Hen-partying in London this summer? Afternoon tea is a chic way to kick off the celebrations. Whether you want a fashion-fabulous, Sex And The City-style girlie get-together, or a festival-inspired bash is more your thing, you're spoilt for choice. Here are our top three afternoon teas in the capital.
Fes-Tea-Val Tea at the Met Bar, W1 (020 7447 4757; metbar.co.uk)
With festival season in full swing, the Met Bar's guilt-free afternoon tea gets a groovy update with festival-inspired treats. Tuck into Glastonbury mud pies, Tent in the Park cakes and wellie boot-shaped cookies, washed down with a Festival Tea-quila cocktail. £25 per person; available until 28 August.
Ruinart and Miller Harris Sensory Tea at The Soho Hotel, W1; Haymarket Hotel, SW1; Charlotte Street Hotel, W1; and Covent Garden Hotel, WC2 (firmdalehotels.com)
The champagne house and London perfumer have teamed up to offer a feast for the senses at Firmdale Hotel's four West End locations. Expect a glass of fizz, four aromatic teas to choose from, plus sweet and savoury treats including lemon cupcakes, peach and vanilla friands and cucumber and basil sandwiches. £35 per person.
Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley, SW1 (020 7235 6000; the-berkeley.co.uk)
The spring/summer collections have arrived for this catwalk-inspired afternoon tea. Think bite-size cakes, sweets and biscuits in the style of Anya Hindmarch handbags and Jason Wu cocktail dresses, while Sonia Rykiel's nautical stripes are reimagined in a vanilla and raspberry mousse with a signature yellow hat. From £35 per person.