Afternoon Tea At Fortnum & Mason, Downtown Dubai

I’ve been craving a taste of home lately so decided to kickstart my birthday weekend with Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason with my friend Lauren, who just celebrated her own birthday. It really was a little slice of Piccadilly in Dubai – but with a view of the world’s tallest building and a balmy breeze in the air.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai opposite Burj Khalifa

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai

Girls Afternoon Tea in Dubai

Why don’t I go Downtown more often?!

A little bit about Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is famous for it’s traditional Afternoon Teas. I love an eatery with a story, and F&M certainly has a tale to tell. It first opened in London in 1707, before Dubai was even a concept! Mr Mason played a role in bringing the humble baked bean to England, and he also invented the Scotch Egg – a fact I just had to share with my Canadian colleague, who recently discovered the British snack and can’t quite get her head around the idea.

I swear my colleagues and I spend more time discussing food than we do working. One of the best things about working in a multicultural office is learning about different nationalities’ favourite snacks. I have to say though, nobody does tea and cake quite like us Brits.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai

F&M’s Afternoon Teas are served in beautiful ‘Tea Salons’ decorated in ice-cream pastels, and the Dubai restaurant, like all things here, really elevates the elegance. It’s in Downtown Dubai,  right next to Dubai Mall and directly opposite the Burj Khalifa and Fountains. A pretty ideal location for a sunset Afternoon Tea, I think y0u’ll agree.

Our very civilised evening

We sat out on the terrace, the Burj (or The Big Lad, as I affectionally call him) towering over us. First, we chose our tea – I’ve been served a subpar cup of Dilmah far too many times since moving here, but Fortnum & Mason take their cuppas seriously. We were overwhelmed by the selection, and I finally settled on a Green Earl Grey with a delicate bergamot scent. Lauren went for a refreshing Moroccan Mint. They were served in mint green teapots, complete with tea strainers.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai opposite Burj Khalifa

We also had champagne flutes filled with Elderflower Fizz so we could toast our lives in Dubai, our love of faking fancy, and our beautiful view.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai opposite Burj Khalifa

Our lovely waiter then presented us with a three-tier cake stand laden with goodies. The bottom plate was filled with delicate finger sandwiches, perfectly cut into rectangles with the crusts off. My favourites were the Smoked Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter and the Cucumber with Mint Butter. Despite being so dainty, they really filled us up and we declined the waiter’s offer to bring us more.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai opposite Burj Khalifa

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai opposite Burj Khalifa

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai opposite Burj Khalifa

Next, some crumbly scones, which we loaded with indulgent Somerset Clotted Cream and F&M preserves. Quintessentially British and absolutely delicious.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai opposite Burj Khalifa

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason Dubai opposite Burj Khalifa

Yes, I’m the girl who pops unfinished jam jars in to her handbag for midnight snacks. I’m not ashamed. You can take the girl out of Isle of Man…

Fortnum & Mason Dubai Afternoon Tea

We spoke with fake Mary Poppins accents while we gossiped about everyone we knew and planned our outfits for brunch the next day. Don’t you just love those friends who you can chat to for hours and never run out of conversation topics?

Girls Afternoon Tea in Dubai

We could so easily have been taking our tea back in London, had it not been for the supercars parked underneath us (I just love laughing at overexcited tourists posing next to them!)

The terrace began to fill with chic locals and the sky slowly took on pink hues as the sun set over the Downtown skyline, eventually darkening to a moody blue while the Burj Khalifa glittered to life.

Burj Khalifa at sunset

Burj Khalifa at night cloudy

Burj Khalifa at night cloudy

The bite-sized desserts were truly decadent: jam role poly, miniature cupcakes, squares of sweet Turkish Delight, lemon meringue, Lauren’s first ever macaron (I still think macarons are overrated, but this one almost had me convinced!), and tiny chunks of moist gingerbread with buttercream and fresh raspberry.

Fortnum & Mason Dubai Afternoon Tea

Fortnum & Mason Dubai Afternoon Tea

Fortnum & Mason Dubai Afternoon Tea

As we left to delve in to Dubai Mall, the waiter called after us that there was more cake if we wanted it – but we couldn’t have eaten another thing!

If you’re looking for someplace sophisticated in Dubai to take guests or just want to imagine you’re back in Blighty sipping a proper brew (you’ll have to turn your back on the view, I guess), I definitely recommend Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason. We could easily have sat there all night – and we didn’t leave until after 7.30.

Get our Afternoon Tea look


We were guests of Fortnum & Mason but all calorie-focused enthusiasm is most definitely my own. You all know how much I luv da cake.

