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    • Mrs Bones
    • By Mrs Bones 14th Mar 17, 10:25 PM
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    Afternoon Tea in London
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    Afternoon Tea in London 14th Mar 17 at 10:25 PM
    Can anyone suggest somewhere nice or different I could get a voucher or book for afternoon tea in London please? Somewhere that is not extortionately expensive. I don't know what to get the Oldies for their birthdays and they don't know what they want either. So as they've got a weekend bus trip to London at the end of April I wonder if I could get something sorted for them on the Saturday they are there.

    Edit to add, preferably somewhere close to the Thames.
    Last edited by Mrs Bones; 14-03-2017 at 10:27 PM.
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    • AubreyMac
    • By AubreyMac 14th Mar 17, 11:19 PM
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    What's the budget?

    I enjoyed high tea at Fortnum & Mason a few weeks back for a friends bithday. It cost £49 just for my portion but it was so nice & filling - I did have a lobster & truffle omelette.

    Last year I had afternoon tea on a boat that sailed along the Thames, pity the weather was awful that day. That was around £30 per person & wasn't great. I prefer high tea (light meal) as suppose to just sandwiches where you don't get choice in filling.
    • Mrs Bones
    • By Mrs Bones 14th Mar 17, 11:32 PM
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    What's the budget?

    I enjoyed high tea at Fortnum & Mason a few weeks back for a friends bithday. It cost £49 just for my portion but it was so nice & filling - I did have a lobster & truffle omelette.

    Last year I had afternoon tea on a boat that sailed along the Thames, pity the weather was awful that day. That was around £30 per person & wasn't great. I prefer high tea (light meal) as suppose to just sandwiches where you don't get choice in filling.
    Originally posted by AubreyMac
    Budget preferably around £80 or less for two people, possibly stretch to £100, I know London prices are expensive.

    I'm thinking somewhere around the river as I know they are hoping to go on a boat trip on the Saturday, they love boat trips where ever they go. So I'm hoping for something close by so the can do both. The coach trip their going on includes seeing a show Friday night and they come back Sunday so it's only Saturday they have a free day.
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    • Tipsntreats
    • By Tipsntreats 14th Mar 17, 11:55 PM
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    http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/uk/london/

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/Londons-ten-best-afternoon-teas/

    http://www.lastminute.com/experiences/afternoon-tea.html

    http://www.citycruises.com/london-thames-experiences/afternoon-tea-cruise

    I have done the tea cruise, it is wonderful.
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 14th Mar 17, 11:56 PM
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    How about a tea on the My Fair Lady canal boat?

    http://www.walkersquay.com/mfl_menus.html#mid

    Only ever been on the Jenny Wren myself, but I think they'd love it. Not sure whether it's restricted to certain days or times. If not, bet they'd enjoy a Jenny Wren trip and then go somewhere else.
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    • tommix
    • By tommix 15th Mar 17, 12:05 AM
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    Cynthia and I often take Tea at the Savoy which of course overlooks the Thames..
    • Mrs Bones
    • By Mrs Bones 15th Mar 17, 12:28 AM
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    I'd not thought about tea on a boat, I think they'd really enjoy that. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have a look through them.
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 15th Mar 17, 9:54 AM
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    I think i'll call you Posh_tipsntreats from now on.

    I'm more of a Joe Lyons Tea Shop bod.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 15th Mar 17, 11:34 AM
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    I've been to the Waldorf a few times near the Aldwych, so not far from the Thames.

    They also do Tea-Dances, which are frequented by people of all ages. They're great fun.
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    • By Pyxis 15th Mar 17, 11:41 AM
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    Cynthia and I often take Tea at the Savoy which of course overlooks the Thames..
    Originally posted by tommix
    Cynthia and Tommix! Get back to the kitchens! What do you think you're doing up here!
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 15th Mar 17, 12:01 PM
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    The Library Lounge at the Marriott County Hall.

    It's lovely in there, very relaxed and overlooking the Thames, HoP and London Eye. They do free flowing bubbles, they say for 1.5 hours, but if you go later, say 2pm they will usually carry on until 5pm. They also top up the food and tea. £39 midweek, £41 weekends. We usually go in February for our birthatinesversary celebration!

    http://www.bookatable.co.uk/afternoon-tea-at-the-library-lounge-south-bank-london
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    • makingplans4nigel
    • By makingplans4nigel 16th Mar 17, 12:44 PM
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    The Library Lounge at the Marriott County Hall.

    It's lovely in there, very relaxed and overlooking the Thames, HoP and London Eye. They do free flowing bubbles, they say for 1.5 hours, but if you go later, say 2pm they will usually carry on until 5pm. They also top up the food and tea. £39 midweek, £41 weekends. We usually go in February for our birthatinesversary celebration!

    http://www.bookatable.co.uk/afternoon-tea-at-the-library-lounge-south-bank-london
    Originally posted by peachyprice
    Yep definitely recommend this too. Great views and decent price for champagne topups.
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    • By makingplans4nigel 16th Mar 17, 12:51 PM
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    There's some good deals on groupon right now. Altitude 360 in Millbank Tower and Vertigo 42 in Tower 42 both have deals and good views.
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    • MrsShazbat
    • By MrsShazbat 16th Mar 17, 1:27 PM
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    My go-to is one on the Virgin Experience site; £39.50 for 2 people at (in my case) The Courthouse Hotel opposite Liberty's. Also got my aunty one for her 60th (for her and my uncle) at a posh hotel in Harrogate. OK you get the voucher and have to ring up and book but it's not much hassle.
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    • bap98189
    • By bap98189 16th Mar 17, 1:42 PM
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    How about the Houses of Parliament. You can book a tour and then afternoon tea. I haven't tried the afternoon tea part, but we did one of the tours last year and it was absolutely brilliant. It lasted about 90 minutes and we got to go into chambers and all sorts of other rooms as well. What a fascinating building.
    • tensandunits
    • By tensandunits 16th Mar 17, 6:52 PM
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    Cynthia and I often take Tea at the Savoy which of course overlooks the Thames..
    Originally posted by tommix
    Claridges for me. £60-80 per person and don't forget the obligatory 12.5% tip.

    And none of the riff-raff
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    http://www.claridges.co.uk/mayfair-restaurants-bars/london-afternoon-tea/
    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 17th Mar 17, 11:33 PM
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    There's more suggestions in this thread and others in the holidays in the UK subforum
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    • tommix
    • By tommix 18th Mar 17, 11:34 AM
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    Claridges for me. £60-80 per person and don't forget the obligatory 12.5% tip.

    And none of the riff-raff


    http://www.claridges.co.uk/mayfair-restaurants-bars/london-afternoon-tea/
    Originally posted by tensandunits
    Yes I go to Claridges when I'm slumming it..It is very oppulent and I appreciate that..

    However the Tea they serve is harvested by 'Berkshire Vicars' as opposed to 'Peruvian Monks' which Imo affects the quality of Tea Leaf.
    • paddyrg
    • By paddyrg 18th Mar 17, 1:58 PM
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    Something a little different - HMS Belfast has a cafe either on the boat or on the jetty thing. Views of The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, City Hall. Mix things up
    • catkins
    • By catkins 20th Mar 17, 9:11 AM
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    Well it's not near to the river but if they like cats what about Lady Dinah's Tea Emporium? I know a few people who have been there and me and OH are going next month.
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