“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” (Henry James)Afternoon Tea is a British ritual. 165 million cups of tea are consumed each day in the UK, so it’s no surprise that we have created a whole time of day dedicated to the enjoyment of our nation’s favourite drink. Afternoon Tea is generally served around 4 o’clock and typically includes a variety of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of sweet treats ranging from macaroons to fruit tarts. Of course, the crowning glory is the tea. I, personally, favour a delicious fruit tea such as Twinings Red Bush Caramel, but an Earl Grey is always on the menu! During the last few years, I have ventured out around the city to experience all the wonderful late afternoon treats on offer that I could. With the Easter holidays approaching fast, tourists from all around the country flock to London to witness the splendour, history and magic in the Capital. Why not indulge in a spot of tea and rest your feet after a long day shopping and sightseeing?! The Ritz For the most elegant afternoon of your life take the Tube to Green Park and visit the world famous Ritz. You will be entertained by the beautiful music of the grand piano, whilst you dig in to the divine warm scones. Service is the biggest pull; you will be made to feel like a queen as soon as you enter through the revolving doors. Be sure to stop in the bar for a cocktail after, just to keep that moment from ending. Yes, it may be expensive, but it will be an experience you will never forget! Sanderson Hotel for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Kooky, quirky and unforgettable! The unique tea party is full to the brim with creativity and eccentricity. As soon as you enter the building, you are transported to a different world. This venue is quickly becoming a favourite for hen parties and birthdays, as the younger generation are mesmerised by the fun that is created by the individual use of colour and imagination. Grosvenor House A key player on the exclusive hotel strip, Park Lane, Grosvenor House will leave you flabbergasted by the sheer selection of teas available. Not only will this relaxing venue have you full with deliciously luxurious teas, you will be able to enjoy them whilst overlooking Hyde Park. The views of the park are breath-taking, so why not take a stroll with your loved ones after to work off some of those calories consumed. Vertigo 42 If you have a head for heights, then Vertigo 42 is the place to be. Although the actual tea is not as good as some of the other contenders, the floor to ceiling windows will ensure you are stunned. To top it off, the windows point out exactly which monument you are looking at. Hilton Green Park This small tea room has a fantastic conservatory feel, with lots of natural light flooding in. This particular hotel is one of many surrounding the royal Green Park, however falls short with its selection of teas and sandwiches. Having said this, Groupon have a brilliant voucher available online. Being only £39 for two, this deal is too good to let go. For those of you escaping the city and heading to the West Country for a bit of Easter fun, take a trip to the fantastic tea rooms in Devon and Cornwall. The elegance and glamour of the London Afternoon Tea service may be lacking but you will be sure to forget all about it when the first bite of clotted cream slides through your throat. Be careful though with the order you spread your cream and jam… the locals will be judging you!