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There's really nothing more English than afternoon tea, and so in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this June, we've rounded up some of our favorite spots to indulge -- in London and the Commonwealth. We found scones, clotted cream, and smoked salmon finger sandwiches, of course, but a few surprises as well -- from poetry tea readings to a tea inspired by the royal jewels. Pinkies up. Photo: The Chesterfield Mayfair

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 There's really nothing more English than afternoon tea, and so in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this June, we've rounded up some of our favorite spots to indulge -- in London and the Commonwealth.
We found scones, clotted cream, and smoked salmon finger sandwiches, of course, but a few surprises as well -- from poetry tea readings to a tea inspired by the royal jewels.
Pinkies up.
Photo: The Chesterfield Mayfair
There's really nothing more English than afternoon tea, and so in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this June, we've rounded up some of our favorite spots to indulge -- in London and the Commonwealth.
We found scones, clotted cream, and smoked salmon finger sandwiches, of course, but a few surprises as well -- from poetry tea readings to a tea inspired by the royal jewels.
Pinkies up.
Photo: The Chesterfield Mayfair Highlights: Greenhouse-style setting, flower teas, and tea poetry readings
Price: £28.50 for the Traditional Afternoon Tea and the Chocolate Lover's Tea
The Chesterfield has one of the most charming tea services in London, thanks to the setting in The Conservatory, a greenhouse-style space with garden views. A number of unique tea services are offered, including a Chocolate Lover's Tea, Champagne Tea, and "poetea," where live poetry about the different brews is recited. An impressive variety of teas is offered, including some unusual flower teas. Highlights: Homemade scones and jams
Price: £25, or £37 with a glass of champagne
The Capital Hotel has a renowned afternoon tea prepared by the hotel's dedicated pastry chef. The scones, jams, preserves, and pastries are all homemade. Clotted cream is also on offer, as are sandwiches and, of course, a number of teas, brewed in a clear class teapot. Highlight: Jaw-dropping views of the Pitons
Price: Included in the nightly rate
St. Lucia has officially been a member of the Commonwealth since 1979, and has a legal system based on British common law. Several resorts on the island have adapted the very British tradition of afternoon tea, including the gorgeous Ladera Resort. Imported teas, snacks, and pastries are offered every afternoon at Tchloit Bar; the offering may not be quite as comprehensive as you'll find at some spots in London, but there's one thing here that London lacks: the view. Highlights: Jewelled Jubilee Tea, and a history as the tradition's birthplace
Price: £40 for the Langham High Tea; £49 for the Jubilee Tea
Langham Hotel is known as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition, originated in the 1860s, and is arguably the most famous afternoon tea spot in London. Palm Court, where the tea is servied, is offering a special tea in honor of the Jubilee: A Jewelled Jubilee Tea, featuring handcrafted delicacies inspired by the royal jewels. To ensure authenticity, the hotel partnered with royal jewelers, Aspreys. Eating jewels might be a bit heavy for some, and those who prefer a traditional tea can sample finger sandwiches (including smoked Scottish salmon with horseradish), French pastries, and mini cakes. Highlights: Ocean views and delicate china
Price: Covered in the all-inclusive plan
Today, Jamaica remains a monarchy, and Elizabeth II serves as the Queen of Jamaica. Prince Harry visited Jamaica on his Jubilee tour for the queen. Sandals serves afternoon tea daily on the ocean-view terrace, with scones, pastries, sandwiches, and lovely china. Highlights: Free food and tea refills, live piano music, and a unique house tea blend
Price: £39.50 for Traditional Afternoon Tea; £49.50 for Champagne Afternoon Tea
Brown's Hotel, located in prestigious Mayfair, offers a highly rated afternoon tea. Seventeen blends, including Brown's own unique blend, are available, and two tea sommeliers are on hand to help diners navigate the options. Even more impressive: The tasty finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and pastries are replenished throghout teatime, so guests can eat their fill. Highlights: Ocean views, reasonable price, and fresh scones
Price: 35 BDS$ (£10.76 or $17.50)
Barbados is considered the England of the Caribbean, and English traditions have taken firm root here -- including afternoon tea, which is offered at many of the island's hotels. One of the best is at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, where it is free for guests, and served alongside beautiful ocean views at Taboras Restaurant. Tea service includes fresh scones with cream, jam, and butter, pastries such as pound cakes, and a range of teas (Earl Grey and Darjeeling among them). Highlights: Classically English setting in a historic townhouse
Price: £15.00, for the Devonshire Cream Tea; £31.50 for Traditional Afternoon Tea
The Egerton's afternoon tea is notable for its setting in the hotel's lovely drawing room -- and for the tasty homemade fare. Diners can sample homemade scones and fruit preserves, as well as Devonshire clotted cream. Champagne lovers should try the Champagne Afternoon Tea (with a glass of house champagne) or the Royal Afternoon Tea (with a glass of Joseph Perrier Rose Champagne). Tourists will appreciate that the Knightsbridge location is just a short walk from Harrods. Highlights: Free tea refills and Bernardaud porcelain
Price: S$42 weekdays, S$48 weekend ($39 or £24 weekends)
Singapore was under British control from 1824 until 1959, and remains a member of the British Commonwealth. Afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton's Chihuly Lounge is an impressive affair, with a few French twists: Bernardaud porcelain (a long-established, fancy French brand), and Hediard jams. The food is displayed in a golden, circular tray holder, and may include sandwiches, croquetes, savory tarts, scones, and pastries. Highlight: Picnic in the Park
Price: £15.50 for the Cream Tea; £$31.50 for the Traditional Afternoon Tea; Picnic in the Park £70
The Milestone serves tea in The Park Lounge or The Conservatory every afternoon. The Conservatory is a stylish spot with a glass roof, black-and-white decor, and artwork of Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. The tea menu includes tasty finger sandwiches, scones, Devonshire clotted cream, and a number of pastries -- eclairs, tartlets, macaroons, and cakes. The Milestone is located on the corner of Hyde Park, and for the romantically inclined, picnic tea service is available; guests can bring a hamper for two with their choice of a pot of tea and all the traditional tea bites.
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