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London Afternoon Tea - Fortnum and Mason - Things to do in London

London life, TravelTalitha McQueen

I love planning a special London afternoon tea experience when friends and family are visiting from overseas. To celebrate the gorgeous new Alphabet mug range from Fortnum and Mason, I've decided to repost my blog about our lovely afternoon tea there a few years ago.

Fortnum and Mason Alphabet mugs

Fortnum and Mason Tea


There are so many things to do and see in London. London is a busy city and it can get a bit tiring being in such crowded areas. This weekend I enjoyed a few hours at a gorgeous tea room in London store Fortnum and Mason.

Tea has been enjoyed by people all over the world for many years however the tradition of enjoying afternoon tea was introduced in Britain in the mid-seventeenth century by the Duchess of Bedford. Apparently, the Duchess would become hungry in the afternoon and dinner wasn't served until 8 pm in her household so she asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter be brought to her room in the late afternoon.

Later it is said the Duchess began to invite friends to join her for tea.

Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed at many places in London. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason is a fabulous afternoon tea experience. We were lucky enough to enjoy afternoon tea there when my mum was visiting from overseas. I'd definitely recommend it as a special place to go in London.

The Fortnum and Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon offers various menus. We decided on the Afternoon Tea plus one children's afternoon tea. The children's menu was great and my six year old had a wonderful time.

There were so many varieties of tea to choose from! We chose the Royal Blend which was lovely. The sandwiches were delicious and we especially enjoyed the coronation chicken and the prawn and gem lettuce. The rose eclair was also divine.

It really was a lovely way to spend an afternoon in London. It's very peaceful in the Tea Salon and afterwards, you can stroll through each level of Fortnum and Mason browsing the lovely items on display. There are also lots of lovely stores and arcades outside so it's a wonderful area for a wander.
Reservations can be made online via the Fortnum and Mason website. I'd recommend booking a few weeks before you plan on visiting London to make sure you don't miss out.
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