Reform Social & Grill at The Mandeville hotel, Marylebone
The Reform Social & Grill understands a man's needs. They have set a great British gentleman's afternoon tea menu that is littered heartily with sausage rolls, fish fingers with mushy peas, steak and snail sandwiches and eight types of tea. Or sir could just simply stick to the alcohol (see the macho selection of sparkling cocktails for just £12 each).
The Swan at The Globe Theatre, Bankside
The Swan's savoury alternative to the classic afternoon tea serves up meat, cheese and fish bites for those looking for a more filling tea-time treat. For an extra fiver, there's even the option to swap the dainty cup of tea for a manly tankard of ale. Located at London's iconic Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the elegant British restaurant and bar provides a cosy atmosphere with delightful views over the river towrds St Paul's Cathedral – a great place to stop off during an afternoon of sightseeing along the Thames.
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
Not been to level 31 of The Shard yet? A memorable afternoon tea would be one good reason to go to Aqua Shard. It's served Monday to Friday from 1pm-5pm, and 1pm-4pm on Saturday, and one of the main reasons to go is (you probably guessed it!) the amazing views of London. Chow down on those tasty sandwiches and jam-filled scones, and bring the lads along for a real London experience!
REMIX at Sanctum Soho Hotel, Soho
Here's what the good doctor ordered: a place of respite from the high-street beyond and its throngs of shoppers and general sense of mayhem. This is the Sanctum, and its afternoon tea for gentlemen is as wondrous as it sounds. Find here a place that alleviates worldly worry and replaces it with excellent food including Scotch eggs and baby back ribs, a sampling of whiskey and even a cigar to be taken on the rooftop terrace.
The Library Lounge at London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Waterloo
If you're looking for a hearty selection of savoury grub and impressive views of the Thames, you should head on over to The Library Lounge. This swanky gentleman's afternoon tea offers a meaty mix of mini sliders, ox cheek nuggets and triple-cooked chips, plus a decent Guinness and hazelnut slice. What's better yet? You can wash it all down with unlimited ale during your 90-minute feast – cheers!
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Palm Court at the Langham Hotel, Marylebone
The Langham is one of London's great five-star hotels. Palm Court is the Garden of Eden in the Genesis story of afternoon tea, which originates in 1865. This is a classic affair, with cucumber finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, a selection of mouth-watering pastries and, most importantly, a glass of Laurent-Perrier NV Champagne. Being the original, it stands above the others, and ought to receive proper appreciation from the ladies and gentlemen alike.
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