If you’re looking to treat your date to something a bit different or have a special occasion coming up and you’re stumped for ideas for what to do, we really recommend going for a bit of afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea provides an elegant, sociable and somewhat upper class experience and let’s face it, it’s one of those few times when you can legitimately eat multiple cakes, scones and finger sandwiches in one go.
One of our favourites is the Delaunay near Covent Garden station. The Delaunay provides a truly delightful experience. You’re greeted by a bowler hatted doorman and treated like someone important as soon as you walk in. For £22.50 per person you get a selection of perfectly presented finger sandwiches, fruit scones with cream and jam, cakes and pastries as well as your choice of teas.
If you want to go even more upmarket then we recommend the Milestone Hotel in High Street Kensington. This five star hotel offers a more intimate experience, offering only five tables in the plush Park Lounge where you’ll enjoy your tea. Sitting in sumptuous arm chairs with a pianist playing on the grand piano and a log fire crackling away, you’ll be served sandwiches, cakes and pastries which are nothing short of delicious. The full afternoon tea is priced at £31.50 per person but we recommending treating yourselves to the champagne afternoon tea to be extra decadent which costs £70 for two people.
Another great upmarket choice for afternoon tea is the Athenaeum on Park Lane, which scooped the Tea Guild’s award for London’s best afternoon tea 2012. A bargain at £28.50, you’ll be served a selection of finger sandwiches, orange blossom scones, toasted crumpets with homemade jam, lemon curd and Devonshire clotted cream as well as an assortment of homemade pastries such as fairy cakes with sugar flowers and mixed fruit tartlets. Again, we recommend splashing out and getting a glass of rose petal champagne with your tea (£35).
Spending the afternoon eating sandwiches, cakes and scones in decadent surroundings is great for a date with someone you’ve been dating for a while, or for a birthday or anniversary present. We would not recommend afternoon tea for a first or early days date.