England is well known for it’s tradition of Afternoon Tea, which has been taking place since it was invented in 1840 by a hungry Duchess. “Afternoon Tea” is actually as much about the huge selection of savoury and sweet treats that accompany the pots of tea as the drink itself. There are loads of great venues in London where you can experience this for yourself (I have tried both Fortnum & Mason and Harrods) but what I want to share with you is the more modern trend of an alcoholic afternoon tea. I hate to judge you by my standards but I believe that would be more interesting for my followers 😉
Tipsy Mr. Fogg’s Afternoon Tea
Extraordinary decor, amazing atmosphere and smart service: Mr. Fogg’s Residence is one of three establishments following the theme of the book “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne (Mr. Fogg’s Tavern and Mr. Fogg’s Gin Parlour are the other two).
The Residence is the original of the trio and stepping inside the venue takes you back in time to the 19th century as you find yourself surrounded by exotic treasures collected by Mr Fogg on his fictional travels around the world. The staff uniform follows the theme as do the food and drink menus. There is also a live pianist playing whilst tea is served which adds to the atmosphere and your enjoyment of the occasion.
The Tipsy Tea needs to be booked in advance and only takes place at the weekend but Mr Foggs Residence is known as one of the best cocktail bars in London so you can pop in to experience the venue without having to stay for tea – definitely on my list of things you have to do in London!
Start your journey at: Mr. Fogg’s
Dandelyan Cocktail Bar
Dandelyan is part of the Mondrian hotel on the south bank of the Thames and was recently voted one of the best cocktail bars in the world. Dandelyan offers an Afternoon Tea that pairs each course with a delicious cocktail and I experienced it with my friends while celebrating our birthdays. This swanky cocktail bar with pink banquettes, a green marble bar and river views is a great venue for any kind of celebration and the quality of the tea totally lived up to the establishment’s reputation.
Dandelyan has picked up a few awards in the couple of years that it was been open: Winner of Best New International Cocktail Bar (2015) and World’s Best Cocktail Menu (2016) at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. Winner Best Bar Team in London (2016) at the Time Out Bar Awards. Awarded #3 at World’s 50 Best Bars (2016).
For booking please find the link: Dandelyan
Do not get confused – all those beautiful pots and cups contain great boozy cocktails rather than tea, but respectable English ladies and gents would never be caught drinking alcohol so early in the day
Dalloway Terrace (one of the fairytale veunes in London in my opinion) is another great place offering an alcoholic afternoon tea. As you could see from my previous post from Dalloway Terrace, it also hosts Open-Air Cinema Date, yoga classes and many more events. Their special chocolate afternoon tea would be perfect to enjoy with your girlfriends!
For more details please see the link: dallowayterrace.com