This is the second time I've had tea at the Ritz. The first was 3 years ago when my sisters and I took our Mother for tea for her 60th Birthday (Which was absolutely amazing).
My Mother and I went again after Chelsea Flower Show - I think I booked about 2 - 2.5 months ahead and there were a few times left during the day so chose 1:30pm.
Once again, it was absolutely amazing - the one thing I like, is that NONE of the staff are rude, pretentious or in any way make you feel uncomfortable. I love to try 'posh' things sometimes, however if you're not used to them, sometimes I feel rather uncomfortable, almost as if I'm a fraud and shouldn't be there and sometimes, the staff can be quite condescending, rude etc - Honestly, you get none of that at the Ritz, just really lovely and friendly people.
We were 25 minutes early and were asked to take a seat which was fine - they found my surname on their Ipad and we got shown to the beautifully laid table. We chose the tea we would like and it came our quickly, along with some amazing sandwiches - all of which are explained by the waiter. The pastries are delicious and honestly.. you'll get so full! It doesn't look a lot on the plate and last time we made the mistake of saying 'Yes' to extra sandwiches (they come around with a massive tray of extra sandwiches so don't worry if you are hungry and want to eat more!). This time however, we saved ourselves.
The scones were also amazing - served with fresh strawberry jam and cream - and then there's pudding! I had a small slice of lemon drizzle cake which was lovely and moist - my Mother wussed out, as she had a lot of scones :-)
It was just amazing, with the piano playing, lovely food and a total treat.
Really would recommend this experience to anyone - it's expensive, but worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened by renowned hotelier Cesar Ritz in 1906, The Ritz today still retains all the glamour and excitement synonymous with this world famous hotel. Perfectly located in a landmark position on Piccadilly in the heart of London's West End, the 136 room luxury hotel is ideally placed to suit both business and leisure visitors alike. Now totaling 111 bedrooms and 25 suites, the elegant rooms combine the original Louis XVI style interiors with modern day technology. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rooms in the world, The Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant features a magnificent frescoed ceiling with west facing windows overlooking the Terrace, the Italian Garden and Green Park beyond. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a Dinner Dance on Friday and Saturdays. The Palm Court restaurant offers, most famously, daily Afternoon Tea service which has been popular since the hotel first opened. The stylishly updated Rivoli Bar was designed by Tessa Kennedy and features Art Deco styled interiors. Open daily with a bar menu. Private dining facilities at William Kent House, the 18th century mansion house at The Ritz, include an exquisite selection of banquet rooms and suites. Possibly the most elegant and opulent private rooms in London, William Kent House offers the perfect venue for private receptions, weddings, boardroom meetings, lunches, dinners and gala events. The Ritz London is a Grade II star listed building and in 2002 became the first hotel to receive the Royal Warrant from his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for banqueting and catering services. ... more less
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