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In my opinion, an amazing afternoon tea is a vital cog in the massive and exciting wheel of London life. Theatre is certainly another one. And when you bring the two together? Well, that's a masterpiece.

If you want to try a masterpiece look no further than OXO Tower Brasserie and their newly launched Theatre Not Afternoon Tea. Inspired by London’s iconic auditoriums and the famous productions that have taken place within them it will give you not only the taste for high tea but also a taste for the rich history of London's Theatrical heritage.  Let cake help you journey through neighbouring theatres including the Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Vic and the National Theatre.

You can book the tea from today at the OXO Tower Brasserie for £38 per person or £18 for children.

So what's included?

The first act will begin at the Globe with a sour cherry and bergamot-filled white chocolate skull, paired with a goblet of Hamlet’s poison. For the main act, OXO has cast a quartet of stunning cakes, each representing a famous show; Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Matilda, paired with an ensemble of matching bespoke cocktails.

To round off the theatrical experience you'll have a homemade gingerbread biscuit, served with a pot of tea and those hoping for an encore will get a box of treats to take home.

OXO Tower Brasserie’s Theatre Not Afternoon Tea will be available from Wednesday 4 April, Monday to Friday 3pm-5pm and Saturday to Sunday 2pm-4.30pm.

As Christmas fast approaches, your thoughts should be turning to ideas about gifts and seasonal treats. Well we have something that can combine these things. A Festive Afternoon Tea that can be the fuel for Christmas shopping of an early festive gift for a loved one!  It can be difficult to choose the perfect gift every year but for the foodie in the family, this year Westminster Abbey will be serving up something quite special.

On 27th November, the Cellarium Café & Terrace at Westminster Abbey – one of London’s most iconic landmarks – will be launching its Christmas afternoon tea.

The specially curated festive themed menu, served in historic surroundings will see guests indulge in an assortment of classic afternoon tea items made with traditional Christmas ingredients. From a Brussel sprout and Stilton tart, to a chocolate ganache topped gingerbread star, accompanied with Christmas spiced teas and/or a cranberry Bellini, the food and the venue combined will certainly serve for an afternoon of celebration.

Priding themselves on their hospitality, the Benedictine monks began the tradition of serving food and wine to Abbey visitors using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, something that award-winning food company Benugo continues to do today. The Cellarium Café & Terrace sits within the ancient cellars at the heart of Westminster Abbey and is the perfect place to immerse oneself in such an indulgent British tradition.

Whether it’s a gift, a special treat to welcome the festive season or for those simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets, visit the Abbey for breath-taking views, fantastic history and a truly memorable experience.

The Christmas afternoon tea will be served daily between 12.00 – 4.00pm in the Westminster Abbey’s Cellarium Café & Terrace. £21.50 per person, or £25 for those wishing to enjoy a cranberry Bellini. Reservations are recommended and can be made by emailingwestminsterabbey@benugo.com or calling 020 7222 0516.

For further information, please visit www.cellariumcafe.com. To join in the conversation, visit Benugo on Twitter, @benugo, and Instagram, @benugoUK.

How yum does this look !?

London’s afternoon tea scene has a new addition as Hankies, the North Indian restaurant on Shaftesbury Ave, unveils its Chai Time offering.

But given its reputation for bold Indian flavours, street food style dishes, rotis and sharing plates, Hankies is breaking with tradition. The Chai Time menu features exotic delicacies like minced keema sandwiches, rolled chicken hankies and sweet treats of kheer shots (think sweet rice pudding) and syrupy ladoo strudel. Lucknowi-spiced scones are slathered with clotted cream and strawberry jam is made with a hint of cumin. There’s also a completely vegetarian menu, which boasts creations like crunchy bhindi bhel made from okra, paneer (cheese) hankie rolls and Bombay potato sandwiches.

Wash it down with a cup of Kulhar Ki Chai; a ginger and cardamom tea, or for those looking for something a little stronger; enjoy a Spicy Lychee featuring green chilli or the Old Colonial with gin, vermouth, Campari, marmalade and tonic. Alternatively, diners can choose from traditional teas like English breakfast, camomile, peppermint and silver needle tea – a luxury tea where only the top buds of the plant are used.

The afternoon tea menu comes priced at £15 per person and a glass of Prosecco can be included for an extra £5. If you’re looking for something more substantial, there will also be extra small bites available, such as lamb chops, spicy murg ke wings, crispy dahi puri and kachori poppers for an additional price.

Located on Shaftsbury Avenue in the heart of theatre-land, Hankies Chai Time is perfect for a post-matinee or pre-show treat in a relaxed and informal setting.

With autumn approaching, Hankie’s spicy take on afternoon tea hits just the right note.

