It is said that Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, invented Afternoon Tea in 1840. This was to satisfy her peckishness during the long wait between lunch and dinner. Today, we are proud to continue this English ritual – with a twist of Claridge’s creativity.
Prepared and served fresh each day, our menu faithfully follows the traditional combination of sweet and savoury. The ingredients include British specialities such as poached Scottish salmon – and our pastries change to reflect the fruits of the season. Of course, at the heart of the experience is the drink itself. From a rich Oolong to the refreshingly complex Claridge’s Blend, you will find teas that complement your food perfectly.
Served daily between 2.45pm and 5.30pm.
Traditional afternoon tea
Savour a variety of finger sandwiches, patisserie and warm scones accompanied by Marco Polo gelée and Cornish clotted cream - £65 per person.View menu
Champagne afternoon tea
Raise a toast to tradition. A chilled glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut or Rosé gives your afternoon that extra sparkle - from £75 per person.View menu
Children's afternoon tea
Sandwiches and pastries, including vanilla fairy cakes and brownies, are specially made for younger guests. The menu also doubles as a colouring book - £40 per person.View menu
Seasonal afternoon tea
To celebrate certain key dates in the British calendar, Claridge’s pastry chefs create a special edition of our afternoon tea. Please note that on the following dates a seasonally-inspired afternoon tea will be served exclusively: Chelsea Flower Show 21-26 May - £90 per person; Wimbledon 1-14 July - £90 per person.
English tradition meets French flair
A timeless English tradition meets French flair as Parisian pâtissier Jérôme Chaucesse introduces an exquisite collection of pastries to the Claridge's afternoon tea menu for the New Year. As MOF Pâtissier Confiseur, the highest accolade a pastry chef can achieve, his delicate designs have become world renowned.
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The Foyer & Reading Room
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