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A Guide to Afternoon Tea at Home

While we're really missing the sound of chinking tea cups and chitter-chatter in our Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, we're happy to say that you can still enjoy a bit of our most delicious tradition at home in the meantime.


Allow us to show you some of the key tips, tools and traditions to help make Afternoon Tea at home almost as divine as a proper trip to Fortnum's. 

But if you're of the mind that it always tastes the best at the Salon - and we can't say we blame you - our brilliant chefs and team, who've been working tirelessly on a brand new menu, can't wait to welcome you back when it reopens on 17th May. 


Don't forget to share with us your Afternoon Tea at Home moments by tagging us @diamondjubileeteasalon.

Something to Sip On

The Most Important Part...TEA

When perfecting the art of the Afternoon Tea, you should always start with the supreme element - the tea itself. You might opt for a classic, like our Royal Blend, or even one with a twist such as Victoria Grey – made using Fortnum's Salisbury Plain Honey. We always recommend brewing loose leaves for the best flavour.

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Choosing the Perfect Cup

And saucer, strainer, teapot, and so on

If you would like to replicate the full experience of our Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, then our elegant St James collection is the exact fine bone china we use every day (of course with so many collections to choose from, that isn't to say you necessarily must). Don't forget an elegant strainer for your loose leaf tea.

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"Instead of cutting the scone in half, break it off piece by piece. Spread it with clotted cream and then jam. Or jam and then clotted cream. Why not try both in turn? It’s time to show the world just what a rugged individualist you are"

Selecting the Perfect Nibbles

All things delicious

Never ones to cut corners, just our crusts, we like to load up the cake stand with a checklist of treats at Afternoon Tea. Cakes, biscuits, scones, finger sandwiches - opt for any, or preferably, all. Hint: our Piccadilly Lemon Curd Biscuits taste wonderful with a cup of Earl Grey.

Something Sweet...

Something Savoury...

Just Add Bubbles

Even tea-total ones

However big or small, Afternoon Tea is always a celebratory occasion. And nothing starts the festivities than the sound of a popping cork, whether that be a fine bottle of Champagne from our world-famous cellars or our zero-alcohol Sparkling Tea.

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The Afternoon Tea Hamper

The Ultimate Gift for an Afternoon Tea Lover

Of course, you could just go the whole hog - or should that be whole hamper - and purchase a wonderful wicker furnished with everything needed to create a truly elegant occasion at home. Find loose leaf tea, fine bone china, tipples, treats, jars and more inside.

The Cream of the Crop

Now It Really Is Time for Tea

And all of the above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our Afternoon Tea obsession. Discover more recipes, tips and ideas to help you become a seasoned expert yourself.