Monday, 23 December 2013


Whilst we admit we are not afternoon tea experts; it would be fair to say that we are both avid fans and have experienced more then our fair share! In light of 2014 drawing ever closer we thought we would share with you all our favourite afternoon teas off 2013. 


Afternoon Tea Aboard  The Orient Express,
The British Pullman

The Dorchester 

The Europa Belfast and The Balmoral Edinburgh 

With the Winners ticking all the boxes for overall we have also given some awards for 

BEST SERVICE- The overall winners / Intercontinental - Park Lane 

BEST PASTRIES - The Dorchester / Ritz Madrid 

BEST SCONES - OE/ The Dorchester 

BEST SANDWICHES - Europa Belfast / The Dorchester 


BEST TEA SELECTION: OE / Europa Belfast 

BEST EXPERIENCE: The Orient Express 


VALUE FOR MONEY : Balmoral Edinburgh 



Friday, 6 December 2013

Decadent Christmas Afternoon Tea At The Capital Hotel, London

The Capitals Christmas Afternoon Tea, created by the Michelin-starred team of acclaimed chef Nathan Outlaw and his head chef, Pete Biggs, will include an array of sandwiches such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, salt beef and English mustard and a turkey roll with cranberry jelly. Sweet treats will include comforting scones with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream, spiced ginger cake with butterscotch, dark chocolate and Clementine mousse and a chestnut cream tart, amongst others. In addition there will be a tea trolley circulating the room with an extra selection of homemade cakes and festive treats. 

Special Promotion!

Fresh from winning a UK Tea Guild Award of Excellence for Top London Afternoon Tea 2013, The Capital Hotel will be introducing a Christmas Family Afternoon Tea every Sunday from 1st December, available from 1pm – 6.30pm. This tea will be priced at £29.50 per adult and £15.00 for the children’s tea, and served in the hotel’s elegant restaurant. To celebrate the launch of the Family Afternoon Tea, one grandparent or one child (under 12) can enjoy a complimentary tea with every two paying adults. 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Kate & Chelsie's Christmas Afternoon Tea Guide - London

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, / Fa la la la la, la la la la. / Tis the season to be jolly, / Fa la la la la, la la la la.....
Christmas is the perfect time for indulgence, and there are few better ways to treat yourself than a decadent afternoon tea. We’ve picked out our top 5. 

The Dorchester 

12 Days of Christmas Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental Park Lane

Corinthia Hotel London


Ritz London 

Merry Christmas x

Sketch Afternoon Tea, London

Gallery and Glade Afternoon Tea

Michelin star-awarded sketch covers two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, just off Regent Street in the exclusive neighbourhood of Mayfair.

During weekdays, Afternoon Tea is served in Glade at sketch, a room that has been completely redesigned and transformed by Carolyn Quatermaine and Didier Mahieu, with walls decorated as a woodland, a meadow, a forest, a tale, an allure with a view.

While on weekends Afternoon Tea will be served in the Martin Creed Gallery Restaurant. A room that renders a curious mind. A work of art, an abode where nothing matches but you will always feel at home.

Sketch has worked it's magic, creating a menu which includes caviar and quail egg, macaroons decorated with rose petals and an assortment of delicate cakes and pastries, served on a unique stand made of cups and plates.

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Homemade Afternoon Tea served sketch style

Assorted finger sandwiches
Smoked salmon and Jacob's cream
Cucumber, ricotta and broccoli
Comté cheese croque monsieur
Egg and mayonnaise, quail egg, caviar

Sultana or plain scone served with
Clotted cream, fig and strawberry
homemade jam

Selection of sketch pastries
Salted butter caramel macaroon
Fig and port tartlet
Gianduja chocolate éclair
Coconut and praline lollipop
Orange blossom, lemon and passion
fruit marshmallows
In a glass: greek yogurt mousse,
blackcurrant marmalade and créme
de cassis jelly

and choice of teas

A lighter option for TWO FOR £62

You can make online reservations for up to 6 people, for larger groups or for any other enquiries please call our Reservations Team on 0207 659 4500

Please note you can reserve afternoon tea in the Glade on weekdays and in the Gallery on weekends

W Hotel's Christmas Rock Afternoon Tea, London

Indulge in a festive remix of W's Rock Tea, inspired by famous Christmas number one singles, available daily until 24th December 2013.

