Afternoon tea is taking over the UK it seems and has become one of the top choices for celebrating special occasions from birthdays to anniversaries and baby showers to more salubrious hen parties. Naturally we are over the moon about that here at Afternoon Tea Online headquarters so we decided it was high time (or high tea time!!!) to head on up to Edinburgh to see what the beautiful Scottish capital has to offer in terms of afternoon teas. London may hold the crown for boasting the largest concentration of afternoon tea establishments, but Edinburgh isn’t far behind. We were really excited with what we found.
Edinburgh is a fabulous city, filled with the perfect combination of history and culture and is a brilliant choice for city sightseeing. The amazing Edinburgh Castle is probably the top visitor attraction, sitting proudly atop its elevated position and overlooking the rest of the city as well as the surrounding natural beauty of the Lothians. Part of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area also includes Princes Street which is a paradise for shopping as well as the Royal Mile which leads down to the Scottish Parliament. Head on over to Holyrood Park where the soaring extinct volcano that is Arthur’s Seat dominates the view or enjoy Edinburgh’s New Town, yet another UNESCO site with all of its Georgian splendour. August plays host to the world’s largest fringe and theatre festival when the city is packed to the rafters with people enjoying the huge variety of shows and performance.
So what about afternoon tea we hear you ask? Well, it seems that Edinburgh is home to some rather wonderful afternoon tea venues spanning both the Old and New Towns. The Waldorf Astoria is an opulent setting for afternoon tea, perched along the famous Princes Street whilst the wonderful offering at the Balmoral Hotel along the same road offers an award winning example of afternoon tea. Just a short walk away on Parliament Square, Colonnades at the Signet Library serves a refined and sophisticated afternoon tea whilst Harvey Nichols on St Andrews Square provides a more contemporary twist. Over in the New Town, afternoon tea at The Howard is served by a team of butlers and is a glorious affair whilst just 8 miles out of town, Dalhousie Castle is a magnificent and very impressive venue for an afternoon tea.
It seems that Edinburgh really does have it all – amazing sights, superb shopping, outstanding culture and a truly fabulous array of afternoon teas to enjoy.