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“A secret-garden hideaway and one of the best restaurants in Covent Garden – this is one of the prettiest afternoon teas in London”

Taken amid the elegant surroundings of The Petersham – a secret-garden hideaway and one of the best restaurants in Covent Garden – this is one of the prettiest afternoon teas in London. Blooms take pride of place here, even on the glass cake stand, which arrives flourished with a posy of wild flowers spilling out of a vase.

It’s also one of London’s tastiest afternoon teas. Savouries come in the form of pillowy milk buns that are delicate enough to ensure the focus is firmly on the punchy seasonal fillings. Highlights from our visit included a generously fat wedge of salty Montgomery cheddar with spiced chutney, and a rich and buttery egg mayonnaise topped with a bright burst of theme-fitting edible flowers.

There are thoughtful extra touches to be found on the drinks menu too. A selection of tea tails – botanical, tea-infused cocktails – make for a refreshing aperitif. We particularly enjoyed the gin paired with cardamom and rose, which was smooth with just the right hint of tartness. For those who prefer their tea more traditionally non-alcoholic, there’s a good selection with, appropriately, lots of floral-based options. Hibiscus and red berry is dark and fruity, while The Petersham’s own blend, is lightly perfumed and sweet. If the weather is kind, ask to sit in the courtyard surrounded by fluffy clouds of hydrangeas. It’s an afternoon of floral delight.