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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)

Chatime: bubble tea time in Shoreditch

As the popularity of Taiwanese bubble teas continues to bubble, another tea store pop ups in Shoreditch just in time for the summer rush. There’s something rather addictive about bubble tea. It’s a wonderfully refreshing drink in all its various fruit and milk incarnations, and then there are those “boba” toppings, ranging from chewy tapioca pearls and fruity popping balls, to flavoured jelly slithers. Bubble tea shop Chatime, which recently opened its eleventh UK store in East London, has a pretty tasty offering, using only natural ingredients. Its menu spans pure, fresh tea, fruit, milk, latte and mousse varieties. All bar the latter along with some of the fruit teas can also be served hot if you don’t fancy sticking with ice-cold tea. Prices range from £2.45 for a small fresh tea to £3.95 for a large tea latte and toppings can also be added at 50p a scoop. The shop’s most popular drink is the Chatime Milk Tea with tapioca pearls, which combines simple black tea with milk over ice, giving some density to …

The Berry Company’s got the par-tea started

The Special Tea range created by The Berry Company features five fruit-infused teas that show just show versatile the drink can be. For a lighter way of drinking tea, pick up any one of these special fruit infusions and you’ll be converted in no time. Among the five varieties are a green tea flavour with a punchy hit of aronia berry, blueberry and lemon juice, a white tea with juicy peach notes, a mild red tea with cranberry, grape and hibiscus, a wonderfully fragrant black tea with elderflower and grape, and the latest addition, a yellow tea with coconut water and lemon. We’ll emphasise that you don’t have to be a fan of tea to enjoy these drinks as the tea base is very subtle – you’ll taste the fruit flavours over anything else so in that sense you’ll liken it more to a juice drink. The surprising note is just how light and sweet they are yet there aren’t any additional sweeteners, preservatives or artificial flavours and colourings. The drinks are best enjoyed chilled …