Afternoon Tea - there’s something undeniably enchanting about savouring delicate treats paired with the finest teas. And, as a British designer, Emma loves nothing more than indulging in this classic, regal inspired past time.
With Afternoon Tea Week just around the corner from the 7th to 13th of August, there’s never been a better time to embark on a journey through the crème de la crème of afternoon tea experiences. We know the Emma Wallace woman loves luxury design, that’s why we've curated a list of the most exquisite destinations for afternoon tea in London and Hong Kong.
Read on as we reveal some of the most tea-riffic locations to sample this tradition…
Step into a world of opulence at The Ritz London. Nestled in the heart of Piccadilly, this iconic institution offers a quintessentially British afternoon tea experience. Adorned with crystal chandeliers and ornate décor, the Palm Court transports you to a bygone era. Here you can indulge in finely cut sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream, and an array of pastries that are as visually stunning as they are delectable. Every sip and bite here is a symphony of luxury, perfect for fashion-savvy souls seeking refined indulgence.
Putting on the Ritz? Then we’d opt for a classic yet chic look that will effortlessly compliment this heritage filled destination. Our Teea Dress in magenta with its fluted sleeves and curved empire seam is the ideal option for when you want to dial up the class but keep it cool. Wear with a pair of pointed court shoes and a cute shoulder bag. Sweep your hair into a slick ponytail and you’re ready to outshine any of those stunning patisseries.
A fusion of art, design, and gastronomy, Sketch delivers a whimsical journey through taste and aesthetics. The Gallery, with its dreamlike pink velvet seats and immersive artwork, sets the stage for a truly contemporary afternoon tea. You can enjoy a selection of creatively crafted pastries and finger sandwiches, presented on bespoke crockery that's a marvel in itself. For those with an eye for interior design, Sketch's unique atmosphere is an absolute must-visit.
Reserving your (velvet) seat? Then we’d pick a pink look that will complement this modern icon’s aesthetic. Our Pip Top and Amy Short combo would be perfect paired with chunky sandals and a cute cross body. Wear your hair down in loose waves and throw on some quirky earrings to dial up the style for this artistic restaurant.
For those seeking an afternoon tea with a twist, Aqua Shard offers a modern take on this beloved tradition. With breath taking views of London's skyline from the 31st floor, you'll be treated to a culinary journey that pairs innovative sweet and savoury creations with panoramic vistas. Indulge your senses with the buzzing vibe of the city beneath your feet.
Locking in your tea with a view? Then you need a look that will mean your style can compete with the lights of the city that flash below you! Our Lora jumpsuit in canary yellow is just the ticket. With a cowl neck, wide leg and double tie belt, it’s the standout look that you’ve been craving. Wear with metallic stilettos and your hair swept back to bring that high-rise impact.
A blend of East-meets-West luxury, The Peninsula's afternoon tea is a testament to Hong Kong's cosmopolitan culture. Overlooking the iconic Victoria Harbour, The Lobby exudes timeless elegance. Here you can indulge in a refined selection of savoury bites and sweets presented with a delightful Asian twist. This destination not only caters to your palate but also offers a panorama that will take your breath away!
Love an east meets west take on tradition? We’d wear our Lopez Blazer that fuses Japanese inspired design details with a western cut. Wear over our Suzanne Jumpsuit in Mink and pop on some ballet pumps to complete the look.
Located in the heart of Central Hong Kong, Sevva boasts panoramic views of the city skyline that blend seamlessly with its chic and contemporary ambiance. Their afternoon tea showcases an array of global flavours in both sweet and savoury treats. The trendy atmosphere and glamorous surroundings make it an ideal spot for those who want a modern and cool twist on tradition.
Getting your glam on? For this tea, we’d want to shine in our Penta Trousers. The sequin statement pant that brings the vibrancy. Wear with our relaxed Daisy Tee and a pair of sneakers to keep it cool.
With Afternoon Tea Week on the horizon, it’s time to mark your calendars and book one of these carefully curated destinations where you can sip in ultimate style! Don’t forget to tag us in your sweet photos at @emmawallacedesigner.