Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester- London. Review.


I was introduced to Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester’ at the age of 18.

When I say introduced, I mean me and the hubby dearest went to London for a weekend to his aunt’s house, and she took us for a tour, one of the stops was here.

And when I say stops I mean we parked outside and looked at the Hotel.

At that point in time, all I knew was that a cup of tea here was £30 (I’m assuming now that they were talking about Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester), as I could hear aunt saying to her husband “I’m still waiting for my cup of tea here,” and him replying “Well keep waiting, only silly people pay £30 for a cup of tea, and it’ll be English tea anyway, we won’t even like it”.

£30 for a cup of Tea! It fascinated me, I needed to know more. At a time when minimum wage was £4.10 an hour, how were people affording this? And what was this place? I needed to know what this tea looked like, the colour, what it came in, the taste, the smell….Those yellow patio umbrellas stuck in my mind forever.

For a long time Afternoon tea at The Dorchester wasn’t mentioned.

Being an avid reader I stumbled upon Jackie Collins ‘Hollywood’ collection of books. I’m not sure which book it was, but on a few occasions London and The Dorchester Hotel were mentioned within the book itself. Once again the memory of the yellow parasols etched in my head.

Then 2009 came- the year of Britney Spears, and all across papers were pictures of Britney Spears walking in and out of The Dorchester. It was then that I knew The Dorchester was out of my league.

It was a world for the celebrities. And a dream for a call centre worker (at that time).

My time came. December 2017.

We booked ourselves in for ‘Afternoon tea at The Dorchester’. The excitement was real. My hubby (who obviously has gone after his uncle) was in disbelief that we would pay £70 for Tea.

For me it was a Dream come true.

I was going to the place where Britney spears walks in and out, Jackie Collins had inspiration for her famous novels, where Brad and Angelina stay on visits to London. Where J.K.Rowling accepted her award for “Outstanding Achievement” for South Bank Show Awards. It was all so surreal. Giddy with excitement we wondered if we would meet any celebrities…

By we I mean Katija and Sabina and also we didn’t see any celebrities, but we did have a fantastic time.

We arrived half hour early and were told to have a seat just outside the Promenade- perfect. The exact time we needed to take photos.

We came in December so it was dressed up and ready for Christmas.
Beautiful Christmas trees were set up in every corner
A mini figurine of The Dorchester sat at the entrance- all details incorporated inside including room details.
Waiting in reception for our tea…. Always a photo oppurtunity….
Lavishly decorated reception area, all in festive colours
Is it Evan real if there’s no bathroom selfie?

After half an hour we were shown to our table

The whole look and atmosphere was lavish. Soft padded luxurious carpets as we walked down, every few feet a beautiful Christmas tree, draping curtains from ceiling to floors, beautifully decorated urns full of Evan more beautiful flowers. All the way down to soft padded comfortable seating. The atmosphere oozed with luxury.

Being Christmas time the festive champagne afternoon tea was offered at the Dorchester. On pre-booking we had advised that we do not drink alcohol therefore the champagne was not needed, and also we opted for the halal menu.

They met our requirements kindly. Instead of champagne they gave us a non alcoholic festive berries mocktail.

For teas the variety was immense, I remember just reading and reading. I’m sure there were several pages full of various different kinds of teas, and we spent some time, scratching our heads to figure out what we wanted.

We settled for ‘ The Dargeeling’ and ‘Vanilla infused tea’both of which were perfect having come from the freezing cold.

For sandwiches we were given an option of : (wait for it- this is long….) Montgomery cheddar and green onion on a caraway bread. (Cheese and onion basically). Smoked salmon, lemon balm, English wasabi, and avacado mayonnaise on malted grain bread (we will call this the salmon one). Baby cucumber and apple minted cream cheese on walnut bread (cucumber sandwich), and lastly Turkey, sage,and onion stuffing with mustard mayonnaise on an onion bread. (Turkey sandwich!) And no afternoon tea is complete without warm raisin scones, homemade strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream.

The difference between this afternoon tea, and afternoon teas anywhere else is that rather than it the food coming on a tiered stand – we had a Butler (Aaaaahhhhhhhh! that is what you call them? Isn’t it?.

I wanted to take a photo of him, but felt it was rude to ask. 🙄) He Came with the sandwiches on a tray and we would say which ones we wanted.

He would show up every time our plates were empty, so sandwich’s were basically limitless. Initially this was really nice, “We have our own Butler (na na na na na).”

After a little while we felt claustrophobic, like someone standing on top of us, every time he came out, our conversation stopped. I don’t think it was a bad thing- I just think we are not use to that kind of attention.

Our Afternoon tea experience ended with a selection of desserts and pastries- this did come on a tiered stand

And so we got the perfect photo oppurtunity.

The beautifully decorated petite desserts dressed for the festive month. We devoured the The cheesecake, the chocolate tart, to the Santa cupcake.

Left overs were handed to us to take home. The sweetest Ending.

When it comes to Afternoon teas- this is on the dearer side of the market, yet it is definitely the most memorable afternoon tea ever. It does not get any better than this. The service was amazing, location cannot get any better, and food was very filling and tasty. It ticks all the boxes of an afternoon tea experience.

Hope you enjoyed my post as much as we enjoyed the experience.

To more afternoon teas….(glasses clink)

Click here for our afternoon tea experience at The Shard.


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  1. It not only captures the essence of this timeless tradition but also provides excellent recommendations for those seeking a memorable experience. A delightful blend of insights and suggestions for tea enthusiasts

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