Before you get the wrong idea about me and think I’m a fancy lady, this was a gift from my mother for my 25th birthday, which is like, a pretty big deal because now I can rent a car in America at affordable prices, rather than the astronomical prices for under-25s. Anyway, mom was visiting for a week and because afternoon tea is truly one of my favourite quintessentially British activities, I gave her a list of options to choose from. I did note that Thomas’s Cafe at Burberry has been my favourite overall for atmosphere, service, price AND taste (seriously, the desserts are the best around), but I did also really want to try the Ritz and how could I resist mom’s offer to pay?? I wasn’t expecting to love the Ritz afternoon tea, especially because other options in the £50 range had left me tipping over with tea, but ultimately unimpressed (Sketch, Brown’s Hotel, the Savoy and Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Sanderson were great for the photos, and just okay on the food). As crazy as it sounds that I would ever utter this sentence, it is true: Burberry is my standard, so the Ritz had a lot to live up to.