London’s Afternoon of Splendour Sipping Champagne

Tuesday, 2 March, 2021

For an extravagant afternoon in London’s swankiest spots, combine traditional tea pots and fancy flutes overflowing with champagne.

Champagne and luxury go hand-in-hand like tea and cake. For a memorable celebration or an extraordinary occasion, upgrade afternoon tea with a glass of champagne at one of the capital’s smartest establishments. Savour sandwiches, pastries and scones in style with a cup of tea and a special glass of something sparkly. 

Glitz and glamour at the sparkling Ritz 

The Ritz is synonymous with glamour and is in the heart of one of London’s most famously wealthy locations, Mayfair. The Ritz’s glamourous Champagne Afternoon Tea is an unrivalled experience in line with its splendid location. An exceptional welcome awaits guests to the Ritz’s delightful and grandiose Palm Court setting, where sparkling chandeliers compete with glinting glasses of champagne and an ornate mirrored décor delivers the most dazzling of surroundings. The traditional Champagne Afternoon Tea ensemble consists of quaint, freshly cut finger sandwiches, warm baked scones teeming with the finest Cornish clotted cream and the sweetest strawberry preserve. 

Then, a trolley of unbeatable and mouth-watering selection of delicious cakes and pastries swiftly follows. The afternoon’s lavish champagne tea and delicious spread is complemented by a stunning backdrop of music performed by the hotel’s resident pianist, harpist and string quintet. With a glass in hand, perhaps this is the finest accompaniment of classical music ever choreographed to a champagne tea in the capital’s history. Sprinkle a sparkle to a classic afternoon tea and an added glass of champagne adds wonders to that sense of occasion. The glitter and glam of the Ritz is an impressive and fabulous choice for marking any special celebration, birthday and anniversary.

Toasting tradition at charming Claridge’s

Located in London’s plush W1 post-code, Claridge’s is another first-class establishment offering high tea and champagne with a side order of historic charm and a spoonful of tradition. This world-renowned venue epitomises grandeur with star-studded credentials reassuring guests that only the highest standards of hospitality prevail. Boasting more than 150 years’ experience, Claridge’s have had time to perfect their afternoon tea ritual and more than raise the bar with their unabashed reputation for attracting the well-heeled and royal circles of society. Settle in and soak up the splendid surroundings Claridge’s has to offer with their special afternoon tea and champagne taking place in Thierry Despont’s imposing art-deco inspired foyer.

Claridge’s decadent signature Champagne Afternoon Tea is a true toast to tradition, with a chilled glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut an inviting opener to this tea-time treat. Their plush finger food brilliantly combines sweet and savoury for a well-balanced and sumptuous eatery success. Guests can expect the freshest and finest-cut sandwiches, fluffiest scones and neatly-carved cakes baked to perfection. 

Their magnificent menu is a palatial affair, rich with British specialities, such as poached Scottish salmon and a distinct rolling platter of enticing fruit-enriched pastries created with ingredients and flavours reflecting seasonal trends. There is no doubting the quality of Claridge’s ingredients and there is a continuous proud nod to their all-important heritage, with even their organic cucumbers plucked as English’s purest for their finely-crafted and traditional cucumber sandwiches. Alongside champagne, their tea connoisseur, Henrietta Lovell, has combed every inch of the world to deliver speciality tea to complement your food, poured, stirred and brewed with unsurpassed levels of expertise. Claridge’s lives up to its undisputed reputation for having the creative edge when it comes to champagne afternoon teas.

Fabulous and famous Fortnum & Mason

Oozing extravagance, Fortnum & Mason is an essential pick for visitors to plush Piccadilly in central London, for guests eager to celebrate and enjoy an extravagant afternoon tea and champagne combination. With Fortnum & Mason’s long-standing reputation for opulence and the highest-quality produce (and a history stretching back 307 years), this well-regarded department store’s afternoon tea comes with luxurious trimmings, surpassing itself in every detail. As well as its extraordinary tea, guests can add a Glass of Fortnum’s Blanc de Blancs, Hostomme – its bespoke champagne for the ultimate stepped-up glamour.

At the fabulous Fortnum & Mason, visitors can look forward to a tantalising array of just-baked cakes, still-warm scones and a towering assortment of taste-sensation sandwiches. Delightful fillings include: Norfolk cured ham with English mustard, cucumber with mint cream cheese and rare breed hen’s egg mayonnaise with cress as well as Fortnum’s signature Smoked Salmon with Tartare Sauce. On the sweetness front, dainty and delicate plain or fruit scones are expertly topped with clotted cream, Fortnum & Mason’s famous strawberry preserve and lemon curd. The flawless Fortnum & Mason Champagne Afternoon Tea takes place in their striking Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon which bursts with sophistication and splendour. With its regal touch, it is good to know that this spectacular salon honours Her Majesty’s visit in 2012 and the formal opening of the room, attended too by the Royal Highnesses, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge. 

High living at heavenly Harrods

London’s iconic Harrods is as enticing as it is exciting, combining afternoon tea with champagne for two in a world-famous department store in London’s upmarket Knightsbridge location. The epitome of glamour, the elegance ofHarrods Tea Rooms is unrivalled thanks to its opulent interior, and it is here that visitors can expect one of London’s finest tea-room champagne experiences. Harrods’ beautiful decor and furnishings are the workmanship of renowned interior designer, Christopher Guy Harrison and its lavish surroundings are the height of luxury, in line with an eminent brand beloved the world over. This is a grand, stunning setting for an afternoon tipple of Harrods very own Premier Cru Brut, France NV champagne. The champagne is accompanied by an appealing selection of patisseries, freshly baked scones with clotted cream topped with Harrods jam, delicate finger food and heavenly slice of cakes. The wonderful and wide variety of teas are carefully selected by Harrod’s in-house Tea Tailor, and, to enhance this incredible ambient affair, a live pianist performs melodic background music to make any occasion extra special. 

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