December 9, 2014

Afternoon Tea with 80 Pairs of Shoes

Today I'm introducing you to Kelly from Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes. Kelly's a Kiwi, currently calling London, England home and blogs all about her gluten-free luxury travel adventures. Since Steve and I didn't end up moving across the pond like originally planned, I have kind of, sort of been living vicariously through her European adventures. Today Kelly is sharing a must on anyone's England bucket list, Afternoon Tea! Take it away Kelly...

I'm a huge fan of Afternoon Tea and living in England means I get to (over) indulge on a regular basis, so I thought I would showcase some of my favourite Afternoon Teas in London and also a few special ones abroad.

Afternoon Tea at Claridges

One of the biggest debates you get with Afternoon Tea in London is Claridges vs The Ritz - for me the winner is Claridges hands down.  It also has the biggest waiting list ever so if you're heading to London make sure you book at least three months in advance to get a spot.  The personal service, relaxed atmosphere and great food is what makes Claridges so special and if you're gluten free then this is the best Gluten Free Afternoon Tea you will find in London.

Afternoon Tea at The Goring

Want to rub shoulders with royalty then The Goring is for you - it was the Queen Mothers favourite place to dine and also where the gorgeous Kate Middleton spent her last night of freedom before becoming the Duchess of Cambridge.  The afternoon tea is usually served with a little royal twist and during summer can be served on the terrace.

Afternoon Tea at The Royal Horseguards

Pretty pink china and delicious pastries makes this the perfect place to have a girly afternoon tea and the hotel is often used in period dramas and is just so charming.

Afternoon Tea at The Old Cataract Hotel Aswan, Egypt

When it comes to location then the Afternoon Tea at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan is one that can't be beat - enjoying afternoon tea while the sun is setting overlooking the Nile is something that you will never forget.

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens, Greece

Afternoon Tea is served in the gorgeous Winter Garden and offers the best scones in the world (even better than Claridges) so when in Athens make sure you pop into this iconic luxury hotel that has been inviting intrepid travellers through it's revolving doors for over 100 years.

When visiting London make sure you add Afternoon Tea onto your bucket list and over indulge on sandwiches, warm scones and delicious pastries that are served up with champagne and copious amounts of tea.

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  1. Not gonna lie - the Goring caught my eye! And it's funny you mentioned Kate, because this looks kind of like the hall in which she stayed in in St Andrews! Beautiful!

  2. love afternoon tea! there is a gorgeous place in West Hampstead called Bake a Boo which is perfect for them!

  3. Haha, I love it, it's like a trip around the world via high tea. I've always wondered - are you just supposed to take the little cakes and pastries that you want to eat from the tray, and then you send the rest back? Or do you pay for the whole thing?



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