Thomas's at Burberry is now London's most fashionable place to take tea. The small but perfectly formed tea list showcases three organic, single-batch teas from small producers, all of which are extremely limited.
Jameel Lalani, Founder & CEO of Lalani & Co, said:
"The philosophy behind a short tea list is a desire to keep the list seasonal; to offer just the best and to do it well. The teas on this list are the best of their region; all unique single batches, traceable and from prime seasons. Guests will be able to experience them in beautiful surroundings and expertly prepared."
The team has been carefully trained to observe the correct leaf weight, water temperature and time for each tea. Each one is served to perfection and standards are very high.
The tea is available by the cup or as part of Burberry's afternoon tea. The afternoon tea costs £32 or £44 with champagne.
121 Regent Street
Tea lovers can also find Lalani & Co tea at luxury hotels and high-end restaurants including:
Amaya, Brown’s Hotel, Coya, Gauthier Soho, Gymkhana, The Hand & Flowers, Hibiscus, Ramusake, Koya, The Library, Lyle’s, Trishna, Dinings, The Modern Pantry and Zuma.
The Lalani & Co collection is available for purchase at Selfridges, Neal’s Yard Dairy, Yumbles, Bayley & Sage, Partridges, The Grocery, Albion, Quality Chop House and at http://www.LalaniAndCo.com.
If you enjoyed this post and are looking for other options for places to enjoy tea or afternoon tea in the UK, then ensure you check out my other posts:
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Limewood Hotel, New Forest
Brasserie Blanc, Winchester
Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
Secret Cottage Tour, Cotswolds
If you're looking for a refined restaurant in Mayfair that's perfect for enjoying afternoon tea in relaxed surroundings, then Mews of Mayfair is ideal.
Founded by London entrepreneur James Robson in 2006, Mews of Mayfair is an 18th century mews house tucked away in a historic courtyard. Those in the know frequent Mews of Mayfair for its sophisticated elegance and exemplary service, ensuring that all guests feel well looked after during their visit.
Relax in the Art Deco inspired bar with its soothing colour palette featuring black and gold mirrored detailing, charcoal and black ombre walls, and comfortable lavender and duck egg blue leather arm chairs that provide a cocoon of opulence. While unwinding, enjoy a sinful cocktail from one of the skilled bartenders or sip on a glass of Veuve Clicquot. Whatever you choose, it's guaranteed to be of superb quality.
Afternoon tea options include a selection of finger sandwiches: Cotswold chicken Caesar wrap; egg mayonnaise on sun dried tomato bread; Philadelphia cream cheese and cucumber on caramalised onion bread; salmon and cream cheese on a poppy seed bagel and homemade scones).
For those with a sweet tooth, the desserts are a hit. Options include a selection of fancies and cakes including raspberry macaroons, chocolate marble cake, mini trifles and chocolate brownies.
Beverage options include a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a wealth of teas served in small, charming glass tea pots. More unique tea options include ''ost Malawi English breakfast; second flush muscatel darjeeling; silver tip jasmine; whole leaf fresh mint; whole chamomile flowers and Sri Lankan lemongrass.
The quality of the sandwiches and desserts was fabulous and you could tell that a lot of care and attention to detail had gone into every item.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea experience thanks to the stylish settings and the friendly and unobtrusive service, which together created the perfect environment for catching up with friends over dainty delights and invigorating teas.
Afternoon tea is priced from £35 (without Veuve Clicqot) or £45 (with Veuve Clicquot) per person.
For anyone who’s ever turned up to a Chinese restaurant in the evening for dim sum to politely be informed that these delicious morsels are only served during lunch, then you'll love Royal China Group's pick of the best places in London to enjoy evening Dim Sum.
As per Cantonese tradition, Dim Sum is usually only served from Noon until 5pm. But if you know
where to look, you can find delicious Dim Sum (often with great cocktails) after dark in London. Here are the best restaurants serving it:
West London: Royal China, Fulham
The prestigious Royal China Group is famous for its authentic Dim Sum, but only Royal China Fulham serves it in the evening. Head Dim Sum Chef Sam Chen makes all of the dim sum fresh each day to ensure it is of the highest quality. In the evening, guests can indulge in Dim Sum platters with signature flavours such as Honey Roast Pork Puffs, Scallop Dumplings, and Fried Prawn Dumplings with Coriander.
The smallest restaurant in the Royal China Group, Royal China Fulham has an intimate, friendly atmosphere perfect for its neighbourhood location. Lunch and dinner are served in luxurious surroundings. The restaurant has a charming outdoor terrace, perfect for al fresco dining on balmy summer evenings. Royal China Fulham is also the only restaurant in the group to offer a home delivery service - perfect for when you want a quiet night in.
To view the full menu and to obtain opening hours and reservation contact details, visit http://rcguk.co.uk/rcf.html.
Royal China Fulham
805 Fulham Road
Central London: Yauatcha, Soho
Yuatcha is renowned for its uber sleek, modern decor, fabulous contemporary Chinese menu and expertly crafted Dim-Sum and handmade sweets.
Dishes on offer include Lobster Dumpling with Tobiko Caviar with Ginger and Shallots, Poached Peking Chicken Dumplings and Edamame Truffle Dumplings, to name a few.
To view the full menu and to obtain opening hours and reservation contact details, visit: http://www.yauatcha.com/soho/menus.
15-17 Broadwick Street
North London: Yum Cha Silks & Spice, Camden
Yum Cha is an Oriental restaurant with four karaoke rooms located opposite Camden Stables Market, making it the perfect place for indulging in shameless renditions of 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' after enjoying some tasty small plates.
Dim Sum offerings include Spicy Minced Lamb Dumplings, Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce, Steamed Seaweed rolls with Squid Mousse, and Steamed Lady Fingers with Light Soy Sauce (V), to name a few.
