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A musical afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel

To coincide with the BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall (18th July – 13th September), The Ampersand Hotel will be serving up a music-inspired afternoon tea to help get you warmed up for evening. Finger sandwiches are replaced with savoury gougères filled with Gloucester old spot ham and sauce gribiche, coronation chicken, cheese with fruit chutney and smoked salmon with dill and cream cheese. Plain and white chocolate scones are served warm and are accompanied by Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve. To help you finish on a high note, the sweeter and more colourful treats include an opera cake topped with a dark chocolate grand piano, a double bass hazelnut sable, a strawberry mousse and pistachio sponge, a salty caramel macaroon and a mango, coconut and passionfruit shot with a white chocolate music note tuille. The musical afternoon tea is available from 18th July – 5th September. £32.50 per person (£44.50 with a glass of Champagne). Book online for a Mon-Fri visit and the glass of Champagne will be complimentary. The Ampersand …

Time for afternoon tea at Sketch

If you haven’t yet paid Sketch a visit since its plush-pink redesign by architect India Mahdavi in which 239 David Shrigley drawings work their way around the Gallery restaurant, its gorgeous afternoon tea should do the trick. The selection of finger sandwiches include an egg mayonnaise filling topped with a fried quail egg and caviar, and a warm mozzarella and pesto croque monsieur. Plain or sultana cube-shaped scones are served with obligatory clotted cream and homemade orange marmalade and strawberry jam. Then there are sweet treats and pastries aplenty from pistachio macaroons and raspberry meringue bites to almond and berry tartlets and strawberry cheesecake (served in glasses). Take note of your ceramic tableware too which come gloriously inked by David Shrigley but tempted as you will be to slip ‘a souvenir’ into your handbag, don’t – the folks at Sketch know how nickable these pieces are and will be making the ceramics available for sale online (from July) so you can create the whole fanfare at home without depriving the restaurant. Afternoon tea is served …

Paul A Young’s chocolate-inspired afternoon tea

Tradition dictates that everything consumed during Easter must contain chocolate (not really but let’s go with it?). Because there isn’t really such a thing as too much chocolate, we’ll leave you with a tempting thought: how about squeezing in a Paul A Young chocolate-inspired afternoon tea? Sold? We are too. Alongside the classics, you can expect a healthy (hmm) dose of exquisite chocolate treats. Stepping the Nutella sandwich up quite a few notches is a helping of cucumber and Venezuelan chocolate finger sandwiches. This is followed by freshly-baked buttermilk scones with the usual clotted cream and jams but wait, there is also a Paul A Young sea salted caramel spread, which is so delicious there is even a award to prove it. Between bites, you can sip on a speciality blend – a Madagascan cocoa nib tea. But back to the pastries, which include an Earl Grey tea chocolate tart with salted lemon truffle and a cocoa shortcake biscuit with Madagascan chocolate ganache. And if that still isn’t enough, there’s a helping of divine chocolate …

An Oriental Afternoon Tea at Bo Lang

Here’s one for the rebel. If the flavours and food combinations that accompany your quintessentially British afternoon tea feel a tad too traditional, try swapping it for an Oriental twist instead at Chinese dim sum restaurant Bo Lang. Sitting alongside the staple smoked salmon sandwiches are an assortment of dim sum including duck spring rolls and short rib puffs. A selection of scones remain too but the clotted cream and berry jam will be replaced with a plum wine-infused mascarpone with fig and plum preserve along with kaya, a sweet coconut jam. The pastries, meanwhile, consist of popular Chinese delicacies including jin deui, crunchy but glutinous fried sesame balls with a soft bean filling. Between mouthfuls, you can sip on a choice of fragrant teas including Bohea Lapsang and White Peony, served in cast iron teapots, or you can indulge fully with the champagne option. The afternoon tea costs £35 per person (£45 with champagne) and is served Monday – Friday between 3pm – 5pm. Bo Lang, 100 Draycott Avenue, London, SW3 3AD. bolangrestaurant.co.uk

Champagne & crêpes, afternoon tea and ice-skating: three reasons to take the day off work*

*OK, so you can just do them at the weekend but with treats this tempting, it’s difficult to wait. Here are three things that will make it worth your while if you decide to act upon your urge. 1. The cosy champagne lunch Lunchtime treats don’t get more special than this. In the first week of December, Covent Garden will be playing host to the Krug Kreperie, a pop-up dining space housed inside a seemingly life-sized champagne crate. Whilst the sheepskin rugs warm up your feet, freshly made crêpes devised by Pierre Koffmann and a glass a Krug Grande Cuvée will help to warm up the palate. Both sweet and savoury crêpes will be on offer including crab, caramel, apple crumble and pistachio with caramelised pistachio nuts. The crêpe and champagne pairing costs £35. The Krug Kreperie will open from 2-8th December at Covent Garden’s East Piazza. From 9th December until the end of January 2014, it will be available at Koffmann’s at The Berkeley. 2. The blissful Christmas Afternoon Tea Now here’s the perfect …

Must have: JING Twilight Tea at Sketch

For those nights when only a more sophisticated affair will do, try calling in at Sketch for a spot of JING Twilight Tea, an evening afternoon tea if you will. You’ve got a choice of three very fine teas – a light Japanese Sencha green, a honeyed Oriental Beauty oolong or a smoky Bohea Lapsang black to sit alongside a helping of JING Silver Needle white tea, a cold-infusion which acts as a refreshing palate cleanser. As for the food, the savoury selection includes a delicious smoked salmon millefeiulle with salmon roe and Jacob’s cream, a well-balanced Italian mortadella with figs, aubergine and apricot marmalade and finally, a delightfully crisp Paris mushroom croque monsieur. Your sweeter duo consists of a small but perfectly formed éclair and a blissful chocolate macaroon. And to round off the evening with a stronger drink, there is a delicious, fruity yet smoky number – a Bohea Lapsang tea-infused cocktail with Rooibos-infused syrup and Jim Beam whisky. JING Twilight Tea is served from 6-11pm at Sketch in the Parlour and the …

Theo Fennell Bijoux Afternoon Tea at The Langham

If you want to combine style and flair with a spot of afternoon tea, the home of this traditional indulgence, Palm Court at The Langham, is a top choice. This summer, their Bijoux Afternoon Tea will contain a selection of beautifully crafted treats inspired by the just as covetable creations by jeweller Theo Fennell. Sitting alongside a staple of speciality finger sandwiches and scones are a selection of elegant and colourful pastries and cakes, skillfully created by Head Pastry Chef Cherish Finden. The treats include salted caramel pearl and pistachio fudge, Kentish strawberry with white balsamic macaroon, victoria plum with sakura sponge, mango and passion with shortbread and Royal Gala apple with champagne. The Theo Fennell Bijoux Afternoon Tea is priced at £49 per person and will be served until November 2013. www.palm-court.co.uk

Surrealist Afternoon Tea at Sotheby’s

In the run up to Sotheby’s Surrealist Art Evening Sale on Tuesday 5th February, the Sotheby’s Café will be serving a Surrealist Afternoon Tea with delicious treats inspired by the works of Salvador Dali and René Magritte, two of the masters whose work will also feature in the sale. On the menu, expect an Earl Grey cupcake complete with a sweet Dali melting clock, a Magritte-inspired semantic “I’m not a biscuit” biscuit along with a canvas of other artistic edible delights that include beetroot and orange paint and a pistachio and cheddar biscuit swatch. Surrealist Afternoon Tea costs £18 (or £24 with a glass of champagne) and is available from 3pm – 4.45pm every day (from today) until 5th February. To book, call 0207 293 5077 or email [email protected] 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA