You may or may not know that this week is Afternoon Tea Week! All over the world, people are raising delicate china tea cups and tiny sandwiches to their lips as they try and fail to resist that 4th scone with jam. Afternoon tea is a British institution which has spread all over the world and adapted into new cultures and been touched by traditional local flavours. Here at ATD, we’re also represented in dozens of different cities all over the world, so we thought we’d take a look at what afternoon tea looks like over there…
Madi’s Tea Garden is an Alice in Wonderland style mish-mash of cute china crockery and overflowing antique furniture. They serve a range of tea, including the lemony “Paris” tea, which harks back to the Parisian inspiration for their very own tea shop in Miami. Scones, Devonshire cream and finger sandwiches are all on the menu, with the promise of limitless pots of tea!
Where better place to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea than at the most decadent hotel on Earth? You can be picked up in style for a visit to the tallest hotel in the world for finger sandwiches, scones and to rub shoulders with the rich and famous on one of our tours. Afterwards, you can continue to the tour and enjoy a trip up the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, to enjoy the stunning vistas over this modern city. Alternatively, we also offer the opportunity for you to take your afternoon tea at the world-famous Atlantis the Palm hotel, while still enjoying all these great sites.
Add a little Disney magic to your afternoon tea in Orlando at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Tea is served 7 days a week between 2 and 5 pm at the Garden View Tea Room to the accompaniment of the Grand Floridian piano player, for a truly refined experience. Four incredible courses commence with North American caviar and wind down with that traditional English favourite, English trifle!
At Rose Tree Cottage in LA, kitsch is the dish of the day. Cucumber sandwiches, sticky toffee pudding and scones are served by eccentrically dressed waiters and waitresses to tables bearing the Union Jack! There are even very special Downton Abbey events to truly get into the spirit of the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea.
If you’re visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can take a break and enjoy a relaxing traditional high tea service with delights such as Fig Jam, Camembert, Candied Walnuts, Cucumber, Radish, and Anchovy Butter on Brioche Croque Monsieur. Round it off with a pot of invigorating peppermint tea or a traditional Earl Grey. The perfect New York afternoon.
There’s only one place to go for Afternoon Tea in Vegas and that’s the Mandarin Oriental. Enjoying stunning views over the city, guests can sample a selection of loose leaf teas and finger sandwiches, including smoked salmon and cucumber, curry chicken and an intriguing-sounding Black Forest ham sandwich! The Perrier-Jouet bubbles are also flowing plentifully because, when in Vegas…
A traditional French afternoon tea must include a toasted brioche croque monsieur, and Mariage Freres does not disappoint on this front. The luxurious salmon on crispy toasted brioche bread is the definite highlight of this traditional French tea company’s tea club offerings. Our personal favourite branch is located conveniently close to the Louvre and the company is hugely well-known in France and internationally for its incredible range of teas.