Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week (7-13 August) by indulging in one of Belgravia’s top afternoon teas, where you can expect finger sandwiches, warm scones with lashings of cream and jam, and heavenly sweet treats, all washed down with a cup of tea and an optional glass of bubbles.
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.
Afternoon tea at Peggy Porschen costs from £50 per person.
6 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ
Getting There: Peggy Porschen is a five-minute walk from Victoria train and tube station
Inspired by Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, the Queen Charlotte afternoon tea at The Lanesborough has been created in partnership with Netflix and show creator Shondaland.
The limited-edition tea pays homage to the Regency era of elegant parties and balls, with a contemporary twist. Taking place under a high-domed glass roof in The Lanesborough’s sumptuous dining room, the afternoon tea menu has been created by head pastry chef Salvatore Mungiovino and pays tribute to the key characters in Queen Charlotte. Savoury treats includecheese scones andfinger sandwiches filled with salmon, lemon and caper cream; coronation chicken, coriander and devilled egg mayonnaise; and cucumber and cream cheese. This will be followed by scones, cream and jam, and the real stars of the show: four signature cakes, including Your Majesty, a strawberry scented cream bavaroise which sits regally atop the cake stand.
The Lanesborough’s Queen Charlotte Afternoon Tea costs from £75 per person; from £85 per person with The Queen Charlotte cocktail; or from £90 per person with a glass of house Champagne.
The children’s afternoon tea costs from £35 per person for children under 12. Available as vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
Book the Queen Charlotte afternoon tea here or call +44 (0)20 7259 5599.
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Getting there: The Lanesborough is a one-minute walk from Hyde Park Corner tube station.
Sashay your way to The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea, the hotel’s famous catwalk-inspired afternoon tea, where ready to wear becomes ready to eat with a range of designer inspired treats. This season’s afternoon tea celebrates top designers, including Kenzo and Moshino. Loewe’s viral Anthurium dress has been reimagined with Sacher sponge, espresso caramel and Valrhona chocolate mousse, set on a croustillant base and topped with a chocolate flower, while the hotel’s pastry team has paid tribute to the late Vivienne Westwood with a Madagascar vanilla biscuit portrait complete with her iconic red hair. There’s also a Hermès’ tasselled bucket bag crafted out of Victoria sponge. The afternoon tea also includes canapés and sandwiches, along with a selection of loose-leaf teas.
Prêt-à-Portea is priced from £80 per person.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Getting There: The Berkeley is a four-minute walk from Knightsbridge tube station
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.
Afternoon tea at The Goring costs from £65 per person.
15 Beeston Place, London SW1W QJW
Getting There: The Goring is a four-minute walk from Victoria train and tube station
The Biscuiteers afternoon tea is a celebration of all things Biscuiteers and the perfect mix between sweet and savoury, with classic finger sandwiches made using locally-sourced ingredients, miniature versions of their most loved cakes and patisseries, and of course their famous iced biscuits.
Afternoon tea at Biscuiteers costs from £45 per person.
14-15 Eccleston Yards, London SW1W 9AZ
Getting There: Biscuiteers is a six-minute walk from Victoria train and tube station.
Enjoy the taste of Bali in Belgravia with COMO The Halkin’s wellness-focussed afternoon tea. The guilt-free menu features savoury and sweet delicacies, accompanied by green juices and ginger tea. Available daily from 2pm to 6pm, diners will be greeted with hot towels infused with the hotel’s signature scent. Menu highlights include sweet corn and basil soup, toast with seeds and avocado, spiced crispy prawns, and marinated chicken lolly. Sweet treats include the Zen garden, featuring protein rock, chocolate stone and matcha cake; cucumber jelly with apple and avocado sorbet; wholemeal banana waffles with peanuts and yogurt sauce; and mango and passion fruit cheesecake.
This afternoon tea costs from £55 per person and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
COMO The Halkin, 5-6 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ
Getting there: COMO The Halkin is a five-minute walk from Hyde Park Corner tube station.