Claridge’s –Tis has to be the ultimate luxury occasion for me. With its decadent Art Deco interior, I feel like I’m in a glamorous 1920s film when I come here for afternoon tea. Te hotel does a tradi- tional tea, as well as seasonal menus and a children’s menu. Just remember, you will need to book several months ahead to get a reservation.

Fortnum & Mason – Te department store has sold tea for more than 300 years and their Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is a famous location for a very English after- noon tea. I also love wandering around the store afterwards to look at their lovely food gifts and hampers, which make per- fect gifts.

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The Earl of Sandwich

The Wallace Collection – Just near Selfridges in London, this mansion house with a great collection of Victorian paint- ings and furnishings also has a beautiful conservatory restaurant where they serve delicious afternoon tea among the palm trees. Above, you can see our Perfect Cuppa English trainer team at an after- noon tea get-together.

Hotel Café Royal – To experience an afternoon in a 19th century mirrored lounge, this little gem on Regent Street is the place to be. It has been visited by Oscar Wilde, David Bowie and Mick Jagger among other celebrities. If you want to find out more about

different tea traditions then I highly rec- ommend a visit to Twinings. Tis fascinat- ing shop, museum and tasting school at 216 Strand was originally a coffee house but changed to selling tea to attract women customers who could feel com- fortable entering a more respectable meet- ing place. Twinings provides tea to the Queen (she has her own secret blend, which you unfortunately can’t buy), and they regularly run master classes. Of course, if you want to talk to me

about tea, traditions or anything else to do with British English or culture, then get in touch and let’s meet for a cuppa.

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Biscuiteers – For a slightly different and creative twist on the afternoon tea, why not try the Biscuiteers café in Notting Hill, which specialises in beautifully crafted, artistic biscuits for their afternoon tea, as well as the traditional scones and cakes.

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