Tea at the Ritz London is a snazzy affair. Held in the lovely “Palm Court” of the Hotel, it's formal and very proper with all of the bells and whistles you might envision with a classic British afternoon tea experience. There is a Pianist who takes requests from diners. You just fill out the card on the table and your waiter will submit it. There are five 2-hour tea sittings daily beginning at 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM, with the most sought-after slot at 3:30 PM. It is strongly advisable to make a reservation for tea early, and you can do so up to 6 months in advance. If you've got a nut allergy, and might only be comfortable wearing jeans and sneakers, then this is not the place for you. A dress code is enforced and the tea menu is not altered to accommodate preferences. Traditional afternoon tea starts at 42 GBP per person. If you’d like a glass of champagne add another 12 GBP.
I thought the scones were melt-in-your-mouth magnificent. They are brought to the table warm from the oven with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserves, just as Nature intended.
Once you've “hoovered” your ways through the sandwiches, little pastries and scones, the cart rolls around with a selection of cakes and individual servings of trifle.
I would recommend skipping lunch to take full advantage of the experience.