Choosing a venue for afternoon tea in London can be a bit of a mine field. There is so much choice. Are you looking for a luxury afternoon tea? How about afternoon tea combined with top city sightseeing? Perhaps you fancy something a little bit different or quirky, then themed afternoon teas would be great for you. Here’s our handy guide to some of the best afternoon teas in London, neatly broken down into our most popular afternoon tea categories.
Iconic Afternoon Tea London
These fabulous tea salons have grown to iconic status and have become national tea treasures:
The Ritz Afternoon Tea London
One of the finest hotels in the world, the Ritz Hotel has a formidable reputation. A place to see and be seen, afternoon tea at the Ritz is held in the opulent surrounds of the Palm Court. Sumptuous decor, sparkling chandeliers, gilded statues, flamboyant floral displays and a beautiful fountain create an exquisite setting for a memorable afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea at the Ritz is a quintessentially British dining experience offering a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a mouth-watering range of pastries and teacakes. Boasting a certified tea sommelier who travels the world to source The Ritz London’s fabulous teas, there are 18 varieties of loose-leaf teas to choose from. Your afternoon tea at the Ritz experience is enhanced by a pianist playing gently in the background.
Afternoon Tea at Fortnum and Mason
A true London culinary institution renowned for its formidable hampers, elegant wines and spirits, famous teas and coffees it has also acquired a reputation second to none for its fine dining offerings in its restaurants and bars. Afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason is served in the acclaimed Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon opened by her Majesty The Queen in 2012.
Afternoon tea is presented on Fortnum and Mason’s own classic crockery with its distinct pale blue colouring. An elegant three tiered cake stand bedecked with seasonal, finger sandwiches with traditional delights including Fortnum’s smoked salmon, honey roast ham with grain mustard and coronation chicken will send your taste buds into a tingle. Mouthwatering cakes and pastries and freshly baked on-site scones served with clotted cream and Fortnum’s preserves will satisfy the most distinguished tastes.
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Afternoon Tea at Harrods
Harrods epitomises the best of luxury, style and sophistication. One of London’s most prestigious shopping venues, the opportunity to combine shopping with a luxury afternoon tea has all the ingredients of a great girly day out in London. Afternoon Tea at Harrods is served in the elegant surrounds of the Georgian Restaurant, a step back in time reflecting the style of the 1920s and 1930s.
A traditional affair, afternoon tea at Harrods is a great opportunity to catch-up with friends and escape the crowds for a moment of rest and relaxation.
Luxury Afternoon Tea London
London boasts a plethora of luxurious hotels each offering its own unique afternoon fine dining experience in elegant surrounds.
Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel
Situated within a short distance of Buckingham Palace, The Rubens at the Palace Hotel boasts unique views across the Royal Mews where you can relax in elegant surrounds whilst enjoying the experience of Royal pageantry. It’s only natural, therefore, that the talented chefs at The Rubens have created a “Royal Afternoon Tea” fit for a Queen – and even little Prince and Princesses too.
The Royal Afternoon Tea offers a delightful selection of savoury and sweet treats for adults. And catering for little ones, they have created a fun afternoon tea that will please younger palates.
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Afternoon Tea at the 5 Star Art Deco Sheraton Grand, London Park Lane
Step back in time and enter the world of 5 Star hospitality in the art deco surrounds of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel. A prestigious Mayfair venue situated opposite Green Park and a short stroll from Buckingham Palace the hotel has a reputation for its groundbreaking architecture, roaring 1920’s glamour and excellent dining reputation.
Afternoon Tea is served in the stylish surrounds of the Sheraton Grand’s Palm Court. Tuck into a fantastic selection of afternoon tea treats which include fresh, seasonal sandwiches and melt in the mouth pastries and cakes alongside Palm Court scones served with preserves and traditional finger sandwiches.
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Afternoon Tea at the Five Star Conrad London St James
Conveniently located in the heart of St. James, the Conrad St James is the perfect venue to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea combined with a day exploring London’s top tourist attractions and luxury shopping. A short stroll from Westminster, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace it’s a superb location to explore this upmarket neighbourhood.
The Conrad St James take great pride in refreshing their delicious afternoon tea menu throughout the year and each season afternoon tea goers can sample the beast of each season’s natural larder captured in delicious sandwiches and savoury bites and delicate sweet treats.
