Afternoon Tea At The Modern Pantry

Posted on November 6th, 2012 in Afternoon Tea by Stephanie

The Modern Pantry Restaurant Clerkenwell

The Modern Pantry is a cute restaurant in Clerkenwell that serves up a great alternative afternoon tea in it’s cafe area on the ground floor. At £15 per person you can enjoy warm green tea scones with gooseberry compote and clotted cream, triple-decker sarnies filled with an assortment of mouth-watering fillings and lemon squares and chocolate brownies to finish off. You can also choose from a variety of different coffees and teas including green tea, white tea and herbal tea. Add £5 and you can wash it all down with a glass of bubbly.

Afternoon Tea At The Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry has a casual and relaxed atmosphere, with airy interiors and alfresco tables which are perfect for taking tea when the weather is good. It’s a great alternative to the traditional afternoon tea places in London and less than half the price!

The Modern Pantry Restaurant Clerkenwell Interior

The Modern Pantry serves afternoon tea every day except on Sundays, from 3-5pm.

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Ladurée – The Best Place For Macarons In London!

Posted on April 4th, 2012 in Afternoon Tea,Places To Visit by Stephanie


The famous French patisserie Ladurée can be found in London in Picadilly, Covent Garden and Cornhill (near Bank Station) with their original London tea salon in Harrods department store in Knightsbridge. All of their sleek boutique shops and cafes serve their iconic macarons as well as a selection of delightful cakes, pastries and tarts. You can either have them beautifully boxed and wrapped to take home or enjoy your sweets with a cup of tea relaxing in a plush sofa in the tearoom.

Laduree Harrods

I was shopping with a friend last week in Knightsbridge and we decided to have a tea break in the Ladurée in Harrods. Luckily being a weekday we didn’t have to wait long for a table because on weekends expect to be queueing for a long time! I opted for a scrumptious violet cupcake and an oolong tea infused with violet to wash it all down :)

Laduree Violet Cupcake And Macarons With Tea

If you’re a budding pâtissier or there isn’t a Ladurée near you, Ladurée have a book of recipes for their macarons and other sweets (Ladurée: Sucré: The Recipes) as well as a recipe book for their savoury offerings (Laduree: Savory: The Recipes).

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Hummingbird Bakery London Portabello Road

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 in Afternoon Tea,Places To Visit,Recipes by Stephanie

Hummingbird Bakery Portobello Road London

If you happen to be around the Notting Hill area in London then you simply must stop by the Hummingbird Bakery on Portabello Road. Over the years the Hummingbird Bakery has become London’s most famous cake shop stocking fresh hand baked cupcakes, cakes, pies and brownies. At any time on any day there always seems to be a queue of people waiting to pick up their Hummingbird Bakery cake fix. The branch on Portabello Road is their flagship branch and there are also branches in Soho (Wardour Street), South Kensington (Old Brompton Road) and Spitalfields (Frying Pan Alley).

Hummingbird Bakery London

The Hummingbird Bakery first opened in London in 2004. They wanted to provide Londoners with an alternative to supermarket cakes and French patisseries, a place where you could buy real cupcakes, fluffy with buttercream icing, moist layer cakes or genuine American pies. The mouthwatering display of cakes in their shops leaves you wanting to buy out the whole shop but if you have to choose one, go for Hummingbird bakery’s most popular cake, the Red Velvet cupcake. This cupcake has a fresh home-baked taste with a hint of cocoa and vanilla and an extremely addictive cream cheese frosting.

Hummingbird Bakery London Red Velvet Cupcake & Vanilla Cake

If there isn’t a Hummingbird bakery near you then they have a recipe book which has detailed recipes for all their cakes and creations so that you can make your own at home! The recipe book is available on Amazon here. Alternatively if you live abroad you can get the book from The Book Depository here which gives free international delivery!

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Afternoon Tea At Fortnum And Mason’s St James’s Restaurant

Posted on January 3rd, 2008 in Afternoon Tea,Places To Visit by Stephanie

One of the great British traditions that I absolutely adore is going to afternoon tea.  I booked a table last Saturday afternoon at Fortnum and Mason’s St James’s restaurant (see my Fortnum and Mason post for more information about the store) which was a nice escape from the cold weather outside!  The St James’s restaurant is situated on the entire 4th floor which is elegantly furnished with plush sofas as well as couples seats for more intimate dining.  We were given a choice of either traditional afternoon tea or high tea, with or without champagne.  We decided on the high tea given that we had not yet had lunch and wanted some hot food – I chose the Welsh Rarebit which is basically a posh name for cheese on toast.  This was also served with scones, a selection of cakes and of course tea.  The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, the service is attentive and friendly and there is also a live pianist.  It really is a beautiful escape from the busy city and is definately something I would recommend trying at least once.

Afternoon Tea

Scones and Cakes

Fortnum and Mason Afternoon Tea

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