All elements of the menu have been designed to add sparkle to the festive countdown, with every treat taking inspiration from past Christmas hits to tie in with the rock'n'roll theme. To accompany these festive fancies, a seasonally-inspired selection of sandwiches will be served, including turkey and cranberry, traditional roast beef, spicy butternut squash and luxurious smoked salmon.

As part of the festive transformation, W London has also created a menu of exclusive Christmas tipples including:

Fairy Tale of New York
Gin, with Chataigne liqueur, Grand Marnier

Let it SnoW
Johnny Walker Black, Mozart chocolate liqueur, sweet vermouth, mandarin juice and fresh chilli

Santa (Teresa) Baby
Santa Teresa rum, Mozart chocolate liqueur, Chambord, cranberry juice and raspberry puree

The W Christmas Rock Tea will be served in the W Lounge at W London - Leicester Square between 2pm to 5pm daily, from 29th November until 24th December 2013.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

“LANVIN Loves SEVVA” Fashion Afternoon Tea At SEVVA, Hong Kong

Celebrated Lanvin Designer Alber Elbaz partners with SEVVA’S Bonnae Gokson to Present a Parisian-Inspired Afternoon Tea, 2 - 30 December 2013

SEVVA and Ms B’s CAKERY do it again… as owner and creative director Bonnae Gokson indulges her passion for fashion and teams up with one of her favourite luxury fashion brands LANVIN to present a special Parisian-inspired ‘designer afternoon tea’, where light and delicate sponge cakes and finger rolls meet French haute couture at this chic rendezvous atop Prince’s Building in Central.

The ‘designer afternoon tea’ is the result of a creative collaboration between SEVVA’s stylish founder Bonnae Gokson and Alber Elbaz, Artistic Director of French fashion house LANVIN, who has been awarded Chevalier of the Legion d’ Honneur – France and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World.

Known for his love of sketching, Alber Elbaz’s spectacular sketches will feature on the afternoon tea set’s place mat and sandwich roll wrap to adorn the sweet collaboration.

Served with a choice of coffee or tea, each ‘LANVIN Loves SEVVA’ tea set also includes a gift voucher for designer mementoes (a mirror or USB), redeemable at LANVIN’s flagship store in neighbouring Ice House Street, Central.

The ‘LANVIN Loves SEVVA’ tea set is being served for an exclusively limited period from December 2 to 30, priced at HK$680* for two. A glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV champagne priced at HK$250* could also be included for this ultimate French inspired treat.

With this season's fashion trends, Ms Gokson will also refresh SEVVA's stunning interiors and will decorate the lounge area with hints of leopard printed cushions and a Christmas tree that will surely WOW guests especially for those who loves sweets!

"I love LANVIN and am absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to work with the dynamic Alber Elbaz whom I adore as a person and designer! Now, he sketches LANVIN Loves SEVVA and I’m thrilled about that!" commented Ms. Gokson.

“Bonnae is a remarkable woman, chic and elegant. I love her personality and I am very happy to collaborate with her on this fantastic project.” said Alber Elbaz.

LANVIN Loves SEVVA Afternoon Tea Menu

1st tier
Coco Chiffon Sponge (with sugarart butterfly)
Coconut Mousse, Light Coconut Sponge, Coconut Macaroon & Fresh Whipped Cream
Macaroon with French Vanilla cream (with LANVIN sugarart)
Berry & Pistachio Macaroon with Chocolate Cream 

2nd tier 
Signature Chicken Sandwich (with LANVIN “HOT” sugarart)
Truffle Scrambled Egg on Toasted Poilane
Savoury Waffle with Foie Grois Mousse & Onion Marmarlade 
Petite Finger Rolls of French Ham & Brie Cheese (in LANVIN wrapping) 
Ratatouille on Cucumber 
Smoked Salmon, Eggs 'n Mash with Creme Fraiche stuffed Baby Potato 

