“One of the most opulent hotel spaces you’ll ever see”, noted a couple who adore taking tea at The Ritz. At the heart of the hotel’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. Just add the gentle tinkling of ivories, discrete white-jacket service, compulsory Sunday-best attire and afternoon delights arrayed on three-tiered silver stands. Working upwards, you’ll find crustless childhood sandwiches, then scones of unparalleled lightness with abundant clotted cream and jam, and finally a veritable treasure trove of fruity, creamy patisserie. Crowning it all is tea itself – a choice of 16 different varieties, all proffered in suitably ornate and weighty pots. It can be a “genteel scrum” (particularly at weekends), but “unfailingly polite service” ensures that all is tickety-boo.
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