|Champagne and finger sandwiches|
When one thinks of afternoon tea, it conjures up an image of older, blue haired women, dressed in finery and large hats, sipping tea from bone china cups, with their pinkies pointed up. As well, there is the thought of the obligatory, dainty, crustless cucumber sandwiches. A practice developed by the British Empire as a light snack taken mid afternoon, it's progressed from being a daily tradition in all households to an occasional treat offered in some hotels, cafes and tea shops.
|Delicious scones, clotted cream, Marco Polo Jam and desserts|
|Scone slathered in clotted cream|
Once you've tasted a proper English scone, you can never go back. They were toothsome creations, warm and light. The clotted cream was rich, creamy and airy, and the house made tea infused jam (referred to as Marco Polo jam, as it is infused with their Marco Polo tea) was unique and astoundingly good. The jam added a nice sweetness to the clotted cream, yearning to eat more the staff did not hesitate to get us a second and third helping. We finished with desserts that although small in size, were decadently filling.
An enthusiastic two hooves up experience! If you are going to London, or live there, definitely a nice way to celebrate a special occasion. We WILL be returning on our next visit to London.
- Book weeks in advance, particularly if you are looking to visit on a Saturday or with a larger group. However, if you have a flexible itinerary, you can call and get in during a weekday that week like we did.
- Try to dress nice, Claridges is one of the most expensive 5 star hotels in London.
- Bring some change to tip the washroom attendants.
- Go when you're not in a rush, this is not a dine and dash type of experience.
- Each person at the table can choose to have a different type of tea experience (regular, champagne, or rose champagne).
- You can try more than one type of tea, you don't have to keep drinking the same tea all afternoon if you don't want to.
- Don't eat lunch prior to going, and have a light breakfast. Afternoon tea can be a meal in itself.
- Don't hesitate to ask for seconds, thirds, etc. You don't get charged extra and they happily offer you as many of any items you would like.
- They DO sell the Marco Polo jam so you purchase some to take it home.
- Each person receives a tin of tea to take home as a souvenir with them.
49 Brook Street, Mayfair
London, United Kingdom W1K4H4
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