The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

  • Home
  • /
  • Category Archives: Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

A guide to that most British of traditions, Afternoon Tea, in London. Mostly in museums and galleries.

Victorian Tea V & A, V & A Tea review, Museum Tea London, prettiest tea rooms in London, William Morris London, historical tea London

Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V & A Museum

The 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, then it’s good enough for Londoness. And thanks…

Houses of Parliament, Afternoon Tea, Westminster, visit Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Division Bell, Guy Fawkes

Afternoon Tea with Alan B’Stard (well, sort of)

The 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, I would count the days until megalomaniac MP…

Serpentine Gallery, Sackler Magazine Restaurant, Afternoon Tea London, Kensington Gardens

Afternoon Tea at the Magazine

Zaha 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 apartment. Goodness knows how many hours I spent…

Afternoon Tea Buttery Café Burgh House Hampstead

Afternoon Tea at Burgh House

Burgh 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 events and much more. It’s also an art…

London’s Tealightful Teas

Dripping 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 tea as “Thé Anglais,” or English tea. It…