FISH AND SEAFOOD
Chic fish restaurant. ££££. Daily L & D. www.j-sheekey.co.uk. 28-35 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL. T: 020-7240 2565. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Fish and chips. £. Daily L & D. www.mrfishuk.com. 51 Salusbury Rd, NW6 6NJ. T: 020-7624 8181. www.mr fish.uk.com. 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 restaurant.co.uk. 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.memoriesofindia.com. 18 Gloucester Rd, SW7 4RB. T: 020-7589 6450. G4. Station: Gloucester Road.
Contemporary dishes are the trademark of this stylish restaurant. £££. Mon-Fri L; daily D. www.mint leafgroup.com. 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.
CONRAD ST JAMES
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.