It’s Afternoon Tea Week, a great excuse (if one were needed) to explore some of the best options for afternoon tea in London. There are hundreds to choose from, from five-star hotels to cosy cafés, so we’ve rounded up twenty of the best to inspire youele.
A taste of tradition…
– Traditionalists will love the elegant tea experience at the Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
– Linger over scones and sandwiches while a pianist tinkles the ivories at The Savoy’s Thames Foyer.
– Head to The Rosebery in Knightsbridge for freshly baked scones and wonderful handmade pastries.
– Splash out on the Ruinart Rosé Royal Afternoon Tea in The Drawing Room at Fleming’s Mayfair.
– Indulge in tea with all the trimmings in The Hansom Lounge at the iconic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Luxury for less…
– Swap fizz for a gin cocktail with the Gin & Jam afternoon tea at Hush Brasserie in Holborn or St Paul’s.
– Afternoon tea at Villandry St James’s costs just £18, including a free glass of Champagne at the weekends.
– You can scoff scones and sip Lapsang Souchong at Dean Street Townhouse for £19.50 per person.
– At the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, tea is priced at £19.50 so you’ll have money leftover for cocktails in the bar.
– Tea at Made in Chelsea favourite, Bluebird, will set you back just £22.50, or £29.50 with Champagne.
Something a little different…
– Tumble down the rabbit hole with the Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel.
– Enjoy afternoon tea on a BB Bakery Bus Tour around London, on a boat, or at their Covent Garden café.
– The Swan at The Globe‘s Gentleman’s tea includes a quail Scotch egg, a beef slider and a tankard of ale!
– Cinnamon Soho serves ‘High Chai’, complete with a Bangla Scotch egg and tandoori chicken sandwich.
– Try the ‘Taste of Italy’ tea at Cucina Asellina – Prosecco, mini focaccia sandwiches, tiramisu and more.
For seriously special occasions…
– Treat someone special to the High Society tea in the stunning Oscar Wilde Bar at the Hotel Café Royal.
– Enjoy panoramic views across London and tea with (or without) an Asian twist at Ting at The Shard.
– The Berkeley Hotel‘s Pret-a-Portea turns this season’s catwalk creations into delicious cakes and biscuits.
– Dine in style under the huge crystal chandelier at The Lobby Lounge at the five-star Corinthia Hotel.
– The Montagu‘s ‘Sex and the City Par-Tea‘ is perfect for a weekend treat in the West End.
Our top tea tips:
– Check the dresscode – gents may need a jacket and tie and for the ladies, it’s a great excuse to dress up.
– Don’t plan a big dinner afterwards – those dainty sandwiches and scones are surprisingly filling!
– There’s no need to overindulge; most hotels will pack up any leftover treats for you to enjoy later.
Still looking for that perfect tearoom? Visit our Afternoon Tea page for more delicious options.