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|Address:||The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1A 2HJ|
|Tel:||020 7629 8888|
|Price: £80.00||Wine: £47.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 7am-12.15am (Sat 7.30am- ) Sun 7.30am-11.45pm|
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The perfect London experience to me is afternoon tea at one of the lovely hotels in town. I decided to try out The Dorchester because the reviews all seemed very good plus id already been trying to work my way down the Squaremeal guide to Afternoon Teas… I was really pleased to be proved right and it now comes highly recommended!
Distinctly opulent inside, fantastic service, lovely cakes/sandwiches – chicken and basil was the best but there was also smoked salmon, cream cheese and egg and cress (all refilled as many times as you like) – all for the price of £35 a head (£45 if you want the champagne option). Not too cheap but not too pricey either. This was on par with the Ritz and far far better than the Landmark (just so so) and the Berkley (all pretty but no real substance) and (so my friend says) Fortnum and Mason (too noisy and so so food)
What swung it for me was the service – i was half expecting condescending staff given that we were clad in high street attire and did not drive up in a bright yellow Lamborgini however the staff were incredibly polite and friendly and made us feel very welcome. We did get the bill around 2.45pm (15 min before our time was up) but then they had told us this on booking, plus there really is limited seating given all seats are on comfy chairs/sofas. Everyone looked to be enjoying themselves thoroughly and you get to take it home in a lovely box if you cant finish any of the scones or the pretty cakes.
I really recommend this for a special, indulgent afternoon – or like me, just catching up with a friend but doing it the decadent way. How the other half seem to live – im off to get my yellow Lamborgini…