Afternoon tea at Cadogan in Knightsbridge is fit for royalty

The Cadagon has been serving afternoon tea since 1887

The Cadagon has been serving afternoon tea since 1887 - Credit: Archant

Establishment has teamed up Patridges, The Queen’s grocers, to serve the very best

London is home to a plethora of fine eateries serving cuisine from all over the world, Indian, Chinese, Ethiopian, Turkish, I could go on.

But not many can boast a quintessentially English Afternoon tea like Cadogan.

This establishment in Knightsbridge has been serving up afternoon tea since 1887, but in March this year it teamed up with Patridges, The Queen’s grocers, to provide visitors with a mouth-watering choice of special tea blends.

There are two types of afternoon teas available: Afternoon tea and cream afternoon tea.


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The latter probably being more desirable to those with a sweeter palette as is excludes tea sandwiches

I decided to go for the former which was served in a magnificent stand bursting with hand cut sandwiches, delightful looking cakes and Chelsea Buns.

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The choice of teas available were vast and included blends such as ‘silver needle’ or ‘assam’.

We opted for Earl Grey and it was without a doubt one of the best blends I have ever tasted.

The distinctive aroma of the bergamot orange blended wonderfully with our delicious tea sandwiches, with the crusts traditionally cut off - which came with a variety of fillings.

The cakes were delicate and sweet without being too sickly as were the Chelsea Buns.

The pièce de résistance was undoubtedly the scones which came with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam.

It was simply fit for a Queen which is apt considering the tea was provided by her very own grocers and she has just celebrated the 60th anniversary of her Coronation.

Afternoon tea at the Cadogan is priced at £26.50 each and for £7 extra you can enjoy a glass of champagne with your culinary delights.

Cream afternoon tea is £17 each.

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