The best venues for a gentleman’s afternoon tea in London
The British tradition of afternoon tea was originally a female-focused event, but nowadays it’s a treat enjoyed by all. Those who don’t find traditional floral crockery, sweet delicacies and dainty sandwiches to their taste might want to explore gentleman’s afternoon tea options.
Crafting British fine dining delicacies in boutique 5-star surroundings, Athenaeum is the pride of The Athenaeum hotel. Oozing quintessential British elegance, afternoon tea is served in the idyllic Garden Room. The Athenaeum’s afternoon tea for the boys is created to appeal to those who prefer savoury to sweet treats. Munch on wild boar sausage rolls, mini steak and ale pies plus cheddar and bacon scones, while sipping single malt scotch from the whisky menu. A steaming pot of tea with sticky toffee pudding and homemade whisky truffles rounds out the meal nicely.
For cricket fans, this afternoon tea is a real treat. Enjoy a tasty spread of scones, jam and clotted cream as well as other traditional afternoon tea delights in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground, with views over the outfield. As befits a visit to the world’s Home of Cricket, it’s a formal affair – gents are expected to don jackets and ties – and you also get a guided tour of the Pavilion and MCC Museum included. Howzat?!Cocktails and Cigars at The Churchill Bar
Wine and dine like Winston at the Hyatt Regency London’s Churchill Bar. Here you’ll enjoy traditional British food from a menu featuring many of Churchill’s favourite dishes. You can then choose a cigar from the bespoke humidor and smoke it on the terrace next to a bronze statue of the man himself. While this is not specifically an afternoon tea, it will certainly appeal to many and is a firm favourite for classy stag parties.
Just off Regent Street, Sanctum Soho is the ideal escape from the shops. Served in the vintage glamour of its No 20 Restaurant, this tea features mini burgers, a rabbit and pancetta pasty and poached oysters with Bloody Mary relish. Treat yourself to a silver tankard of Jack Daniels “Gentleman’s Jack” or a cigar on the roof terrace for a little extra.
Kingly Court restaurant Whyte and Brown offers its delicious Crafternoon Teas with a selection of craft beers and ciders, as well as open sandwiches and sweet treats. If that doesn’t satisfy your hunger, order small bites from the full menu featuring the likes of Spanish style Scotch egg, mini chicken Welsh rarebit sausages and chicken and cheese empanadas.
The OXO Tower Brasserie is worth visiting for the views alone. Throw in its clever “Not Afternoon Tea” and it’s a no-brainer. As well as delicious nosh such as rhubarb spiced trifle, goat’s curd and prosciutto bruschetta and a milk chocolate and Bailey’s tart, the menu includes four bespoke cocktail suggestions – it’s up to you how many you try!
Marylebone’s Mandeville Hotel serves afternoon tea in its Reform Social & Grill restaurant. With the gentlemen’s club-like leather booths, dark wood furniture and menu of whisky cocktails, steak and snail sandwiches, alongside honey and mustard sausage rolls, this afternoon tea will appeal to blokes (and women) who want something with a bit more bite.
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