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The best afternoon tea in London: The Lanesborough

Over the course of the five years I lived in England, I went to many afternoon teas. Some were basic, serving just tea and scones, and some were truly an experience. One of those was at The Lanesborough in London.

Their website describes their afternoon tea as:

Served daily in either the majestic surroundings of Céleste or the elegant Withdrawing Room, afternoon tea at The Lanesborough is an occasion to be treasured.

Enjoy freshly baked scones, velvety clotted cream, home-made fruit preserves and intricately prepared pastries – all hand-crafted by our masterful pastry chefs.

After reading that, who wouldn’t want to have a posh and proper afternoon tea at The Lanesborough?

Naturally, the cost of afternoon tea at The Lanesborough matches that description, costing £65 per person, or about $88. I know it’s pretty steep, but you do get a glass of Taittinger Brut Champagne with it if that helps justify the price.

Plus, the room where the afternoon tea is held is jaw-droppingly stunning!

With its high glass ceiling and unique chandeliers, it was like being inside a jewelry box. It made the tea extra special.

London Lanesborough Afternoon Tea

It looked like every table at the restaurant was occupied, so I highly recommend making a reservation. I think we only made a reservation a few days in advance so depending on when you are planning on going, you most likely don’t have to make a reservation too far in advance.


Time for the food!

We started off with the delectable tarts. I remember I wished we could have had more of these, but by the time the sandwiches and desserts were served, I was so stuffed I could barely finish everything.

London Lanesborough Afternoon Tea food

We also were served this cute little appetizer. Unfortunately I can’t recall what it was, but it was good!

London Lanesborough Afternoon Tea food

The scones were served next, with jam and clotted Devonshire cream!! The best!

London Lanesborough Afternoon Tea scones

On to the three-tiered tray of sandwiches and pastries!

I can’t remember what types of sandwiches we had, but I think they were: smoked salmon and cream cheese; cucumber; ham; and egg salad.

London Lanesborough Afternoon Tea food

The desserts were not too shabby either!


London Lanesborough Afternoon Tea

This was a perfect way to spend an afternoon in London. It was definitely my favorite afternoon tea that I’ve been too, and I’d definitely go back again.

Have you had a proper afternoon tea in London? What was your favorite part about it?