A stylish afternoon tea at The Beaumont, Mayfair

The timeless elegance of the Beaumont makes it the perfect setting for the relaxed indulgence of a sumptuous afternoon tea.

The Beaumont is well known as one of England’s greatest hotels, so it is fitting that they should offer an outstanding afternoon tea. Settle down in a plush chair and soak up the atmosphere of the hotel’s Art Deco lobby, and watch the world go by through the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Mayfair’s Brown Hart Gardens. The Beaumont’s twist on the classic afternoon tea celebrates the transatlantic friendship between Britain and America, bringing a fresh new flavour to this most quintessentially English of pastimes.

Rather than being presented all at once, the food is served in courses, with the hotel’s impeccable service team ready to attend to your every need. First, choose from a selection of fine, loose-leaf teas; enjoy a classic Earl Grey, or go bold with a honey-scented Assam or herbal tea. A selection of champagnes are also available, of course! As befitting the American theme, mini cucumber and cream cheese bagels take the place of the traditional cucumber sandwich, alongside miniature lobster rolls and delicately assembled pastrami Reubens, complete with a double-sided miniature British and American flag. Vegetarian guests can enjoy Comte, Gouda and sauerkraut sandwiches, and creamy egg rolls.

The sweet course is served on a classic cake trolley, with a decadent array of desserts to choose from. First choose a generously proportioned slice of cake; creamy red velvet, wheat free coffee and pecan, or chocolate sponge. Choose then from a dainty range of small bites, such as pistachio macarons, chocolate truffles, mini cupcakes and delicate fruit tartlets. These expertly crafted desserts are the perfect end to this relaxed tea, and the service, whilst attentive, is never overbearing, allowing you ample time to savour each bite of the genuinely outstanding food.

In short, afternoon tea at The Beaumont is one of those wonderful events where the service, the food and the surroundings all come together to form one truly exquisite package, and an experience not to be missed.