Fancy a cuppa? There’s no shortage of afternoon tea in London to choose from.
The great British afternoon tea tradition is living large here in the capital. So whether you fancy sipping from fine china or would rather have your cake (and eat it) in themed splendour, we’ve found 11 wonderful afternoon teas to ‘jam’ into your diary. Your afternoons have never been sweeter…
1. Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate (Westminster)
This afternoon tea is taken in the sublime Kona tea room of the St James’ Court Hotel, which is sure to seriously impress your guest. We’re featuring their Jasmine Indian afternoon tea today, but we wouldn’t be able to mention this place without telling you about their three other intricately-themed teas. Check out the Alice in Wonderland tea and the Sherlock Holmes tea if you’re looking for something a little closer to home. The Jasmine tea however, is seductively different. Featuring cinnamon scones with mango jam, spicy savouries and a fragrant selection of sweet options, all presented with colourful Indian flair. The price for each of their afternoon offerings is £40 per person.
You’ll find it at 51 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, SW1E 6AF and you can book online here.
2. Sketch (Mayfair)
Inside this 18th Century townhouse, you’ll find the playfully pink and pretty Gallery, where afternoon tea is held. As well as being easy on the eye, the delightful treats – including quail’s egg finger sandwiches, puffy macaroons and pastries – are sure to please your tastebuds. Prices tend to vary based on their seasonal offers, so you’ll need to check out their website for more information.
Find it at 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, W1S 2XG and book your table here.
3. Fortnum & Mason (Piccadilly)
With a rich history of over 300 years producing and selling tea, there’s arguably no better place to go for a classic and elegant brew. Afternoon tea is served in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon (which, we’ll have you know, was opened by HM The Queen herself). You’ll note the running theme of F&M’s famous pale blue and the selection of finger sandwiches and cakes is traditional, as expected. Price per person is £44, with the option of buying champagne on top.
Find it at 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1A 1ER and book online here.
4. Hush Brasserie (Mayfair)
Hush Mayfair’s quintessentially British ‘Gin and Jam Afternoon Tea’ provides the perfect mixture of traditional and new elements. You are welcomed with a ‘tipple’, created with Hush’s own boutique gin, before being served up a delectable selection of sandwiches and sweets. The winning item? Passion Fruit Jaffa Cake. Delicious. It’s priced at £45 per person.
You’ll find it at 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, W1S 1EY and you can book a table here.
5. Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London (Holborn)
While modern art might not be everyone’s cup of tea, this offering from the Rosewood London is something everyone can sink their teeth into. Featuring sweet treats inspired by iconic artists Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Banksy, and Mark Rothko. It’s almost too beautiful to eat. The afternoon tea costs £50 per person.
You’ll find it at Rosewood Hotel, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN and you can book a table here.
6. Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson (Fitzrovia)
Inspired by Alice In Wonderland and the potions Alice samples, this afternoon tea has been created for the young at heart. The menu comes to you in vintage books and includes unconventional additions such as a smoked salmon Scotch quail’s egg and a mini ham and parmesan Croque Monsieur alongside your scones and whatnot. The menu features a mocha chessboard gateau, a Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier, a blue caterpillar made of chocolate and pistachio and even a ‘Drink Me’ potion with cinnamon, apple and peach. The afternoon tea costs £48 per person.
You’ll find the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NG and you book a table here.
7. Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea at Cutter & Squidge (Soho)
Step inside the magical, cake-filled underground cave, adorned with magic carpets and golden tableware, and be greeted by a Genie’s Welcome — a tasty raspberry and pomegranate meringue which, when broken, releases the genie (or so we like to imagine). Sit amongst sparkly walls and glittering dark floors, and indulge in precious stone-encrusted desserts, magic carpet cookies and 24 Carat gold speculoos. Pair your delicious ‘wishes’ with a golden pot of tea or a glass of bubbles and be transported to a whole new world… The tea costs £29.50 per person or £34.50 with a glass of golden bubbly.
You’ll find the Genie’s Cave at Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer Street, Soho and you can book a table here.
8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych (Covent Garden)
If we can’t visit Willy Wonka in his chocolate factory and lick the wallpaper and eat everlasting gobstoppers, then this is certainly the next best thing. The menu is full of scrumdiddlyumptious treats, including cake pops, homemade candyfloss and golden eggs. There’s also chocolate and sugarcane tea, and a wacky cocktail made with whiskey, chocolate bitters, cherry, and grapefruit. Don’t knock it till you try it… This one costs £42 per person.
You’ll find this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tea at One Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BZ and you can book a table here.
9. Gin Afternoon Tea on a Vintage Bus (Victoria)
It really doesn’t get any more British than gin and afternoon tea on a red double decker bus. (Unless you invited the Queen, perhaps). Jump on board, sip on free (yes, free) cocktails from Hayman’s Gin and tuck into B Bakery’s gin-infused bakes. The vintage Routemaster bus will drive past some of London’s most iconic landmarks, so you can get away with calling it a ‘cultural’ outing, even if you’re only in it for the gin. Every passenger will get a free goodie bag full of sweet and junipery treats to take home, as well as some slightly tipsy memories of That Time I Got Pissed On A Bus And It Was Actually Considered Classy. This one costs £46 Monday to Friday and £49 on weekends.
The bus departs from Victoria Coach Station at 17:30 and lasts around 90 minutes. Find out more and get your tickets here.
10. Bottomless Prosecco Afternoon Tea at The Barbican Conservatory
Every Sunday the Barbican gives you the chance to sip prosecco and munch scones surrounded by over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees. As if we need to say any more than that! The menu takes you on a journey through their tropical garden with coconut and kaffir lime chicken sandwiches, lemon thyme and date palm scones, orange and lavender cake, and pear and cardamom loaf. The tea costs £27.50 per person.
You’ll find the conservatory at Silk St, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS and you can book your places for the afternoon tea here.
11. London-themed Afternoon Tea at The Shard
Oblix’s afternoon tea focuses solely on all that London has to offer in its diverse range of boroughs. Who knew that Hackney smokes some of the best salmon using nothing but bricks? Or Lambeth cures amazing Angus beef? Or that Harrow is home to some of the best damn honeycomb you could possibly want in your dessert? So scoff on tasty local ingredients while staring out over where it all came from.
Chef Marcus Eaves and pastry chef Julienne Philippe have focused on London’s finest ingredients and highlighted them beautifully in their new London Afternoon Tea menu. We recommend the Southwark sandwich, balanced with spices from Borough Market and the Putney, which is based around Cadbury’s Crunchie bar. This one costs £38 per person.
You’ll find the London Afternoon Tea at Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY. Find out how to book here.
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