For my 21st birthday, my family treated me to a traditional afternoon tea with a twist.
Traditionally, afternoon tea proves most popular at the most extravagent and luxurious hotels in London’s epicentre. However, what makes it slightly less appealing is the price tag that attaches itself to the bill. Many hotels such as the Langham and Dorchester can charge in excess of £50 per person, so my family decided to find a venue for afternoon tea in the capital that did not compromise glamour; but was the best value for a family of five.
We found The Orangery, at the Fan Museum in Greenwich which was voted London’s best value afternoon tea, in the Daily Telegraph 2012. It is a remarkably different and unique experience. Lavish in its own way, the afternoon tea is in a beautifully presented garden conservatory, with detailed murals and exudes a romantic and enchanting atmosphere. The walls are entirely decorated with plants, flowers and scenic views of landscapes. The room, not too large is overloking a secret garden in a Japanese style and with not too many tables overcrowding each other, it is a glamorous space to enjoy afternoon tea with family and friends.
Nestled behind the streets of Greenwich, the package consists of tea or coffee with a scone, jam and cream and a selection of freshly baked cakes all for £7.00 per person.
As a customer, you pay for access to the Fan Museum which houses some of the oldest and intricate hand-crafted fans. There is a remarkeably large range of hand-held fans made from ivory, pearl, tortoiseshell and peacock-feather and are decadent to society across a number of periods. The fan’s were brought over from Japan and were used predominantly by ladies in high society and used as a feminine pursuit.
The Orangery: Best value for afternoon tea would make a wonderful birthday present, family occasion or the perfect retreat for a celebration of any kind; not to mention, for an added bonus, you can take the river boat cruise all the way back to Westminster.
Opening times are:
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm,
12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER,
Adults: £4.00, Concessions: £3.00, Children (age 7-16): £3.00, National Trust Members: 50% discount across all categories, Free entry: children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members
Those visiting The Orangery must purchase tickets to the museum and afternoon tea is £7.00 per person.