Who wouldn’t like to have tea at Harrods in London? Forget about the eye watering prices, the tourists, or the queues (there are no reservations), because really it’s like mecca for scone lovers. The upmarket department store is the largest in Europe, touting 330 departments. Since 1905 the imposing Harrods building has dominated the Knightsbridge shopping precinct, and is a massive draw card for locals tourists worldwide. The upmarket department store is also the largest in Europe, touting 330 departments, so by the time you find The Tea Room, tucked away on the second floor somewhere behind the Christmas decoration department, you’ll need a cup of tea. We’re lucky, and slip straight in to a seat – no queuing. The Tea Room is bright and open, although seating arrangements can be a little close for more intimate conversations. There’s an extensive menu, but I’m here for The Chelsea (scones, jam and clotted cream). There’s a lot to take in; the matching Wedgewood floral tea ware, the Harrods shortbread biscuit served with the tea, the scoop of slightly yellow clotted cream, and the four different Harrods branded jams served in small jars. My choice is the blackcurrant, as it’s rich and fruity. I’m not a fan of marmalade, and I’ve had better strawberry and raspberry jam elsewhere. The fruit scones look impressive, but once tackled, they fall apart in large pieces. I’m surprised at how crumbly they are and once again, I’ve had far better. However, perhaps it’s not about the scones, but more about the reality that you are indeed at Harrods in London!
Tea: A vast selection of Harrods’ fine loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot. Choose wisely as prices start at £5.00 a pot. If you have a spare £15, try a pot of the 22-Karat Gold Tea, Assam, a tea with leaves enrobed in 22kt gold leaf.
Price: From £14.50 (depending on the choice of tea)
Overall: A shopping institution that deserves bragging rights.