of The Veranda, it’s the perfect place to enjoy delicious pastries and fruity homemade jams that stay in line with seasonal, locally sourced fruits.
15 Beeston Place, London SW1W QJW
Practically a British institution, The Lanesborough is the last word in luxury. If you’re looking for an unforgettable tea time experience, enter into the glorious surroundings of Céleste or the elegant Withdrawing Room – where you can truly enjoy some tea -ime indulgence. The hotel has partnered with Peggy Porschen and the menu presented is done in signature style with pastel hues, floral features as well as a children’s menu.
Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Tea time sensation
Part of The Pantechnicon, a five storey Japanese and Nordic themed space in Belgravia, packed full of shops, eateries and creative spaces, Café Kitsuné, on the ground floor is the only UK outpost of this global foodie phenomenon; other success spots include Tokyo, New York, Seoul and Paris. The French patisserie style is married together with an eclectic Japanese twist and there is a glorious sun-trap terrace seating area on the south facing façade. If you’re looking for tea-time with a twist, try the caramel miso pecan chocolate bar or black tea and cherry cream puff with a yuzu and honey tea.
19 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB