Afternoon Tea: Claridge’s vs The Ritz

afternoon-tea-4-782x1024If there is a question that I get asked often it’s which hotel offers the better afternoon tea; Claridge’s or The Ritz.

So to help you make a decision we have covered all the points that you need to know about both hotels and their afternoon tea; from the dress code to the food and the service.  So come and find out who offers the better afternoon tea – Claridge’s vs The Ritz!
The Ritz located on Piccadilly with easy access to Green Park Station tube station it’s super easy to find. The Claridge’s located in Mayfair, you have an option of using the Green Park or Oxford Street tube stations.  You will need a little map to find Claridge’s if you don’t know London well however the hotel is not far away from Regent Street or you can jump in a black cab so you can wear your pretty sit down shoes to afternoon tea instead.

The Ritz you need to book well in advance, turning up on the day is a no go!  In the low season i.e. the diet season, January and February you will be able to get a booking if you’re not fussy on times.
Claridge’s  like The Ritz you need to book well in advance to get a booking to Claridge’s.

Make sure you stalk their website to see when they are releasing their next set of dates; you will seriously need to stalk their website.

The Ritz….the hotel has a pretty strict dress code however on Friday evening I was shocked on how badly the ladies were dressed (no jeans but a few weren’t really dressed up to The Ritz dress code).  For men, a jacket and tie are compulsory – so if you’re travelling around Europe for a few weeks this can be a pain in the bum to carry around clothes that you’re only going to use once.
The dress code stated on website for The Ritz is as follows  gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie for afternoon tea in The Palm Court.  Please note that trainers or sportswear are not permitted in any of the hotel.
Claridge’s ….. the dress sense is smart casual however most folks dress up but men don’t need to wear a jacket and tie.  It’s a bit more of a casual affair and a lot more relaxed.  Jeans are still a no no but wholesale basketball jerseys smart trousers wholesale basketball jerseys and a shirt will do for men and a dress / smart trousers will do for women.
The dress code stated on the Claridge’s website is as follows  elegant smart casual; no shorts, vest, sportswear, flip flops, ripped jeans or baseball caps.

The Ritz…… we felt let down by the service at The Ritz  it wasn’t up to the standard that I expected from a hotel of that calibre.
Claridge’s ….we find the service at Claridge’s is their number one selling point.  Nothing is too big or small for the staff and they will go above and beyond when required.

The Ritz……..The food is replenished throughout the afternoon tea.  The full afternoon tea menu can be found here.
Claridges – the food is definitely the best of all the afternoon teas that we have tried.  My other half says that Claridge’s makes the best scones in London and I rate their gluten free afternoon tea as the best in the world.  The food is replenished throughout the afternoon tea.  The full afternoon tea menu can be found here.

The Ritz.….. the hotel has 16 teas to choose from however the menu doesn’t state how to take the tea which for a novice can be slightly overwhelming when you’re having your first afternoon tea experience.
Claridge’s…..there is a great selection of teas to choose from (23 in fact!) and comes with a description of how to drink the tea (black, milk or with lemon) and also the history of the tea.

The Ritz….apparently due to the dairy products in the afternoon tea you can’t take any of your goodies home with you to finish off your afternoon tea.
Claridge’s…..the hotel is more than happy for you to take home your left overs so you can enjoy them the following day. Plus we received a tiny gift to take home; the attention to detail is the winner here!

The Ritz ……the Palm Court is pure wholesale jerseys China over the top hedonism at its best but also feels a bit fake.  The tables are quite close together depending on the area that you’re sitting in making it feel at times that people are intruding into your conversation.
Claridge’s……the Tea Room is more relaxed than The Ritz and has an Art Deco twist.  The tables are more spaced leaving you some breathing space to relax in.


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