Award-Winning Afternoon Teas Announced

Industry: Lifestyle

The tradition of Afternoon Tea in the UK has never been stronger and several London hotels have received the Tea Guild Award of Excellence this year.

United Kingdom (PRUnderground) March 8th, 2011

In the Noughties it was ‘ladies who lunch’ and now as we hurtle into a new decade, it’s all about Afternoon Teas. This new penchant for tea and fancy cakes is reflected in the fact that the Tea Guild had more entrants than ever for its 25th Annual Top London Afternoon Teas award.

With so many excellent Afternoon Teas to choose from, the Guild awarded its top prize and then Awards of Excellence to 16 London establishments. Amongst the winners is the Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, which serves Anna’s traditional English Afternoon Tea in the Park Room and Library at this luxury five star hotel.

Afternoon tea at the Grosvenor in London has become one of the major events at the hotel. In recent years bookings for this delicate afternoon tea served in sumptuous surroundings have increased massively, as the ritual has become an activity in its own right, attracting many guests above and beyond those staying at the hotel.

It is with the resurgence of online activity gift companies such as Into the Blue, that afternoon tea time in hotels such as the Grosvenor is always full. By buying an Afternoon Tea for Two voucher that is valid for 12 months, the recipient gets to choose when they would like to go for their treat. And being a voucher for two means the activity is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, wedding anniversaries and birthdays too.

Irene Gorman, head of the Tea Guild commented: “Across the UK, the tradition of afternoon tea has never been stronger, with Tea Guild members busier than ever. More and more people are taking time out to enjoy that ‘very special afternoon tea moment’. It’s the perfect fun AND affordable way to catch up with friends, family or even business colleagues, to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a romantic date.”

With this in mind, anyone wishing to book an Afternoon Tea for someone special can do so by visiting The company offers vouchers for Afternoon Tea in London and at luxury hotels around the country, with prices starting from £55 for two.
Into the Blue offers Afternoon Teas at a selection of central London hotels, as well as four and five star hotels around the country. The vouchers are valid for a full 12 months and are for two people to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea. The company also offers Afternoon Tea on the Thames, combining sightseeing with Afternoon Tea from the comfort of a panoramic dinner cruise boat.

For more information contact Caroline Face at

About Into the Blue:
Into the Blue is a specialist experience activity gift voucher company that started life in 1996 as an off-shoot of Air Displays International Ltd (operator of the world-renowned Biggin Hill Air Fair), offering flying activities and lessons.

Since then, the company has added a whole range of different activities to the portfolio of activity gift voucher experiences, which now totals in excess of 600. All experiences are available to buy directly from or by calling 01959 578100.

The company continues to evolve the range and believes that there is a perfect experience suitable for every individual and for every occasion.


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