I love tea. For anyone who knows me, knows that I love to serve tea when company is over. Tea time tradition goes back many centuries and there's nothing more to celebrate England than a lovely afternoon with High Tea.
There are many high tea purveyors in London such as the Ritz-Carlton which is also a great experience especially if reservations at Fortnum's is unavailable, but since we love our teas, what better experience to try the Royal Family's tea supplier, Fortnum & Mason. We were delighted to have booked reservations a couple of months in advance and chose "high tea," which is usually late afternoon-early evening.
I was pleasantly surprised by their teas. We had a tea sommelier go over tea varietals and had the choice to sample any tea on their list, including the rare teas. Afternoon Tea and High Tea are often mistaken for the same thing, but there is a subtle difference. Afternoon tea consists of tea sandwiches, scones, and lite cakes. It was a supplement during the late afternoon between lunch and dinner. High Tea, on the other hand, consists of not only scones, tea sandwiches, and cakes but is also completed with a savory plate, such as Beef Wellington.
We really enjoyed our tea at Fortnum's and even took tea and goodies from their shop to be shipped back to the U.S. for only £30. Looking forward to more High Teas in the future.
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Make sure to make reservations ahead of time. Online reservations are available. It's ok if you don't finish your meal, Fortnum offers you a choice to take home your leftovers.