Afternoon tea Claridges
If you’re looking for the ultimate in quiet luxury, then you’ll love taking tea at the grand hotel Claridge’s, an Art Deco jewel in Mayfair, London, England.
Did I say Mayfair, one of the most fashionable and wealthy areas in the whole world?
You can shop (or windowshop) at Bond Street, Savile Row, and the Burlington Arcade, spend millions at auction houses or pick up posh gifts at Fortnum and Mason’s.
World-class celebrity spotting
Mayfair houses some of the world’s royal families, including nearby St. James Palace, one of the homes for Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton.
Other famous guests (starting in 1854) include Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Empress Eugenie of France.
In World War II, Claridge’s accommodated the Kings of Norway, Greece, and Yugoslavia, and the Queen of the Netherlands.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family have hosted banquets and family parties here.
Celebrity guests have included Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Yul Brynner, Bing Crosby, and Katherine Hepburn (although she had to use the staff entrance because her dress code included trousers and the hotel’s dress code did not).
Teas and treats
When you finally settle down for your afternoon tea, Claridges will serve you only the best.
You can choose from up to 30 gourmet teas of the world to go with your fresh warm apple and raisin scone, served with perfect Devonshire clotted cream and jam.
Better have another cup of tea, because you’ll also receive a delightful selection of finger sandwiches, savories, pastries, and desserts.
The china is currently Limoges, the silver from Robbe and Berking.
There are multiple seatings, and of course, you will need advance reservations for afternoon tea Claridges Hotel.
The dress code has relaxed a bit since Katherine Hepburn stayed here, but is still smart casual. Please, no sportswear, shorts, torn clothing, flip-flops, baseball caps, etc. Jackets and ties for the men.
Here's a short video about the hotel:
You can see why this hotel wins so many awards for excellence.
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