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Afternoon Tea at Flemings

There’s nothing more quintessentially English than afternoon tea. It dates back to the early 19th century and it is usually credited to Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford specifically. It makes a lot more sense  that Anna felt like she needed a snack after lunch since dinner wasn’t served until around 9pm.  
I feel like I can lobby to revoke Sam’s British citizenship as he had also never had afternoon tea before. But it was nice to have a fellow newbie alongside me.
 

london in the spring
 Because if you’re going to have tea in Mayfair you’re obviously going to take pictures outside of Buckingham Palace right?
london in the spring
Outside of the Ritz.
 
I was offered the opportunity to attend an afternoon tea at Flemings in Mayfair. Flemings is a luxury boutique hotel in central London that offers both classic and chocoholic versions of your traditional afternoon tea. Let’s see if you can guess what I tried….
 
 
afternoon tea
 In the lobby of Flemings
afternoon tea london
the tea menu
So the order of service:
sam picking out his tea
Step 1: Pick out which tea you’d like.
 
champagne
 Step 2: Drink the Jacquart pink champagne.
full service
Step 3: Revel in the full service.
 
pouring tea
Step 4: Pour tea. (Chocolate and Cream Tea for me, Caramel Tea for Sam.)
 
sandwiches
 Step 5: Start making a dent in the sandwiches.

 

me with cup of tea
 
ham and mustard sandwich
Ham and mustard on onion bread.
 
My favourite of the sandwiches was the ham and mustard on onion bread. (The onion bread is an absolute winner.) Sam’s favourite was the salmon and cream cheese on beetroot bread. There was the classic cucumber and cream cheese sandwich as well as egg mayonnaise on rye bread.
 
scones
Step 6: Chocolate Chip Scones with raspberry jam, lemon curd and clotted cream. If you’ve never had clotted cream try it right now. It will change your life.
 
Amanda + Clotted Cream = True Love.
 
scones
Devon vs Cornwall.
 
There are two famous ways of eating cream tea: Devon and Cornwall. In Devon you spread the scone with clotted cream then top it with your jam, whereas in Cornwall you put the clotted cream on top of your jam.  Now I don’t discriminate so I’ll happily eat it either way…. Though I do have a preference. I wonder if you can guess which it is.
 
dessert tray
Step 7: Petits Fours. Chocolate pave, chocolate muffins, chocolate cupcakes, rose macarons and coconut marshmellow. Sam’s not keen on floral flavoured things so I got dibs on both macarons. Surprisingly, the muffins were both of our favourite sweet treat.
 
door service
The service at Flemings was impeccable.
 
Afternoon tea at Flemings is usually £39 per person. However, Travelzoo is currently offering a voucher that brings the cost to £20 per person instead.  Using Travelzoo is really easy- it is the same type of system as Groupon.
 
The service we received at Flemings left nothing to be desired. They were attentive and helpful without being overbearing. And I’m not just saying that because we were served extra champagne at the end.
 
Since we were already out and about we decided to make the most of the day and wander through one of Sam’s favourite parks, Green Park. This was the first day that my legs have seen the light of day since last summer. So please excuse my general vampiric glow.
 
london england spring
We couldn’t resist the lure of Green Park on the first properly warm day of the year. Neither could the rest of London by the looks of things.
 
hats fashion
My search for a big floppy hat continues.
me in london england parks
 
Dress: Aspire Boutique (similar seen on sale from Alice + Olivia!). Shoes: similar seen here. Bag: Coach. Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure.
 
*I’d like to thank Travelzoo for offering me the opportunity to chose from many of their deals. Flemings was my personal choice. 
 

 
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  • I love that dress on you, I am also dreading the first bare legged day with the chance I will blind all those around me with how pasty my legs are!

  • Your outfit is adorable, looks like such a nice day as well! I would love to attended an afternoon tea, looks like a great time.

