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Best afternoon tea hampers for 2022: M&S, John Lewis, Harvey Nichols & MORE

Queen Elizabeth II was extremely fond of afternoon tea, according to her former butler Grant Harrold

Her Majesty supposedly served afternoon tea on a daily basis, with her favourite teas including Assam and Earl Grey.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady once said that Queen Elizabeth's favourite finger sandwiches were cucumber, egg and smoked salmon – all with the crusts cut off, of course.

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Not forgetting the sweet treats, Queen Elizabeth was rather taken with ginger cake and chocolate biscuit cake, the latter of which even travelled with the Queen. 

Darren told HELLO! at the time: "The royal chefs send a whole cake up to Her Majesty every day for tea. She will sometimes take a slice and then it is never seen at the royal table again. [The cake is sent to the staff for their afternoon tea.]

"The chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes up to the royal table every day until it has all gone – sometimes this means it following her to Windsor Castle for the weekend," Darren said.

If Queen Elizabeth's love of an afternoon tea has inspired you, shop the best afternoon tea hampers or a cream tea gift set/ 

The best afternoon tea hampers 


Cartwright & Butler Pocklington Luxury Picnic Tin Hamper with Personalised Gift Message, £95, John Lewis 


Afternoon Tea for Two Hamper, £50, Marks & Spencer


Alcohol-free Sparkling Afternoon Tea Hamper, £85, Harvey Nichols


Selfridges Selection Afternoon Tea Gift Box, £40, Selfridges


Harrods The Tea Time Treats Hamper, £80, Harrods 


Afternoon Tea Gift Set, £35, Marks & Spencer 


The Afternoon Tea Gift Selection, £102, Cartwright & Butler 


The Fortnum's Afternoon Tea Hamper, £500, Fortnum & Mason


The Piccadilly Hamper, £100, Fortnum & Mason


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