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Embrace the British summer with a seasonal afternoon tea.

by Laura on July 4, 2014

rubens living wall tea

A lovely warming cup of tea is heaven on a cold winter’s day – but that doesn’t mean it’s only a winter drink. Afternoon tea is perfect on a hot day too; when it’s too warm to eat a whole meal you can nibble on some sandwiches and cakes instead. Scientists even think that a hot drink actually might cool you down faster than a cold one.

We’ve taken a look at The Chesterfield Mayfair’s ‘Afternoon Bee‘, but many more of London’s hotels have been busy bees coming up with afternoon tea menus for the summer.

In August, The Dorchester will have a hot and cold afternoon tea, offering up a range of home-made ice creams.

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dorchester icecream tea

The ice creams are in ‘quintessentially English flavours’ – elderflower sorbet, Cox apple, English honey and Earl grey tea. Each of them is served in a tiny cone, arranged in a very modern-looking perspex arch. The hotel is also offering a Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea until July 6th, with tennis inspired sweets including a strawberry champagne tarte, a mango and lime delice and a milk chocolate mousse change-over.

While The Chesterfield Mayfair is celebrating their rooftop bees, other Red Carnation hotels have brought out their summer afternoon tea menus too. The Egerton House Hotel has created a Floral Afternoon Tea to celebrate 101 years of the Chelsea Flower Show.

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egerton house afternoon tea

The menu was so successful that the hotel are continuing to offer it until the end of September. Cakes on the menu focus on fresh and fruity flavours and include passion fruit cheese cake, lemon tart and vanilla cupcake with sugar forget-me-not flowers.

The Rubens at the Palace is getting flowery too, with their afternoon tea inspired by their Living Wall, and at The Montague on the Gardens you can take advantage of the warm weather and join a Sunday Afternoon Tea Walk around Bloomsbury. Indulge and then burn off any excess calories!

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montague afternoon tea

Finally, The Goring is doing something quite interesting with their summer afternoon tea. The cakes are inspired by Gina Foster’s ‘The Goring Collection’ hats, which were inspired by rooms at The Goring. Hopefully they’ll soon design some rooms based on the cakes and it will all have come full circle. The hotel’s afternoon tea celebrates the major events of the summer, and the hats that ladies will be wearing to them.

So don’t pass up afternoon tea this summer because you think it’s too hot for tea. There are plenty of summery menus to get your hands on, and if you really can’t stomach a cup of tea…there’s always champagne!

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Photo credits: The Rubens at the Palace, The Dorchester, The Egerton House Hotel.

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