The Lobby Lounge, Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, SW1
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Raise a glass of Laurent-Perrier and toast an afternoon of elegant decadence, starting with a selection of finger sandwiches such as Norfolk Bronze turkey with sausage, stuffing and cranberry compote, or Severn and Wye smoked salmon and cream cheese, all served on artisan breads.
Move on to a pot of fine tea, expertly selected from teas across the globe by master blenders Harney & Sons, including Imperial Ti Kuan Yin, a special Oolong from China's Fujian province, and Ceylon Orange Pekoe, known as the champagne of Ceylon.
Nothing pairs better than warm scones and a selection of festive-inspired fancies. Who could resist mince pie macarons, plum amaretto tart, Christmas pudding gateaux and panna cotta scented with mulled wine?
Vegetarians, and those who need to avoid dairy and/or gluten, are well-looked after with equally impressive offerings, both beautiful to look at and delicious to taste.
Corinthia London has the gold star when it comes to spoiling its diners, and staff delight in navigating you through the menu with endless patience. Not only will you leave feeling wonderfully relaxed and replete, you'll probably feel inclined to keep the champagne flowing well into the evening.
Book a late-afternoon sitting and keep the festive spirit going with classic cocktails in the hotel's Bassoon piano bar.
The Laurent-Perrier festive afternoon tea is £60 per person
To book, call 020 7321 3072; available until January 4.