3rd tier 
Raspberry +Rose Petal & Vanilla Creme Éclair 
Espresso Cheesecake (with sugarart flower) 
Mont Blanc cup 
Pineapple Cream Gateaux (with LANVIN “YUM” sugarart) 
Chocolate coated Éclair with Candy Sprinkles, Banana + Strawberry Crème 
S E V V A’s The Original Caramel Crunch Cake 
Sweetheart Candy Lollipop ‘LANVIN Loves SEVVA’ Afternoon Tea is served on weekdays from 2:30pm - 5pm, and Saturdays from 3pm - 5:30pm.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Jimmy Choo Afternoon Tea - The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Munich

Mandarin Oriental, Munich is delighted to announce its fashion afternoon tea in collaboration with Jimmy Choo, one of the world’s most loved luxury brands. Jimmy Choo shoes and handbags are worn by style icons, celebrities, royalty, musicians and heads of state. From 26 November 2013 to 28 February 2014, guests can indulge in little fashion fantasy of their own with the Mandarin Bar’s Jimmy Choo Fashion Afternoon Tea. The tea set takes inspiration from Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 2014 collection and highlights the popular clutch Charlize and the stiletto Sunday

Mandarin Oriental, Munich’s pastry chefs have specially created a range of dainty culinary treats, such as Chocolate Raspberry Macaroons, Jimmy Choo Handbags filled with chocolate, Cucumber and cream Cheese and Grapefruit Lemon and Caviar Shooters which are sure to win the hearts of every fashionista. The fashion Afternoon Tea is served with JING Tea and guests can select from Assam, Organic Green Tea, Lemongrass & Ginger just to name a few. Whether as a gift for a best friend or as a treat after a shopping tour, this special Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Bar is a must for those with a passion for fashion who want to enjoy the sweet temptations of life.

The delightful Jimmy Choo Fashion Afternoon Tea is priced at EUR 39 per person and EUR 55 per person with a glass of Champagne. All guests who book the tea will a special complimentary gift set from Jimmy Choo: Jimmy Choo FLASH fragrant surprise.

The Jimmy Choo Afternoon Tea will be served at the Mandarin Bar from Mondays to Fridays from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Reservations can be made through: +49 (0)89 290 98 1929.

MO Bar Ladurée Afternoon Tea At The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Fans of MO Bar’s unique branded afternoon teas are in for a treat from 1 December to 7 January 2014. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has joined with Ladurée, the inventor of double-decker macarons for a spectacular afternoon tea show at MO Bar throughout this festive time. Ladurée has created the world’s exclusive Platinum Mandarin Macaron for The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, which guests can savour together with a range of additional mouth-watering creations designed by Chef Richard Ekkebus’ and his talented culinary team.

This delightful afternoon tea is priced at HKD288 from Mondays to Fridays and includes a three-tier tea set, a delectable cake buffet and a choice of JING tea or coffee; and HKD308 on Saturdays and Sundays, topped with a weekend dessert buffet. Along with the tea set, all guests will receive a Ladurée X Landmark Mandarin Oriental key ring (retail value: HKD390; while stocks last) that is a special edition from the worldwide popular Ladurée Secrets Collection.

In addition, French craftsmen from the Ladurée laboratory in Paris will fly to Hong Kong to create the region’s first Ladurée macaron Christmas tree at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. This 3-metre stunning tree will form part of the hotel’s festive Christmas decorations and will be located in the hotel lobby, setting a perfect photo backdrop rallying the attention of both Mandarin Oriental and Ladurée fans from around the world.

“We are delighted to be working with luxury pastry brand Ladurée – an influential leader and the inventor of macarons,” said Richard Ekkebus, “When creating the tea set, we were inspired by the company’s classic French origins and their dedication to fineness and excellence. We have blended these qualities with our own modern interpretation of some of the classic French pastries and savouries which we hope our guests will enjoy.”

The talented MO Bar team has tailor-made five traditional French savouries with a contemporary twist. A Beetroot and Foie Gras Macaron, a classic Air-Baguette Filled with Camembert Mousse Wrapped in Aged Bayonne Ham; and a Quiche Filled with Lardons of Smoked Bacon and Gruyere Cheese. Sweet temptations feature the world’s exclusive Platinum Mandarin Macaron, signature Rose Petal Macaron, classic French sweets Éclair Filled with Pistachio Pastry Cream and Raspberry; and Traditional Baba Soaked in Rum Agricole Topped with Crème Chantilly.