I have been to claridges and it was lovely, you got lots of food. they top your sandwiches up if needed and boxed our cakes up to go home as we were too full, we opted for the champagne option, think it was £58, worth it as a special treat :)
Was that for 2 people?
That would have been each, but it was the more expensive champagne option.
However, the Claridges afternoon tea is, IMO, fantastic.
For something a bit less expensive but still lovely and traditional, the Capital Hotel has afternoon tea for £25, a bit more if you have champagne.
Fortnam & Mason's has a traditional afternoon tea, a savory tea (which looks delicious) and High Tea (which is more like supper as you can add dishes lile Welsh Rabbit). There afternoon tea starts at about £40.
The Afternoon Tea at the British Museum is traditional and pleasant. The food is usually good although the service can be a bit slow and the price is £22.50 for the afternoon tea and £30.50 for the champagne tea.
When considering the costs, remember that a proper afternoon tea can take the place of dinner and sometimes lunch as well.
You will need to make reservations (which can be done on-line) at any of these places as early as possible.Edited: 4:28 am, October 06, 2012
After much research & recommendation from friends, we chose to have tea at Brown's Hotel. This time of year - we just returned yesterday - it was very relaxed; no hurrying from the table (they say on the website you're only allowed 90 minutes at the table but that was not true the day we were there), and the atmosphere is lovely. Rudyard Kipling used to write in the lobby, where tea is served. We planned this to be our only meal of the afternoon/evening, and that turned out to be true. After the sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes - not to mention tea - we had no desire for dinner. One thing - I wouldn't spring for the champagne tea. We did, but it was only one glass of champagne and not really worth the expense.
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