Afternoon tea with a twist

Looking for a quirky alternative to traditional afternoon tea? We’ve rounded up some of London’s finest teas with a twist, from fashion-themed to Indian ‘High Chai’.

Mad Hatters Tea at The Sanderson

Mad Hatters Tea at The Sanderson

The Sanderson Hotel serves a whimsical Mad Hatters Tea inspired by Alice in Wonderland. With menus hidden inside vintage books, a jelly trolley, ‘Drink Me’ potions and white chocolate mousse served in edible cups, it’s a treat for young foodies and big kids alike.

At The Berkeley Hotel, fashionistas can settle in to the glamorous surroundings of The Caramel Room for the couture-themed Pret-a-Portea. The cakes and fancies are designed with this season’s catwalk creations in mind, so expect edible handbags, bikini biscuits and delicious little dresses.

If you’re not a fan of dainty sandwiches, swap them for authentic dim sum at Bo Lang, a stylish new Chinese teahouse in Chelsea. They serve rare and iced teas in traditional cast iron teapots, plus a range of delicate oriental inspired macaroons.

At Volupte, they serve traditional tea with a saucy side of burlesque. Perfect for date night or a giggle with the girls, you’ll love the decadent mix of Champagne, live music, classy cabaret and… scones!

If afternoon tea feels a bit girly, you can treat reluctant brothers and boyfriends to the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at Reform Social Bar & Grill. Alongside their choice of tea and ‘fancies’, it includes a mini Welsh Wagyu beef burger, a steak and snail sarnie and a honey-mustard sausage roll.

High Chai at Cinnamon Soho

High Chai at Cinnamon Soho

At Cinnamon Soho, executive chef Vivek Singh has given the British tradition a modern Indian twist. Try a cup of freshly brewed Masala Chai with spiced scones, a Bangla Scotch egg and a tandoori chicken and chutney sandwich. It’s a great way to refuel after a few hours shopping on Carnaby Street.

There are lots more, like the ‘Not Afternoon Tea’ at Oxo Tower Brasserie, the Gin & Tonic tea at Terrace Grill & Bar, and a Charlie & The Chocolate Factory themed offering at One Aldwych. You can check out our afternoon tea list for more traditional inspiration.