Afternoon Tea Restaurants in Mayfair
1. Fortnum & Mason, The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon Afternoon tea restaurant in Mayfair 181 Piccadilly - W1
“Amazing, incredible, unlimited everything and WOW!” – for a “quintessential afternoon tea experience”, the “elegant, calm and bright” third-floor dining room of The Queen’s favourite grocer offers a “fine” (and “extremely filling”) experience, encompassing “a tea selection to die for”, “wonderfully inventive cakes”, and “delicious and plentiful sandwiches and scones”. “Yes, it is a bit pricey, but it’s an experience to be savoured, and the posh doggie bag they give you means dinner is sorted too…”
2. Butler’s Restaurant, The Chesterfield Mayfair British, Traditional restaurant in Mayfair 35 Charles St - W1
2019 Review: “Like an old London club”, this traditional Mayfair dining room is “spacious” and “there is absolutely no rush to serve you and get you out”. In a similar vein, “you wouldn’t necessarily go there for the food”, except for the afternoon tea in the adjoining ‘Conservatory’, go for the classic or novelty-themed version (it’s currently ‘The Original Sweetshop’).
3. The Ritz, Palm Court Afternoon tea restaurant in Mayfair 150 Piccadilly - W1
“The gold standard” for afternoon tea – this “exquisite room” (“a unique feature of the experience”) “is a well-known institution for a reason!”. “I’ve been to more afternoon teas than I can count, and the majority are trying to emulate the Ritz experience”. “Book ahead (months ahead, it is notoriously difficult to get a table!) and accept that it’s expensive and that it has a dress code. But it’s well worth it. A fantastic treat with flawless service and a wonderful, refined, atmosphere. British culture at its best!”
4. Claridges Foyer & Reading Room Afternoon tea restaurant in Mayfair 49 Brook Street - W1K
“We’ve tried other places (including The Ritz) for afternoon tea, but come back here”. This “iconic hotel” in the heart of Mayfair combines “art deco elegance with warm scones and piano music”, and “because its tea is served in the hotel foyer, there’s just the right amount of background activity for a near-perfect, tea-time experience”. Also there’s a “fabulous breakfast here: ideal for a visiting Aussie or American uncle, with everything from the kippers to the perfect salmon and scrambled egg”.
5. The Wolseley British, Modern restaurant in Mayfair 160 Piccadilly - W1
“Always buzzing whatever the time of day”: Corbin & King’s “magnificent” Grand Café near The Ritz remains a linchpin of metropolitan life; the capital’s No. 1 venue for a business meal – especially breakfast; and “a must-visit” for anyone getting to know London. “The space always impresses” – a converted Edwardian car-showroom that provides a “uniquely London” take on a “vast Belle-Époch-style brasserie”. It has “the right cosmopolitan feel” to lend an air of sophistication to any meal, plus “familiar faces from media and TV” to inject further excitement. “There’s a huge menu, so you’ll always find something you fancy”, but while its “retro”, “comfort” cuisine (with a Mittel-European twist) is “served with urbane panache”, it is widely acknowledged by regulars that the dishes themselves are “uninspired” and taste “to be honest, average”. But who cares? “It is hard not to love this place”. Top Tip – “A grand setting for a quintessential and well-priced afternoon tea experience”.
6. The Promenade at The Dorchester Afternoon tea restaurant in Mayfair The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane - W1
“Impeccable in every way: from the quietly unintrusive pianist in the background, to the service…” – this plush Mayfair hotel lounge is an orgy of opulent soft furnishings with a spoiling afternoon tea to match (plus other luxury bites from breakfast on); “not cheap”, say fans, “but actually worth every penny”.
9. Ralph's Coffee & Bar Afternoon tea restaurant in Mayfair 173 Regent Street - W1B
Located next to the flagship retail store, this is fashion mogul Ralph Lauren's take on dining - a 36-seat cafe and bar inspired by the legendary Polo Bar in Manhattan. It opens for breakfast and closes in the early evening (but not so early you can't get a cocktail first!)
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