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Best places for afternoon tea in London

I love visiting London any time of the year. It's a great city with so much to do. Of course, I'm a bit biased because my son lives there. Whenever I'm there I try to book high tea somewhere. It's part of the British tradition, and when in London...

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During the summer, London's Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are lush and blooming with flowers. I could spend a whole morning wandering around. But in the afternoon the best place to be is in The Orangery, on the grounds of Kensington Palace, sipping tea. They serve tea with a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. This elegant setting with high ceilings and 18th century architecture is the only Royal Palace where you can eat like a queen!

In the winter months who doesn't like a cup of warm tea? In the month leading up to Christmas, London is beautifully decorated but is also crowded. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, tea is the perfect remedy. I recently visited Brigit's Bakery in Covent Garden. Not only is their bakery adorable with display cases of all the delicious bite-sized treats you dream of, but they also offer daily afternoon tea on specially outfitted, vintage double-decker buses while driving around Central London. Although I decided to sip my tea in their bakery, the bus sounds like so much fun! I think I will try it next time. Check their website for other options, such as Picnic Tea, as well as Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea.

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