Luxuriate in a quintessential part of English tradition, 'The Afternoon Tea' in a tea salon with impeccable service and unrivaled views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai fountains. This is what my recent experience called for at the three-story high Fortnum and Mason. Elegant and sophisticated interior with crips white linen, turquoise blue chinaware. The seat upholstery and wait staff uniforms are in tune with the color scheme. 

 

Who knew that tea's came in such a wide variety? 80 variants to complement the triple decker stand. At Fortnum’s, the famous afternoon tea begins with a pot of their famous Afternoon Tea or another tea blend. The classic china cake stand is layered with light finger sandwiches on the lowest tier, scones, jam and cream on the second, and delicious cakes and pastries on the top tier.  As an ardent tea lover and with a preference for sub-continent versions, i chose a Royal blend from ceylon; smooth with a hint of honey-like flavor.

Signet Ring Seals: The Fortnum scones served with preserves and clotted cream is just perfect and this might be my new favorite destination to savor faultless scones.

 

Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, is credited with first making afternoon tea into a formal social occasion, to which one would wear one's best tea dress and set the table with the finest bone china. F&M in Dubai however has no strict restrictions with dining attire, since its proximity to Dubai Mall. The crowd is seen sporting fashionable-chic or smart-casual as they have just strolled in to have a sit down and tea subsequent to their shopping extravaganza.   Nearly 200 years after the Duchess of Bedford’s innovation, despite enormous social changes and the democratization of tea as an everyday drink - no longer just for the privileged - the taking of afternoon tea remains a popular and luxurious event.

 

I walked out the doors of Fortnum and Mason feeling every bit a Duchess experiencing a fashionable ritual  from Dubai's prettiest tea room.