Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - TRAVEL -

Long pop­u­lar with roy­alty – it has been re­ferred to as an “an­nexe to Buck­ing­ham Palace” – Clar­idge’s has been serv­ing af­ter­noon tea for more than 150 years. Step­ping into the ho­tel is like walk­ing into an oa­sis: the clam­our of London’s traf­fic is re­placed with the hum of chat­ter, clink of teacups and mu­sic drift­ing from a grand pi­ano in the Art Deco foyer. Clar­idge’s tea (pic­tured left, top) in­cludes a va­ri­ety of fin­ger sand­wiches, hand­made patis­serie (think chest­nut and vanilla éclair) and scones, ac­com­pa­nied by Marco Polo gelée and clot­ted cream, washed down by one of 24 va­ri­eties of tea. Af­ter­noon tea is £60 ($116); Cham­pagne tea from £70 ($136). Clar­idge’s, Brook Street, May­fair, London. Visit clar­

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