I had afternoon tea with my partner at Claridges on Sunday 7th August This was a Christmas present and like all popular London afternoon tea venues you really need to book well in advance 8 months to a year.
The art deco room was elegant, comfortable, the atmosphere relaxed and the staff was polite and discreet. During our visit there was music provided first by a pianist accompanied by a cellist and later on a a pianist was accompanied a bass player. As usual the food consisted of a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and little cakes/ pastries. Having being at the Ritz last year I would say that the quality and finesse of the food here was much better. The sandwiches were very light and very tasty, our favourite being the ham which had a lovely smear of mustard. The apple and raisin scones were absolutely beautifully light. Our selection of cakes consisted of a slice of lemon & lavender cake (subtle flavours), a Moorish chocolate cake, a lovely raspberry shot (zingy jelly, mousse, fruits and foam) and a tartelette . There is of course a large selection of teas and I opted for the Chinese Chun Mee a green tea with a delicate taste. As at the Ritz you can drink as much tea as you like and can re-order as many items as you wish. All in all a very enjoyable experience, and notch up better than the Ritz.. For art deco fans the rest rooms are a must with so many nice architectural details.
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