Frights, Camera, Action! This Halloween, Royal Lancaster London is directing something spooky, and the biggest twist in this thriller...everything is black and white!

Built in 1967, Royal Lancaster London is going back to the 1960s for Halloween to celebrate its 50 th Birthday. Re-launching following a mega £80 million renovation – or re-‘vamp’ – the hotel is ‘thrilled’ to announce the hair-raising Halloween Afternoon Tea, available from 17-31 October 2017.

Indulge in a truly spook-tacular experience with the Halloween Afternoon Tea, inspired by 1960s classic horror movies. A very cold welcome awaits you, with Alfred Hitchcock classics flickering from a projector and The Little Shop of Horrors’ Audrey sitting on your table. Don’t feed her meat!

Pull the curtains back on a scene of savoury classics; though not all is as it seems... are you brave enough to try the Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish; the Ominous Crab Sushi and the Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg?

Sink your fangs into an array of sickly-sweet confections so good they could bring the dead to life. Things get grisly with a Cursed Blackbird Macaroon; Psycho Marbled Lollipops; Black Sunday Battenberg; Night of the Living Tart; and a Haunted Panna Cotta.

The final nails in the coffin are the Chocolate and Coconut Scones, served fresh from the oven with Homemade Blackberry Jam and Clotted-Blood Cream. The Halloween Afternoon Tea is accompanied by a selection of fresh loose leaf teas and a glass of Lanson Black Label or the slightly sweeter Lanson White Label.

Royal Lancaster London invites you to embrace your inner Hitchcock and capture a chilling photograph of the Halloween Afternoon Tea. To enter, all photos must be in black and white and use the hashtag #WeAlwaysScare to win a complimentary Christmas Afternoon Tea.

The 1960s Halloween Afternoon Tea is priced at £35 per person and is served from 2pm
until 5.30pm.

Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit www.royallancaster.com


If you love your make up so much you could just eat it - this will bring you joy. Especially if you are a Bobbi Brown fan.

Balthazar, Covent Garden's decadent American hotspot have teamed up with the beauty brand for an afternoon tea perfect for those that love their slap!

The new “Party Edition” afternoon tea pays homage to the 25th anniversary of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The tea is a celebration of vibrant autumnal colours, with Régis Beauregard’s cakes, macaroons, financiers, shortbread and mousses all begging to mess up your lipstick.

Most striking amongst the collection of cakes is a pair of luscious “Hollywood Red Gloss” lips, which is in fact a vanilla yogurt mousse filled with rosewater jelly on a base of sponge; next up is the uncannily lifelike Blueberry & Lemon “Smokey Eye Mascara”, which, although looks like an oversized Bobbi Brown mascara from the most discerning of retailers, is in fact a chocolate covered almond financier with blueberry consommé and whipped lemon posset. The other cakes are truly eyecatching as well ~ the Champagne-infused Rhubarb “Shimmer Brick”, the Pecan & Jasmin “Long-Wear Cream Shadow” and the Coco-Citrus ‘EXTRA Balm Rinse’ Cheesecake. In addition – if there’s any room left – delicious sandwiches and buttermilk scones with Devonshire clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam ensure a chock-a-block tea table.


And, for those with a little more time on their hands, Balthazar’s Bar Manager, Brian Silva has created “Bobbi’s Sparkle”, a bubbling mix of Sipsmith gin, elderflower, lemon and Champagne. Of course, for the purists, there is Gyéjacquot Brut NV, creating the real party with Bobbi’s Season 2 tea.

Bobbi Brown said “as I embark upon my brand’s 25 year anniversary celebrations, I can’t think of anything more appropriate than to update the Balthazar tea with my party essentials.”

The products which inspired the afternoon tea cakes are also available to purchase in a Limited Edition Party Pouch. Customers can choose 3 or more of their favourite products from the Afternoon Tea, and receive them in a complimentary Party Pouch. All 5 products are available for £140.  And, Balthazar customers who book the afternoon tea will also receive an invitation for a personalised “How To” make-up lesson* at all Bobbi Brown London Studios, to perfect their party look or update their Autumn/Winter make-up.

The Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea – The Party Edition at Balthazar will run every day and is £27.50 for the Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea, and £37.50 for the Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea with a Bobbi’s Sparkle or a glass of Gyéjacquot Brut NV Champagne.  See Notes to Editors for more details.

*Bobbi Brown “How To”........ For your Bobbi Brown ‘How To’ makeup lesson, advance booking is essential. Please book in advance at Bobbi Brown The Studio Covent Garden (0370 192 5873); The Studio Westfield (0370 192 5825); The Studio Spitalfields (03701 925 345); or The Studio Canary Wharf (0370 192 5836); or online at www.bobbibrown.co.uk.