This weekend, Claridge's will be celebrating the Royal wedding with a special afternoon tea, which will include a glass of Bollinger Special Cuvee NV. Champagne Bollinger has enjoyed a strong relationship with the British monarchy since receiving the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria in 1884. King George VI and The Queen Mother followed suit in 1950, with the latest Warrant received in 1955 from HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Guests can also dine on traditional sandwiches (using locally sourced produce on artisinal breads); raisin-and-apple scones with Devonshire clotted cream and Marco Polo jelly; and a selection of French pastries.
The tea itself will be (appropriately) a Royal White-Silver Needles tea, which we hear is picked only two days out of the year at dawn and is prepared entirely by hand.
Other notable upcoming special teas at Claridge's will be the Chelsea Flower show Afternoon tea (May 21-29), which will include floral pastries, a glass of rose champagne and sweet sandwiches; and the Great British Afternoon tea (June 18–July 3), a traditional afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of rose champagne, strawberries and macaroons.
For more information, visit www.claridges.co.uk.