As famous, if not as over-subscribed, as The Ritz, Claridge's does a roaring trade in afternoon tea for out-of-towners looking for that traditional London experience. The Foyer certainly serves as a classic setting, all gilt fittings and plush furnishings, and while it feels a little frayed around the edges compared to the recently refurbed Savoy, its service is hyper polished. When it comes to talking teas, staff can help you navigate the menu with enthusiasm and brews here are uniformly excellent. The cakes, however, can be hit-or-miss. The selection changes weekly and can range from an uninspiring and rather slight fruit tart to an expertly executed chocolate bomb.
Note: four sittings a day (each for around 2 hours); booking up to eight weeks ahead recommended. Dress code: smart/casual (smart jeans accepted, but no sportswear).
|Venue name:||Foyer and Reading Room At Claridge's||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Afternoon tea served 3-5.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Bond St tube|
|Price:||Afternoon tea £50 per head|
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When you book Afternoon Tea at Claridge's you expect a feast... and on this they did deliver!
While at the higher end of the afternoon tea spectrum at £50 per person (before you add a couple of glasses of champagne at £18 a glass), this is definitely worth a trip, although, perhaps, only once in a lifetime.
The cakes are varied, beautifully presented and delicious and the sandwiches, too, are lovely. It is worth noting that your plates of cakes and sandwiches will be replaced if you manage to get through them and if you don't clear the table in a second helping (which is impossible) you can take anything that remains home in a doggy bag.
We took my Mum here as a birthday treat and were joined by the whole family, including my 2 year old niece, who encountered sugar for the first time. While the piano played gently in the background my niece teared around the room wearing a chef's hat, dancing in front of the pianist and getting under the staff's feat on numerous occasions, but they continued to be gracious and even played with her, making the whole experience seem less stuffy.
We have since bought gift vouchers as wedding gifts for friends and family, which have been very well received, and it is definitely worth a visit for a special occassion – Just make sure you book a couple of months in advance!