We can't think that sitting down to the latest iteration of the Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley is going to make it any easier to fit into the fashion that inspires it each season - but it just get prettier and prettier.
The Autumn/Winter 2018 has just been revealed and while Victoria Beckham may not be joining the Spice Girls for their world tour, she has been honoured with an apperance here. Here's what's in the latest
France's oldest tea emporium has been operating in Paris since 1854. Now legendary tea company Mariage Frères is coming to London. They'll be offering up five storeys of tea-based wonder in Covent Garden.
It wouldn't be right to end National Afternoon Tea Week without at least trying something served on china and accompanied by a lovely pot of Darjeeling. So Hot Dinners headed off to The Beaumont yesterday to check out their latest wheeze.
As you might expect from anywhere run by Messrs Corbin & King, attention to detail is all. And the new cake trolley that debuted a few weeks ago at this Mayfair hotel is totally on point.
XU, the Taiwanese restaurant from the Bao team, has had a big focus on its traditional teas since opening but now it's putting them front and centre. During the daytime this summer (from 12-5pm) the ground floor level of the restaurant will be given over to focus on tea, offering everything from a single cup to a full on traditional tea ceremony, all headed up by the in-house tea master.
For the full Afternoon Tea Ceremony (£39), you can try a range of Taiwanese teas,
It's been 18 months since top baker Dominique Ansel opened his first UK bakery in London. And only now is he ready to launch his first afternoon tea. I mean, even if you are a top US patisserie chef, you've got to be a little bit worried about how your tea will go down in the country that invented the whole thing.
So, as you might expect, Ansel has gone full tilt at his. The whole thing follows the path of a seed growing and blossoming into a full-bloomed flower
Looking for something with a little more panache when you take to the skies for a holiday? And have a sweet tooth? Then Eric Lanlard may have something for you. The pastry chef has joined up with Virgin Atlantic to launch afternoon tea in their Clubhouses - and then on board.
First up - the Clubhouses. it kicks off this month in Heathrow and includes:
This is from Bea Vo (who originally set up Bea's of Bloomsbury) and it's the second Butterscotch in London after the successful opening at White City. Expect all kinds of afternoon tea, a porridge bar and more sweet treats.
It's not often we see a high street conveyer belt sushi chain taking on afternoon tea in upmarket department stores, but now Yo! Sushi has plans to do just that.
They'll be reimagining the traditional cream tea dinner with a lot less cream and a lot more fish - sashimi, seared sushi and tempura nori nachos will all make an appearance, plus salmon caviar draped in edible gold "for that extra Christmas
If, like us, you're huge GBBO fans, then you might be interested to learn that last year's Bake Off winner, Candice Brown, has just launched an afternoon tea in London. The TV baker has teamed up with Bloomsbury's Dalloway Terrace for a tea which launches today.
A quick look at the menu shows that Candice's tea features all the twists on a classic that won her glory on the show. So for scones you can choose between Feta & Courgette with Thyme Clotted
What: wastED London at Selfridges
In a nutshell: Afternoon tea using ingredients that’d otherwise end up thrown away
Summing it all up: The Rare Tea Company joins forces with some of London’s tops chefs, including Ottolenghi, to show you why you shouldn’t throw your tea leaves away, all while sitting in a greenhouse on top of Selfridges.
What: Urban Tea Rooms, St James's Market
In a nutshell: Tea and cake
Summing it all up: This is the latest addition to the new St James's Market development, an English tea room. It's the second Urban Tea Room and you can expect the usual baked good, hot beverages and a decent afternoon tea.
Cherish Finden has found fame with the BBC's Bake Off Creme de la Creme - we went to The Langham to see what her own cakes are like...
We can't go a week without hearing about some new innovative take on afternoon tea and this week's story comes courtesy of Balthazar which has just launched a Bobbi Brown tea.
The tea ties in with the cosmetic giant's 25th anniversary. So there's a chocolate and sharp blackberry Sachertorte for the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Shimmer Bricks are made with champagne-infused rhubarb with orange and ginger cream, and redcurrant & lemon posset macarons are
There's always appetite for a new afternoon tea and the one that's just launched at Anna Hansen's Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square sounds very different to the norm. Anna and her Head Pastry Chef Jennifer Moseley have come up with a six course menu split into sweet and savoury which you can choose to pair with craft beers, or matched teas.
Quite frankly, one look at the menu makes us want to book right now:
Every season, The Berkeley's Prêt-à-Portea celebrates the most fashionable labels in cake. But for Spring, they've gone in a different direction. To commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday they're launching ‘Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’.
The special royal afternoon tea runs for the week of the Queen's actual birthday. They've chosen to create cakes and patisserie in the formof HRH's (and her family's) most memorable hats. So the set includes the Coronation