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Afternoon Tea London with Flavours from Around the World
As much as we love our traditional afternoon teas, it’s always a delicious opportunity to experience afternoon tea with a twist. The following afternoon teas capture the styles and flavours of afternoon teas across the world.
Asian Afternoon Tea at Buddha-Bar
Situated in the heart of London’s upmarket Knightsbridge, the award winning Asian-inspired Buddha-Bar attracts a celebrity crowd and regular following with its stunning decor and outstanding cuisine. Set over 2 floors, East meets West in a fusion of contemporary and opulent decor with crystallized dragons, sumptuous seating and a levitating Buddha.
Afternoon tea at Buddha-Bar meticulously blends Far Eastern Cuisine with Western tastes and influences. Feast on Asian inspired savouries which include Duck Hoisin Steamed Bun Sandwiches, Crispy Wonton Cod and Prawns, and Vietnamese Vegetable Summer Rolls. Sweet treats will send your taste buds into orbit with flavoured macaroons, Passion Fruit and Mango Tart, and Green Tea Cheesecake. A range of Asian teas are the perfect partners for your afternoon tea.
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Spanish Afternoon Tea at The Halkin Hotel
A fine dining afternoon tea experience awaits you at the 5 Star Halkin Hotel. Created by their Michelin Star Chef, this outstanding afternoon tea offers a Mediterranean twist on a British dining tradition. Served in the elegant and contemporary surrounds of Ametsa in COMO The Halkin, please your palate with Basque inspired cuisine. Delight your taste buds with platters of traditional Basque skewers, Iberico Ham and Manchego cheese pillows and pork croquettes. Sweet nibbles include charred sweets, chocolate churros and Catalan cream. Exotic Jing Teas will warm your soul.
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Viennese Afternoon Tea at the Delaunay, Aldwych, London.
Inspired by Europe’s grand cafes, the Delaunay, is a vibrant cafe located on the corner of Aldwych and Drury Lane. A traditional Viennese cafe, the Delaunay is spacious and warmly inviting with dark wooden panelled walls, elegant seating and a grandiose ambience.
Serving afternoon tea with an Austrian twist enjoy a hearty feast of seasonal open sandwiches, sweet treats such as lemon and pistachio mille-feuille or coffee and Stroh rum cake. If you wish, you can have poppy seed Gugelhupfs with apricot jam and whipped cream as an alternative to our British scones and cream. All the pastries are freshly made each day on the premises and change constantly. Add your choice of tea or coffee and you have the perfect ingredients for a great day out in London.
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French Afternoon Tea Brasserie Blanc, London.
Much loved French chef, Raymond Blanc, has created a delightful French fancy for afternoon tea. Available at his 3 London locations – Charlotte Street in the West End, Belvedere Road on the Southbank or Tower Bridge in the City – you can be assured that each bite is a piece de resistance.
Dine on light finger sandwiches with seasonal fillings. Tuck into Raymond’s childhood favourite, Maman Blanc’s lemon drizzle cake, Madeleines Au Chocolat, a ‘Delice’ Mousse Slice and seasonal berries with fruit puree and Chantilly cream. Served with your choice of speciality teas or freshly brewed coffee you add sparkle with a glass of Brasserie Blanc’s bespoke French bubbly – Blanc de Blancs.
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Japanese Afternoon Tea London at the 5 Star Courthouse Hotel
Growing in popularity, Japanese afternoon tea in London is capturing the imagination. No fine bone china cake stands here. Your Japanese afternoon tea is served in a bento box. Sample the flavours of the Far East with a sensational selection of savoury and sweet treats accompanied with a glass of plum wine. This Japanese afternoon tea is available from the 5 Star Courthouse Hotel in central London where famous names such as Oscar Wilde, Mick Jagger and John Lennon once stood in its dock!
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Italian Inspired Afternoon Tea at Baglioni
The luxurious 5 Star Baglioni have added an Italian twist to the traditional British afternoon tea. Bite into delicious focaccia bread with bresaola and buffala mozzarella cheese along with a truly indulgent array of classic Mediterranean desserts and sweet snacks, from Tiramisu and citrus & berry tarte to Cannoli Siciliani, chocolate sfogliatella napoletana and Baci di Dama.
