If you’re going to do afternoon tea in London, why mess around? There’s something magical about gliding through the Ritz doors, away from the drone of Piccadilly traffic, into the oasis of elegance that is the Palm Court. Once seated, choose from 16 loose-leaf teas and finger-cut sandwiches with traditional fillings, teacakes, pastries, warm scones with strawberry jam and thick Devonshire clotted cream. If you want to kick things up a notch, there’s an option to have Champagne with your tea. Look around and you’ll see impeccably dressed waiters; close your eyes and listen to the dulcet tones of the resident pianist or harpist. If you opt for the 7.30pm sitting, you’ll be treated to live singing from soprano Miranda Heldt with a string quintet. At the end of it all, you can turn to your tea companion and say, “Well, here we are at the Ritz!” You can book your table online; a suit jacket and tie are a must for men and no jeans or trainers are allowed.
One of London’s most upscale neighbourhoods, Mayfair is where you will find the English gentlemen (at least in a sartorial sense), the A-list being “papped” by London’s infamous press, and the refined local in an Aston Martin pulling up beside the swanky expat from Dubai in a Lamborghini. Stroll down Bond Street to admire some of the most opulent window displays in the world or be a posh participant and step inside some of the most talked-about bars, restaurants and clubs in the city. There are many members-only or guest-list-only venues so be sure to check on the door policy before planning your evening out.
High Tea at The Ritz | 150 Piccadilly | +44 20 7300 2345