There’s something quite magical about wandering through St Paul’s Cathedral marvelling at the layers of history. The haul up to the dome to the Whispering Gallery is well worth it, but less so is the queue for the shuffle up to the Golden Gallery for a bird’s eye view of London, that you end up being pressed cheek to jowl with the next person. After the sightseeing is out-of-the-way and for a lovely respite from the hordes, head down to the crypt and for just a few quid more choose The Restaurant over The Cafe for afternoon tea. Once through the doors the noise from the cafe just disappears and you can sigh your relief. The Cream Tea is served up on a breadboard like wooden platter, which isn’t a problem as there isn’t much of it. Four bit-sized scones, plain and fruit, a dollop of Cornish clotted cream and a cute jar of homemade rhubarb and apple preserve – a serve for two. The scones are small and crusty but straight out of the oven, and my companion is impressed with the jam.
Tea: Six choices of loose-leaf tea served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: Poor value for money considering for an extra £5 you can get a high tea.