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At the heart of The Ritz’s unashamedly opulent Edwardiana, The Palm Court hits a crescendo of gilded gold and lemon among polished marble pillars, Grecian urns and elongated birdcage chandeliers. Add the gentle tinkling of ivories, a veritable army of discreet white-jacket staff and compulsory Sunday-best attire, and you have the makings of afternoon tea at its most sedate and nostalgic – no wonder everyone wants a photographic memento of the experience. This is a three-tier event stacked in silver: at the bottom are childhood sandwiches – all crustless and finger-sized of course; above them, scones of unparalleled lightness with abundant clotted cream and jam; and at the top, a treasure trove of patisserie, from fruit-studded madeleines to cream-filled pastry boats. Crowning it all is tea itself, proffered in suitably ornate and weighty pots.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 18 June 2013

    My Friends Recommend :: Tea at the Ritz

    Just like the Queen, strawberries and cream at Wimbledon and rainy bank holidays, some things are quintessentially English. And taking afternoon tea at the Ritz is no different.

    As well as being English, the strict dress code, doormen in top hats and tails, and the harpist gently strumming in the background, all add to the grandeur and glitz of this very special experience...
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  1. I never need a reason to head into London to eat Afternoon Tea but last Friday was Waitangi Day (a New Zealand Public Holiday) so the Gin Monster and I decided to book afternoon tea to get all colonial by eating some scones. I’d heard very mixed reviews about the gluten free afternoon tea at The Ritz but I was still very excited to see what they were going to offer...
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