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Henry James once said, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” We couldn’t agree more. Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. To fill her peckishness between luncheon and dinner, Anna requested a tray of tea, sandwiches and cakes to be brought to her room at around 4pm. This habit quickly became – and still is – a fashionable social event. The Londoner's Champagne bar, The Stage, has continued the tradition of afternoon tea in London's West End - with a creative spin to make things a little more interesting...

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Our Sandwiches

Executive Head Chef, Shailesh Deshmukh, has crafted a set of delicious sandwiches prepared using the most exceptional produce and presented in dainty squares. Expect a blend of traditional and contemporary fillings such as smoked salmon with Devon crab, tea-smoked cured beef, and Norfolk chicken with truffle mayonnaise. Each has been expertly paired different style and flavoured breads to complement their fillings. The perfect way to commence your Champagne afternoon tea in London.

The Champagne

The only thing that could possibly improve an afternoon tea in the heart of London is the addition of Champagne. Elegant, indulgent and hedonistic, this luxurious tipple is a beautiful complement to our Leicester Square afternoon tea experience. Connoisseurs of the iconic drink can relish a choice of more than 35 bottles of reserve Champagne from the cellar, meticulously handpicked by our expert sommeliers. The Stage has also curated a selection of six Champagnes to support the independent maisons of the region. Each has been carefully chosen to represent its rare and unique expressions, resulting from centuries-old traditions and innovative methods.

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Vouette et Sorbée Fidèle Blanc de Noirs

One of the only certified biodynamic producers in the region, Vouette et Sorbée’s five-hectare estate is planted on Kimmeridgian and Portlandian soil, the former producing sensational limestone Blanc de Noirs that are rich and complex with notes of peach, apricot and pear.

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

Henry James

Champagne Cocktails

Our signature cocktails are inspired by the 19th century Aesthetic Movement’s view on beauty – one that requires no justification, celebrating sensual and visual qualities above everything else. Each drink at our London Champagne bar is blended with expressions of Champagne and tea to create smooth drinks with herbal complexities.

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Bordeaux Manhattan

First served at a dinner of Lady Randolph Churchill in 1870s Manhattan, our mixologists have studied the eponymous cocktail and infused the terroirs of Bordeaux to create an elegant balance with notes of bitter cherry.

 

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year, Woodford Reserve, Staunton Earl Grey and Champagne syrup, Chococherry, Maraschino liqueur, barrel-aged bitters

Served with Bordeaux and cherry jelly

A Taste for Tea

No afternoon tea is of course complete without the careful choosing of this most beloved British tipple – tea. The Londoner is honoured to include a selection of the finest teas from The East India Company as part of our afternoon tea experience.

 

Granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1600, The East India Company was established to explore the mysteries of the East. The result was the discovery of new and exotic goods, including teas, spices and coffees. Today, The East India Company remains proud to offer the very best teas from around the world.

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Golden Tips

This exquisite white tea is hand-cut with golden scissors and collected in a golden pot, before its unopened buds unfurl from the heat of the sun. The leaves are then dried naturally on a velvet cloth. Lingering in sweetness with hints of honey and pine, this light amber-hued liquor is also high in antioxidants. A rare and truly memorable white tea worth savouring, with a second brew revealing a new depth of flavour.

A pianist behind the piano at The Londoner Hotel

Live Performances

A programme of live music performances is the icing on the cake (or the cream on the scone) of The Londoner’s afternoon tea experience in Leicester Square. Tiers of savoury and sweet are perfectly complemented by even sweeter tones from London’s musical talent.

The regular programme of artists is combined with exclusive one-off performances and shows. Previous examples include some very special stars of the West End singing their favourite musical numbers, as well as a festive Lucia procession with a breath-taking Nordic choir.

To view our Champagne afternoon tea menus or to make a reservation for Champagne afternoon tea in London, please visit The Stage restaurant page.