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Any recommendations for an elegant afternoon tea? I've narrowed the search to Brown's, the Savoy or Claridges and am looking for feedback. Any other suggestions? Also, most require "smart casual" attire. What does that mean? Jacket required?

The World Ship - Europe July 2004
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Tea at the Dorchester Hotel is VERY nice. Smart casual for tea would mean a jacket. Especially at the Brown or the Dorchester.


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try Fortnum and Mason (the Queens grocers)There is a web page available .

heres the link


click on the about us tab then restaurants and one of the restaurants does a high tea menu.


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Is that any Ritz? I just had Mother's Day brunch at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay and I have had Tea at several Ritz Carltons. Should I cross that one off? Anyway, I heard from a Londoner that THE place for an authentic, not as touristy, Tea in London is Brown's. Too bad if they're closed. I was planning on going to Fortnum and Mason's anyway to stock up on my favorite tea so maybe I should just kill two birds ...

The World Ship - Europe July 2004
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My mother is a big fan of afternoon Tea so we have been trying several on special occasions. So far we have tried the Park Lane hotel - very poor, like having tea in a hotel lobby surrounded by football supporters.
Claridges - Excellent, music and several courses.
Fortnum and Masons - ok but it is effectively a store cafe - albeit a nice one!
Ritz - The ultimate. Outstanding selection of Teas, Sandwiches, Cakes and Scones. Pricey (£35 I think) but well worth it. We are now making the Ritz our 'regular'! Book well in advance (at least 2 months, 6 months if you want to go on a Saturday).
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So we worked The Ritz Tea into our itinerary for London. The bad news is we have to go to Tower of London first, in the morning, and will have to dress up for the entire day since our base is in Greenwich and we won't have time to go back and change. Hopefully it won't be too hot, although it is July. Anyway, we're looking forward to it and then I can cross it off the list!

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