Every December, Brian and I do a date day in the city. It’s our day to walk around, Christmas shop, and enjoy a nice lunch together. This year we decided that we would splurge on a luxurious afternoon tea experience. We’ve never done afternoon tea in London so why not start at one of the world’s largest and most famous department stores, Harrods.
Harrods has a very traditional afternoon tea with crustless sandwiches, scones, and an assortment of pastries. There are three different types of afternoon teas offered; The Georgian Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, or Luxury Afternoon Tea. We chose the Luxury Afternoon Tea. Since we already decided to go big, it felt appropriate to continue the theme.
The Luxury Afternoon Tea includes:
- A flute of Harrods Rosé Champagne
- An amuse bouche
- A choice of Harrods’ tea from our tea selection
- A selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches A variety of tea pastries from our patisserie
- Freshly baked scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam and rose-petal jelly
- Our own Harrods’ trifle
- Hand-selected strawberries with either Pimms No.1 syrup or cream
Next, our server asked us what tea we would like to accompany the rest of our afternoon tea. They brought out an extensive menu with a selection of teas as well as coffee we could choose from. Brian went with the Georgian blend and I chose the #49. The Georgian and #49 blends are strong black teas comprised of Darjeeling and Assam varietals from India.
We decided the proper thing to do was to start with the finger sandwiches. Although we eat the crust at home, there is something incredibly decadent about a crustless sandwich. After we had finished the entire plate, they came back around and asked if we wanted any additional sandwiches. We definitely said yes and requested additional roast beef and egg sandwiches.
In order to ensure our scones were the perfect temperature, the server waited until we had finished our sandwiches before bringing out the warm scones. We received both a plain as well as a scone with currants. The accompaniments included clotted cream, lemon curd, rose jelly, and the traditional strawberry jam.
We spent 2 hours enjoying our afternoon tea. It felt so decadent not to feel rushed, usually by our own children. We had nowhere we needed to be and the staff at Harrods simply let us enjoy our time there.
Plan Your Afternoon Tea at Harrods
Book Afternoon Tea here.
You can find the menu for afternoon tea here.
Nearest underground station to Harrods is Knightsbridge.
You can find bus numbers here.
Official Harrods website.
Harrods is located south of Hyde Park on Brompton Road.
If you’re interested in the history of Harrods, here is a short but interesting article from the BBC.