To book the karaoke room, visit http://www.yumchasilksandspice.co.uk/web/karaoke-room/.
To view the full evening Dim Sum menu and to obtain opening hours and reservation contact details, visit http://www.yumchasilksandspice.co.uk/web/menus/dim-sum-dinner/.
Yum Cha Silks & Spice
27-28 Chalk Farm Road
East London: The Drunken Monkey
The Drunken Monkey opened its doors in 2003 as the only all-day Dim Sum eatery & cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Each night DJs play an eclectic mix of funk, soul, house, balearic and disco, making it a great place to enjoy post work drinks and nibbles. With Happy Hour running Mon-Fri from 5-7pm, featuring 4x beers for £10 or cocktails for £4.50, what's not to love?
To view the full Dim Sum menu and to obtain opening hours and reservation contact details, visit http://www.thedrunkenmonkey.london/project/grilled-fried-dim-sum/.
South London: Mama Lan’s Chinese, Brixton
Being a Brixtonite, Mama Lan's holds a special place in my heart. This tiny restaurant featuring Beijing street food in the heart of Brixton Village Market is renowned for its scrumptious handmade dumplings, quickly prepared with love as you watch the action unfold.
The small but perfectly formed menu features Noodle Soups, Beijing Dumplings, a selection of snacks and salads and a collection of teas.
South Londoners are now spoilt for choice with two Mama Lan locations, including Brixton and Clapham (near Clapham Common tube).
To view the full menu and to obtain opening hours, visit http://mamalan.co.uk/menu/.
Mama Lan, Brixton
Brixton Village Market
Mama Lan, Clapham
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For media mavens, The Refinery is best known as the post work watering hole next to the Bluefin building where everyone goes for a well deserved whistle wetter after a long week. For everyone else that visits during the work week, it's simply a bustling industrial chic restaurant/bar in the heart of Bankside.
Brunch options are pretty standard fare, including the full English, eggs Benedict, mashed avocado on toast with poached eggs on fresh sourdough, blueberry pancakes, Cumberland sausage, a crispy bacon sandwich, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and a great selection of burgers, sandwiches or desserts, providing enough options to satisfy any cravings.
If like me you're 'rise and shine' challenged, you need not fret as the Sunday Brunch is served all day, granting you permission to hit the snooze one more time...
During my visit on a Sunday morning, my fellow diners were comprised of a mixture of groups of friends and young families in their early to late thirties, all enjoying whiling away the hours over a casual brunch.
As a creature of habit, I indulged in the eggs Benedict (classic, but delicious) and my friend opted for the mashed avocado on toast with poached eggs on sourdough, both of which were lovely. Drinks consisted of a latte (good foam) and a Ketel One Bloody Mary (excellent, according to my friend).
The best bit about our visit was the 'no rush' ambience, making it the perfect place to catch up with my friend - without feeling pressured to shoo us out the door to make way for other diners. And in my estimation, a lazy brunch is the makings of a perfect brunch...
Every now and again you find a place that's so amazing that you want to shout from the rooftops and share it with everyone you know.
But then you stop yourself out of fear that it will become far too popular for its own good, leaving you unable to get a table ever again. Kaff is one of those places.
Located on Atlantic Road in the heart of Brixton, it's the perfect place to enjoy a cuppa or a cocktail or go all out for a hearty brunch or lunch.
It's here that award-winning American chef Richard Myers serves up New Orleans inspired comfort food at its best.
Unique menu offerings include pulled pork omelets, jambalaya pancakes (jerk chicken, smoked sausage, Cajun shrimp), Louisiana po boys or more traditional breakfast fare such as waffles dripping with Maple syrup and lashings of hot butter. If you're extremely peckish, opt for an additional side of sweet potato fries, plantain fries, streaky bacon or smoky sausage.
After you've scarfed every last delicious morsel, kick back, relax and take in the charming and relaxed ambiance. With it's relaxed, funky decor, friendly vibe and ridiculously reasonable prices, it's a true find that's not to be missed.
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64- 68 Atlantic Road
The perfect place to enjoy a stylish post work tipple...
I'm always on the hunt for a fabulous tipple, so I couldn't resist the offer to sample Two Ruba's new sharing cocktails menu with a selection of delicious cocktails that are perfect for two- four people.
Situated in the London Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge (near London Bridge train station), Two Ruba is conveniently located near the heart of the City, making it a great option for those looking for a post work cocktail in sleek surroundings.
The decor is tastefully done throughout, with mesh curtains for privacy and comfortable armchairs in a muted charcoal and taupe palette. After a long day at work, you'll be tempted to sink into an armchair to peruse the sharing cocktail menu. Or if you'd like something more private, reserve 'The Snug, a beautiful private room that lends itself perfectly for larger groups.
Boasting a trio of tipples (£19 each) that can serve up to four people, these quirky cocktails are a great way to unwind after a long day.
During my visit, I enjoyed the Hendrick's Tea Pot, which arrived in a beautiful vintage inspired tea pot. Although, I don't typically like drinks served over crushed ice as I can find them a bit fiddly and not quenching, but this one was lovely and refreshing - great for a summer's day (if summer ever arrives)! Comprised of Hendrick's gin, jasmine tea and strawberry with a twist of lime, it's sweet without being cloying.
My favourite cocktail, however, was the Savage Beauty, inspired by the late Alexander McQueen. Served in a striking glass skull, in true rock and roll style, the Savage Beauty blends Olmeca Reposada tequila and Aperol with tropical mango, peach, ginger and lime. And, it really packs a punch! So, grab your friends and head to Two Ruba for a cheeky cocktail or two or three...
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