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Make Time for Tea at The Landmark London

Tea drinker Dr Samuel Johnson once described himself as a “hardened sinner in the use of the infusion of this plant, whose tea-pot had no time to cool, who with tea solaced the midnight, and welcomed the morning.” When Queen Victoria acceded to the throne, her first words are said to have been: “Bring me a cup of the tea and The Times.”

So, to say the least, tea drinking in Britain, and of afternoon tea in particular, has a long and proud history.

The custom of taking afternoon tea dates back to the 1840s, and, in recent years, it has been enjoying something of a renaissance in the capital, with a number of London venues reporting a rise in bookings.

In 2012, the UK Tea Guild reckoned afternoon tea sales were up 20% on the previous year, and that these treats were and increasingly popular way of celebrating hen parties and birthdays.

The recent release of The Great Gatsby is only set to fuel the trend further, as people aim to hark back to the elegance of the 1920s. It’s also now a favourite way to socialise during London Fashion Week.

But afternoon tea is no longer the preserve of the super rich or glamorous. It became a way to catch up with friends in a comfortable, intimate environment, with in-depth conversations more possible than in the pub.

No wonder that some London venues are now reporting that you need to make your booking weeks in advance to take tea on your preferred date!

Perfect Afternoon Tea Blends

With so many teas around, they’ve almost become like the new wine! Here are some ideas for creating the ultimate afternoon tea menu:

  • White tea – Goes with anything chocolaty, from cookies to brownies. And, the darker the choc, the better!
  • Moonlight jasmine and jasmine dragon pearls tea – Jasmine goes perfectly with slightly fattier foods, so consider pastries or flapjacks as the ideal accompaniment to your cuppa.
  • English breakfast, Darjeeling or Early Grey – These teas make a classic combination with scones and sandwiches. Fancy a caffeine free alternative? Go for evening blend, Earl Grey or Rooibos teas.
  • Mint tea – If you’re sampling this wonderfully refreshing tea, team it up with some sesame seed, pistachio and honey cakes, for a reviving treat.
  • Traditional Indian Chai – Dundee and banana cakes because the fruit helps bring out the flavour of the gorgeous spices of these brews.

Take Tea at The Landmark London

If you’re looking for afternoon tea in London, come to The Landmark London. Established in 1899, we’re 5 star and one of the finest luxury hotels in London, combining elegance and grandeur and a proud history with the highest levels of service and deluxe facilities.

The atmosphere we create is unique, so let us pop the kettle on for you next time you want to socialise and celebrate in style. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with our award winning menu of sandwiches, French pastries and freshly baked scones.

Then come back and sample our amazing rooms, restaurants and bars, or our luxurious spa and health club, including a pool and gym. Learn more from our website.

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