Afternoon tea at Flemings of Mayfair

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On Sunday, we planned a little surprise trip for one of our closest friend’s birthday. Chloe had no idea where we were bringing her and – after putting her on the scent of something outdoorsy with the suggestion of a farm and bringing a warm hat and scarf – she was pretty surprised when we stopped outside of the marble stepped doors of Flemings of Mayfair.

Just a two minute walk from Green Park station, in the heart of Mayfair and neighbouring the adorable Shepherd Market, Flemings’ know how to put on a quintessentially British afternoon tea.

Hosted downstairs in The Front Room, we sat in comfy, mini-thrones of deepest purple, turquoise and burgundy hues. The walls were either adorned with hanging mirrors or decorated with velvet wallpaper – this is top-notch luxury.

After picking our teas (I went for a very traditional Assam blend) the tiers arrived. Starting from the bottom layer, we tucked into some delicious sandwiches – salmon and cream cheese, cheese and pickle, cucumber and ham and mustard. We made very short work of them.

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On tier two we had warm, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and mini bakewell tarts. Level of fullness – near max-capacity.

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The final and most decadent tier – the cake tier – was amazing. Mini lemon meringue pies, strawberry and white chocolate macaroons, dark chocolate brownies, and Madeleines. Level of fullness – ready to explode.

Afternoon Tea Flemings Mayfair

The chefs even made up a gluten-free afternoon tea for Claire (she of gluten-free and guilt-free banana cake recipe fame!). All we had to do was email in advance and ask – just an idea of how good their customer service is.

But the staff and the ambiance made the event even more special. As the four of us sat together, having a good ol’ chin wag, staff were brilliantly attentive but not overly pushy to get us out the door – we stayed for nearly three hours! By far one of the best afternoon teas I’ve ever had!

Traditional Afternoon Tea at Flemings of Mayfair starts at £23.50.

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