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J Sheekey

Chic fish res­tau­rant. ££££. Daily L & D. 28-35 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL. T: 020-7240 2565. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Mr Fish

Fish and chips. £. Daily L & D.­ 51 Salus­bury Rd, NW6 6NJ. T: 020-7624 8181. Off map. Sta­tion: Queen’s Park.

The Sea Shell

En­joy clas­sic fish and chips in this much-loved in­sti­tu­tion. Mon-Sat L & D. ££. www.seashell res­tau­ 49-51 Lis­son Grove, NW1 6UH. T: 020-7224 9000. Sta­tion: Maryle­bone.

Mem­o­ries of In­dia

Au­then­tic flavours from the north of In­dia. ££. Daily L & D. www.mem­o­ 18 Glouces­ter Rd, SW7 4RB. T: 020-7589 6450. G4. Sta­tion: Glouces­ter Road.

Mint Leaf

Con­tem­po­rary dishes are the trade­mark of this stylish res­tau­rant. £££. Mon-Fri L; daily D. leaf­ Suf­folk Place, Hay­mar­ket, SW1Y 4HX. T: 020-7930 9020. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.


Want to im­press? At £95 per per­son, The Ritz’s new epi­curean af­ter­noon tea isn’t cheap, but it’s as ex­clu­sive as it gets – just four lucky peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence it a day (above). A tea mas­ter has worked along­side the ex­ec­u­tive chef to pair six rare loose-leaf teas with sand­wiches and patis­series. High­lights are the Earl Grey jelly and pra­line cream scones. Dress code is for­mal.


En­joy the ultimate beauty-lover’s af­ter­noon tea with cakes in­spired by Bobbi Brown’s award-win­ning make-up prod­ucts. High­lights in­clude a won­der­ful pra­line and mango-pas­sion ‘foun­da­tion stick’, Cham­pagne-in­fused rhubarb ‘shim­mer brick’ and red­cur­rant ‘pot rouge’ mac­aron. You can also ex­pe­ri­ence a com­pli­men­tary In­stant Lip Make-up Les­son with one of Bobbi’s pro­fes­sional make-up artists at the Covent Gar­den Stu­dio, which is just a stone’s throw from the res­tau­rant.


Get a taste of the great out­doors at Con­rad St James’ English Coun­try Gar­den Af­ter­noon Tea. Like a man­i­cured lawn, this de­light­ful spread fea­tures in­tri­cate pas­tries and cakes in­spired by mother na­ture, along­side tra­di­tional fin­ger sand­wiches and fluffy scones. This is one of the few oc­ca­sions where it is ac­cept­able to eat soil, but­ter­flies and plant boxes, as these sweet treats are made to look like gar­den fea­tures.


Win­ner of the Bri­tish Tea Guild Coun­cil’s Top Lon­don Af­ter­noon Tea Award and Award of Ex­cel­lence, The Gor­ing is one of the few places where you can take your tea out­doors. Re­quest the five-star ho­tel’s ve­randa this month and en­joy the venue’s glo­ri­ous gar­dens while feast­ing on clas­sics such as smoked salmon sand­wiches, fruit scones and Bat­ten­berg cake.

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