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Afternoon Tea in Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Salon

Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea
Where? Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s When? Every day 11 AM to 8 PM (Mon-Sat); 11.30 AM to 6 PM (Sun) Price? From £80 per person · See fortnumandmason.com Parking: Nearby car parks Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15,19, 22, 23, 88, 94, 138, 139, 159 Bus fares Trains: The closest station is Piccadilly Circus Bakerloo Piccadilly Other nearby stations: Green Park Train fares

The famous department store Fortnum & Mason has a Royal warrant to supply Buckingham Palace with groceries, and their afternoon tea is a chance to sample some of their delicious teas, cakes and pastries.

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & MasonPhoto: fortnumandmason.com
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason

Formerly known as the St. James' Restaurant, Fortnum & Mason's Georgian-style tea salon was formally opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the company of Camilla and Kate.

Afternoon Tea & Savoury Afternoon Tea menu

Typical fillings for their finger sandwiches include Coronation chicken, Cotswold Legbar egg mayonnaise, smoked trout with paprika, and Suffolk cured ham with English mustard.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & MasonPhoto: fortnumandmason.com

Their traditional scones are served with Somerset clotted cream and Fortnum's own strawberry preserve and lemon curd. If you choose a savoury tea then you'll get savoury scones instead. These are served with Red Leicester, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato compote with basil cream cheese.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & MasonPhoto: fortnumandmason.com

The ornate cake carriage will have a selection of cakes and pastries including rose eclairs, raspberry and vanilla tarts, apricot delices, and a refreshing strawberry mousse with mint jelly.

If you choose a savoury tea then you can choose from trout and dill eclairs, Portland crabs with cucumber, Scotch eggs with piccalilli, and a pea and pepper mousse with caramelised onions. (If you're coming as a couple then we recommend ordering both types of tea, so you can share the different flavours between you.)

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & MasonPhoto: fortnumandmason.com

...and it wouldn't be an afternoon tea without a teapot full of Fortnum's own blend. If you'd like to make your day extra special then you can upgrade your booking and enjoy a table-side tea-tasting session with an expert tearista.

Dress code at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

Guests are advised to dress 'smartly'. Shorts, sportswear, beachwear, flip-flops and trainers are not allowed.

I also recommend… If you enjoy Fortnum & Mason then you might like to visit Harrods (walk it in 26 mins or catch a tube from Piccadilly Circus to Knightsbridge) and Selfridges (walk it in 16 mins or Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street)

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