Time for tea

For the quintessential English ex­pe­ri­ence, stop for an af­ter­noon tea with a twist

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LAN­CASTER LON­DON

To cel­e­brate the pres­ti­gious Chelsea Flower Show, this lux­u­ri­ous, cen­trally lo­cated ho­tel is of­fer­ing a Flower Af­ter­noon Tea (above) that’s al­most too pretty to eat. Be­gin with tra­di­tional savouries such as home-smoked salmon roses on rye bread and sun­flower-seeded choux buns with wild mush­room, truf­fle oil and cream cheese. Then feast on a beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal ar­range­ment of sweet de­lights, in­clud­ing creamy laven­der choco­late mousse cake, white choco­late mac­arons topped with crys­talised vi­o­lets, and a tangy lime and el­der­flower tri­fle with ed­i­ble flow­ers. 3-31 May. Lan­caster Ter­race, W2 2TY. T: 020-7551 6000. www.lan­cast­er­lon­don.com

BAR­BICAN

Home to the sec­ond-big­gest con­ser­va­tory in Lon­don, the Bar­bican’s 23,000 sq ft trop­i­cal sanctuary (com­plete with ex­otic fish and more than 1,500 plants) is the per­fect place for af­ter­noon tea. Opt for the Grand Gar­den se­lec­tion, which comes with a glass of Cham­pagne, del­i­cate fin­ger sand­wiches, freshly baked scones and as­sorted pas­tries and desserts. Only avail­able on Sun­days, it’s one of Lon­don’s best-kept se­crets for a clas­sic af­ter­noon tea. Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 4141. www.bar­bican.org.uk

CAFÉ PRE­STAT

Un­wind after a shop­ping spree in fash­ion­able Chelsea with homemade cakes and pas­tries at Café Pre­stat, just off Sloane Square. Cre­ated by the choco­latier to the Queen, Café Pre­stat is a fun and in­for­mal spot with world-fa­mous truffles (filled with a love po­tion, ac­cord­ing to the chil­dren’s au­thor Roald Dahl). 186 Pav­il­ion Rd, SW3 2BF. T: 020-7730 7715. www.pre­stat.co.uk

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