Afternoon Tea at the Ritz London
One of the things I was most looking forward to about my trip to London was having afternoon tea. I love the idea of having a fancy high tea- one where you dress up and eat fancy little sandwiches and scones. Since no one does afternoon tea quite like the English do, going to afternoon tea was at the top of my list for things to do on our trip.
Luckily for me, my boyfriend's mom made us all reservations at the most perfect place, the Ritz London. It is often considered THE PLACE to have tea in London, and it exceeded all my expectations!
From the moment we walked into the hotel, it was like we had been transported to this magical luxurious world. Everything looked in the lobby looked so fancy, including the velvet-lined staircase that was perfect for photo ops.
After admiring the lobby, we followed the sounds of the piano keys and headed to the Palm Court, where afternoon tea is held.
The Palm Court was gorgeous and was exactly the type of setting I was looking for. Mirrors lined the walls and large golden chandeliers hung from the ceiling. The resident pianist played a medley of songs from the Sound of Music, which was perfect.
After we sat down we were given menus with 18 choices of tea plus 3 speciality teas chosen by the Ritz Tea Master-- if you're feeling super fancy.
I chose the Ritz Royal English, which was great. Soon after, our waiter brought us our trays of sandwiches and desserts. The bottom plate had a variety of tiny sandwiches including a cucumber and cream cheese, a ham and mustard, and a smoked salmon with lemon butter. The top plate had mini desserts including orange macarons and custard topped with raspberries.
Everything looked so pretty and tasted even better than it looked! After trying all the sandwiches, they brought us another plate of them followed by a plate of scones with jam and cream.
We were already feeling quite full when the waiter wheeled out a cart with a chocolate mousse and a carrot cake. However, they looked so yummy that we couldn't say no to a slice.
Overall, we had a great experience and I would highly recommend it for anyone who would like to have a traditional tea in London. The atmosphere was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the service was great too!
Tips before you go!
1. Make a reservation early! It books up fast, especially on weekends, so be sure to book at least several weeks before you go if you are limited on time.
2. Dress the part! There is a dress code, men must wear a jacket and tie and no jeans, sneakers, or sportswear is allowed.
3. It is a bit expensive and there is a lot of food, so I'd recommend coming hungry! It is plenty of food to be a full meal. Here is the menu: https://www.theritzlondon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Afternoon-Tea-in-The-Palm-Court-menu-2018.pdf
Thanks for reading about my experience at the Ritz London! Let me know if you visit it yourself!