When we were planning our trip to London, I knew without a doubt that one thing I wanted to do is to have high tea. I mean, who goes to London and doesn’t get tea? No one, of course!
I wasn’t sure where to go, so I decided to look on Yelp. Fortnum & Mason was hands down the winner, so that helped my decision process.
I am including some photos of our trip and reviews on our whole experience. At the end of the post, I am also including some tips for your trip as well. Honestly, these are things that I really wished I would have known, so I hope it helps you out!
For our high tea, we went to their Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
First off, the waitstaff there was easily the most friendly we had our entire trips. Our server was so sweet in offering to take pictures for us and had us laughing with jokes the whole time. He also gave us recommendations for where to go during the rest of our trip, so that was really helpful as well.
For Fortnum & Mason, they have three different menus that you can choose from for tea. Their basic package is the Afternoon Tea, where you get your normal assortment of sandwiches, scones, tea cakes, and a pot of tea. Then they have Savory Afternoon Tea, which is the same as Afternoon Tea with just some different savory pastry options.
We were starving when we arrived, so we decided to do their High Tea option. In the High Tea, you get an actual entree in addition to tea cakes, scones, and a pot of tea per person. I’m really happy we did this option and do not regret it one bit!
We started off our meal with us each picking out a tea. Can you believe that I didn’t even take a picture of our tea? 🤦🏼♀️ #bloggerfail For your reference though, I got the Jubilee tea and loved it.
After we were given our teas, our entrees came next. I decided on the lobster omelette. Best omelette I’ve ever had! It was so creamy with just the hint of lobster and the truffles added were not overbearing. I wish I could recreate it.
My husband had the portobello mushroom Wellington. Let’s just say he cleared his plate, if you are wondering if it was good. 😉
After we finished our entree, we were given scones and tea cakes. We were also offered fresh pots of tea every 10 minutes it seemed.
The tea cakes weren’t anything special. I don’t even remember what was included if that gives any indication. It changes daily though.
Now, the game changer? These English scones.
Oh. My. Goodness.
It seriously started an obsession with us. Since we have visited, that is probably the thing we miss the most. Their scones are a bit different from ours in that they are not dry at all. Instead, they are moist and flaky inside, almost like a biscuit. They are a bit denser than a biscuit though, if that makes sense!
They served the scones with clotted cream and lemon curd. I’ve never had either of those things, but they are now a new favorite.
Seriously, we talk about the scones and clotted cream all the time now. 😂
Overall, we really enjoyed our experience and if when we go back to London, we will be planning another trip there!
Tips for Your Trip:
1. The minute you know you are going to London and want to go to F&M, book reservations. They get booked up super quickly, so that is something that you want to do asap.
2. Now, one of the things that I wish I had known before visiting is what to wear. Their website says ‘smart.’ When I googled this, it meant dressy. I can tell you now that we were overdressed. I wore a knee-length dress and my husband wore a suit. Some people were there in jeans! I would recommend wearing a nice summer dress or a skirt for girls and just dress pants with a button down for guys. It’s a little too dressy for jeans in my opinion. 😉
3. Go hungry. You get a ton of food.
4. When you are done with your food and ready for the check, you will have to flag down the waiter yourself by giving eye contact. They pretty much leave you alone otherwise, which is nice compared to hovering US servers.
5. Fortnum and Mason is not just a tea shop. They also are pretty much a little mall. There are multiple stories of shops that you can visit, so it’s worth going and checking it all out!
6. Arrive 15 minutes early for your table. They certainly do not like tardiness.