Afternoon Tea You Need to Try in London

Enjoy your afternoon tea at a luxury hotel in central London which offers a seasonally changing tea service

Throughout each season businesswomen visiting London can enjoy unique afternoon teas when meeting clients or colleagues at one of the capital’s premier luxury hotels.

Conrad London St. James, which is close to St James’s Park and within walking distance of Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, is famed for its innovative afternoon tea service and changes its menu regularly.

This hotel is also know to cater well to the female business traveler.

The entrance of Conrad London St. James

The modernized 19th century hotel’s tranquil setting provides the opportunity for businesswomen to take their English tea in quiet and comfortable surroundings and to enjoy unique and seasonal afternoon tea menus.

Afternoon teas at Conrad London St James are always served in the light-filled Emmeline’s Lounge which is a perfect spot for business meetings.

Emmeline’s is known to provide an extra special setting with its memorable and whimsical decor including love seats and interesting sculptures.

Here businesswomen can escape the hustle and bustle of central London and enjoy their afternoon tea and a chilled glass of GH Mumm Champagne.

Conrad London St James Emmeline's Lounge

Each bespoke afternoon tea menu comprises of soft, crumbly and perfectly sweetened plain and raisin scones which are freshly baked. They are served alongside authentic Devonshire clotted cream and homemade jams.

The extensive tea selection at Emmeline’s offers an array of high quality teas to guests which includes an exotic range, traditional favorites and also flowering teas.

An exquisite and fun display of cakes and pastries are always on offer which provide flavorful combinations, incredible tastes and interesting textures depending on the seasons and events in London.

For example The Conrad London St James 2016 afternoon tea selection featured the ‘Conrad Catwalk’ tea.

This afternoon tea service was inspired by fashion and included light bites and canapés and was influenced by world famous fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel.

The Conrad afternoon tea service features the Conrad Catwalk

Meanwhile, the 2016 English Country Garden afternoon tea brought crisp, fresh and light flavors to the tea table.

Delicate colors and textures transported guests into a quintessential British garden during the springtime.

The English Country Garden afternoon tea at the Conrad Hotel in London

The hotel’s quality ‘Snow Queen Afternoon Tea’ also became a favorite among guests through the winter months in 2015.

The Snow Queen afternoon tea

Afternoon teas at Conrad London St. James are created by the Executive Pastry Chef, Zoe Wager.

Zoe consistently strives to blend interesting tastes and concepts with the traditional and quintessential British afternoon tea experience.

Of her spring and summer 2016 afternoon tea menu Zoe says. ‘Afternoon tea should be a delight for the senses.

‘This year we have created refreshing and original concepts for our S/S 2016 collection of afternoon teas.

‘The teas have been designed to invoke style and excitement into a much loved British tradition.’

Zoe also created a popular London Love Story Afternoon Tea in February 2016 which was special for Valentines Day.

The Valentines Afternoon Tea with Champagne

This particular afternoon tea experience included white chocolate and champagne truffles, red berry shortcake and sensuous dark chocolate velvet cake.

Rose macaroons, strawberry panna  cotta with strawberry foam, finger sandwiches and freshly baked plain and fruit scones were served with vanilla, lemon and winter berry curd.

An afternoon tea for Valentines at Conrad London St. James

Photography courtesy of Conrad London St. James