Situated in a beautiful location opposite Hyde Park and overlooking Kensington Gardens, treat yourself to an Italian inspired afternoon tea.
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Pan Asian Afternoon Tea at Gilgamesh
Big, bold and beautiful. Rapidly becoming one of London’s most popular afternoon teas, afternoon tea at Gilgamesh in the heart of Camden Town market, will send your taste buds into orbit. This pan-Asian gastronomic delight offers a bountiful selection of handmade sushi, duck and prawn spring rolls, chicken gyoza, crispy salmon bites, beef bulgogi and kimchi chicken sliders. Sensational sweet treats include goji berry and golden raisin scones, French macarons, sake cream chocolate eclairs and citrus tartlets.
This stunning pan-Asian restaurant is a great place to hang out with your friends and boasts multiple bars, lounges and a retractable roof which is opened in warmer with.
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Sightseeing and Afternoon Tea London
There is so much to see and do in London. What could be better than discovering London’s best landmark’s and historical buildings and combining it with a relaxing afternoon tea.
Buckingham Palace and Afternoon Tea
Open for 10 weeks only during the Summer months, a visit to Buckingham Palace combined with a luxury afternoon tea in one of London’s nearby, prestigious hotels is a Girls Afternoon Tea best seller. From July to September, visitors can explore the stunning State rooms, view the Throne Room, the grand White Drawing Room and other rooms where the Royal Family gather prior to official occasions. Visit the Picture Gallery where changing displays from the Royal Collection feature works of art by Rembrandt, Titian, Van Dyck and Rubens. The State Rooms are furnished with exquisite collections of English and French furniture, sparkling candelabras and treasured Sevres porcelain.
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The Queens Gallery and Afternoon Tea at the Courthouse Hotel, London.
Open throughout the year, The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, exhibits works of art from the Royal Collection on a rotating basis, up to 450 works of art can be on display at any one time. Visitors can also view the magnificent collection of paintings, furniture, jewellery and other treasures. Afterwards, enjoy a tasty afternoon tea in the beautiful Courthouse Hotel.
Kensington Palace and Afternoon Tea at the 5 Star Bentley Hotel
The official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and home to the royal family since the 1400s, this was also the home of Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Queen Anne. Visitors can view the official Queen’s State Apartments, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the delightful gardens and see the memorable exhibitions including Diana – her fashion story. Follow your visit with a delicious champagne afternoon tea at the nearby Five Star Bentley Hotel.
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View from the Shard and Afternoon Tea at the 5* Shangri-La Hotel.
Soar to dizzy heights and experience London’s remarkable city skyscape from a birds eye view. Perched on the 72nd Floor enjoy the panoramic views and use the viewing platform’s interactive features to spot St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, The Tower of London and other well known London landmarks. Next head downwards to the 52nd floor where a luxurious afternoon tea awaits you in the Gong bar of the 5 Star Shangri-La Hotel.
All Aboard the Big Red Bus for City Sightseeing and Afternoon Tea around London
An absolute blast. This fantastic, fun afternoon tea experience combines a great afternoon’s sightseeing around London and afternoon tea on board a vintage Routemaster bus. Grab your camera and see how many city landmarks you can capture as you tuck into a fun afternoon tea feast with your friends.
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Champagne Thames Afternoon Tea River Cruise
If you would like to capture London’s sights at a more leisurely pace, what better way than a gentle Thames River cruise with a Champagne afternoon tea. Set sail on a Scandinavian designed double decked boat and as you tuck into your traditional afternoon tea look out for the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, The Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe and London’s most famous bridges. As you navigate through the Thames you will be entertained by a solo pianist.
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Kew Gardens and Afternoon Tea
Keeping with the outdoors theme, enjoy a fabulous day exploring the wonderful Kew Gardens on the outskirts of London. This 326 acre UNESCO World Heritage Site, features diverse plant life from around the world. Enter glasshouses and explore landscapes as you uncover 250 years of history at one of the world’s most famous gardens. After or during your visit you can enjoy a traditional cream tea or Prosecco afternoon tea.
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Themed, Fun & Quirky Afternoon Tea London
Cat parlours, iconic bunny girls, edible cinema tickets and dirty birds and doughnuts. London has a fantastic selection of quirky afternoon teas but that’s a whole other story.
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to afternoon tea in London. We’d love to hear your favourite afternoon tea in London. Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
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