Help with a great Tea in London

Jan 21st, 2004, 02:25 PM
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You may want ot consider the Dorchester as it's very close to the Hilton Mews. It is an elegant hotel and the tea is lovely. I've also had tea at the Ritz (agree with other posters that it is just too busy) and at the Savoy which was very nice. Your wife is very lucky to have a husband who is seeking out the perfect tea experience for her!
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Jan 21st, 2004, 02:26 PM
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Oh...just realized that this was an old post! Well, I hope their tea was delightful!
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Jan 21st, 2004, 03:19 PM
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Andeesue: Actually, it's not THAT old. They are planning their 20th anniversary *next* June, so they haven't been yet. So, we're ok.

My other question is, do they offer a champagne afternoon tea at the Ritz? I see champagne is mentioned at Brown's, but I didn't see it mentioned on the web site at the Ritz. Does anyone know? (My husband and I will be there in May '04.)

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Jan 21st, 2004, 03:45 PM
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I do have to agree,Brown's wins the prize if you are in London!

But where will you be before London? I have had wonderful afternoon teas at country house hotels and inns that makes Brown's look meager and affected!

The tea at Gliffae's 's in Wales is a true experience in abundance!
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Jan 21st, 2004, 06:26 PM
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We'll be in London first. Then on to Chipping Campden (Cottswolds), then to Paris, Champagne & Burgundy. I'd definitely be interested if you know others that are wonderful spots.

Thanks.
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Jan 21st, 2004, 07:34 PM
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I'm not quite sure what a champagne afternoon tea could be--afternoon tea is an established tradition that normally doesn't include alcohol, although if guests in a private house linger over tea they might later be offered sherry. I'd be interested in hearing more.
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Jan 21st, 2004, 08:12 PM
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You can purchase flutes of champagne for extra (much extra!) at the Ritz. I do love champagne, but tea is just perfect with the scones and such!

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Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:11 AM
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Hmm. I'm surprised you haven't heard of this. On "gofortea.com," where a lot of the places I've heard of are listed, they show that many of the well known spots in London (ie: Brown's, Claridge's, Dorchester, The Landmark, etc.) serve "Afternoon Champagne Tea." I've also heard of it here in California (The Palace Hotel & the Ritz in San Francisco).
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:19 AM
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Harrods serves an afternoon champagne tea.
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Jan 22nd, 2004, 11:40 AM
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Very interesting, but I think I'll just stick with tea!
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Jan 28th, 2004, 08:00 AM
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We'll be coming in from a week in Scotland before London.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 08:10 AM
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jdsprod, If you will be in Edinburgh and want a suggestion for tea in that city, the Balmoral Hotel has a wonderful tea, incredibly reasonable and absolutely scrumptious. It was the first time my husband attended a formal tea and he thought it fantastic. It was a perfect start to our first trip to Scotland. The price for two was 17GBP. . Hope you find your perfect place. Deborah
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Jan 28th, 2004, 09:29 AM
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Ritz is too crowded and not intimate. You are rushed in and out very similar to the Plaza in New York. Browns is wonderful, intimate like you were in an English manor, has pianist. Make reservations and no jeans or tennis shoes. Claridge is a close second.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 09:47 AM
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My vote is for the Duke's Hotel. We had a wonderful afternoon tea there. They seated us in their sunroom, right off a small patio with a little fountain. It was very peaceful and it was an excellent way to relax in the middle of a busy day. It cost 16GBP/person, which is much less than what you will spend at the Ritz or Brown's!
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Jan 28th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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I've considered going to tea while in London (just for the experience)but I can't bring myself to drink the stuff. Do they serve coffee as well?
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Jan 28th, 2004, 01:21 PM
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Hi
If you want coffee, tea sandwiches, and scones, there are lots of places
where you can get that a la carte.
The hotels that do the fancy afternoon teas will bring you coffee on request I'm sure.
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Jan 28th, 2004, 05:30 PM
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What about herb teas, or green teas?

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Feb 3rd, 2004, 01:05 AM
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Although I haven't been to Brown's, my vote is for the Landmark. The setting is lovely - in a tree filled atrium, with comfy couches and armchairs. Service was lovely, and my friends and I lingered there for some time as they replenished our tea and goodies.

Katie, I'm sure you can get herbal teas at the other places...I know the Landmark had at least chamomile and a couple of other herbal teas.
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Mar 5th, 2004, 10:41 AM
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Well, based on the majority of suggestions, I e-mailed Brown's for a reservation for Afternoon Tea. I got a reply that said the hotel will close in April. I guess I'll try one of the other places suggested.
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Mar 5th, 2004, 11:28 AM
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jdspron, I've been following this post to decide on a place for tea and had also decided to go to Brown's. I couldn't believe a hotel would just close. Sure enough, they are closing from April 2004 until February 2005, not just the restaurant but everything. Please let us know which place you decide for tea. I'm not sure I can get my husband to accept the sticker price of a tea in London after our perfect and yet inexpensive tea in Edinburgh. We may just have to get our tea fix met outside of London. Have a wonderful anniversary trip. Deborah
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