English Tea Room At Brown's Hotel

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This historic Mayfair hotel has built a reputation as a great place for afternoon tea – and with good reason. Everything is done to a high standard, making it a consistently excellent all-rounder, yet it manages to remain relaxed and unstuffy.

Guests are seated in one of three adjoining wood-panelled front rooms, all of which are comfortable and softly furnished – one even comes with a piano player tinkling the ivories.

For the afternoon tea, diners can choose from either a traditional or a ‘tea-tox’ versions – and we were impressed by both. The first is a ‘proper’ tea: pillow-soft finger sandwiches amply filled with the likes of smoked salmon, coronation chicken or cheese and pickle; just-baked scones with lashings of clotted cream, and dainty cakes. Only an overly thin sweet strawberry jam disappointed.

The ‘tea-tox’ is a lighter option, offering Scandinavian-style open sandwiches on wholesome breads (rye, spelt) or filled salad leaves (delicate smoked mackerel and a poached quail’s egg in a chicory leaf), ahead of excellent ‘alternative’ puddings: an intensely cocoa-rich no-flour chocolate cake, say.

There are tea sommeliers to help inform your choice of brew, and though the final bill will be high, staff proffer complimentary refills of all your plates throughout each sitting – these keep coming until you tell them to stop.

Note: there are three afternoon tea sittings a day (each for around 90 minutes); booking at least two weeks ahead is recommended.

Venue name: English Tea Room At Brown's Hotel
Address: Brown's Hotel
Cross street: 33 Albemarle St
Opening hours: Afternoon tea served 3-6pm Mon-Thurs; 2pm-6pm Fri; noon-6.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Afternoon tea from £39.50 per head
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Very gracious and attentive staff, the food was just ok but so much better than the Savoy that I'm giving it 3 stars. A plus--we were offered more of everything, and when I did ask for another of a pastry I liked, they quickly brought two. A minus--this was supposed to be a special "Jubilee Tea" and was described as having pastries made to look like crown jewels, etc. I asked, when the usual ordinary pastries appeared, and was told this WAS the special Jubilee Tea. All in all, we were disappointed with the expensive teas we had in London. Be aware, you have to cancel 48 hours ahead or you will be charged 15GBP.