Photography by Chris Osburn
Over the past year or so, we've been generally pleased with our visits to the Royal China Club; we loved sampling their dim sum and thought their free chopstick lessons for children was as cute a gimmick as any London restaurant had managed to pull off. So, it was a bit of a no brainer when asked to swing by and give their afternoon tea with Chinese pastries a try. Graciously prepared at our table with some Chinese custom thrown in for a bit of theatre, the range of teas that Londonist tasted were impressively delectable (the pastries were pretty good too). There were certainly worse ways to spend a wintry afternoon.
For those inured to the delights of London's more usual afternoon teas, here's a fresh, oriental take on this ever so British tradition. And for those seeking to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Royal China Club's afternoon tea might provide a purrrrfectly civilized and novel way to usher in the year of the tiger.
Afternoon tea is served Monday to Friday from 3-5pm at the spacious and kinda fancy Royal China Club (40-42 Baker Street, W1U 7AJ). Visit their website for contact details and to book.