U.K. invasion

Royal-wedding fever is sweeping NYC. Track down all of your Anglo essentials at the city's latest crop of British restaurants, pubs and speciality food shops before the big day.

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Afternoon tea: The Crosby Street Hotel
High tea calls to mind white-gloved butlers and stodgy drawing rooms, but this buzzy boutique—the first stateside outpost of London's trendy Firmdale hotel chain—gives the tradition a downtown makeover. The plush Crosby Bar's striped banquettes, Moroccan-inspired caf tables and cheeky art (including Warholian portraits of Queen Elizabeth II) set the scene for the irreverent Crosby Afternoon Tea (served 2--5pm; $34 per person). Pots of loose-leaf tea come with a three-tiered glass tray that juxtaposes dainty finger sandwiches (smoked salmon and dill, egg mayonnaise and mustard cress) with a rotating selection of decidedly un-English desserts such as red velvet cupcakes and fat brownies laced with peanut-butter mousse. Traditionalists will forgive the liberties when they bite into excellent house-made scones served with clotted cream, marmalade and strawberry jam. Enjoy the spread on a shaded patio when the weather's nice (or anytime it's not raining, if you're British), and throw in an extra $14 if you want to blow it out with a flute of crisp bubbly. 79 Crosby St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-226-6400)

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