Why high tea? This regal meal is a luxurious way to spend an afternoon – sip on fine teas, enjoy a range of tiny cakes and fresh sandwiches, and take in the opulent surroundings. While high tea originated in England, it was exported throughout the world to England’s colonies and now you are never far from an opportunity to enjoy this tasty treat. Forget the cocktails and go to the bar for afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is a great way to experience a luxury hotel if you do not have a lot of money to spend – the prices for high tea are generally more accessible than those for lunch or dinner.
The Ritz, London
London’s flagship, five-star hotel is the most famous place to enjoy an afternoon tea with all the trimmings. The popularity of high tea at this classy institution hasn’t diminished in the many years it’s been served. Eat a range of freshly prepared sandwiches and choose from a selection of fine teas. You can also have a champagne high tea if you’ve got something to celebrate.(Image by cond1979)
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
The Raffles Hotel is a supremely decadent place to stay or visit and the high tea is no exception. High tea is a special tradition at the hotel and is served in the Tiffin Room. The election of fragrant loose teas is famous, and you can enjoy a selection of fresh fruit, cakes, and even dim sum with your drinks.
Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa
South Africa may not be the place you first think of when you want high tea but the morning and afternoon tea service at this luxury hotel is an experience you can’t miss. The sandwiches are first class and the views are just as impressive. The morning tea at the hotel is a lighter version of the full high tea and is a great start to your day.
The Strand, Myanmar (Burma)
The Strand is a colonial beauty and offers visitors a level of decadence that has been kept up for centuries. The pastries are homemade and the teas are fresh and genuine, plus the surroundings are distinctive and impressive.
Tea & Sympathy, New York
For an authentic taste of England in Greenwich Village, go to Tea & Sympathy in New York. This café and shop serves all things English, including the traditional high tea with finger sandwiches, scones, jam, and pastries. All the foods are homemade and the teas are delicious.
Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Sit on the Stanley Terrace for views over the falls and a gorgeous afternoon tea with all the trimmings. Cool down and relax with the specially selected foods and the loose teas.(image by Meraj Chhaya)
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong
This luxury hotel remains the place to be seen and it’s been serving its own version of the afternoon tea for years. Tea is served in thin china with a side helping of gorgeous cakes.
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