Photo from Claridges website.
This past Thursday saw mum and I put on our finest clothes (sort of) and visit Claridges for afternoon tea. Claridges Hotel is located in Mayfair and on our way we took a trip into Fortnum & Mason and then walked though Mayfair to the hotel.
Piccadilly Arcade and Burlington Arcade are decorated nicely for the holidays.
The windows of Tiffany made me want to fall in love.
Claridges is decorated for Christmas with trees outside and inside the entrance. Afternoon tea is served in The Foyer, a beautiful room which had a huge Christmas tree decked out in white and silver baubles. This place is so elegant. I felt right at home!
Champagne was served and a selection of sandwiches were brought out. From left to right: smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese, egg and tomato, turkey with stuffing and ham and salad sandwiches. Mum and I enjoyed them all but we loved the turkey and stuffing sandwich the most. We were very grateful when we were offered another tray of sandwiches which made the experience even better.
There are 30 teas to be chosen from at Claridges. We chose the Claridges Gold Tea which was a rich and strong Assam. This was the perfect tea to go with the scones – plain ones and apple and sultana scones served with cream and jam.
The highlight (of course) was the pastries. A fruit tart, pistachio cake with pistachio cream and strawberries, a chocolate macaroon with chestnut cream and a disk of chocolate and a passionfruit jelly with a raspberry in the middle and cream. All of which were delicious.
Completely full after eating so much but very, very happy!
Claridges gets booked up so early and we booked this back in September. It was well worth the wait. A great way to spend a cold afternoon in December.