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13 January 2009

Take tea at the National Gallery

It can often be a struggle to find somewhere in Central London to have afternoon tea which doesn't cost the earth. At the Ritz, for instance, you will be asked to pay upwards of £40 for the privilege, and most it's major competitors; Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, or the Wolseley, you will still pay around the same.

The more money-conscious punter in search of a good afternoon tea could do a lot worse than head to the National Cafe at the National Gallery, where you'll pay £5.50 for a cream tea or £14.50 for the full works. Run by Peyton and Byrne, the cafe has a wide-ranging menu that, whilst still a little overpriced in this tired londoner's view, is acceptable given the surroundings and tourist-friendly location. That said, avoid lunchtimes and peak hours.

If you're still looking for a more credit-crunch friendly option, the self service Cafe in the Crypt at St Martins in the Fields does an even cheaper full afternoon tea at £5.25. Not quite the same atmosphere when you have to get it yourself though.

For more information on the National Cafe, visit their website at http://www.thenationalcafe.com.

^Picture from National Cafe Website^

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