With Christmas getting closer by the day, a number of London’s most luxurious hotels have launched an array of delicious and equally festive afternoon teas. From exquisite bronzed roast turkey sandwiches and truffle lollipops to succulent scotch quail eggs and pistachio Christmas trees, discover the best afternoon teas to sink your teeth into this winter.
1 Festive feasts at The Roof Gardens
Celebrate the festive season with a Christmas themed Afternoon Tea at The Roof Gardens. Guests are invited to lose themselves in the three themed Gardens 100ft above Kensington High Street, before taking their seats in the heated Tudor Marquee for a delectable assortment of sweet and savoury treats with a festive twist.
Dine on a range of goodies – from roasted bronze turkey with pork and sage stuffing to a John Ross smoked salmon scotch quail egg – plus plenty more. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in chocolate yule log, brandy buttercream filled macaroons and a moreish white chocolate pannacotta with winterberry crumble.
What’s more, a roaming live band will ensure that guests are well and truly full of Christmas spirit.
Price: £35 per person.
Date: Saturday 10 December.
Times: 12pm – 5pm.
Bookings: To make a reservation, click here.
Where: 99 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA
2 K West’s K-hristmas offering
To signal the arrival of K-hristmas at Studio Kitchen, K West Hotel & Spa has created a divine duo of Festive Afternoon Teas. The hotel has put a sparkling spin on its Glam Rock Afternoon Tea – specially for the festive season.
The tea will feature savoury mini halloumi & turkey sliders, roast sliced turkey & cranberry jam on cranberry bread and Scotch Brussels (a tempting combination of Scotch eggs and Brussels sprouts).
The twinkling treats will be followed by a procession of desserts including orange & cinnamon panna cotta shots & chocolate bread sticks, chocolate truffle lollies with raspberries and plenty more.
Price: From £24.50 per person.
Bookings: To make a reservation, phone 020 8008 6600 or click here.
Where: Richmond Way, London W14 0AX.
3 The Goring’s traditional treats
There’s no place quite like The Goring at Christmas time. Open fire place, cosy sofas, beautiful Christmas trees, festive and cheery staff and of course – their celebrated Afternoon Tea.
This year’s feast will include a number of treats, ranging from roast turkey and stuffing sandwiches to mince pies, scones and a vast selection of cakes. Goodies include a chestnut snow man, pistachio Christmas tree, gingerbread snowflake and plenty more.
Price: From £42.50 per person
Dates: 22 November – 5 January
Bookings: To reserve your spot, phone 020 7396 9000 or click here.
Where: Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW
4 Lancaster London’s lavish offering
Escape the frenzy of Christmas shopping this month and retreat to Lancaster London’s Lounge Bar to enjoy an exclusive Festive Afternoon Tea.
To celebrate the snowy season, the hotel has devised a magical menu that will feature fresh-out-the-oven Christmas pudding scones served warm, with home-made strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream.
Turkey, cranberry & watercress parcels, alongside whiskey-cured salmon roulades will provide traditional savoury staples – with Champagne truffle lollipops and snow-covered marshmallows to follow.
Price: From £40 per person.
Dates: Monday 28 November to Monday 26 December 2016
Times: 2pm until 5.30pm
Bookings: To make a reservation, phone 020 7551 6000 or click here.
Where: Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
5 Searcys the Gherkin’s sparkling extravaganza
This year, nestled in the clouds, the top floors of the Gherkin will be transformed into a twinkling Christmas extravaganza – think snowflakes, glittering decorations, plenty of champagne, and REAL diamonds. Guests can experience chilly London from one of the city’s highest points while nestled in a winter wonderland drinking the finest champagne and enjoying a glamorously festive diamond inspired Afternoon Tea.
Searcys the Gherkin will be hosting three decadent Afternoon Teas on the 4th, 11th and 18th December – where during each sitting, every guest has a ‘diamond’ in their champagne flute. While most will be of the faux variety, for one lucky guest, Christmas will come early and their rock will be the real deal.
As well as their usual team of champagne specialists, Searcys will be joined by a diamond expert this year, thus further solidifying their reputation as connoisseurs in everything that sparkles.
Those attending can indulge with hand crafted cakes and pastries delicately dusted with soft shimmer, such as cheese cakes, macaroons, traditional mince pies and a mouth-watering array of finger sandwiches.
Price: £65.00 per person
Time: 12.30pm – 4pm
Bookings: To book, phone 020 7071 5025 or click here.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP
6 Outlaw’s at The Capital opulent offering
Michelin-starred Outlaw’s at The Capital are very excited to announce a collaboration with critically acclaimed pastry chef Claire Clark this festive season.
The festive treats, designed exclusively by Claire for The Capital include a tempting Mint Meringue Christmas Tree, a Father Christmas inspired marmalade and panettone Macaron and an, almost too cute to eat, Lemon Cheesecake Snowman.
All served with a delicious savoury selection from the Outlaw’s at The Capital team and warm scones with traditional clotted cream and homemade jams.
Plus: For more of Nathan Outlaw’s delicious delights, click here to see his latest Ultimate Gourmet Getaway package.
Price: From £29.50 per person.
Dates: 21 November – 31 December
Times: 2 – 5.30pm.
Bookings: To make a reservation, phone 020 7591 1202 or click here.
Where: 22-24 Basil Street, London SW3 1AT