High Time for High Tea

The Best Places for Tea in London 
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The Ritz:
The Ritz is probably the most famous place to do tea in London. It is wonderful- but also one of the most expensive. I have fond memories of my time living in London and attending the most opulent 21st birthday party, of our friend Trace, in the Ritz’s stunning atrium where they serve tea during the day. I was in a floor length bubble gum pink gown– I still have it. It’s so adorable. I recommend dressing equally as fabulously for tea- when in London…
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Fortnum and Mason:
This is a department store (but more like a fine home decoration store meets Henri Bendel) very close to The Ritz that specializes in home goods and tea. Brits would urge you to pass on the glitz of the Ritz and go for the more classic experience here.
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Claridges: High Tea at Claridges is probably the best combination in-between the first two options.
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Best Places to Eat London

Places to Eat
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For a scene and sushi:
Zuma: in Knightsbridge, is very hip Japanese restaurant. You can usually see a lime green Lamborghini parked outside. 

For fantastic farm raised meats in artisan fashion

 Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea. See New York Times article here.


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For the views:

Dinner or drinks at Sushi Samba in the Heron Tower.

For a great deal if you can get it

Burger & Lobster: no reservations. Get there at 11.50 for lunch, or sometime before 5.30pm for dinner if you don’t want to wait for hours! Limited menu (either burger or lobster and fries, GBP20 either choice) – awesome!

For a change of pace outside the city

River Café, relaxed Italian with great quality food, a 20 min taxi ride from Knightsbridge. The Hind’s Head is a michellin starred gastropub right next to The Fat Duck (very famous Blumenthal restaurant).  The Crooked Billet is excellent near Henley.

For a power lunch:

Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, very old school scene on Duke Street right next to Fortnum & Mason and the very fashionable Jemyn Street. The steak tartare composed table-side is fantastic.

 

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For a quick cheap eat:

Pret-a-Manger- they are everywhere. And the food is very good, well-priced, with organic, vegetarian and vegan options as well. The environmental angle they have taken appeals to the Californian in me (check out the above), rendering this a go-to snack spot. It even beat out even the highly acclaimed Caviar House in Heathrow for my pre-flight purchase– the Caviar bar has fioe gras, too.

Other Honorable Mentions:

Boudin Blanc in Mayfair- in an absolutely charming location, fantastic French food. Pollen Street Social – good bistro, great cocktails and desert bar, very central. Ceccones – there is on in the SoHo House in South Beach, but this is the original one, it’s sceney. Bumpkin for good low key English. And the Painted Heron – great Indian food in Chelsea.

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