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A gentleman's afternoon tea sounds like a riddle wrapped in an oxymoron, but it's not. And thank God, because nothing upsets the majority of men like putting a puzzle between them and an orgy of food and drink. The following men's afternoon tea highlights are a sample of the very best and most intriguing bastardisations of the traditional ladies après-midi teas in London. Afternoon tea for men need not be so frightening! So settle down lads, relax a while. We've got you covered.
Tags: Afternoon Tea
Reform Social & Grill
Marylebone / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
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 - now there's an afternoon tea offer you can't refuse).
Swan at the Globe
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
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 towards St Paul's Cathedral - a great place to stop off during an afternoon of sightseeing along the Thames.
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Not been to level 31 of The Shard yet? A memorable afternoon tea for men 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!
Roof Top Garden Bar at The Sanctum Soho
Soho / Bar / Hotel /
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 men 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 overlooking Soho.
Afternoon Tea at The Library Lounge
Waterloo / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
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!
Marylebone / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
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.
The Luggage Room
Mayfair / Bar /
Tucked away in glamorous Mayfair, the 20s-style hidden cocktail bar, The Luggage Room, serves up a Low Tea that mixes English tradition with an American speakeasy vibe. Dressed in their finest attire, gentlemen can sample hot mushrooms tarts, smoked eel vol-au-vents and Scotch eggs, alongside a classic Victoria sponge and a rum syllabub. This decadent experience doesn't come cheap, but it certainly is a stylish spot to treat the refined man in your life.
Cinnamon Soho by Vivek Singh
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Why wait until dinner when you can enjoy your favourite Indian snacks mid-afternoon? On a London day out with the boys, head to Cinnamon Soho for an afternoon pit-stop. Piled high with Bombay potato bonda, samosas and Bhangra lamb sliders, their High Chai Afternoon Tea also features British tea-time classics with an Asian twist, including carom-seed scones, tadoori chicken sandwiches and freshly-brewed masala chai tea. A men's afternoon tea filled with exotic Eastern promise.
Afternoon Tea at Lord's
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
The ultimate afternoon tea experience for cricket fans takes place at Lord's, overlooking the outfield and media centre. Visit the museum and shop before sitting down to a traditional afternoon tea in the Long Room, which also includes a guided tour of the Pavilion and MCC Museum. This sophisticated occasion at the Home of Cricket calls for a formal dress code, including jackets and ties for gents, and champagne is of course available in place of tea.
The Churchill Bar & Terrace
Marylebone / Bar / Hotel /
Build your own gentleman's afternoon tea at The Churchill Bar & Terrace. Ok, so strictly speaking there's no afternoon tea here, you'll just be ordering from the bar menu. But there's plenty of light bites on offer for a mid-afternoon gentleman's treat: from Scotch quail eggs, tartare and mini beef burgers, to beer-battered prawns, caviar and croquettes, served in The Churchill Bar's very masculine interior inspired by the man himself. Throw in a prohibition-style tea pot cocktail or a glass of whisky from the impressive drinks list, and replace the traditional bite-size cakes with a Cuban cigar to be enjoyed on the terrace.
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