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5 OF THE PRETTIEST AFTERNOON TEAS IN LONDON

I love Afternoon Tea, it’s such a British passtime, sipping tea from china cups and catching up with the girls for a few hours (or more – my last Afternoon Tea lasted until almost 9pm!).  In London we’re spoilt for choice with pretty parlours, trendy tea rooms and cosy lounges to indulge in our love of tea and cake, and I love to try out new places!  Here are some of my faves…

THE AMPERSAND HOTEL

I adore this hotel, it’s contemporary, feminine and just the right side of quirky.  The menu is unmistakably British with classics such as Coronation Chicken and warm scones with Devonshire clotted cream.  If you stay past tea-time they have the most delicious selection of cocktails too!

Location: 10 Harrington Road, South Kensington

Bookings: www.ampersandhotel.com

SKETCH

The Gallery at Sketch is a fashionista’s dream, with its VERY pink velvet and rose gold accents.  If you can take your eyes of the incredible interior for long enough, you can indulge in one of London’s trendiest afternoon tea’s, and everything’s refillable so make sure you come with an empty stomach!

Location: 9 Conduit Street, London

Bookings: www.sketch.london

PEGGY PORSCHEN PARLOUR

Everyone adores Peggy’s cakes, and as you’d expect her Parlour in London’s upmarket Belgravia undeniably feminine with lashings of pink!  I particularly adore the gorgeous window displays that change regularly showcasing Peggy’s latest cake collections, her sugarwork is oh so pretty.  On a sunny afternoon grab a strawberry cupcake and sit on the pavement watching the world go by.

Location: 116 Ebury Street, Belgravia

Find out more: www.peggyporschen.com

NUMBER SIXTEEN

This is one of my favourite spots in London, it’s just so cute and cosy!  On a dry summer’s day venture out into the newly designed garden, or admire the view from the conservatory.  In the depths of winter ask to be seated in the drawing room, it’s so homely!  If you want to try something different, their Rooibos tea leaves are some of the best I’ve tasted, and are well worth a try!

Location:16 Sumner Place, Kensington

Bookings: www.firmdalehotels.com

THE ORANGERY, KENSINGTON PALACE

Nestled in the gardens of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s London home, the Orangery has one of the prettiest settings in London.  Refined, elegant and quintessentially British, this is the perfect spot for a quiet afternoon.   As well as tea, tisanes and coffees, the Royal Afternoon Tea offers a choice of champagne or Pimm’s – perfect for a warm summer’s afternoon!

Location: Kensington Palace Gardens

Booking: www.orangerykensingtonpalace.co.uk

ANGES DE SUCRE

Ok, they don’t serve afternoon tea (it’s takeaway only!) but Anges de Sucres deserves a special mention as the prettiest shop in the whole of London, and is definitely worth a visit when you’re next in Kensington.  In fact, I think it deserves a trip all of it’s own!  If you think the painted shop front is pretty, just wait until you get inside, where flowers and birds adorn the walls, and macaroons, marshmallows and cakes are nestled together like jewels.  Grab a bag of treats and head down to Kensington Palace Gardens to savour them!

Location: 1 Holland Street, Kensington

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After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

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