Time for tea

The London Edition
Don a three-piece suit for Punch Room, a wood-panelled lounge in the London Edition hotel, which has an air of a country manor. Its new Scandal Water menu has five punches and Rare Tea Co teas, paired with dishes including Cornish mackerel tartare with yoghurt and sesame pastry, served with jasmine tea and punch made with silver tip tea and orange flower water. Salted caramel chocolate tart with citrus tea and rum punch with pepper also feature.
10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP.
T: 020 7781 0000.

Hotel Cafe Royal

Hotel Café Royal’s tearoom was renamed the Oscar Wilde Bar as the playwright was a regular guest. Admire the décor that’s heavy with gold, mirrors and frescoes as a pianist tinkles jazz on a grand piano. The hotel has teamed up with perfumer Diptyque to create an afternoon tea inspired by the brand’s scents. After tucking into sandwiches and scones, highlights include pickled apple muffin with jasmine pistachio mousse. Try it with Celestine, a black tea flavoured with vanilla and cocoa.
68 Regent Street, W1B 4DY.
T: 020 7406 3333.

The Crystal Moon Lounge in Corinthia Hotel London, near Trafalgar Square, is a glamorous affair. It’s flooded with natural light by day and illuminated after dark by a huge Baccarat crystal chandelier. Enjoy sandwiches made with seasonal ingredients and artisanal bread, as well as warm scones and cakes, all served with a glass or two of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Or try a bespoke collection of teas from Camellia’s Tea House – a tea sommelier is on hand to answer all of your questions.
10 Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD.
T: 020 7321 3150.

You’ll find Mews of Mayfair tucked away in a historic courtyard in the heart of Mayfair. Marco Pierre White designer James Williamson and home designer Lucy Ford developed the interiors, which feature chandeliers and large leather sofas, while the outdoor seating in a cobbled courtyard is ideal on a sunny day. Pay homage to the age-old, quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea and indulge in finger sandwiches, fruit and plain scones. Finish off with tea from the Rare Tea Company.
10 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EY.
T: 020 7518 9388.

Cutter & Squidge

If the enormous cakes in the window of this Soho café don’t draw you in, then its biskies – biscuit-cookie-cake hybrids filled with jam, buttercream or caramel – will. Opt for the Genie’s Cave afternoon tea (to 31 Mar) and try a 24-carat gold decorated chocolate-and-biscuit biskie downstairs, which is decked out like Aladdin’s cave with a genie’s lamp and magic carpets. Sample sandwiches and scones made with roasted pepper and feta, and sweet treats such as raspberry and rose tart.
20 Brewer Street, W1F 0SJ.
T: 020-7734 2540.

Finding Blind Spot is half the fun, as you need to seek out a golden hand-shaped handle hidden behind a boutique tea counter inside St Martin’s Lane hotel. Once you’re inside the Art Deco-style speakeasy bar, snack on quiche Lorraine, crayfish and mango brioche buns and dulce de leche panna cotta with blackberry compote. The tea-infused cocktails, inspired by the British Empire’s tea trade, really hit the spot. The tea is served from 7pm, with music on Wednesdays.
45 St Martins Lane, WC2N 4HX.
T: 020 7300 5588.

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