From gold leaf fashion to tweed to modern marble, tea in Knightsbridge

Biting into crunchy scones, through slick yellow creaminess that is clotted cream and breathing in the fragrant perfume of strawberry jam can be done almost everywhere in London now and Knightsbridge is no exception. Afternoon tea, having been apparently created by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford to bridge that yawning gap between breakfast and dinner has taken the British capital by storm. Every big hotel, and self respecting cafe and gallery will offer their version of afternoon tea. Be it Pret a Portea at the Berkeley, complete with iced biscuits following the current season's fashion and incorporating a generous helping of gold leaf along with the champagne and crunchy patisserie, or the tweedy, oak pannelled traditions at the Cadogan, afternoon tea is a great British and Knightsbridge institution.

If hotels aren't your thing then Knightsbridge has plenty of five star shops too like Harvey Nichols and Harrods which also offer delicious afternoon tea and the space to relax and unwind before hitting the gorgeous goods on offer too. At Harrods, Lauduree the famous French macaroon brand provides a delicious French twist to the British concept of afternoon tea with a cloud of milk in your delicately perfumed tea. If you'd prefer some Italian flavours with your tea then you might like to check out Bulgari's afternoon tea which will bring you Amalfi lemon tartlets and Prosecco alongside the finger sandwiches, scones, cream and jam.

London's world-famous department store, Harrods has been a city fixture since it opened in 1849. Impeccable service and a wonderful, diverse selection have earned the store a place in the hearts of Londoners. Although prices are somewhat steep,...  Read More

Harvey Nichols

Favored especially by fashion-conscious folks, this well-regarded department store is known for its propensity towards designer labels. Begun in 1813, the enterprise offers a wealth of men's and women's apparel, not to mention a strong home...  Read More

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester has come highly recommended. The book "Foodie Top 100 Restaurants: Worldwide" sings the restaurant's praises very highly saying that the chef 's roast chicken has an "almost frothy texture" and a "fragant" truffle...  Read More

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
Photo courtesy of Marcus Wareing

Afternoon tea at the Berkeley is served in the Caramel Room in the hotel. This is all low lighting, caramel walls and faux croc chocolate coloured stools. The Berkeley, in keeping with its designer neighbourhood offers "Pret a Portea" a...  Read More

The Victoria and Albert museum is a world famous art and design museum. They have exhibitions of film costumes, Princess Diana's dresses, David Bowie, Vivienne Westwood and now Pearls. You can easily spend all day in the museum even just looking...  Read More

Afternoon tea has been served at the Cadogan in London since 1887. As they themselves say on their website, attributed to Henry James, "there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea". ...  Read More

Afternoon Tea is taken in The Chinoiserie at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower luxury five star hotel in London. This is a place they use for breakfast, afternoon teas, light lunches and drinks in the evening, but the room really comes into its own for...  Read More

The Bulgari hotel is another place that has been fairly recently revamped in London and kitted out in beautifully contemporary and elegant black and white marble, as perhaps befits an Italian hotel. Their extensive tea collection is both British...  Read More

Afternoon tea at Grosvenor House is a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Park Lane. The hotel and tearooms are housed in delightful Edwardian town houses. This is another place frequented by Royalty and...  Read More

The Tangerine Cafe bar at the Milennium hotel is a great place for an afternoon tea in Knightsbridge. This is all glitzy black marble floors gleaming under the lights and swish leather stalls. There is nothing ye olde Englishe here, but...  Read More


Meet Emma Wallis

London gives Emma a warm fuzzy feeling every time she gets back to her home city. As a writer and broadcaster she travels extensively round Europe and the world, but is always happy to return to...  More About Emma

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