Afternoon tea is one of my favourite things to do. We always tend to go into London for it as there are so many wonderful versions, and my mum and I have made it our mission in life to try as many as possible. You can read about other experiences here or here. Popping into London also of course, gives us an excuse to do a bit of shopping prior to our tea, (which is usually late afternoon).
Claridges was our venue of choice this time, and we were there to celebrate my cousins birthday. Claridges is in Mayfair, situated 5 minutes from Bond Street tube station, so in easy reach of Bond Street shopping! Dangerous if you are a lover of luxurious brands. We spent some time prior to our tea browsing Chanel, Mulberry Dior and Louis Vuitton. Sadly not buying anything, (although if I were to win the lottery, I would be straight back for at least two of the bags and a pair of shoes I saw), but it is always so nice to browse them.
We arrived at Claridges a little before the rest of our party, so was able to just sit and enjoy the beauty and details of iconic Claridges. It was both Mum and I’s first visit here, so we were keen to sit and people watch, absorbing the atmosphere. We found a little area by a lit fire, which was perfect.
Claridges was built in the 1800’s, and I was surprised to learn that it was originally a single house, run as a tiny hotel by William and Marianne Claridge. Wow! Such humble beginnings! You can learn more about the history of Claridges here if you would like to.
The beautiful hotel has maintained many of its Art Deco decoration and style, and really does have that timeless elegance feel that you would expect. As well as being a favourite place of Royals in years gone by, Hollywood royalty also spent time here. Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant to name just two.
Walking into the beautiful dining hall, you are met with an immediate feel of decadence and opulence. Crystal chandeliers, enormous blooms of fresh flowers and ornate cream and muted gold decor made me think of the Flappers of the 1920’s that famously partied here.
As you would expect from a high end hotel, the tables were set immaculately. Shining silver cutlery, and beautiful green and white bone china graced the table. The waiting staff were trained to impeccable standards. They had extensive knowledge on the tea choices available, and advised accordingly. I tried a Darjeeling blend, which was just beautiful. In fact, it has given me a taste for it, so I have located some online. No more Tetleys for this posh old bird dahhrrlinggggg
We had an amazing afternoon at Claridges. Like many of the afternoon tea experiences in London, it was quite costly, but such a beautiful experience to share with someone. You certainly don’t leave the table hungry, we ended up bringing home a couple of boxes of cakes for my sons. They were thrilled.
Have you experienced any afternoon teas you could recommend? Id love to hear about your experience