Category Archives: BC’s Favourite Venues

Afternoon Tea Week August 2014

Since it is National Afternoon Tea Week this week, we have decided to tell you which are our favourite afternoon tea venues in London. Here are the team’s favourites…

Harry – Claridges

A very classic, traditional afternoon tea. If you want somewhere very English, this is the place to go. The Foyer has a very art deco 1930s feel to it to go with the truly magical afternoon tea experience.

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Elia – The Berkeley

This is afternoon tea with a creative twist to the classic afternoon tea elements. It is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world and changes every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion. Their cakes and fancies are inspired by designers such as Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, Oscar De La Renta and many more. A really cool, quirky way to have afternoon tea!

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Nicola – Marriott Grosvenor House

I have been to quite a few venues in London for afternoon tea as it’s an activity I often enjoy with my friends. Marriott Grosvenor House’s afternoon tea has definitely been the best up to now. Their sandwiches are exquisite, their teas are very unique, the scones are heavenly and the desserts were delicious too. Their service is also fantastic – highly recommended!

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Donnie – The Lanesborough

Even though the Lanesborough is currently closed for renovations, their afternoon is tea is absolutely amazing. They have a great selection of teas and sandwiches and the hotel is lovely. Great place in London for afternoon tea.

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Andrea – The Dorchester

The venue is beautiful, the food is fresh and the scones were fantastic! It is the best afternoon tea I have ever been too and I recommend it to others.

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Vanessa – The Landmark

The Winter Garden is the perfect setting for afternoon tea and is situated at the heart of the soaring eight story glass roof atrium. Not only do The Landmark offer scrumptious sandwiches, French pastries and scones, but they also have mouth-watering chocolate delights available as well as a vast array of teas.

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Niklaus – Sanderson London

In my opinion, the best afternoon tea in London! Afternoon tea at the Sanderson London is like no other – it has a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme. Something completely different and so fun. Vintage books as menus, napkins wrapped in riddles, queen tea pots, marshmallow mushrooms and many more exciting little treats.

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Lorna – The Grove

The sweet finger sandwiches, scones and chocolaty desserts are well presented upon a traditional English stand. Which definitely matches the historic surroundings making you dream of being among the rich for every afternoon. Such a lovely gift for mothers and aunts or even for that special someone.

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Hamboula – Hilton Park Lane

If you love chocolate, Hilton Park Lane’s afternoon tea is the one for you! With a mix of Pop art and chocolate, everything looks amazing as well as tastes amazing. They have delicious sandwiches but even their scones have chocolate in! Every chocolate lovers dream!

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All photos taken from the venue websites:

http://www.claridges.co.uk/

http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/

http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/longh-grosvenor-house-a-jw-marriott-hotel/

http://www.lanesborough.com/

http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/london/the-dorchester?utm_expid=76421700-1.k3yjGIl9RLaHBsnNo81uQw.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2F

http://www.landmarklondon.co.uk/en

https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals/originals-sanderson-london

http://www.thegrove.co.uk/

http://www.parklanehilton.com/

Venues in London

At BC HQ we work with venues day in and day out and therefore we thought we would let you know which are our favourite venues in and around London and the reasons as to why.

Elia’s Favourite Venue:

The Royal Exchangehttp://www.theroyalexchange.co.uk/

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Elia says: Having worked with The Royal Exchange for years and event managed many events there from weddings to private parties, I don’t think anything compares to it in London. It was the chosen venue for our 10th Anniversary Party back in 2011. It really is a striking building inside and out with such historic value. You will never get bored of The Royal Exchange. 

Donnie’s Favourite Venue:

Penny Hill Park- http://www.pennyhillpark.co.uk/EXCLUSIVE_HOTELS/the_hotel.aspx

Donnie Says: I have been lucky to visit Penny Hill park on a number of occasions. The spa is a little piece of paradise! You have to book your treatments in advance because they are so busy but it is definitely worth it. My highlight is the underwater music in the swimming pool.

The Latymer restaurant, overseen by Chef Michael Wignall is a true experience and it is amazing. The cooking is outstanding and great care is made to source the best ingredients from many local suppliers or the garden. There is an eight-seater chef’s table for enjoying the tasting menu while watching the action in the kitchen.

The hotel has a huge choice of fully equipped meeting rooms of all sizes.

Wonderfully located between Ascot, Sunningdale and Wentworth and still only 45 minutes from the centre of London, it offers everything from unmatchable spa treatments, tennis and its own golf course to incredible wines, the finest dining and impeccable service.

Hamboula’s Favourite Venue:

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London - http://www.parkplaza.com/london-hotel-gb-se1-7ut/gbwestmi

Hamboula says: Fabulous views overlooking The Thames and an excellent location.

Harry’s Favourite Venue:

The Savoyhttp://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/

Harry says: The Savoy is one of London’s iconic hotels. It has an amazing decadent ballroom which is great for weddings and gala dinners as well as additional wonderful meeting space. So much history surrounds the hotel, all you have to do is look at the pictures on the walls to see the famous faces who have graced The Savoy with their presence over the years. I have to say the butler service is great!

Katie’s Favourite Venue:

The Dorchesterhttp://www.thedorchester.com/

Katie says: I love The Dorchester. Firstly it has sentimental value for me as my grandfather worked there for many years. Secondly I think it is one of, if not the best hotel in London. Its unique in its style and takes a lot of care and pride to keep its service levels very high. Its an iconic venue that delivers every time. The ballroom is stunning as are the other event spaces and the restaurants are wonderful too.

Nicola’s Favourite Venue:

Sushi Samba - http://sushisamba.com/location/london

Nicola says: The views from the 38th and 39th floors of Heron Tower are absolutely stunning. You can see the whole of London whilst enjoying an amazing meal. The décor of the restaurant is very modern oriental with beautiful hanging lights covering the ceiling. Not only is the venue gorgeous, but the food is something else. You immediately think only sushi, but with a mixture of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, there is something to tickle anyone’s taste buds. I love the unique menu and the fabulous cocktails to go with your meal. Sushi Samba offers stunning private dining areas with breath-taking views of London. All in all, definitely my favourite London venue of the moment.

Rebecca’s Favourite Venue:

One Mayfairhttp://www.onemayfair.com

Rebecca says: One Mayfair is one of my all time favourite venues in London. Before I would walk past and often wondered what went on inside. Last year I did my first event there and I have to say it is a hidden gem. When you enter inside you are blown away but the historic interior. With the right lighting and production you can really transform this venue. If I wasn’t getting married in London this would be my top choice. I hope to do even more events there in the future. 

Vanessa’s Favourite Venue:

Skylon - http://www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk/

Vanessa says: The views are amazing and the barmen really know what they are doing…. elegant, sleek and a fun venue!