Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea

Get immersed in history

St. James’s Hotel and Club offers an historical themed 1840 Afternoon Tea, designed by Executive Chef William Drabble of in-house Michelin Star Restaurant Seven Park Place. Guests will be transported to Victorian times and taste classic cakes of that period, keeping its originality but with slight modern-day twist.

Afternoon Tea originated in 1840 when Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford and great friend of Queen Victoria, complained of a ‘sinking feeling’ and started inviting friends to join her at Woburn Abbey for cakes and tea in the mid-afternoon. The ritual of Afternoon Tea quickly became established in upper class households and it wasn’t long before Queen Victoria became an advocate of the concept.

St. James’s Hotel and Club is keen to capture these traditions and Drabble has created a selection of sweet treats and sandwiches based on authentic recipes and favourites of Queen Victoria. He was inspired by recipes by the Head Chef at St. James’s Club in the early 1800s, Charles Elmé Francatelli, who then went on to be Chief Cook for Queen Victoria in 1840 and later became the General Manager of St. James’s Club.

The tea features highlights from Victorian times including a Tipsy Cake, soaked in sherry and served with custard, profiteroles, lemon drizzle cake, custard tart and a classic Victoria Sponge Cake. Other dishes include Cheshire cheese scones, made with the oldest recorded British cheese, plain scones with jam and clotted cream as well as an array of traditional savoury sandwiches. All served on Victorian inspired Burleigh’s Blue Asiatic Pheasants crockery and washed down with a cup of an exclusive fine loose tea blend from The East India Company - created especially for the hotel – or for those in the mood for something fizzy, St. James’s Hotel and Club’s finest Champagne.

1840 Afternoon Tea costs £40.00 per person (including VAT) and is served daily from 3.00pm to 5.30pm in the chic Bistro or in the Club Lounge. For more information please call +44 (0) 20 7316 1620 or email


1840 Package

In celebration of the V&A’s new exhibition, St. James’s Hotel and Club is offering a special package to create an exclusive historical experience.

This package includes:

  • Ticket for the new Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition at the V&A’s Sainsbury Gallery
  • 1840 Afternoon Tea

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid until 25th February 2018
  • Subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer
  • Please note that this rate is fully pre-paid at the time of booking and is non-transferrable and non-refundable

£52.00 per person (including VAT)

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