By Katie Wilson

With over 100,000 followers on Instagram, it’s likely Dalloway Terrace has popped up in your feed before. But if it’s not on your radar, here’s why it should be.

Famous for its floral installations that change with the seasons, this beautiful London restaurant is part of The Bloomsbury Hotel, also home to The Coral Room bar. You’ll find it a few minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road Tube station.

A bit of a hidden gem, it’s well-known amongst Londoners, but if you’re not staying at the hotel, you might miss it. So, if you’re planning a visit to the capital, make sure it’s on your to-do list.

Open from lunch until late and brunch on weekends, Dalloway Terrace is delightful at any time of day. You can just pop in for a drink or a break from shopping should you want to, as it’s so close to Oxford Street. But it’s their afternoon tea, that is one of the best afternoon teas in London, we’d recommend booking a table for.

Dalloway Terrace
Credit: Dalloway Terrace

Served daily between 1pm and 4pm, afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace in their botanical garden terrace, which is covered and heated for year-round use, is an experience in itself.

Staff are some of the friendliest we’ve ever encountered – Gio, Selina and Elena are a delight – and the service was exactly as you’d want it. There when you want them, knowledgable about the menu and willing to give recommendations about the best teas to order with each course.

Like the terrace, the afternoon tea menu changes with the seasons but each starts with a quartet of traditional finger sandwiches served on a plate in the middle of the table with flavours such as Truffled Egg Mayonnaise, Cucumber and Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon with Lemon Butter. We loved there were Mini Cheese Scones served too. They were so good we asked for seconds (you are allowed to request a few more savouries, within reason).

Next up was the cake stand of sweet treats. More scones, but this time they were sultana or plain buttermilk, served with lashings of Cornish Clotted Cream and Mulled Pear Jam we wanted to take home with us, it was so delicious. Other sweet treats when we visited included Sticky Honey Gingerbread with Vanilla Buttercream, Pistachio Cake and Salted Caramel Choux buns. If you can’t quite manage them all (we couldn’t!), Dalloway Terrace provide boxes for you to take any leftovers home.

Special mention must be given to the choice of teas at Dalloway Terrace, as they were the best we’ve had with any afternoon tea so far. On Elena’s recommendation, we opted for the Honeymoon with the savouries. This is a white tea made from Sweet Forest Honey and Juicy Lemon with Subtle Ginger. Vanilla Chai complemented the sweets perfectly and to finish, we tried the Irish Whiskey Tea, a black tea flavoured with whiskey and chocolate. You could really taste the notes of chocolate and it was unlike any tea we’d ever had before.

Overall, there’s nothing we could fault about Dalloway Terrace. Great food and drink that is value for money, friendly staff, spot on service and an exceptional setting that is sure to impress, whether you’re catching up with friends or family or visiting for a special occasion. One of our new favourite places, it’s a must-visit for any trip to the capital.

Best for: Afternoon tea, cocktails, Insta-worthy photos

Dalloway Terrace is at The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN and is open daily from midday to 11.30pm (last orders 10pm). Afternoon tea is served daily from 1pm to 4pm and Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 3pm

Afternoon Tea starts from £55pp, £70 with champagne. Starters start from £13 and mains from £25 on the all-day dining menu. The pre-theatre menu is £34pp for two-courses and £38pp for three-courses and served 5pm to 7pm daily

Book a table at Dalloway Terrace here

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