Sometimes discovering a bit of home while you’re on holiday is all you need to cure any homesickness you may have and what’s more homely than afternoon tea? In our blog series with British Airways, we’ll tell you all the best places to have afternoon tea in some of our favourite destinations around the world so you can have a little taste of home while you’re away.


The Palm Court at The Plaza

Afternoon tea at The Plaza rolls off the tongue almost as easily as breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hailed as the iconic destination for afternoon tea for over 100 years, The Palm Court boasts finger sandwiches, sweet treats and a vast range of teas that are all drizzled in opulence and elegance. Re-launched in 2013, its new theme takes inspiration from the lush surroundings of Central Park and its soaring stained-glass dome remains as the room’s signature feature. If you’re looking to really treat yourself on your holiday, this is the perfect choice.


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The Star Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton

Also in the heart of Central Park lies The Star Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton which is famed for its indulgent afternoon tea. Enjoy a seasonal menu here, where tastes and palettes change with the weather, meaning you’re getting nothing but the best all year round. Reservations are strongly recommended here as places fill up thick and fast, but the wait will surely be worth it. Be sure to sample one of the seasonal cocktails while you’re there, they’re inspired by glorious Central Park itself!



The Morgan Library & Museum

Perhaps one of the more unique places to have afternoon tea in New York City is The Morgan Library & Museum. Founded in 1924, this breathtaking building has much to discover apart from its afternoon delights. The museum itself is grand and fascinating, with three levels of books, some of which are only accessible by a super-secret staircase, known only by staff. If you’re just there for the afternoon tea, you won’t have to worry about paying for entry to the museum, but for the full experience we’d recommend a wander around.


Alice’s Tea Cup

If you love all things Alice in Wonderland, then a trip to Alice’s Tea Cup needs to be on your bucket list. Describing itself as New York’s most whimsical tea house, there’s much to be discovered here. Indulge in a tea for two at the great price of $71 and you’ll receive unlimited tea, scones, cakes and sandwiches – everything you’d expect at an afternoon tea.


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Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

Lillie’s Victorian Establishment is named after Lillie Langtry, a very popular British Actress and socialite of the 19th-Century, she was notorious for her long list of prominent suitors, including the future King of England, Edward VII. The establishment itself serves an eclectic twist on a traditional afternoon tea and if you’re after something a little stronger than tea, you’ll be pleased to know they have a range of over 50 domestic and imported beers, as well as a fine selection of whiskeys, scotches and wines. With afternoon tea for two coming in at $66, it’s a steal!


King’s Carriage House

Don’t be fooled by its luxurious location on the Upper East Side of New York City, King’s Carriage House provides affordable, delectable afternoon tea and welcomes all. If you’re after a cosy afternoon then this is the perfect place, there are only seven tables in the “afternoon tea only” room. You’ll be served all the traditional sweets and savouries as well as an array of tea to choose from and at $24.95pp, how could you say no?


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