The best Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea in London

introduced to high society by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840, and quickly adopted by the upper echelons of Britain (and his five star hotels) thanks to Queen Victoria’s approval, there are few meals better suited to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Britain’s longest-serving monarch than afternoon tea

Queen Elizabeth II is also known for being a fan of the most decadent meal of the day, with Assam or Earl Gray tea, cucumber, egg and smoked salmon fingers, chocolate chip cookies and scones (jam and cream) between 3pm and 5pm when home. If you’re on the go, the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason would be a favorite of Her Majesty, opened in 2012 by the Queen herself, while the Royal Family is known to frequent The Goring.

So where should you book to follow in Queen Elizabeth’s footsteps during the? Platinum Anniversary weekend? As well as a slew of events and celebrations, London’s best hotels and eateries have created a range of lavish themed afternoon teas, dedicated to all things royal.

Superbloom Afternoon Tea at the Orchid Lounge, Pan Pacific London

The City of London’s Pan Pacific hotel has looked to the neighboring Tower of London and the installation of Superbloom flowers as inspiration for its Jubilee afternoon tea. Conceived by executive confectioner Cherish Finden and served in the chic setting of the Orchid Lounge, guests are invited to raise a glass of Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine or Rare Tea Company blend while supping on golden raisin scones with kaya jam, coronation chicken from harissa bread, corgi dog shortbread and street party style cotton candy. Guests will also receive a package of wildflower seeds to plant at home, as well as the opportunity to win exclusive experiences in the Pan Pacific London.

Available from 11 May 2022, from £72 per person,

Platinum Jubilee Tea at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Fortnum & Mason

Book early to secure a table at the aforementioned Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon – it becomes one of London’s hot spots over the long weekend. The Platinum Jubilee High Tea, created by pastry chef Roger Pizey, starts with the classics: coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise, ham and mustard and cucumber sandwiches, followed by scones with strawberry jam, lemon curd and clotted cream. Pastries, available as both sweet and savory options, have been redesigned to reference symbols from Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Think swan-shaped choux buns with violet cream, oeufs Drumkilbo in tribute to the Queen Mother and a crown jewel-inspired chocolate mousse ball. And to toast? Choose from a special Platinum Jubilee champagne or a Jubilee Beacon cocktail: gin, dubonnet, vermouth, tea and honey bitters.

Now available, from € 70,- per person,

Anniversary Afternoon Tea at Searcy’s

Searcy’s Jubilee afternoon tea is available at Searcy’s three locations in London, including the Gherkin, St Pancras and Pall Mall. It has done its homework and offers a selection of historic treats favored by Queen Elizabeth II. As well as a variety of sandwiches, including the coronation chicken frillette with rye tuille served to HM at her coronation banquet in 1953, there is the queen’s favorite Dundee cake, a chocolate, cherry and pistachio delicacy in a nod to her love of chocolate and both a Battenberg and Victoria sponge in tribute to her long reigning predecessor.

From 21 May – 25 June 2022, from £35 per person,

Royal Afternoon Tea at the Covent Garden Hotel

Part of the Firmdale Group of hotels, each of which features Kit Kemp’s signature maximalist design aesthetic, expect a more kitschy, irreverent take on the Jubilee afternoon tea at the Covent Garden Hotel. Start with a glass of Rathfinny Classic Cuvée or a Lilibet cocktail (dubonnet, gin, chambord, orange bitters and English sparkling wine) before indulging in delicacies such as roast beef and horseradish sandwiches, opera cake with Earl Gray and dark chocolate, and Pimm’s cheesecake.

Now available, from € 35 per person,

Anniversary Afternoon Tea at the Great Scotland Yard Hotel

Westminster’s Great Scotland Yard Hotel has teamed up with British perfumer Floris, holder of a Royal Warrant, to create a multi-sensory Jubilee afternoon tea inspired by the Platinum 22 Eau de Parfum. Created by chef confectioner Verónica Garrido Martínez, the afternoon tea is reminiscent of the gardens surrounding the Queen’s residences, with highlights such as smoked salmon and asparagus on pain de mie, a hat of oats, honey and apricot, and a lime biscuit from the Imperial State Crown.

Available 19th May – 29th August 2022, from £49 per person, visit

Queen’s Jubilee Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane

Just a stone’s throw from the gates of Buckingham Palace, it would be remiss on Park Lane’s lavish hotels not to roll out the red carpet for Her Majesty over the anniversary weekend. The Four Seasons hits the board with a new champagne afternoon tea designed by executive pastry chef Yam Lok Hin. Start with delicate finger sandwiches, including Pimm’s smoked salmon, and Scottish blue lobster with Portland crab, before moving on to a lavender and cassis Jubilee macaron, almond Battenberg, and Victoria sponge made with Earl Gray mousse and blackberry cream.

16 May – 31 August 2022, from £58 per person,

Corgi and Royal Afternoon Tea at The Biltmore

Book well in advance as The Biltmore’s Jubilee afternoon tea offering is a no-brainer and you’ll miss it. On May 27, the hotel is hosting a Corgi afternoon tea in partnership with Barkers Bakery, giving dog owners the chance to enjoy afternoon tea with man’s best friend, as well as the opportunity to book an overnight stay for themselves and their pup. to win. The Royal afternoon tea, meanwhile, is served from June 4-5 and includes treats such as sandwiches with tomato, basil pesto and black olives, hazelnut and clementine choux, and spiced pear and cinnamon macarons.

Corgi Afternoon Tea, 27 May 2022, Royal Afternoon Tea, 4-5 June 2022, from £45 per person,

Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea in Park Room, Grosvenor House

Created by executive chef Nigel Boschetti and pastry chef Anthony Hurst, the award-winning Park Room at the Mayfair’s Grosvenor House hotel, where a young Princess Elizabeth learned to skate in 1933, will serve a dazzling Jubilee afternoon tea inspired by all things majestic. There will be a Royal Class fruitcake inspired by the Queen’s ten-foot wedding cake, a Valhrona chocolate chip cookie and a raspberry syllabub party cake. Each guest will also leave with a memento menu hand-illustrated by US-based artist Michael MacVean.

Available from 20 May 2022, from £62.50,

Skyline Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La The Shard

The Platinum Anniversary is an all-encompassing experience at Shangri-La The Shard, with London-based florist McQueen’s decking out the hotel with native flowers, friezes honoring Commonwealth countries and postage-inspired art installations from the lobby to the towering restaurant . There is also a photo exhibition with portraits of the royal family and of course a great afternoon tea in the 35e floor Ting restaurant. Opt for a glass of Nyetimber English sparkling wine, a Platinum Fizz cocktail (strawberry gin, sake, fraises des boid, dubonnet, yuzu, bitters and champagne) or a cup of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tea blended especially for the Shangri-La by Wimbledon — at Camellia’s Tea House.

And to eat? Start with a snack of hoisin duck pancake before indulging in Reuben and beetroot sandwiches, yam potato choux with chicken liver parfait, almond tart with marinated zucchini, tonka and strawberry patisserie and a shared chocolate and raspberry mousse cake brilliantly designed to serve on The To appear shard.

Until 30 September 2022, from £65 per person,

Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Based on the splendor of royal life, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, which used to host to the Queen and the Royal Family, has devised an afternoon tea complete with miniature carriages and edible crown jewels. Hearty treats, taking their name from the royal estates at Windsor, Buckingham, Sandringham and Balmoral, include venison tart and quail egg mayonnaise, while pastries as highlights include peaches a la Reine Alexandra (frangipane, peach and apple tart) and rose and chocolate tart. .

Now available, from € 70,- per person,

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