No ritual could be more quintessentially British than the afternoon tea. Traditionally, it is served with a whole bunch of frills including a tiered stand layered with sweet and savoury goodies. Don't forget the scones, most often accompanied by assorted jams and clotted cream. In addition, there is a host of sandwiches and pastries on offer. One of our favourites is the lavish spread at Fortnum & Mason, a legendary tea house established in 1707. Step into Fortnum’s on Piccadilly for a copious afternoon tea with artisanal pastries and a top-notch tea selection. Also visit The Dorchester on Park Lane for an afternoon tea. At the tea salon, The Promenade, you can even opt to water down your teatime snacks with a flute of Laurent-Perrier champagne. If you enjoy a good performance, the Sleeping Beauty Afternoon Tea is where you can watch a live performance of the ballet, by the English National Ballet school, in the midst of the tearoom.