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Hen party fit for a queen

You've got the diamond on your finger, now it's time to indulge in diamond-standard finger sandwiches as you celebrate with your best girls

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Hen party afternoon tea Fortnum and Mason

If L-plates, angel wings and fish nets bring you out in a rash but you still want to go out with a bang before your 2012 wedding, then a princess-perfect gathering with your best girls at Fortnum & Mason could be the answer you’re looking for. The legendary Piccadilly store has just re-opened its fourth floor as the stunning Diamond Jubilee Tearoom in honour of HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign and we hear she approves! If it’s good enough for Britain’s most refined royal lady, it’s sure to be a royally good way to make merry before your marriage.

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To the sound of a tinkling grand piano, treat yourself and your best girls to the best in British baking and indulge yourself one last time before the big day in the elegant Georgian surroundings. This isn’t your average afternoon tea – think poached egg Florentines, Welsh rarebit, melt-in-the-mouth scones with Cornish clotted cream and stylish cakes and you’re half way there! We heart the mini sizes of everything served – super cute and better for the W-day waistline surely?

The tea-tastic team at Fortnum & Mason have also taken the nation’s favourite drink to another level, using sand timers and varying water temperatures to match the huge range of tea leaves – perfect for hens who like a good brew! Tea-loving brides-to-be will be in heaven in the restaurant’s oh-so-cute old-fashioned tea tasting room that can be rented out for private events. 

And when you’ve polished off the cakes, daintily sipped the Jubilee tea and quaffed all the champagne, let your civilised chignon down and go wild in four floors of Fortnum’s fantastic produce. Just don’t let the bubbles go to your purse!

Tea menus start from £38 per person. To book visit fortnumandmason.com or call 0845 602 5694. Don’t forget to check out Fortnum & Mason’s new to-die-for wedding cake collection while you are there.

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Words by Hollie Bond