Tea for Two

Afternoon tea is an institution and a real indulgence to be shared with girlfriends or cousins with a generous helping of gossip and scandal for entertainment.  As The Telegraph recommended London’s best afternoon teas, I will go a little further afield with my recommendations all genuinely tried and tested by me…burp!

Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley, London is wonderful, it’s almost painful biting into the latest fashion-inspired fancies served on Paul Smith china, £37.50 per person with champagne tea starting from £47.50 per person.

Another London tea treat that is kinder on the purse is at Camelia’s Tea House in Kingly Court, Carnaby Street.  This is a tea lover’s treasure with a vast selection of beautifully displayed teas.  Camelia’s tea room gets busy so it may be an idea to book ahead for afternoon tea, £17.50 per person.

The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow were designed by the amazingly talented architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904 and it is an elegant interior in which to spend the hours of the afternoon.

There are two tea rooms in the city, one is on Sauchiehall Street and the other is on Bath Street, both in the heart of Glasgow City Centre shopping area.  Afternoon tea is served all day £12.75 per person or  £19.75 for a champagne tea.  Again, booking is advised to avoid disappointment or a long wait.

Next we spin the Globe to the east and head to Elma’s Bakery in Delhi for afternoon tea.  This cute little tea shop and bakery is tucked away in the little stiletto-unfriendly lanes of Hauz Khas village.  There isn’t much seating in Elma’s and you can’t book either so the best of luck!

Chokola in Khan Market is in the same price range as Elma’s, basically not much especially compared to the UK, approximately £7, and the selection of finger sandwiches and cakes is surprisingly good and you’re more likely to get a table at short notice.

For a five star afternoon tea I would of course have it in my favourite, The Imperial New Delhi but The Claridges New Delhi has a delicious version too and it is served out on the lawn.

The Atrium at The Imperial and below, Claridges:

THE afternoon tea is of course the one at The Claridges in London with the most coveted tables on the planet, however, there is a  three month waiting list and my life is sadly not so predictable these days.  I’d scream if the date of my booking arrived and I was in Delhi, just like the time I missed the New Kids on the Block concert as I was in Delhi, and just like the time I missed….



3 Comments to “Tea for Two”

  1. Love the pictures! and the recommendations for the nice tea-places in delhi, thank you!

  2. Love the Berkeley. I am taking my aunt for afternoon tea and think this could be the place for her 50th!!!

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