Fancy a cuppa? Afternoon Tea Week 2015, from 10-16 August, is set to celebrate the great British institution with themed events, offers and tastings. Here are our top 5 picks.

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1. For history-buffs…

Kerstin Rodgers, aka food blogger Ms Marmite Lover (famed for launching the underground supper club restaurant movement in the UK) will be hosting the Historical Afternoon Tea at the East London time capsule Dennis Severs’ House. Expect a unique selection of authentic recipes plucked from historic cookbooks. And make like the Georgians.

Where? Dennis Severs’ House | 18 Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX
When? Friday 14 August, 3pm
Price: £75 per person

The Square book launch

2. For cocktail-lovers…

Author and journalist Rosie Millard will be hosting a Literary Afternoon Tea at Conrad St James Hotel while offering a sneak peek into her new comic tale, The Square. The Summer in the City afternoon tea will feature iced tea, scones infused with the summer flavours of coconut and pineapple, jelly ‘cocktails’, mojito macaroons and chocolate mousse mini ice cream cones.

Where? Conrad St James Hotel | 22-28 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BH
When? Thursday 13 August, 6pm
Price: £35 per person


“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” – Henry James

3. For perfume addicts…

We all know your nose often leads your taste buds. Follow a sensory journey through British summertime in Floris Scents of Summer – a collaboration between InterContinental London Park Lane executive chef Ashley Wells and Edward Bodenham, ninth generation of British Family Perfumers, Floris London.

Where? InterContinental London Park Lane | One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY
From 10-16 August, 1pm-5pm daily 
£35 per person

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4. For literary-lovers…

Brown’s Hotel is celebrating the 125th anniversary of renowned crime writer, Agatha Christie’s birth, with a selection of edible delights mentioned throughout her books, all served in The English Tea Room. And of course, a few treats inspired by her most famous character Miss Marple.

Where? Brown’s Hotel | 33 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP
From 10-16 August
£45 per person

Palm Court at The Ritz

5. For chocoholics…

The Ritz Hotel is launching a new milk chocolate and almond afternoon tea cake for Afternoon Tea Week, featuring milk chocolate mousse, an almond insert, almond brownie base, milk chocolate feuilletine and salted caramel. All enjoyed in the delectable surroundings of The Palm Court.

Where? The Ritz Hotel The Ritz Hotel, 150 Piccadilly W1J 9BR
When? From 10-16 August, 11.30am to 7.30pm every day
Price: £50 per person

Now, milk before tea or tea before milk?

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