#Top10Teas : Reform Social & Grill at The Mandeville Hotel
If cucumber sandwiches and cream puffs don’t quite sate your appetite, the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at The Mandeville offers a heartier alternative. The menu is targeted towards men: steak and sausage rolls and fish fingers stand in for watercress sandwiches, delicate pastries are swapped out for thick slabs of ale-infused cake, and tea can be traded in for whiskey or free-flowing Pimms Cups. Reform Social’s dark wood paneling, plush leather booths, and dim lighting also offers a less-precious alternative to the traditional afternoon tea setting.
Mandeville Place; +44 20 7935 5599; mandeville.co.uk; from £26.50 ($42)
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#Top10Teas : Kona at Buckingham Gate
Just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Gate’s 24 Karat Gold Afternoon Tea is, quite fittingly, London's most opulent offering. Here, afternoon tea is thoroughly blinged-out with edible gold: airy mousse adorned with gold leaves, champagne-and-gold jelly, and gold-topped tarts. Even the champagne boasts flecks of 24 karat gold, which glint visibly amongst the bubbles. Why all the gold? According to the restaurant, it’s an supposed aphrodisiac.
51 Buckingham Gate; +44 20 7769 7766; taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk; from £150 ($236) for two people, which includes a half-bottle of Luxor Gold Leaf Champagne
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