Whilst the prices are a little steep, an afternoon tea at The Ritz is something that you will never forget.
This Palm Court really is a stunning setting with its luxurious cupola, birdcage chandeliers, lemon-coloured Dior chairs, and staff dressed-up in brass-buttoned tailcoats. This is a quintessential British experience. It's a piece of theatre. It's like Downton Abbey brought to life.
You will be treated to 16 different varieties of loose leaf tea to go with your finger sandwiches. Then you'll have a traditional scone with lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve (you have to call it 'preserve' at The Ritz, not jam!). If you still have some room leftover in the corners, then you can select a posh cake or pastry from the trolley. Everything is served on pretty chinaware and a gleaming silver tea service.
If you choose the 7.30 PM sitting then you usually get some atmospheric piano playing as well, or maybe a soprano singing (Tue-Thu only). Their resident piano player seems to specialise in old Hollywood show tunes.
Craig has actually stayed at The Ritz hotel himself (although he hasn't had the Afternoon Tea). You might like to read his review of The Ritz hotel before you go, to see what it's like inside.
Note: There is a very strict dress code at The Ritz. Men must wear a jacket and tie (no jeans), and sports shoes are not allowed.
After you've finished your Afternoon Tea you might like to do some shopping down the posh shops of Piccadilly. There are some very expensive boutiques in Burlington Arcade. Or maybe you'd like to see some fine art at the Royal Academy? Buckingham Palace is only a short walk across Green Park as well.
If you want to try some other afternoon teas (maybe some less-expensive ones!) then the next best is probably the one at Fortnum & Mason. You can also book yourself a Saturday tea inside the Houses of Parliament.
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