Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel London

Browns Hotel
Browns Hotel

Harmonious heritage at the award-winning Brown’s Hotel in London.

Browns Hotel London
Brown’s Hotel London

The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel was voted The Tea Guild’s ‘Top London Afternoon Tea 2009’ and it’s easy to understand why.

As I enter what is said to be London’s oldest hotel (opening in 1837), the décor and ambience embrace me. Somewhere Over The Rainbow oozes from the piano. Rich wooden paneling, a detailed Jacobean ceiling, crisp white linen and plush cushionsarede rigueur. A perfect balance of masculine and feminine elements is evident. A Twiggy-lookalike PR person interviews what appears to be a famous sports star. It feels like the place to be and has been throughout history. Alexander Graham Bell supposedly made the first ever telephone call here and Rudyard Kipling wrote ‘The Jungle Book’ during his stay.

Brown's Hotel
Brown’s Hotel

The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel was voted The Tea Guild’s ‘Top London Afternoon Tea 2009’ and it’s easy to understand why. You’ll find a choice of 17 Jing teas served in bottomless teapots, succulent finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and plain scones and a never-ending dessert trolley that’ll leave you bursting at the seams. This is a traditional afternoon service at its best. But it does come at a price. Service starts from £39.50.

The menu, especially the dessert, rotates seasonally and you can find the latest info on the website.

When we visited, we enjoyed Pimms jelly, violet cupcakes, Green macaroons and an absolutely amazing chocolate cake. Everything is made in-house.

Browns Hotel London
Brown’s Hotel London

One of the things I loved most about the service was the Heritage bone china crafted solely for Brown’s – it’s available for retail at the shop.

Dairy free, gluten free, nut free, vegan and vegetarian options are available. Watch out for special themed occasions such as the Wimbledon and Chelsea Flower Show High Teas.

There are six additional rooms that can cater to more private affairs. Groups of 40 people can be catered for and Birthday packages are available.

For the die-hard tea lovers, Brown’s has introduced Tea-Torials: a unique experience offering demonstrations and insights by Pastry Chef Theodore Ndeh. Each class includes how to make the award-wining scones and strawberry jam along with a full afternoon tea served in The English Tea Room. More information is available here.

Browns Hotel London
Brown’s Hotel London

Brown’s Hotel London – The English Tea Room:

Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, UK, W1S 4BP

When:

Afternoon tea is served between 3pm and 6pm Monday to Friday and 1pm to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Cost:

Traditional Tea is £39.50 per guest. Champagne Afternoon Tea is £49.50 per guest.

Prices are correct at the time of publishing, but subject to change. Please contact the venue for further details.

Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall is a British-Australian entrepreneur and writer based in San Francisco. She's reviewed high tea services across multiple continents, and was an early contributor to High Tea Society. Her favorite teas include black with vanilla, Mu, and Dragon Well green. Nothing makes her happier than almond chai lattes. To follow her personal and professional pursuits, follow her blog at www.katekendall.com.

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