Making an Afternoon of It: Try an Afternoon Tea with Us

Afternoon Tea in London

When it comes to traditional activities that visitors to London like to get up to on a visit to the Smoke, very few compare in expectation and genuine enjoyment from the reality than indulging in an afternoon. And yet, in addition to the myriad choices on offer with them, there’s also etiquette to consider – not least when partaking in the exercise at our Park Grand London accommodation

Afternoon Tea in London

  • Milk then tea, or tea then milk? – an important question for novices for sure is when to add milk and tea to the teacup – tea then mill or the other way around? Well, should you put the tea in first (or just a smidgen) it’ll enable you to try out the flavour of the specific tea type first before committing to it for full cup. Alternatively, by adding the milk first and the tea second, it’s believed this results in a better blend of the two liquids. Your choice then!
  • What to do with your little finger? – another bone (or, rather, pinkie) of contention is whether or not to tuck your little finger in or let it stick out while drinking from an ornate china teacup; the answer’s undoubted here – you should always do the former, never the latter. Why? Because there’s nothing posh about letting your pinkie stick out; it’s affected and inelegant and considered a real faux pas in developed dining circles.

In which case, if you’ve a mind to book a room/ rooms at the Park Grand hotel Lancaster Gate in the coming weeks and love the idea of indulging that desire of having an afternoon tea, just what’ll be on offer? Well, among the afternoon tea London types you can expect at our accommodation are the following…

Traditional Afternoon Tea

Traditional English afternoon tea

One for traditionalists (obviously), the standard yet fantastic afternoon tea this version serves up a choice of assorted teas, freshly-made finger sandwiches, scones, tartlets, macaroons, muffins and cream doughnuts. Who could say no to all that, honestly?

Ice Cream Afternoon Tea

Ice cream afternoon tea

Suitable for summer and then some, this afternoon tea-type serves up guests and with a cream tea of the classic ilk (sandwiches of assorted ingredients, as well as just-baked scones with clotted cream and jam), plus an awesome cacophony of flavoured ice creams, cones, an ice cream sundae and an irresistible glass of pink Champagne.

Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Ideal for sweet-toothers and lovers of sheer indulgence, this version offers up assorted teas, as well as finger sandwiches and macaroons and then – and then! – a choice between chocolate scones, chocolate Swiss roll, chocolate muffins or a triple chocolate loaf bite, banana and walnut cake.

Indian-inspired Afternoon Tea

Indian-inspired Afternoon Tea

Finally, this unique Indian afternoon tea brings the Orient to the heart of London Town. In addition to the standard staples that are assorted sandwiches, you can sample either Assam or Darjeeling tea, both of which are complimented by Mumbai’s favourite teatime-snack, the ‘Bombay Aloo Bonda Pav’ (a spiced potato croquette with sweet and spicy chutneys layers wrapped up in tasty bread that’s both crispy yet soft to the taste). Delicious!

FAQ’s About The Afternoon Tea

What is afternoon tea London or What is the purpose of afternoon tea?
Afternoon Tea is a tea-related ritual, introduced in Britain in the early 1840s. It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm. Afternoon Tea is a meal composed of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes.
What is the best time for afternoon tea in London?
Afternoon tea is generally served around 3 or 4 p.m. in London
Where can I take tea in London?
What is tea time in the UK?
English tea time is usually from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
What's the difference between high tea and afternoon tea?
Afternoon tea consists of three courses of tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets & taken at about 4 o’clock. High tea is a working class family evening meal or supper taken at about 6 o’clock.
What is a traditional afternoon tea?
There are no set rules about the traditional Afternoon Tea but usually it consists of sandwiches and a variety of sweet items.
What time is high tea usually served?
Afternoon tea time is around 4PM and High End tea time is around 6PM.
What kind of tea is served at afternoon tea?
Green teas aren’t nearly as popular as black teas during afternoon tea. However, Gunpowder Green Tea has a bold flavor that can stand up to select afternoon tea.