|Gorgeous and scrumptious pastries are part of Claridge's afternoon tea|
According to the Mirror, my special Denver tea lady, Penelope C, and my husband's "share" of Harrods' Facebook status, it's "Afternoon Tea Week" in England.
Although this is the last day of Afternoon Tea Week in the UK, it doesn't mean the celebration must end. Quite the contrary, whether at the London Ritz or in the northern woods of Michigan, getting together for tea with friends and family is always a special occasion.
However, with all the recent notifications of this delightful week, the end of Afternoon Tea Week coincided with yet another media alert - my Facebook "On This Day". It popped up this morning with pictures of my trip to London in 2011 with my daughter, Rachel. Of course, it included our trip to The Orangery, a lovely tea room on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
I needed no further prompting. In honor of Afternoon Tea Week, it is time to list BTS' favorite tea rooms in London.
1. The London Ritz
|Delicious tea far, fine music and wonderful pomp and circumstance|
Formally attired waiters parade around tables with silver tea pots on trays as a string quartet plays soothing tunes in the background. Everyone is at this luxurious venue for a jolly good time, guests and staff alike. Back before the days of Instagram and selfies, I was hesitant to ask our waiter to take our picture in such a tony place. Taking a cue, however, from a little less self-conscious group at a neighboring table who held up their camera, I summoned a request for a photo op and was granted one from our warm and courteous server.
If you are looking for great food, fancy decor and elegant ambiance with a nod to a bit of fun and theater, the London Ritz has it all.
2. The Orangery at Kensington Palace
|Dessert table, filled with tasty treats, is at the center of The Orangery tea room|
The tea fare is delicious and there is an emphasis on rich, indulgent desserts - which, in my opinion, is a good place to focus. It's also the first tea venue where we sampled tea from Tregothnan, England's only tea plantation. Like the tea fare, it was very good, indeed!
|Rachel outside the gardens of Kensington Palace, the Orangery is left of the palace.|
3. Brown's Hotel
|Browns Hotel is all luxury and refinement|
|Sophisticated ambiance and a dessert cart!|
Another great feature of this hotel's afternoon tea is the dessert cart. Brown's Hotel serves a full afternoon tea, which consists not only of scones, savories and tiny pastries, but also your choice of a slice of cake or torte which comes to the table via a pastry cart.
4. Claridge's Hotel
|Soaking in the rich history of the hotel with Matt, Rachel and Chris|
We visited Claridge's last September and were charmed by staff, decor and the tea room's distinctive mint green and white striped china.
5. The Wolseley
|Enjoying a cream tea at The Wolseley after social media notification|
|Scones and tea were devine|
The decor is a mix of modern and classic with black walls, crystal chandeliers and dark marble table tops. Silver tea services are brought to the table with gleaming white china plates and cups. Our scones were divine as were the colorful macarons.
|Pretty and delicious macarons came with tea|
I loved every tea room I visited in England and I enjoy afternoon tea no matter where I'm at. Afternoon Tea Week serves as a reminder: tea time is always a memorable occasion whether at the Ritz or in the middle of woods in northern Michigan. It's all about time together with family, friends and lots of good tea!
|Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week in the woods of Michigan|