As far as English traditions go, none has been as readily adopted by the rest of the world as the afternoon tea and that’s a good thing because God forbid it be cricket and black pudding. In homage to this tradition, we present seven of the best afternoon teas in our collection, listed in no particular order…
The Peninsula Hong Kong
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more iconic hotel in Hong Kong, and the same goes for its afternoon tea. Served in the lobby and accompanied by the sweet tunes of a string quartet, The Peninsula Hong Kong offers an exceptional atmosphere in which to enjoy their famous three tiered course of delicacies. But be warned: the queues are notoriously long and the hotel operates a no reservation policy so don’t expect anything less than an hour’s wait before sitting here. Don’t worry though, one bite into their chocolate macaroon and you will forget all about it.
Claridge’s has been perfecting the art of the afternoon tea for the past 150 years and everyone from royalty to rock stars have sipped from their porcelain cups and picked at the pastries on the tea tray… In other words, this is as high tea as it gets. Regular awardees of the Tea Guild and with afternoon tea options for both kids and adults, you definitely owe it to yourself to book a table here.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
East meets west with this scrumptious afternoon tea. A Dilmah blend in your cup and French pastries in your tray, the whole experience unfolds in a light filled room beneath a giant glass cupola as the busy streets of Paris buzz outside. Perfection.
The Lowell, New York
An intimate affair. Afternoon tea at the Lowell is served in the cozy Pembroke room and since it can’t host too many people, it’s the perfect venue for a deep and meaningful time over steaming scones and sandwiches.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Afternoon tea in the Atrium Bar is all about the stunning setting and near omniscient service. The venue feels like a classy cigar lounge, not what you’re necessarily used to for an afternoon tea, but it’s a change that you’ll come to appreciate whilst sipping on their silky smooth Giardino del Conventino. The service here is near perfect, especially when it comes to refilling your cup. The efficiency borders on the supernatural.
The Goring Hotel, London
An afternoon tea that comes with the queen’s stamp of approval. The Goring is the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace and its connection with the royal family, forged during its 100 years of existence, has earned it the coveted Royal Warrant, but if you want our opinion, the afternoon tea served here could single-handedly earn them the title. Make sure you try the Eggs Drumkilbo, a favorite of the queen mother.
Colonial and majestic, the afternoon tea at the Raffles Hotel Singapore is served with an Asian twist. The bite sized treats served in the TiffinRroom are absolutely delicious and the option of tasting a few dim sums or curry puffs at the buffet gives it a touch of originality.