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The best Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Teas across the UK, from Windsor to The Shard

Every week our holiday hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a sparkly Christmas theme and does all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: extra special snacks for the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Hotels and historic houses across the country are putting up bunting and preparing a series of carefully crafted afternoon teas to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

While some are only available during the extended bank holiday weekend of June 2-5, others can be enjoyed all summer long.

Tuck in: Pictured is afternoon tea offered at Elizabethan Manor in West Sussex

Tuck in: Pictured is afternoon tea offered at Elizabethan Manor in West Sussex

Elizabethan Manor Afternoon Tea also includes a personal butler, corgi and period costumes to dress up in

Elizabethan Manor Afternoon Tea also includes a personal butler, corgi and period costumes to dress up in

The Queen was born in 1926 at her grandfather’s house at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, and the Athenaeum Hotela few steps away, has created an afternoon tea based on ingredients with Royal Warrants.

Coronation chicken and other sandwiches are made with bread from the Queen’s favorite bakery, The Bread Factory in North London, while scones are served with Royal-approved Wilkin & Sons jams from Essex. It costs from £45pp (athenaeumhotel.com).

Holiday firm Oliver’s Travels has put together an even more luxurious afternoon tea experience.

Your Platinum Jubilee package, available at a range of cottages, including Grade II listed cottages elizabethan mansion in West Sussex, it includes a personal butler to pour traditional teas and serve sandwiches and cakes, but you’ll also have a corgi running around and period costumes to dress up in.

The Athenaeum Hotel has created an afternoon tea based on ingredients with Royal Warrants.  Offerings include sandwiches made with bread from The Bread Factory in north London and scones served with Royal-approved Wilkin & Sons jams from Essex.

The Athenaeum Hotel has created an afternoon tea based on ingredients with Royal Warrants. Offerings include sandwiches made with bread from The Bread Factory in north London and scones served with Royal-approved Wilkin & Sons jams from Essex.

Really good: opulent afternoon teas will be served throughout the summer at the Shangri-La Hotel on the 35th floor of The Shard (pictured)

Really good: opulent afternoon teas will be served throughout the summer at the Shangri-La Hotel on the 35th floor of The Shard (pictured)

The Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea served at the Shangri-La Hotel on the 35th floor of The Shard includes scones, a majestic strawberry shortcake, a jubilee cake, fizz from the Nyetimber vineyard and an edible piece of architecture in the form of chocolate and raspberry.  Shard, the sensational event with the waiter or waitress serving dry ice

The Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea served at the Shangri-La Hotel on the 35th floor of The Shard includes scones, a majestic strawberry shortcake, a jubilee cake, fizz from the Nyetimber vineyard and an edible piece of architecture in the form of chocolate and raspberry. Shard, the sensational event with the waiter or waitress serving dry ice

Packages start from £390pp (oliverstravels.com).

High above the streets of London, overlooking the celebratory Superbloom display of wildflowers growing in the moat of the Tower of London, another opulent tea will be served throughout the summer at the Hotel Shangri La on the 35th floor of The Shard.

The Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea includes scones and cream, a majestic strawberry shortcake and a jubilee cake. It also comes with fizz from the Nyetimber vineyard in West Sussex, as served at the Queen’s Royal Barge during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. It costs from £75pp (ting-shangri-la.com).

At the Castle Hotel, opposite Windsor Castle, afternoon tea is served from a striking crown-shaped cake stand.

At the Castle Hotel, opposite Windsor Castle, afternoon tea is served from a striking crown-shaped cake stand.

Glenapp Castle on the Ayrshire coast will have as many items as possible on the afternoon tea table in a combination of gold, silver and royal purple.

Glenapp Castle on the Ayrshire coast will have as many items as possible on the afternoon tea table in a combination of gold, silver and royal purple.

In it castle hotelopposite Windsor Castle, Union Jack cupcakes and jubilant macaroon sandwiches round out the lavish high teas.

The loose leaf teas are chosen by the Darvilles of Windsor, supplier to the Palace since 1860, and the sparkling wines come from the vineyard in Windsor Great Park. It costs from £30pp (castlehotelwindsor.com).

Glenapp Castle on the Ayrshire coast you’ll have as many items as possible in a mix of gold, silver and royal purple. The blackberry and lavender scotch mousse is a favorite, while guests named Elizabeth get free champagne. It costs from £35pp (glenappcastle.com).

With Habitat Escapes, guests can order pre-made snacks or baskets and blankets for their own celebration gift.

With Habitat Escapes, guests can order pre-made snacks or baskets and blankets for their own celebration gift.

In cardigan castle on June 2, guests will enjoy tea with slow-roast Welsh beef sandwiches and horseradish mayonnaise, Victoria sponge and Welsh cakes. It costs from £15pp (cardigancastle.com).

Check into luxury accommodation in the lower mill estate in the Cotswolds, or at Silverlake in Dorset, and afternoon cocktails are offered over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Guests can also order picnic baskets and blankets for their own celebration gift. It costs from £269pp for three nights from June 3 (habitatescapes.com).

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