Tea Time in London
from the website http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/:
Someone posted a query looking for a recommendation of a place to enjoy a traditional English tea-time. What time is tea-time?
One suggestion was: " You can have a traditional tea at the Orangery
at Kensington Palace, scones with jam and cream and a cup of tea or a more complete service at the Wolseley
or you can go a bit more upmarket and have a smart hotel tea; for these latter teas you will need to book in advance." Apparently the Orangery is not expensive and specializes in orange cake!
Another recommendation on this blog site was "If it's just some simple tasty scones and preserves with tea then I'd reccommend any Peyton and Byrne establishment. The National Dining Rooms are the flagship, but you can also dine in the far simpler National Cafe, Wellcome Collection Cafe, Inn The Park
, and many others:"
Some further sugggestions on the site:'"
Tea time is usually around 3:30pm - 5:30pm. But as Canucks said, it seems to have expanded.
Adding to Canucks' list of Peyton and Byrne establishments, I understand that the Wallace Collection does a very nice afternoon tea. Their cream tea is £12.50, and their afternoon tea is £17.50
Elsewhere on this forum, Bea's of Bloomsbury is recommended. Their afternoon tea is £9.90.
It's been a long time since I was last in The Orangery, and I hadn't realised that their afternoon teas now start at £14.85 (to give you an idea of how long it's been since I had tea there, my last tea there was well under £10). I love the setting of The Orangery, but the food was never great, and I'm not convinced that nearly £15 is particularly good value. For a few £ more, I recommend the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. My delicious tea in a lovely room was £18.50.
"Last time I was at The Portrait restaurant at the National Portrait gallery, which was just a few weeks ago, they were advertsising afternoon tea- I was there for lunch but their food is usually good. The bonus here is the fantastic view from the restaurant across Trafalgar Square and beyond, includng the Palace of Westminster- you will certainly know you are in London."