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The Lanesborough launches charity afternoon tea

The Lanesborough marks Mother’s Day with a special afternoon tea in support of charity mothers2mothers. In the fine, elegant surrounds of its Celeste restaurant, The Lanesborough hotel is hosting a special charity afternoon tea throughout March in partnership with mothers2mothers, a charity that aims to educate and support HIV-positive mothers on how to protect their babies from HIV infection and keep them and their families healthy. For each tea served, the hotel will donate £5 to the charity. It’s a fitting time for a worthy cause and all the more reason to treat your own mothers, not just on the day but throughout the month. Start the experience by picking from an extensive choice of teas – the Rose of the Orient’s floral notes is irresistible. That and the beautiful (and extremely hot, so mind your eager fingers) silver teapot that houses it. Then go straight in for the bite-sized sandwiches. There are five classic fillings including a wake-up-the-palate Coronation chicken and a brilliantly simple but tasty ham, honey mustard and aged Cheddar cheese variety. …

St James’s Hotel and Club afternoon tea

Gluten-free tea Those who need or prefer to forgo gluten needn’t miss out on all the fun, for Michelin-starred chef William Drabble has created a gourmet tea for those who would otherwise go without. Everything from the sandwiches and scones to the lemon macaron, apple pecan and carrot cake pastries has been thoughtfully made without gluten but without compromising on taste. (£37.50 pp. St James’s Hotel and Club, 7-8 Park Place, London SW1A 1LS. stjameshotelandclub.com)

Dean Street Townhouse afternoon tea

Soho style This place wins hands-down for being worthy of hosting your most treasured of occasions whilst offering superb value for money if you’re coming in for afternoon tea. Expect a simple, elegant and quintessentially British affair, from home-cured ham and mustard finger sandwiches and fruit scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam, to some good old Battenberg cake to accompany a strong pot of tea. (£19.50 pp. Dean Street Townhouse, 69-71 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3SE. deanstreettownhouse.com)

Bulgari Hotel & Residences afternoon tea

A French twist This afternoon tea may have been given a French makeover but it’s a pretty indulgent way to spend a couple of hours. Amongst plush surroundings, enjoy a selection of sourdough tartines topped with foie gras and fig or feta cheese and tomato. Scones give way to madeleines but you can still fill them with as much jam and clotted cream as you can handle, whilst the pastries aim to please all-round with a trio of fruit, chocolate and cream treats. And if tea doesn’t hit the spot, you can have a hot chocolate made from Alain Ducasse’s bean-to-bar brand Manufacture de Chocolat. (£42 pp. The Bulgari Hotel & Residences, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW. bulgarihotels.com)

Fortnum & Mason Sky-High Tea

High tea Here’s an afternoon tea with the most spectacular sweeping views over London. Not only that but on the open-air deck at Level 72, you’ll be surrounded by a lush, floral garden display that enhances the pop-up picnicking experience. Do remember to pay attention to the contents of the Fortnum & Mason Sky-High Tea hamper though, which has your tea, finger sandwiches, scones and sweet pastries at the ready. (£85 for two people. The View from The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG. theviewfromtheshard.com)

Sketch afternoon tea

There’s an art to it Just as with David Shrigley’s sketches that adorn the walls, these afternoon tea bites deserved to be admired. It’s a colourful, fun and tasty array, making it perfect for group get-togethers. Failsafe finger sandwiches of smoked salmon and cucumber keep the appetite light so you have room for the generous selection of sweeter items which include a rhubarb and raspberry cheesecake, a pineapple, coriander and coconut sponge and a chocolate-mint Lignon cake. (£39 pp. Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG. sketch.london)

Royal Opera House afternoon tea

Make a show of it Paul Hamlyn Hall is one of the most beautiful rooms in London so is an apt place to this limited edition floral tea. In addition to the good old favourites, a couple of the finger sandwiches have been upgraded to fresh and flavoursome lobster and salt beef fillings. The pastries are pretty decadent too – there’s a light elderflower and mandarin amandine, and Champagne baba with rose petals and Ruinart rose amongst the treats. And as a token to remember the experience by, all guests leave with a complimentary fragrance of their choice from the L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse collection. (£37.50 pp. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD. roh.org.uk)

Bea’s of Bloomsbury afternoon tea

Tea shop stop If you don’t need to rush off after you’ve picked up a slice of cake or two, it’s worth taking the afternoon off to see more of what this gorgeous tea shop has to offer. Naturally, the sweet treats have got to be the highlight and there’s plenty to go round. Work your way through fruity marshmallows, mini meringues, cupcakes and their signature killer brownies which includes a dense mix of chocolate, peanut butter, praline and coconut flakes. (£24.50 pp. Bea’s of Bloomsbury, 83 Watling Street, St. Paul’s, London EC4M 9BX. beasofbloomsbury.com)

Sofitel London St James launches floral afternoon tea

Celebrating this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, Sofitel London St James has launched Le Tea en Rose, a special floral-inspired afternoon tea that will be served in the hotel’s Rose Lounge. Whilst a live harpist strums away in the background, you can enjoy a selection of four seasonal finger sandwiches, some homemade scones with clotted cream, rose-scented strawberry jam and lemon curd, followed by more floral-infused cakes and miniature sweet treats. There’s a pot of hibiscus and raspberry jelly, a vanilla sponge with mimosa mousseline cream and vibrant yellow crumble, another vanilla sponge but with poppy mousseline cream covered in pink chocolate spray and a giant rose and raspberry macaron. A special cocktail, La Fleur en Velours, has been created for the occasion and features Tanqueray gin, elderflower and wild strawberry liqueur topped off with some Champagne. A selection of teas from French teahouse Dammann Frères is also available. The afternoon tea will be available throughout May and costs £30 per person (£34 including the cocktail and £38 including a glass of Moet & Chandon Imperial …

Matthew Williamson Afternoon Tea at Balthazar

How’s this for a fashionable afternoon tea? Designer Matthew Williamson adds his twist to a tasty British tradition (…Matthew Williamson not included). Who said fashion designers weren’t versatile? Because Matthew Williamson here has managed to turn his hand to designing a pretty stylish afternoon tea at Covent Garden’s Balthazar. This foodie collaboration, which marks the restaurant’s second anniversary, has been inspired by the British designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Expect favourites such as smoked chicken, egg mayonnaise and cucumber sandwiches followed by Irish buttermilk scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, topped off with a selection of colourful pastries reminiscent of Williamson’s flair for pretty designs. Those wanting to celebrate in style can also enjoy a specially-created cocktail, Chasing Rainbows, named after David Bailey’s book featuring photographs of model Marie Helvin, the inspiration behind Williamson’s collection. The cocktail is made with Pinky vodka, Lillet Blanc, yellow Chartreuse, brut Champagne and crystallised rose petals. Available from 6th Feb – 1st May. The afternoon tea costs £25 (£35 with the cocktail) per person. Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, Covent …