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English Afternoon Tea

English Afternoon Tea
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In the summer months, there is no other activity more British than the classic English Afternoon Tea. Piled high with scones, cakes, jams and creams, and not forgetting endless pots of tea, it makes for a lovely afternoon with your girlfriends, mum or nana.

There are many places across the country that serve an excellent English Afternoon Tea, with some offering twists on the classic style. We have selected our top 5 favourites, which we believe offer the very best.

Where Is The Perfect English Afternoon Tea?

There are many places up and down the country that serve the most beautiful afternoon tea, but we have chosen some of our favourite classic and quirky places which just take the biscuit...

Best For Fun: St. James Court, London

This beautiful and opulent hotel serves a range of Afternoon Teas, but our favourite has to be the Alice in Wonderland theme, which is prepared by their talented Pastry Chef, Nikhil Vyas. The menu features storybook themed treats, which just makes for the most wonderfully delicious afternoon.

Price: £30 per person

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Best For Setting: Sketch, London

Decorated prettily in pink, Sketch London has the perfect venue when it comes to the classic English Afternoon Tea. Not only is the setting unbelievably beautiful, the treats and delights have us swooning for more, such as Macaroons and unique quirky cakes that we just want to keep eating...

Price: £45 per person / £57 per person for Champagne Afternoon Tea

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Best For Cosy And Cute: Annie's, Manchester

If you want somewhere where you can relax, then Annie's in Manchester is the perfect choice. The atmosphere is friendly, the food is delicious and the tableware is classically rustic, which we love. It makes the perfect choice if you are popping into Manchester for an afternoon with the girls!

Price: £19.95 per person / £24.95 for Champagne Afternoon Tea

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Image from Annie's Manchester

Best For Sweet Treats: Bea's Cake Boutique, London

Bea's Cake Bakery is listed as one of the top 50 places to take Afternoon Tea across Britain, which is no mean feat. The brownies, scones, sandwiches, cupcakes, marshmallows and meringues make for a dizzying experience and leave you feeling on a perfect sugar high.

Price: £24.50 per person for Bea's Full Afternoon Tea

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Image from Bea's Cake Boutique

Best For Tea Lovers: Orange Pekoe, London

Orange Pekoe has the largest variety of teas we have ever seen, and we love it! The atmosphere is so relaxed, and the people are super friendly. We love the Traditional Afternoon Tea, which is served with finger sandwiches, scone and your choice of cake, alongside copious amounts of tea!

Price: £19.95 per person

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Treat Yourself at Home

Tea isn't just for drinking. With powerful anti-oxidant properties, it helps protect and rejuvenate your skin. Try out some of our favourite 'afternoon tea' inspired beauty products.

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