There are many musts when indulging in decadent breaks experiencing the very best of London's high-life - but perhaps none more essential than taking part in the ritual of afternoon tea. The capital is awash with excellent restaurants serving up this delicious British refreshment - but which venues are the best?
You'll find that many of the finest eateries in which to sample the sumptuous scones and juicy jam of afternoon tea are nestled in luxury hotels.
Indeed, you will come across plenty of Mayfair hotels boasting restaurants serving acclaimed teas, such as The Conservatory in the Chesterfield.
This is a particularly wonderful venue for afternoon tea, offering several distinct options catering to an array of tastes.
While you can simply treat yourself to the delicious traditional afternoon tea, you could choose to really indulge with a champagne version. In addition to a tall glass of bubbly, you'll be served freshly-baked scones, clotted cream, jam, sandwiches and pastries, among other delicacies.
However, if you have a passion for chocolate, why not give in to your cravings with the chocolate lover's tea? Everything here is given a chocolate twist, including the scones and pastries.
Alternatively, you can book a table at the Montagu Lounge in the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill for a tea overlooking the spectacular Portman Square gardens.
Served from 15:00 to 18:00 local time daily, elegant stands carrying a delicious array of quintessentially British afternoon tea fare will provide the ultimate refreshment. And to add a little extra touch of luxury, you can choose to have a chilled glass of champagne with your sandwiches and scones.
Of course, the idea of afternoon tea in London often instantly calls the world-famous Ritz to mind. Indeed, no compilation of the very best tea venues in the capital could be complete without this lavishly decorated hotel.
And with a reputation for some of the finest afternoon tea in London, the Ritz certainly provides delicious traditional fare in its Palm Court. Eating in gorgeous surroundings reminiscent of a French country house, you'll be able to enjoy sandwiches and scones from 11:30 to 19:30 local time.
Offering a wonderful selection of teas, scones, mousses, meringues and macaroons, the Montague on the Gardens is another hotel providing a delicious afternoon tea option. Sitting in the Conservatory, you can enjoy deliciously decadent dishes from 12:00 to 18:00 local time daily.
When considering afternoon tea at any of the capital's glittering top venues, it's essential that you book your table in advance - or you may miss out on the tantalising treats on offer.
Therefore, once you have decided exactly where - and when - you want to go, book your place at the restaurant to avoid disappointment.
Smart-casual attire is essential, while you will find gentleman dining at the Ritz must wear jackets and ties.
Afternoon tea provides the perfect indulgent refreshment during days out in the capital, whether you're hitting designer shops, seeing West End shows or exploring the numerous cultural sites.
And if you're searching for hotels that will sit you in the heart of London's glamorous attractions, the Hilton Park Lane is just one of many excellent choices.
Nestled close by, the Sheraton Park Lane also provides fabulous accommodation for those seeking a luxurious base for their break in the capital.