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36 Comments

  1. January 14, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Oh it looks lovely – I’ve enjoyed afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason in London and the Dubai experience looks almost identical.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      But I bet the view in Dubai is better, right? Haha 🙂 Thanks Sam xx

  2. January 14, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Afternoon tea is such a great (and civilised) way to spend the afternoon. The little cakes are so pretty you almost don’t want to eat them. I highly recommend chocolate afternoon tea at the Landmark in London. Yummy!

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Ooh I’m definitely going to try that next time I’m back in UK, thanks for the tip!

  3. January 14, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Omg stahhhhppppp scones and clotted cream are my FAVORITE THING EVER, and I’m not even British! Which is sad b/c I don’t get to eat them very often. I’m DEF doing this in Dubai!!

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Haha sorry, not the best post for anyone trying to be good in January I guess! I love them too, and it’s not often you get proper clotted cream. Are you planning a visit soon?

  4. January 14, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    talk about afternoon tea with a view – wow! Much better than what you would see sitting on Picadilly!

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Exactly!

  5. hcura
    January 14, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    I’d definitely go to Fortnum and Mason here in London if it had those views! Great way to spend an afternoon.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Yep, the views from the Dubai tea salon just can’t be beaten!

  6. January 14, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Looks amazing! I have been wanting to go to Dubai for ages, this has just given me another reason to. Great photos as well!

    Ashlee |

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      I’m glad to add to your wanderlust Ashlee 🙂

  7. January 15, 2017 / 1:38 am

    This was such a great article to read- Dubai is so beautiful. You can never go wrong with Afternoon tea, especially in a beautiful place like Dubai. Those mini sandwiches look amazing.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks so much!

  8. January 15, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Glorious photos and what a fun thing to do! I’ve been to Fortnum and Mason, but not in Dubai – such a surprise that you could do this there (and trust that the weather would be good too, unlike in London!).

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      I’ve never been to the one in London! Oh you’re so right – the weather is a definite bonus here.

  9. January 15, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I am in love with this. I spent several days around this area of Dubai but never thought to do Afternoon Tea. I just love the romantic atmosphere… and that delicious-looking food with the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa! I also really like how you show at the end where to purchase your outfit — I haven’t seen this before in a blog and it’s useful and fun.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      You’re right it really is a romantic setting. Glad you like the outfit bit! I’ve just started doing it because people always ask 🙂

  10. January 15, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    I want to visit Dubai! I’m flying through it on my way back from Asia in a couple of months but I can’t get a stopover. Waaah. I didn’t realize the F&M was outside Britain. I’ve had in London and it was fab, but this looks even better.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      No way, you can’t add it to your booking? I need to try the London version 🙂

  11. January 15, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    I’m curious, how many almost empty jam jars do you currently have on you? I love the photo of the tallest building~ great shot! Afternoon tea, with mini sandwiches is something you can never go wrong with, as you have shown.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Haha, just the one I promise. Trying to get the entire Burj Khalifa in a pic is tough!

  12. January 16, 2017 / 11:08 am

    I have always thought about having afternoon tea at the Burj al Arab when in Dubai (I haven’t done it yet though) but this looks like a better option. The food looks absolutely delicious.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Glad I could sway you! I’ve yet to visit the Burj Al Arab but it’s on my must-do list before I eventually leave Dubai!

  13. January 16, 2017 / 11:15 am

    What a lovely experience! Those views are amazing…and the cakes look devine!

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      They seriously were! Have you been to Dubai yet?

  14. January 16, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    This looked absolutely fab! I enjoy a good Afternoon Tea myself and this view was just outstanding. Plus, the fact that the first store was opened in London and Mr Mason had his hand in the baked beans and Scotch Egg invention, too! Love these fun facts.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      I’m such a fact hoarder, especially when they’re about food haha. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  15. Milijana
    January 16, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Hello from a big fan of Fortnum and Mason! I just adore F&M, scones with buttercream and jam, tea and lemon meringue! And guess what – I’m not a Brit, but a Croatian. All hats off to Fortnum and Mason!

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Wow, that just shows how widespread the Afternoon tea tradition is these days. I’m curious – what are some famous Croatian sweet treats?

  16. January 16, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Last week I went for an afternoon tea in London. I couldn’t imagine there is a place in Dubai where serves it too. Dubai is where you can get anything from any country around the world. This is the main reason Dubai is an unique city while it has arabic tradition too.

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Ooh, where in London did you go? And yes, you’re completely right about Dubai 🙂

  17. January 16, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I didn’t know there was a Fortnum and Mason in Dubai. Very Swanky! 🙂

    • Dannielle Lily
      January 16, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Yeah, there’s also one in an airport! I’ve yet to sample the London experience 🙂

  18. January 16, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I didn’t know there was a location in Dubai! What an awesome location for some afternoon tea and those scones look divine.

  19. January 22, 2017 / 4:15 am

    I love the idea of high tea especially in that Dubai envionment. Beautiful pictures and I loved the touch of offering the links to clothing similar to your look!