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Afternoon Tea

A guide to that most British of traditions: Afternoon Tea in London.  

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Cake at the Museum: Strawberry Hill House Café in Twickenham

One of my favourite places to have some cake and tea is in the Great Cloister overlooking the gardens of Horace Walpole’s Gothic fantasy at Strawberry Hill House. It’s a charming museum café from which you can stare across the Walpolian gardens where Georgian London’s great and godly once partied. Or when the sun is…

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Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V & A Museum

Last updated on June 1st, 2018 at 05:40 pmThe Victorian Afternoon Tea at the Victoria and Albert Museum had me at seed cake. These two words always bring my childhood back in a whoosh of nostalgia wrapped in a cocoon of Englishness. If seed cake was good enough for Bilbo Baggins and his Unexpected Party,…

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Afternoon Tea at the Houses of Parliament

Last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 08:27 amThe Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament as it’s commonly referred to, is one of London’s ultimate tourist hot spots, even if Big Ben is hibernating for the next three years whilst he gets a makeover. When I first arrived in London in the late 1980s,…

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Afternoon Tea at the Magazine

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:26 pmZaha Hadid and I spent many weekends in each other’s company in the later 2000s. Or to be exact, I spent many evenings perched at the Zaha Hadid-designed bar in the private members’ club, Home House. In those days, House Bar became an extension to my Marylebone…

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Afternoon Tea at Burgh House

Last updated on February 20th, 2020 at 11:01 amBurgh House in Hampstead may not be on everyone’s radar, but it should be. It’s one of London’s darling house museums, and it’s a de-lovely place to have Afternoon Tea. The Autumn ‘what’s on diary’ is bursting with music recitals, wine and cheese tastings, Halloween and Christmas…

London’s Tealightful Teas

Last updated on June 2nd, 2021 at 06:54 amDripping crumpets, rich, tangy and melt-in-the-mouth Victoria Sponge, a warm, orange-scented clotted cream of a scone, and a spicy brew made of leaves from far-flung exotic places such as Darjeeling or Ceylon, … afternoon tea really is the stuff of whipped dreams. The French refer to afternoon…