Having Tea in England

If your planning a trip to England and want the full English experience you have to go for tea. There are a number of nice hotels around London where you can have tea.

One of the oldest and best known is The Ritz, who has been serving tea for over a hundred years. Tea will cost you about $72 and will be served in the flowery, doomed Palm Court which boasts of golden cupids frolicking around the ceiling. Your tea will be served by waiter in swallow tailed coats with silver trays filled with tea sandwiches. Its said that its so romantically over the top that if you aren’t in love when you sit down, you will be soon.

The tearoom at Brown’s Hotel is a stylish room with golden oak paneling and olive and cranberry low-slung chairs. The pastries which include Victoria sponge and Dundee cake, are works of art. Tea will cost you around $65.

If it’s a more traditional high tea you want try The Dorchester. Tea, which means workingman’s supper, will cost you about $85 but with main courses that include poached salmon its worth the higher price. The Dorchester stands out for its emphasis on house-made treats and seasonal ingredients. The afternoon tea starts at $57.

The art deco style Claridge has an intimate tearoom. The walls are decorated with photos of past guests including the Duchess of Windsor. Their chocolate cake is to die for. Tea will run you $62.

Another tearoom worth checking out is at The Wolseley, a high ceilinged café on Piccadilly. The sparkling space is a prime spot for the diamond adorned, the dealmakers, bankers and the Beckhams. When your finished ogling at the people you can enjoy finger sandwiches and scones. The Wolseley is a blend of both old and new England. Tea is $39.

For more information checkout their website:

The Ritz London 150 Piccadilly, 011-44/20-7493-8181, http://www.theritzlondon.com/

The Dorchester 53 Park Ln., 011-44/20-7629-8888, http://www.thedorchester.com/

Claridge’s 49 Brooke St., 011-44/20-7629-8860, http://www.claridges.co.uk/

The Wolseley 160 Piccadilly, 011-44/20-7499-6996, http://www.thewolseley.com/