Afternoon Tea Week gets an African twist from Lerato London

This week marks the sixth annual Afternoon Tea Week but the Great British pastime doesn’t have to be all about cream scones and cucumber sandwiches. A pop-up offering in London has given the traditional British fare a unique twist by injecting some African flavour.

The London pop-up will begin serving customers in September but is offering food lovers a chance to sample the delicious dishes early to mark Afternoon Tea Week in Eastbourne on the 13th and 14thof August. By fusing the British culture of high tea and the bold flavours of African food Lerato London creates a delectable array of both sweet and savoury treats.

Those lucky enough to experience Lerato London can expect recipes using roasted plantains with African nut butters, rich cakes with Madagascan chocolate and organic Ugandan vanilla bean, traditional west African cookie dough and doughnut truffles with Ghanaian cacao. For savoury options there will be prawn and vegetable suya rolls, using west African aromatic spices found in popular street food. A vegetarian selection with British grown lovage herbs, cucumber and pickled shallots combined with aromatic suya or spices perfectly complements the spread.

The African Afternoon Tea will have a changing menu enabling customers to experience a collection of African inspired dishes. The food will be accompanied by fine teas, such as the South African Red Bush and Malawi Antlers. The experience aims to give gourmands a contemporary experience that is both unique and familiar.

Lerato Umah-Shaylor, founder of Lerato London, said, “England is well known for its exquisite afternoon tea offerings but there’s nothing quite like my take on this traditional fare. It is bold, decadent and only tamed in size in keeping with the tradition of high tea. I am passionate about African cuisine and have been all my life, marrying together British tradition and the food I have grown up with can truly become a new tradition.”

Umah-Shaylor is a Nigerian TV chef and food writer living in the UK and she writes a food column for the Guardian Nigeria that is read worldwide. Lerato London, with its African Afternoon Tea, is her latest venture to bring new and exciting dishes to a UK audience.

Those that want to try Lerato London’s first African Afternoon Tea event can experience it on September 18th in a secret central London location. High tea lovers can book their place and register their interest in future events now by contacting Lerato London at

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Lerato London hosts pop-up events in London that marry together the two cultures of Britain and Africa to create unique food that shows off the best each has to offer and give food lovers new experiences. 



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