• "A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards." ~A.A. Milne

    Few things are more decadent than settling down about 3pm to a meal dedicated to indulgence. That is Afternoon Tea. It should be all about lip-smacking sweetness, crustless sandwiches, freshly-baked, crumbling scones, and, of course, a good cup of tea.

    This blog is dedicated to finding the finest Afternoon Teas around, to ensure one is never disappointed, and that every Tea is a memorable, Proper Tea.

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‘Edible Garden’ Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Westminster

The sun is shining (sort of), May is underway and the time is approaching for one of London’s premier spring events: The Chelsea Flower Show. Now, flowers and gardens are all very nice to look at – but it turns out they are even better to eat… InterContinental Westminster has launched an ‘Edible Garden’ Afternoon … Continue reading

The new tea at Kensington Palace Orangery

Is there a better way to spend a Monday, while everyone else is slaving away at work (sorry!), than sitting down to an afternoon tea in the sunny surrounds of Kensington Palace Orangery? Well, if there is, I am yet to find it. I arrived back from a trip on Sunday morning, jet-lagged, tired and … Continue reading

Guest post on View London’s Urban Pundit

I’m very excited to announce that a guest post I wrote for View London’s blog, Urban Pundit, has gone live! Yay! Check it out for a guide to the best afternoon tea to be had in London.

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Guest Post: Mallory Court

  Ok, so it’s been a while, but I have experienced an excellent selection of afternoon teas and treats over the past few months and have heaps of reviews to post. So, watch this space… In the meantime, check out this guest post from my tea-tasting brother, Aden Steventon, who had the arduous (hmmm…) task … Continue reading

Nutfield Priory

Half an hour from either London Victoria or London Bridge and you’re in Redhill Surrey. Think blackberrying along the hedgerows, wandering along narrow country lanes and taking tea at Nutfield Priory. The name is slightly misleading – this wasn’t a priory at all, but built as a private home in the nineteenth century. Not that … Continue reading

The Botanist

Afternoon Tea can often be the perfect place for girly catch-up, so I am always excited when a friend suggests it for their birthday. Loaded down with gifts and gossip I set off on my merry way to SW3 and the plush environs of Sloane Square and The Botanist. I’ve only ever been to The … Continue reading

An-Tea Establishment tea at the Metropolitan

Ok, I’ll admit it. Come Friday I’ll be celebrating with the best of them. I love bunting. I love bank holidays. I love weddings. However I, and the Metropolitan Hotel apparently, know that some of you just aren’t feeling that love. So to prove that tea isn’t always prim and proper, I popped in to … Continue reading

Coworth Park

The lure of the English countryside sometimes just proves too great, so this weekend I hopped on a train for 40 minutes out to the Surrey/Berkshire border and Coworth Park. I don’t want to spend too long waxing lyrical on how much we loved the hotel (possibly my top UK country retreat… see my full … Continue reading

High Tea vs Afternoon Tea

So, this topic seems to raise more than a little confusion. This delectable mid-afternoon snack, invented in 1840 when the Duchess of Bedford felt a little peckish around 4pm – what to call it? The vote is split. In the UK, we tend to refer to it as Afternoon Tea, but our US friends more … Continue reading

Bob Bob Ricard

One word to describe afternoon tea at Bob Bob Ricard: Fun. Food-wise, it might not be the best afternoon tea in London, but for a good time with good cakes and a healthy dose of almost-camp-glam, this is your spot. Interiors are David Collins Deco fabulous, with a slightly nautical twist. Think: deep blue booths … Continue reading