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February 10, 2015

10 of My Favourite Places for Afternoon Tea in London

I’ve decided this week we’re going to over indulge on afternoon tea posts; I know the official afternoon tea week is in August but I’m not a sheep and I love to live dangerously through my blog.  So without further ado here are 10 of my favourite places for afternoon tea in London (in no particular order); this will answer a question that I get asked ALOT!


Claridge’s Hotel

For me Claridge’s is my favourite place to have afternoon tea in London, I’ve visited 4 times and have never had a bad experience.  Since becoming gluten free I can safely say this is the best tea you will find in London along with the best service.  And yes I’ve picked Claridge’s over The Ritz and you can read why here.  (You can read my full review here)


Brown’s Hotel

For me the Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel is the cosiest place to relax in to enjoy a cake stand full of goodies.  The fact that Joanne (the gluten free fairy godmother aka head pastry chef) has revamped the gluten free afternoon tea makes me think I’ll be revisiting Brown’s again quite soon in the future. (You can read my full review here)


The Goring

If there was stand out for me in 2013 when I first started my New Years resolution of finding the best gluten free afternoon tea in London then The Goring Hotel was the stand out.  Miss Middleton spent her last night of freedom before becoming a Duchess in this hotel and it’s always had very strong links to the royal family.  During the summer months you can take tea out on the terrace and bask in London’s limited amount of sunshine; I added this to my favourites just because of the hat!  (You can read my full review here)


Conrad London St James

You’ve probably not heard of the Conrad London St James and I’m going to use that horrible phrase; it’s a little secret London gem but it truly is.  It offers a great afternoon tea designed by Zoe and her team who go above and beyond to make some of the best pastries in town.  These were all gluten free and were as good as they looked!  Check out the website as they sometimes have a deal on where you can get unlimited champagne along with your afternoon tea. (You can read my last review here)


Hotel Cafe Royal

I’d heard rather mixed reviews about Hotel Cafe Royal before I tried their afternoon tea and I was rather surprised by the quality and imagination that went into their gluten free assortment.  The Oscar Wilde Bar is awesome and there are naked boobies everywhere (not just any boobies but golden boobies); you will see what I mean when you visit!  (You can read my full review here)


The Royal Horseguards

I’m not a really girly girl but this afternoon tea at The Royal Horseguards had me giggling with joy over the pretty pink china decorated with beautiful butterflies and flowers.  The food was delicious and the company was even better.  I have rather good memories of this afternoon tea! (You can read my full review here)


The Berkeley

I aint no fashionista however I love shoes and while the gluten free afternoon tea isn’t as creative as the afternoon tea served up to the gluten monsters of this world I still love the creativity of the tea.  The fact that the staff keep refilling your cake stand constantly without you have to plead with them for some more means you should wear maternity pants to visit The Berkeley; your eyes will be bigger than your belly!  (You can read my review here)


The Lanesborough

I’m super excited that The Lanesborough will be re-opening it’s door again in the near future after it’s major renovation and I can’t wait.  G and I love this London hotel, it’s one of my personal favourites as everything just screams elegance from the moment you step inside.  I’m hoping to be there with bells on to try their afternoon tea as soon as the doors swing open to invite guests back in once again.


The Chesterfield

I can seriously be a Willy Wonka on occasions and the afternoon tea at The Chesterfield is definitely one of my favourites.  The fact that the hotel was still serving Emma and I afternoon tea at 9pm on a Monday night still makes me giggle – the staff weren’t pushy and had a giggle with us as well.  (You can read my full review here)


Fortnum and Mason

While I found their gluten free pastries to be slightly too sugary (yes I found something too sweet!) I loved the sophistication of the tea salon at Fortnum and Mason.  I could see Audrey Hepburn taking tea here and once you’ve finished afternoon tea you can walk down the stairs and buy yourself something a little special.  (You can read my full review here)


So what’s your favourite place for Afternoon Tea in London?


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