Ladies Who Lunch: Afternoon Tea at Kettners

The rituals of afternoon tea date back to the 1800s when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford scheduled times for tea and snack to keep the hanger pangs at bay. In 2012 the ritual is still as alive as ever, and in one truly elegant surrounding that is Kettners. Tucked away in Romily Street in the heart of theatre land.
Afternoon Tea is one of the most fashionable ways to catch up with friends. On Saturday we set about to do just that, catching up over endless cups of fragrant teas with heavenly scones and sandwiches that would stop any dieter in her tracks. One would normally associate afternoon tea as a ladies thing but Kettners offers an atmosphere of genteel refinement and caters to all. I could have sworn I saw a few raised pinkies over fine china by a few male guests sitting across our table.

It was a cherished experience partially due to the service of attentive stuff, delightfully friendly surroundings. Its no surprise Kettners, opened in 1867 is still standing. ”Originally a series of four Georgian town houses. Popular with deliciously colourful characters of the time including Oscar Wilde, Edward VII, Lillie Langtry, Agatha Christie and Bing Crosby…” Its renowned for hosting incredible parties. Flawless and fuss free with 8 private rooms, a cocktail and champagne bar so whether you are having a business meeting, special family occassion, or a romantic date or meeting friends over tea like I did, Kettners offers a memorable experience. This of course made the thought of leaving this dreamy place all the more difficult…awakened by the thought of  a little window shopping before heading over to Hoxton for the Shoreditch Festival…

Kettners, 29 Romilly Street, London W1D 5HP. Tel: 020 7734 6112.

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