What better way to relax after a busy day exploring the capital than with an afternoon tea? A traditional afternoon tea can include anything from finger sandwiches to a range of scones or elaborate cakes or tartlets, all designed to create a pleasant pause during a low-energy part of the day.
A Longstanding Tradition
The enduring tradition of afternoon tea was first popularised by Anna, Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. Despite living in a household which favoured a late dinner (in accordance with the style of the time), she noticed how increasingly hungry she was as the afternoon wore on, and so began asking for a tray to be prepared for her at 4pm, consisting of tea and sweet treats like small cakes and sandwiches. After a time, she started inviting her friends to join her for her ‘afternoon tea’ – and so the tradition was born.
By the 1880s, afternoon tea had become a widespread and popular event amongst society ladies, often requiring them to change for the occasion, which was generally served in the drawing room between the hours of 4 and 5pm.
Nowadays, afternoon tea is a mainstay of British society. Whilst by no means as rigidly enshrined as it might have once been, it still makes for a great way to celebrate and catch up with friends in beautiful surroundings, and is an absolute must-do for visitors to Britain’s capital!
Afternoon Tea at The Montcalm London
As one of London’s finest hotels, The Montcalm is delighted to offer this traditional treat to guests. When you arrive at this 5* hotel, you’ll be welcomed by staff and shown to your own table. Take your time enjoying this special event the way it should be! Quintessentially English, the loose leaf tea is served with the finest bone china and a tiered cake stand, with a champagne option for those seeking that added extra. With a luxurious décor and first class service, there is no better place to indulge your sweet tooth in style.
Traditional Afternoon Tea
Choose from a selection of delicately presented finger sandwiches, homemade scones (served with whipped cream and strawberry jam), and enjoy a cup of loose leaf tea for an indulgent take on this afternoon mainstay.
Champagne Afternoon Tea
An opulent option, ideal for very special occasions! Choose a beautifully decorated cake from your very own tiered cake stand, or try one of the expertly crafted finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam – all washed down with a glass of champagne.
Children’s Afternoon Tea
Choose from the ‘Teddy’s Tea Time’ menu to give children of all ages a chance to enjoy their own special Afternoon Tea. The tea includes a selection of incredible treats including fresh fruit dipped in chocolate, a choice of ice cream, beautiful cakes and pastries, all served with an iced fruit cordial. Our younger visitors are even gifted their own complimentary Montcalm teddy bear to help them remember their Afternoon Tea time.