The sleek designer restaurant at this contemporary four-star hotel near Marble Arch is dedicated to British classics with a few add-ons, and it also keeps things patriotic when it comes to tea. Scoff & Banter’s afternoon spread is staunchly traditional and very reasonably priced at £15 (or £24.85 with a glass of Mercier Champagne). Expect finger sandwiches filled with cucumber or smoked salmon and cream cheese, plus home-baked scones and patisserie (macaroons or lemon cake, for example) arrayed over three tempting layers on a shiny silver cake stand. White walls and leather chairs are the antithesis of chintz, making this a cool, airy and comfortable place for a breather and a spot of tea away from the Oxford Street melee. After that, you can always nip back to Selfridges, refreshed and revivified.
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