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Claridge's top for afternoon tea
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Claridge's has served tea for 100 years
One of London's top hotels has been voted the best place to indulge in afternoon tea in the city.

Claridge's in Mayfair scooped first place in the UK Tea Council awards after being scrutinised on 17 criteria by mystery diners.

Staff at the central London hotel impressed judges with their "excellent tea knowledge and attentive manner".

Afternoon tea, comprising tea, cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches is served daily and costs 28.50 each.

Irene Gorman of the Tea Guild, which runs the annual awards, said: "Afternoon tea amid the elegant and stylish surroundings of Claridge's is a glorious treat.

"Nothing was too much trouble for the attentive staff.

"The tea was bright and golden, and a comprehensive selection ensured there was something to suit everyone's tastes."

Renaud Gregoire, of the hotel, said: "Claridge's has been serving tea for over 100 years and so we are understandably delighted to have been recognised by the tea council with this prestigious accolade."

The Lanesborough Hotel at Hyde Park Corner won last year's Top London Tea Place award.


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