Time for tea

Whether it’s a Mother’s Day gift or simply ‘just because’ – why not celebrate spring with a splendid afternoon treat? Sophie Farrah outlines her pick of the best.

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Nothing quite beats a sumptuous spread of afternoon tea: tiny cakes, no crusts, lashings of tea and maybe even a cheeky glass of fizz. It is the ultimate indulgence an one should never need an excuse, but this month of course plays host to Mother’s Day so it would simply be rude not to…

Tea for 2018 Trendy Notting Hill hotspot Farmacy offers a 100% plant-based menu and that includes their High Tea, which is also free from dairy, refined sugars,additives and chemicals. Think scones with coconut clotted ‘cream’ and layered strawberry and cashew mousse. For the coolest tea in town, head to Soho’s Cutter & Squidge and their amazing Genie’s Cave pop-up, filled with glitter andgold coins and a menu that promises magic carpet cookies, cheese clouds and a chocolatey treat dusted in 24-carat gold. The cave closes at the end of March, so book fast!

Farmacy, £35pp; farmacylondon.com. Cutter & Squidge, £29.50pp; cutterandsquidge.com

A feast for the eyes If you’re looking for tea for two with a view then look no further than The Petersham Hotel where you can indulge in all manner of cacao-infused temptations (think chocolate and cherry scones), thanks to their mouth-watering Chocolate Afternoon Tea, served overlooking one of London’s most magnificent vistas.Afternoon tea at Kew Gardens’ newest restaurant, The Botanical, features fresh ingredients foraged from within the garden itself, as well as stunning views of the iconic Palm House. A feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.

The Petersham Hotel, £29.50pp; petershamhotel.co.uk. Kew Gardens, £27.50pp; kew.org

Top-rated teas At Cake Boy in Battersea, Eric Lanlard’s modern afternoon tea oozes Gallic glamour with savoury croissants, dazzling desserts, organic tea and plenty of Champagne, bien sûr. Orange Pekoe in Barnes is frequently hailed as one of London’s best afternoon teas and it’s easy to see why – it’s a cosy, homely experience filled with daintyfinger sandwiches, fresh cakesand warm scones loaded with Cornish clotted cream and homemade jam. There’s also over 70 teas to choose from, including a limited-edition Mother’s Day blend.

Cake Boy £40pp with a glass of champagne, cake-boy.com. Orange Pekoe from £19.95pp, orangepekoeteas.com

Meals on wheels And finall, thanks to London’s B Bakery you can now enjoy a lavish afternoon tea whilst being driven around London on a classic Routemaster bus! Enjoy sweet pastries whilst passing through Parliament, sandwiches along Downing Street and obligatory scones whilst whizzing through St James’s Park. The tastiest way to be a tourist.

From £45pp; london.b-bakery.com

Do it yourself At Biscuiteers’ stylish icing boutique on the Northcote Road you can enjoy their delectable and rather adorable London-themed afternoon tea whilst having a go at decorating your own treats with a DIY biscuit icing session. Over in Brentford, urban smallholding Hen Corner is hosting a ‘Baking for Afternoon Tea’ class this month, where you’ll get to devour plenty of delicious delicacies whilst learning how to make your very own! You’ll whip up mini quiches, bagels, lemon meringue pie, victoria sponge and more. Go hungry…

Biscuiteers, £28.50pp (+ £10 for DIY icing session); biscuiteers.com. Baking for Afternoon Tea, March 13, 10-4.30pm, £90; hencorner.com

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