November Afternoon tea at Delauney.

English afternoon tea is perhaps, the traditional way to face winter blues and life’s upheavals.

November already, and it’s a little chilly – we opted for the Delaunay restaurant.
Enough ceremony and polished silver, to make it special, but not so much as to make you want to leave the country.
Enough ceremony and polished silver, to make it special, but not so much as to make you feel uncomfortable.

London visitors should not leave the beloved city without sampling a grand afternoon tea at least once.

London visitors should not leave the beloved city without sampling a grand afternoon tea with the locals, at least once.

In a nutshell:
The Delaunay is smart and luxurious but easy enough to book. The savouries were delicious, though perhaps not particularly traditional. Everything was very generous and the waiter was forthcoming with seconds and refills. Champagne was perfectly chilled, but I did not like the glasses as they did not clink well! (no pleasing some people) service was impeccable.

What to wear:
Dedicated post coming up on this fascinating subject. Meanwhile check out the etiquette post.

The colours were suspiciously bright, but the champagne was good.

The colours were suspiciously bright, but the champagne was good.

For a more casual take on the Delaunay, stop by the counter, no bookings necessary.
http://www.thedelaunay.com

© Ladysarahinlondon
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11 thoughts on “November Afternoon tea at the Delaunay

  1. Virginia

    Next to having tea with the Queen, tea with Dame Maggie Smith would be an excellent choice! Everything looks yummy, and I’m sorry to say I don’t know enough about the traditional items other than cucumber sandwiches, scones and Lemon Curd. I’ve seen your comment on no cupcakes, but what is a non traditional savory? Thanks for the tea update!

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    1. ladysarahinlondon Post author

      Would love tea with Maggie Smith- she is my role model. 🙂 traditional tea would in my view include toasted crumpets, anchovy butter, Swiss roll or proper Victoria sponge with raspberry jam & cream, maybe tinny fruit tartllets… I am easy to please!

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  2. Monica

    It looks lovely, can’t wait for the post on what to wear to afternoon tea! May I ask what, in your opinion, are the best places for afternoon tea in London, and if there are any to be avoided?

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  3. gsl64

    My dear Lady Sarah, in your honor I shall be arranging a couple of afternoon teas between now and Christmas at our Drake Hotel and Russia Tea Time. I shall review your etiquette post prior to departure and report back….our glasses will clink or they’ll be trouble.

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  4. silkpathdiary

    Looks lovely and I agree with you about the colours – what is it now – must we have neon bright cakes and pastries? I thought I was the only one to notice how well glasses clink! They must otherwise what is the point? x

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