Just because we’re a city, it doesn’t mean the capital doesn’t have its fair share of cute little tea rooms.
London has a lot of afternoon tea options and we love them all – but forget the champagne and caviar for a second. These tea rooms are adorable in their appearance but oh so lovely with their offerings.
1. Urban Tea Rooms, Soho
If you’re looking for a quaint place to scoff down a cake and a cup of tea, you’ve found your place. Tea rooms like this aren’t just reserved for the countryside, as this nice little find in Soho demonstrates. Nibble on freshly baked treats and indulge in hot chocolates with some of the nicest frothy art you ever did see.
19 Kingly Street, Carnaby, near Oxford Circus station, W1B 5PY.
2. The Teahouse, Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
This little hub is home to lots of yummy seasonal treats, homemade cakes and whole leaf teas. Be sure to take in the surroundings as you sip on your brew because trust us, the trek to Richmond will be more than worth it.
Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB.
3. Yumchaa, various branches
If you’re looking for a tea room with a difference, we’ve found it. Forget your standard English Breakfast and try something like a Chelsea Chai or Mango Sunrise instead. The menu includes iced drinks, freshly baked loaves and matcha. You can even buy your own tea brewing equipment in case you get the tea-brewing bug.
Find your nearest store here.
4. Pembroke Lodge, Richmond
This little lodge located in Richmond Park is the perfect place to round off a summer stroll. There’s an informal vibe with self service and classic English refreshments. Their summer menu is published, with a new dish each day and highlights including macaroni with Gruyere cheese crumb or traditional roast lamb.
Richmond Park, Queen Street, near Richmond station, TW10 5HX.
5. The Orangery, Kensington Palace
This little spot right by Kensington Palace is set in a beautiful pavilion and will be sure to have you feeling like a princess. The restaurant serves all sorts from breakfasts to extravagant lunches but we’d recommend opting for a pot of tea, that comes complete with the prettiest fine china. The Afternoon Tea looks amazing and who can really resist miniature cakes and freshly baked scones?
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, near Queensway station, W8 4PX.
6. Bea’s of Bloomsbury, various branches
This afternoon tea has some welcome new additions like Dukkha spiced yoghurt and honey & fig relish alongside their homemade scones, cakes and premium leaf teas. They’ve got everything from homemade cakes to macarons, and their shops and terraces are all sorts of cute.
Find your nearest branch here.
7. Soho’s Secret Tea Room, Soho
Fine china teacups, floral table coverings and general decor that would have you thinking you were in a traditional British tea room in a tiny town. We recommend a gander on their site (even if it’s just for the cool lock and key feature) and a peek at their very reasonably priced cream tea menu and Individual Dainties.
29 Greek Street, Soho, near Tottenham Court Road station, W1D 5DH.