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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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The Palm Court at The Ritz Hotel (afternoon tea)

The Ritz Hotel, 150 Piccadilly ,London W1J 9BR

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The place is the hero

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Mar 2013

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We've been here a few times in the the last decade, the latest at an early sitting today. Let's be quite clear, you come here to sit in the Palm Court for an hour or two in one of the most opulent and visually dazzling hotel spaces you'll ever see. On arrival you wait in a kind of genteel scrum near the piano till a waiter finds you and takes you to a table. There's no desk, no formal check in. The place is busy- its always busy and very difficult to get a table at weekends. The food is, well...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 6

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