One Aldwych has collaborated with the West End’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical this Christmas to give its afternoon tea a magical festive twist. Inspired by the much-loved children’s book, the menu includes creative twists on classics, such as a golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mandarin, and gingerbread and white chocolate pops. Savoury treats such as turkey and cranberry relish sandwiches on onion bread also feature on the menu, which is perfect for a family Christmas treat before an evening at the theatre. Available from 1 December to 4 January.
Corinthia Hotel London
Head to the Corinthia Hotel London this Christmas season to sample a selection of indulgent festive-themed English Tea Fancies. The selection includes Rudolph, Jack Frost, Santa’s Little Helper and The Scrooge, for an opulent infusion of Christmas cheer. To add something extra-special to the festive menu, a choir of carol singers will be singing in the Lobby Lounge on selected dates, while the roaring fires and impressive edible gingerbread Christmas tree will make it hard to leave. Available from 6 December to 5 January 2015.
Claridge’s, one of the most famous spots in London for a traditional afternoon tea at any time of year, is extra-special at Christmas. The hotel’s festive afternoon tea menu includes a selection of savouries such as a cheddar, pear and walnut Eccles cake, yet the real highlight is the indulgent selection of handmade pastries, including the Dolce & Gabbana Christmas tree, a lemon meringue confection named for the impressive tree in the lobby designed by the Italian duo. Available until 1 January.
The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel offers its award-winning traditional afternoon tea with a festive twist. Choose from a selection of Christmas-themed sandwiches, including turkey and cranberry, or the vegetarian option of sage and onion stuffing. Finish off with the Christmas-inspired cake selection, which includes a macaroon flavoured with pine needles, a mini spiced loaf cake and a mini Christmas pudding. The cosy tearoom is the perfect hideaway from the hordes of shoppers elsewhere and is a perfect pre-Christmas treat. Available throughout December.