Located in the heart of Mayfair, Claridge’s is known as one of the best afternoon teas in London. Definitely one of the most traditional afternoon teas, I had high expectations and wasn’t disappointed.
Being so famous, you need to make a reservation well in advance. They open reservations 90 days in advance!
In the menu, as well as a very detailed and varied tea menu, they also have very descriptive explanations of their sandwiches. (They also give tea pairing recommendations.) You can change teas without too much of a fuss, depending on the server.
The bread was nice and fluffy and not too overfilled. AND I finally had a non-soggy cucumber sandwich! (You can have more sandwiches if you want.)
The scones had a nice crust and were soft on the inside, served warm. Very nice.
For the sweets we were each served one of each, another plus. All of them were delicious. We had the lemon buttermilk cake, Marco Polo tartlet, Tainori chocolate mouse, and roasted white chocolate eclair. If I had to pick, my favorite was the eclair. It had a really interesting (and delicious) combination of crispy sable, caramelized banana, and passion fruit.
Don’t worry if you can’t finish everything, you can have what you don’t finish packed up in one of their cute boxes. They also give you a piece of their fudge to take with you.
They only major negative we had was the spotty service. At times, we had really good service, friendly and prompt. Other times, the server was rude and unattentive. Luckily, everything else was great, so we didn’t let the service ruin our day.
As an institution, Claridge’s lives up to its reputation.
Tea 4/5, unlimited, good variety
Daily seatings at 2:45pm, 3:00pm, 3:15pm, 3:30pm, 4.45pm, 5:00pm, 5:15pm, 5:30pm