    • Thank you so much! It was a blast. I loved going with Sam but going with a group of girlfriends would be laughs! x

  • Afternoon tea is possibly my favorite thing in the world – I am SO jealous! I went to the Orangery last time I was in London… right by Kensington Palace 🙂

    • Amazing!! Do you know any places in America to get good clotted cream? I have a friend who is desperately searching and probably will resort to trying to make her own soon! x

      • I always bought clotted cream in America at this grocery store called Wegmans. It’s only in the Northeast of the US I think though. Quite a few British import shops will carry it as well. (I’m a MASSIVE fan of clotted cream as well, can you tell?) Oh and afternoon tea at The Orangery is absolutely lovely! Good choice Jacky! x

  • G Gonzales

    What would be the equivalent of an American afternoon tea? I suggest this summer we document this sacred ritual in photo essay style as you have beautifully done here, starting with the beginning: the entrance into Walgreens, a famous botique grocery, and the purchase of a twelve pack of Diet Dr Pepper. xoxo love you, gb

    • How do I love you? Let me count the ways….

      Okay. So in true Southwestern fashion after buying the necessary ingredients (diet coke, triscuits, sour patch kids) from Walgreens and maybe some Dions just because I like it, we will then eat all things outside but also complain that it is really hot. Maybe we will do a fashion shoot with Sam wearing the clothing of our people. Boots. Turquoise things. Big belts. But only in the shaman pose. In fact, maybe that should be Rhyme & Ribbons new thing- take at least one picture in the Shaman Pose at famous landmarks around the world, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, etc.

      It must also be known that I was scared that those sandwiches and tea weren’t going to fill me up for the day so I had some toast and Diet Coke before we went…. xxxxxxx

  • That dress is gorgeous! And I’ve never seen chocolate scones before! This post made me hungry…

    • Thank you so much! I loved them and am going to attempt to replicate those scones soon *fingers crossed* x

  • Firstly, that dress is gorgeous! Secondly, that afternoon tea looks amazing, I want to eat all of those petits fours right now! The icing on top of the muffins looks divine!! I’m not surprised they were your favourite!

    • Thank you so much! It was so delicious! I wish it could become a weekly ritual for my but my bank account and my waist line wouldn’t thank me for that! x

  • So pretty! I love your dress!

  • amitygardens

    Everything looks so nice- I want to eat everything. Including you. 😛

    • Hahaha thank you! I am multitasking and looking up scone recipes as I also respond to comments because they’ve now created a monster. (Me loving all the snacks). x

  • You look awesome! Totally glam!

    I went for afternoon tea with my Mum and Granny the day before I got married. It was really special, but only in a nice little tea room. I’d love a big posh hotel afternoon tea. One day!

    • That’s so sweet! I love it! Maybe you can make it a family tradition? Tea the day before weddings? Although I ate so much that I don’t think that i would have been able to fit into a dress the next day.

      And thank you! x

  • I am totally ashamed I’ve never been for afternoon tea. I legit have only ever had afternoon tea as in tea and biscuits with my Gran. It seems everyone is doing it lately so I might have to put it on my agenda for my next trip home as I feel very non-British ;).
    You look gorgeous in these pictures!

    • Ah thank you so much Kate! There has been an onslaught of posts about it lately though! i think it’s the warmer weather (not as likely to want a hearty lunch etc). x

  • You look gorgeous! I love that dress on you!

    It’s interesting that it’s called Afternoon Tea there. We call it High Tea here. I’ve wanted to try it but it always seemed overpriced to me… Maybe I’m really cheap.

    • Thanks so much Alex! Well I’ve always wanted to go but always found it too expensive (which was why this free option was so nice 😉 ) But I do have to say that they keep refilling the plates with scones, cakes, sandwiches etc so you could *theoretically* sit there and eat all day.

      Here’s a summary of the difference between high tea and afternoon tea in England better than I could ever do! http://britishfood.about.com/od/faq/f/highteavafttea.htm x

  • My bf has never been for afternoon tea either! So many people haven’t, I want to go all the time, I love it! I’ve still only been once though, there aren’t a lot of options where we live. I’m guessing jam then cream?

    • Correct!! I put on so much cream that if the jam wasn’t there first it would probably just slide off (gross and true). We will have to all go to Bettys in York. Apparently it’s the best afternoon tea in the world. x

      • I’ve always wanted to go there, but there’s always lines around the block! There’s one in Harrogate as well that I think you can book into. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Betty’s though!

  • I just adore afternoon tea!! And clotted cream 🙂

  • LOVE this! Seriously, you look like you fit in perfectly in Mayfair! 🙂

  • oh I love this. so fancy fancy. And you look adorable!

