Afternoon Tea
at The Ritz

A quintessential British experience suitable for friends and family, the Palm Court at The Ritz Hotel, London provides the elegance and charm of by-gone Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is an experience not to be missed, with immaculately presented waiters flitting amongst the tables that are topped with pretty chinaware and gleaming silver tea services, and the resident pianist playing the soundtrack to accompany it all. The Palm Court itself is an elegant salon originally destined for glamorous guests from high society, and it still remains the most quintessential British venue for this delicious past time.

From the marriage of Kings Charles II to Catherine of Braganza, to Anna Maria Russell the 7th Duchess of Bedford, you will learn about the rich social history of how this meal came about, along with how to enjoy each element of this fabulous indulgence.

The menu offers guests a selection of 16 loose leaf teas, finger cut sandwiches with traditional fillings, a selection of tea cakes and pastries as well as warm baked scones with strawberry preserve and rich Devonshire clotted cream*.

Examples of

  • King Charles II marriage to Catherine de Braganza
  • The Seventh Duchess of Bedford
  • The difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea
  • The Victorian Tea Rooms
  • How Dress Codes have changed throughout the years

2 Hours
£540 private tuition

enquire about this course

Group prices on request
*A glass of champagne may be added at an additional cost


  • Black, white, green tea
  • How to brew steep and serve
  • The importance of loose leaf
  • Milk in first or last?
  • Accompaniments for tea
  • How to hold your cup & saucer
  • How to stir your tea correctly
  • Strainers, teapots, teacups, teaspoons

Sandwiches, Scones & Patisseries

  • Traditional fillings and shapes
  • Correct layering of your scone
  • Use of the patisserie fork
  • How to eat your finger sandwiches and other savories

Duties of
a host
& guest

  • Invitations for tea
  • What time should you arrive?
  • Knowing when to start
  • Napkin etiquette
  • Polite tea talk