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The best afternoon teas in London

Town & Country UK Logo By Lydia Lino of Town & Country UK | Slide 1 of 9: Served in the magnificent cameo-adorned Céleste room, afternoon tea at the Lanesborough is a delightful affair. Against a lavish backdrop of sparkling chandeliers and mirrored accents, sample fresh and fragrant finger sandwiches of cucumber with lovage, salmon with yuzu and comté with onion compote, accompanied by a glass of chilled Massé, while a pianist plays a medley of 1950s jazz tunes on the room’s baby grand piano. From an extensive menu of delicate blends, select your favourite tea to sip from fine china cups alongside the course of perfect pastries that follows. Cotton-soft cheesecake, custard pine-nut tarts and chocolate praline cookies are simply delectable, as are the just-baked currant scones served with strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream. A pot of Japan Sencha green tea completes the meal superbly. Whether you’d like another round of savouries or a top-up of champagne, the hotel’s doting staff will fulfil your every wish. Brooke TheisAfternoon tea at the Lanesborough is served from 12.30pm to 4.30pm,  from £49 a person.

1) Classic afternoon tea at the Lanesborough

Served in the magnificent cameo-adorned Céleste room, afternoon tea at the Lanesborough is a delightful affair. Against a lavish backdrop of sparkling chandeliers and mirrored accents, sample fresh and fragrant finger sandwiches of cucumber with lovage, salmon with yuzu and comté with onion compote, accompanied by a glass of chilled Massé, while a pianist plays a medley of 1950s jazz tunes on the room’s baby grand piano. From an extensive menu of delicate blends, select your favourite tea to sip from fine china cups alongside the course of perfect pastries that follows. Cotton-soft cheesecake, custard pine-nut tarts and chocolate praline cookies are simply delectable, as are the just-baked currant scones served with strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream. A pot of Japan Sencha green tea completes the meal superbly. Whether you’d like another round of savouries or a top-up of champagne, the hotel’s doting staff will fulfil your every wish. Brooke Theis

Afternoon tea at the Lanesborough is served from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, from £49 a person.

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