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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 …

JING Tea and William Curley’s tea and patisserie pairing

Any time is a good time for a tea break like this. Here’s something to ingrain in the membrane: the next time you feel the urge for some ‘coffee and cake’, replace those thoughts instead with ‘tea and patisserie’. It certainly has a good ring to it and we’re sure you won’t need much convincing to develop a taste for it either. The Cold Tea Infusion and Patisserie Pairing is the delicious result of a partnership between fine tea specialists JING Tea and master chocolatier William Curley. Accompanying a selection of wonderful bite-sized pastries is a flight of cold infusion teas to match, taking the trouble out of trying to work out what you should ‘wash it down with’ yourself. Just leave it to the experts and you won’t be disappointed. The tasting features: A pistachio financier cake topped with crème Chantilly and strawberries paired with a Phoenix Honey Orchid Oolong Tea. Light hints of peach and honey in the tea make this pairing perfect for a summer palate A chocolate and orange macaron paired …

Amanzi Tea hits tea spot

Amanzi Tea is one of our favourite places for a spot of calm and some wildly delicious teas. Whatever you’re after, they’ve got it – from an extensive fruit collection to bubble teas (with incredibly tasty fruity popping bubbles), to frappes and tea-based cocktails. Their lychee mar-tea-ni (get it?), chocolate mint tea and matcha latte are our staples. (24 New Cavendish Street, W1G 8TX. amanzitea.co.uk)

Lalani & Co teas are a rari-tea

For the highly discerning, obtaining fine single-origin, small-batch teas has just gotten a whole lot easier. Head to Selfridges where you’ll find five single-batch Lalani & Co teas, including a very refined, rare green tea with whispers of pear, lemon and blackberry (£34.99) and a tea case featuring rare, aged white teas from three vintages (£169.99).

Tip Top Tea: meet your matcha

Whittington’s Tea Emporium is a great little discovery for those wanting a more well-travelled palate. Our favouite is the Tip Top Tea Matcha Superior, a silky-fine ‘ceremony grade’ matcha from near Uji in Kyoto, Japan, which produces a sweet and creamy green tea flavour, Not only is it delicious, it’s also infinitely good for the body with over 130 times more antioxidants than the usual green tea. (£28 for 30g tin, wtea-emporium.co.uk)

Tea for those with a sweet tooth

The Twinings Sweet Green Teas are ideal for those with sweet cravings. Try the delicious Salted Caramel, the fragrant and warming Gingerbread, or the comforting Caramelised Apple with hints of cinnamon and toffee. With just four calorie per cup, it’s a treat you can enjoy without a trace of guilt. (£2.49, Waitrose)

Choose your tea by its artwork

These special blends by The East India Company take inspiration from masterpiece paintings in The National Gallery. Ever wanted to know what Monet’s The Water-Lily Pond tastes like? Try the Ceylon Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe with lotus petals and orange peel. Or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers? Try Chamomile with rose buds and orange petals. (£7.50, The National Gallery and eicfinefoods.com)

Choose your Clipper tea by mood

It would make less work of having to comb through the ingredients and its effects yourself. These Clipper Teas Occasion Infusions are just spot-on flavour-wise – think zesty lemon for the Rise & Shine and refreshing lemongrass and eucalyptus for Zen Again. (£1.99, clipper-teas.com)

The Gold Cup: JING Wild Wuyi Gold tea

Here’s one for the connoisseurs. This rare tea is handpicked from 100-year old trees in the Fujian Province in China. Once brewed, JING Wild Wuyi Gold tea produces a fine malty yet syrupy-sweet flavour with honeyed notes that leaves a lingering finish. At £30 a cup, it’s the most expensive black tea in the UK so certainly worth savouring. (10g for £90, jingtea.com)

Grab your Higher Living teapees

The organic Higher Living teapees features some pretty delicious flavours – from dreamy Vanilla Chai, which comes alive with a splash of milk, to exotic Green Tea Coconut with a hint of lychee which adds a touch of sweetness. You just need a sip to see that it is perfectly judged. (£4.79, higherlivingherbs.com)