While you never need an excuse for tea, cake and a few flutes of champagne, Afternoon Tea Week makes it practically mandatory.
Whether you're looking to lounge luxuriously, see some sights or even celebrate at home, we've eaten our bodyweight in scones to bring you the 5 best ways to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week.
Even better, www.afternoontea.co.uk
are offering a 25% discount on all bookings for the whole of August, so you've got no excuse not to indulge. Cheers!
Enjoy Afternoon Tea on a vintage bus with the BB Bakery Bus
If you prefer your Afternoon Tea with a changing view, try the BB Bakery
bus, a vintage London Routemaster which has been converted into the perfect scones-and-sightseeing vehicle. Departing from Waterloo, the bus spends an hour and a half cruising past the most famous sites in London (including Big Ben, Trafalger Square and the Royal Albert Hall) while you sit back and enjoy Laurent Perrier Champagne, Tea Pigs tea and a selection of delicious delicacies from BB Bakery. Makes a change from your usual commute...
BB Afternoon Tea Bus Tour: £45 per person
BB Afternoon Tea Bus Tour departs from Belvedere Road, SE1 7PB @B8Bakerywww.bbbakery.co.uk
Gorge on sea salted caramel at Paul a. Young's Cream Tea
Not keen on jam? Leading London chocolatier paul.a.young
has launched a brand new Salted Caramel Cream Tea at his Heal's branch. Instead of the usual jam and cream, Paul's tea features his award winning sea salt caramel sauce (voted best in the worst for two years running at the International Chocolate Awards, no less), accompanied by Rodda clotted cream, freshly baked brown sugar scones and Rare Lady tea. Available to eat in and take away, you've got no excuse not to try this!
Salted Caramel Cream Tea: £12.95 per person
The Heal's Building, 196 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7LQ@paul_a_youngwww.paulayoung.co.uk
Treat yourself with traditional tea at The Langham
As the birthplace of the Afternoon Tea tradition in London, there's no better place to truly indulge than at The Langham
. Served in the beautiful Palm Court, guests can emulate the ladies of Victorian society with an amazing selection of sandwiches, scones and imaginative sweet treats, including Bloody Mary Macarons and Valrhona chocolate tart created by the Queen of Pastry herself, Cherish FInden.
Refreshments are provided in the form of the Langham's own-brand tea and Laurent Perrier Champage. What's more, to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week The Langham are offering a complimentary glass of champage when you order either a Bijoux or a Wonderland Afternoon Tea. What are you waiting for?!
Wonderland Afternoon Tea: £44 - £56 per person.
Bijoux Afternoon Tea: £52 - £64 per person.
The Langham, 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, W1B@Langham_Londonwww.london.langhamhotels.co.uk
Try Afternoon Tea with a twist at the OXO Tower
The team at the OXO Tower have gone gonzo and created the Not Afternoon Tea
, for those who are looking for a contemporary spin on the tradition. Rejecting scones and sandwiches, elaborate summer dessert plates, bespoke cocktails and Moet Ice Imperial champagne is on offer instead, while the incredible view over South Bank is thrown in for free.
Moet Ice Not Afternoon Tea: £42.50 per person
Summer Not Afternoon Tea: £24.50 - £34.50 per person
OXO Tower, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH@OXO_Towerwww.oxotower.co.uk
Relax at home with John Whaite's scones and POPs champagne popsicles
If none of these options catch your eye, or you'd prefer not to mingle with the masses, why not create your own Afternoon Tea at home? Rustle up a batch of John Whaite's Orange and Cranberry Sconelets
, smother with artisan jam from the London Borough of Jam
, and enjoy the last of the summer sun with a few POPs Champagne Ice Popsicles
(which each include at least half a glass of champagne each).
POPs Champagne Ice Popsicles are currently available at Selfridges, priced at £5 each.