Take afternoon tea at a royal palace

banqueting house

Whitehall’s Banqueting House has opened the doors of its main hall to the public for afternoon tea until 28 August.

Guests can choose from the King’s tea and the Ruben’s tea. Both will feature lavender-and-fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, summer-fruit tartlets, and a selection of teas and coffees. The King’s tea also includes roast Hereford beef-and-horseradish sandwiches, salmon-and-rocket sandwiches, double-chocolate brownies, and shots of raspberry fool with raspberry jelly, while the Ruben’s tea, named in honour of the main hall’s magnificent Rubens ceiling, includes smoked-salmon-and-cucumber sandwiches.

The afternoon teas are available from 2pm-5pm. Prices start from £19.50 (plus £5 palace entry fee). Book tickets via partyingredients.co.uk.