Afternoon Tea in London

Hot chocolate at Caravan Restaurant in London

Hot chocolate for brunch at London’s Caravan Restaurant & Roastery

I recently hopped on a train to London to spend the weekend with a delightful friend who adores the city as much as I!

  • We picnicked royally in Kensington Gardens
  • Said hello to Prince George through an unnecessarily tall fence
  • Entertained a small child in the striking Sou Fujimoto’s 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
  • Lounged in Hyde Park’s picturesque green and white striped lawn chairs
  • Sat third row center for a performance of Spamalot
  • Were first in line for a delicious brunch at Caravan Restaurant and Roastery
  • Simultaneously exclaimed: “Look at those giant meringues!” startling several people inside the bakery
  • Consequently split a deliciously giant chocolate meringue
  • Explored the streets of London in the rain
  • Actually bought items at Lillywhites department store
  • Saw the movie, Diana, in an unexpectedly fancy Leicester Square theatre
  • And intently discussed plans to move to London and open a muffin shop.

Now. London is a land of many wonderful things. It is the seat of British royalty. It is the home to millions of people with imitable accents. It is the future location of a fabulous muffin shop. But most importantly, London is the land of scones. Specifically, the scones at the Dorchester Hotel’s Afternoon Tea.

It’s difficult to explain the perfection that is the Dorchester’s Afternoon Tea. As you step through the doors, you are greeted by the sweet scent of roses, wafting from elaborate flower arrangements that reach the tiered ceiling. You are ushered through the warmly-lit promenade to your table, where you are seated and politely asked if your back is in need of a cushion. Surrounded by the quiet clinking of fine china and the soft music flowing from the live pianist, your only two decisions for the next three hours are what kind of tea you’d like and how many tea sandwiches can be acceptably eaten by one person. Trays of these delicate sandwiches are carried to your table in an endless stream, followed by neat piles of scones with clotted cream and homemade jam. Your teacup never empties due to the attentive waiters who expertly maneuver the many plates and saucers that lay on the table. Finally, a cart of desserts appears and your plate refills as you rethink the number of tea sandwiches that can be acceptably eaten by one person. Each flavor flows into the next and the quiet warmth of your surroundings transports you to a era of Victorian elegance.

Some may tell you that Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester has made me weep with happiness. I will neither confirm nor deny this allegation and rather offer the pictures from my most recent Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester Hotel in London

The tea sandwiches at the Dorchester Hotel’s Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester Hotel in London

The scones!

Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester Hotel in London

Desserts at the Dorchester Hotel’s Afternoon Tea

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