  • I’d love to attend a real tea party!!
    What an amazing opportunity. c:
    You look gorgeous, no wonder you were invited to an exclusive tea party.
    All the chocolate has my heart. XD

    <3
    Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

  • Aww- you guys are cute!! What a cool way to spend an afternoon. I would totally enjoy some champagne and sandwiches with you, any day. The sandwich selection sounds so good too.. I love egg salad, ham, cucumber AND salmon’s pretty good too…!

    • I’m not too keen on egg salad (mostly because I don’t like hardboiled eggs) but I tried a bit and even for something that traditionally I don’t like, I could tell it was a good version of it. But I left all those sandwiches to Sam. x

  • I love your dress! That sounds like such a fun tea service and is something that I really need to try someday. 🙂

    • It’s definitely an experience! And I typically eat really quickly so it was a really nice to be forced to eat at a leisurely pace! x

  • I’ve never done an official afternoon tea. I might have to start bringing tea and petit fours to work!

  • What a gorgeous, classy tea…and lady! 🙂

  • msmelaniemarie

    Devon, FTW.

    • I’ve been asking around for clotted cream stores for you. So far no great suggestions except google British import stores reasonably close to you 🙁 x

      • msmelaniemarie

        You’re so sweet! I’ll have a look. 🙂 x

  • Hi there, I’m a fairly new reader, and I’m loving your blog so far. Afternoon tea in England is my life-long dream! Ack I’m so jealous of you right now! lol But from the looks of it, our tea houses in CA are pretty similar – tiny sandwiches, tiny desserts, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd. Oh man now I’m salivating.

    • True! It was like all my girly fantasises as a kid. But it felt special having it in the country it was invented in! Thank you so much! x

  • you two look fabulous, and so does the tea! I’ve never been to England, but when I lived in NYC I used to love having afternoon tea at the Metropolitan Museum. the concept of tea is very different here in Taiwan!

    • Thank you so much Jamie! What would a traditional tea look like in taiwan?(I am guessing not so much dairy for one) x

  • Oh my.. that is one posh afternoon tea!
    I’m guessing you prefer jam first?

    Personally, I’ll do either. If the cream is straight from the fridge I put that on first as it’s easier to spread it on the scone. If the cream is softer, I’ll do jam first then dollop on some cream.

    • I do prefer jam first. Only because I pile on so much cream. A heart attacks worth. Good things afternoon tea is a rarity for me! x

  • so perfectly english! looove that dress!!

  • yum I love afternoon tea and I need some clotted cream in my life!

    • So delicious! I’ve had friends really struggle to find clotted cream in America which is such a shame! x

  • Kam

    I love afternoon tea 🙂 Never been to Flemings but looks like it may be worth a visit!

    Kam | A Married Couple & Their Travels

    • My ultimate afternoon tea goal is to go to Betty’s in York. But this was lovely! If you go, definitely check out travelzoo and see if they still have the discounted voucher! x

  • Ahhh afternoon tea… one of the best ways to spend an afternoon! And yep, that dress is perfect for the occasion, I love it.

  • I love your outfit! An oh, high tea is the best! This makes me want to make a bunch of crustless sandwiches and go to town! 😉

  • You look gorgeous! I’m jealous! I’d love to go to afternoon tea!

  • I love clotted cream way too much!! 😉 True love for sure!! Looks like an amazing tea!!!

  • It’s still on my England Bucket List to go have a super classic Afternoon Tea! Unfortunately, my boyfriend doesn’t really find the thought too appealing, but I’m working on it! 😉 Love your outfit! The dress has such a beautiful color!

  • What an incredible-looking place! I’m so jealous! Can you hook me up for when I go to London in May? (Trip, not moving – yet!) I’d love an excuse to dress up a little.

    [Actually, would you mind overmuch if I emailed you asking for PR contacts in London? Iiiii am on a budget. /o]

    • Ha, thank you! Unfortunately I can’t hook any one up with tea room discounts, however, I can recommend some amazing budget eats. Even though London is expensive you can eat well on a budget fairly easily. x

  • I just adore your dress and shoes! So lovely!

  • you look beautiful – like a modern-day Lady Mary! love that color on you 🙂

    the first time I ever visited London, when I was 11 with my family, we went to tea at Brown’s and my mom tells me I insisted on eating only smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches for a full year afterwards because I loved it so much. poor Mommy! haha

    • Thank you! That’s too kind.

      Did your mom cut the crusts off as well? That’s dedication! You must have been a very sophisticated 11 year old. At that same age, I think pizza with more than just cheese on it was the height of culinary daring for me. x