Where to enjoy the best afternoon tea in London

Afternoon tea is about as quintessentially British as it gets. And with the Queen’s Jubilee fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to discover a spot in the capital for a classy cuppa. Read on and find out where you can enjoy the best afternoon tea in London.

Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia
Address: 10 Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD
Step inside The Crystal Moon Lounge at the five-star Corinthia Hotel for an afternoon tea treat. Relax to the backdrop of a Baccarat Chandelier and uplifting melodies from a Steinway Piano while sampling tea blends for the perfect cup. An expert Tea Master is on hand to advise about which teas to try, and, of course, there are cakes and patisseries served from a heritage trolley to complete the experience. Oh, and if you’re in the mood, why not sip on a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne?

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Ting at The Shangri-La
Address: 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU
Enjoy glorious views of the London skyline from The Shard while sipping tea and sampling more than a few treats. Ting, located in the Shangri-La hotel, which itself is in The Shard, offers skyline afternoon tea for guests. The menu features savoury delights and baked scones served alongside Jubilee themed pastries, such as the chocolate and raspberry Shard.

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Afternoon Tea in the Park Lounge
Address: 1-3 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL
Soak up traditional English surroundings while having afternoon tea in the Park Lounge. Located in the Milestone Hotel, this award-winning spot offers views of Kensington Palace and its gardens. You can look forward to a selection of sandwiches and French pastries, along with freshly baked Devonshire scones with clotted cream. There’s also a Little Prince and Princess Tea experience for anyone who wants to bring the kids along.

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Jubilee Prosecco Afternoon Tea Caffè Concerto
Address: 143 Long Acre, London WC2E 9AD
There’s always lots going on in Covent Garden, from the buzzing piazza to street entertainers. Stop by Caffè Concerto for some afternoon tea if you find yourself in this central London neighbourhood around The Queen’s Jubilee. Its Jubilee Prosecco Afternoon Tea menu has finger sandwiches and mini brioche rolls, freshly baked scones, either plain or with raisins, an assortment of mini cakes and a choice of tea from their world selection. Cap it off with a glass of house prosecco.

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The Montagu Kitchen
Address: 30 Portman Square The Montagu at Hyatt Regency, London W1H 7BH
The word ‘iconic’ gets thrown around too often, but The Churchill hotel is a staple of central London and pays tribute to one of the UK’s most, you guessed it, iconic leaders, Winston Churchill. So, then, it’s fitting that it also serves excellent afternoon tea options in its Montagu Kitchen. Led by Executive Chef Roger Olsson, the menu celebrates British cuisine and serves up afternoon tea featuring traditional finger sandwiches and scones, as well as an array of pastries. Reserve a table every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm until 5 pm.

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Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant
Address: 1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT
Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Soho, Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant is ready to welcome you with its popular Champagne afternoon tea. Order a selection of cakes, macarons, desserts, scones and homemade jams to go with your tea. Or if you’re after something savoury, try classic smoked salmon tea sandwiches with lemon and cream cheese on brown and prawn arancini and garlic mayonnaise.

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The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe at Harrods
Address: 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL
Step inside Harrods, one of the world’s most famous department stores, for some of the best afternoon tea in London. Located on the lower ground floor in the Fifth Avenue-inspired Tiffany Blue Box, this afternoon tea selection has dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a selection of patisserie inspired by Tiffany & Co.’s heritage. Shop and eat in style.

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St Pancras Brasserie by Searcys
Address: St. Pancras, St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL
Step inside Harrods, one of the world’s most famous department stores, for some of the best afternoon tea in London. Located on the lower ground floor in the Fifth Avenue-inspired Tiffany Blue Box, this afternoon tea selection has dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a selection of patisserie inspired by Tiffany & Co.’s heritage. Shop and eat in style.

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Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge
Address: 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS
If you fancy sampling an afternoon tea menu in style, head to the Palace Lounge. It has scenic views of the Royal Mew of Buckingham Palace and is led by pastry chef Sarah Houghting, who recently competed in Bake Off: The Professionals. The Palace Lounge pays tribute to this British tradition while adding a few twists along the way. You can even expect a special Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea, bookable between 1st June and 31st August, featuring Coronation chicken sausage roll, cucumber and Lemon crème fraîche and flowering tea, among others.

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