From the 11th to 17th August 2014 is the National Tea Week. So you might ask, what is an afternoon tea? It is said that the tradition of formal afternoon tea began among aristocratic circles in the 1830s, and it is still one of our favourite pastimes today.

And to show support to something that is quintessentially British tradition, I will show you some of the best places to enjoy the best afternoon tea in London:

The Goring Hotel

+44 (0)20 7396 9000

£42.50 per person or £52.50 per person with a glass of champagne

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The Goring Hotel was awarded Top London Afternoon Tea award in 2013 by the UK Tea Guild and it is not hard to see why. Described as ‘truly special experience’, it is located in Belgravia, next to Buckingham Palace. You get to enjoy the occasion on the terrace looking over the hotel’s private garden.

The Ritz, London

+44 (0)20 7300 2345

£47 per person, or £59 per person with a glass of champagne

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 The Ritz and afternoon tea are like two peas in a pod and this is for a good reason. It has been serving afternoon tea since it first opened in 1906. The occasion is enjoyed at the Palm Court and you have to dress to impress in order to be allowed in.

Ting Restaurant, Shangri-La at the Shard, London

+44 (0)20 7234 8000

Classic English afternoon tea: £49, or £57 with a glass of champagne; Asian: £54, or £62 with a glass of champagne

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For afternoon tea with a view to remember, head to the Shangri-La hotel on the on the 35th floor of the Shard. The restaurant there offers an excellent English afternoon tea, but also a lovely Asian alternative, if that’s what tickles your taste buds.

Claridge’s London

+44 (0)20 7629 8860

£50 per person, or £60 per person with a glass of champagne

 

 

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You will be enjoying this nation’s culinary heritage set in the splendour of Thierry Despont’s magnificent Foyer.

By Chichi Kekeocha