On The Map’s Favorite Afternoon Tea in London

Well, of course you have to pretend to be British at least once during your stay in London!  One of the best ways?  Afternoon tea. I love everything about it.  The good smells, the warm homey scones, the relaxing pace and mostly, I suppose, the fact that it takes place at that time of day when I most need a caloric kick and a moment of calm. I’ll take tea any way I can get it, but at least once a trip I want real HIGH tea.  I found the tea of my dreams at The Milestone Hotel;  rated No.1 in World for Service by Travel + Leisure. First of all the setting is perfect: 18th-century wood paneling, cheering fire in the elegant fireplace, English bouquets on side tables, wing chairs and small, cozy settees covered in flowered chintz, waiters in tails, three-tiered silver trays for tea tasties and the prettiest bone china you’ll ever see.  I can’t imagine a more elegant parlor in a posh private home.  And the food more than matches the decor: just-from-the-oven scones with clotted cream and jam, tiny trimmed tea sandwiches — salmon, watercress, cucumber and more and a gorgeous rolling tea cart to bring your selection of a half dozen mini-desserts: tiny fresh fruit tartlets, baby éclairs, a mouth full of mousse, oh boy!  Unfortunately, such a celebration doesn’t come cheap.  Tea is £29.50 but worth it.  I like to replace dinner with tea on evenings when going to the theater.  For that purpose, it’s a bargain.

The Milestone Hotel
1 Kensington Court
London, W8 5DL.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7917 1000
For reservations, you can email conciergems@rchmail.com

— Anne

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