22 Of London's Loveliest Afternoon Teas To Tuck Into (2023)

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Who doesn’t love an afternoon tea hey?From scones and warming cups of tea to egg and cress sarnies and bubbly, we like to think we’ve got the whole afternoon tea thing down in our beloved capital city. So, whether you’re after a quirky afternoon tea, a casual affair, or a flamboyantly-fancy day out, there’s something here for everyone this Autumn. Here’s our rundown of some of the best afternoon teas in London:

1. DUO London’s Mean Girls Afternoon Tea

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Sandwiches for you, cakes for me, and none for Gretchen Wieners, bye. An utterly fetch, all-pink tributeto the eminently quotable film, you can expect cakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and cookies, all furnished with an appropriately kitsch name. There’s even a Burn Book for you to air your grievances in – perhaps starting with the fact that it’s taken you this long to find a Mean Girls afternoon tea…

When: Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Where:
DUO London, 22 Inverness Street, Camden, NW1 7HJ.

Price: £45 per person.
Reservations:Book here.

2. Sherlock’s Boozy Afternoon Tea

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Elementary, my dear Watson!Dive head-first into your own mini-mystery as you enjoy freshly made savoury delights and sweet treats in this Sherlock Holmes-inspired hideaway in West London! Just like the detective and his accomplice, you’ll need to work together as a team to crack a puzzle and solve a mystery – all whilst indulging in Sherlock’s boozy afternoon tea of course. You’ll get to indulge in sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and tea or coffee, as well as 90 minutes’ worth of bottomless prosecco. The game is afoot…

When: Saturdays and Sundays.
Where:
Doyle’s Opticians, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8PP.
Price: £49 perperson.
Reservations:Book here.

3. Bottomless Champagne Afternoon Tea Fit For a Royal

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London is the home of the Royals, so what better place than to wine or dine like a king or queen? With this experience – which is fit for a Royal we might add – you’ll get to enjoy bottomless champagne and tea while overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Oh daaaaarling! You’ll also get to sip on the perfect cup of tea – if we say so ourselves – with some mouth-watering pastries that are heavily influenced by the House of Windsor. The crown jewel of the pastry tier is an Earl Grey infused mousse with Yuzu chocolate, celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s love of chocolate and Earl Grey tea. Your majesty…

When: Various dates and times.
Where:
The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS.
Price:£90.
Reservations:Book here.

4. Bottomless Sushi and Fizz Afternoon Tea at Inamo

If you’re more fond of a savoury meal, this non-traditional afternoon tea is for you: Come to Inamofor delicious sushi and Asian tapas, and enjoy everything from fresh sashimi and maki rolls to gyoza and futomaki. If you’re feeling thirsty, you can add one hour of bottomless fizz, making it a boozy, Asian-inspired afternoon tea experience like no other.

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When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
Inamo Soho, 134-136 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZP, or Inamo Covent Garden, 11-14 Hanover Place, WC2E 9JP.
Price: From £21.95 per person.
Reservations:Book here.

5. Dabbers and Drag Bottomless Afternoon Tea

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This isn’t your usual game of bingo! Step inside Clapham’s Tonight Josephine for a totally wild, drag-hosted afternoon of lip-sync battles, prizes and an extra sassy game of bingo. This is bingo at its most kitsch and it wouldn’t be complete without a steady supply of bottomless bubbles and cocktails, naturally. Plus. in true afternoon tea fashion, expect a menu of sweet treats, savoury snacks and sarnies to keep your moves fuelled.

When: Saturdays.
Where:
38 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UR.
Price:Starts at £49.
Reservations:Book here.

6. Sherlock’s Mind Palace Afternoon Tea and Mini Mystery

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Join in this secret speakeasy to indulge in a delicious afternoon tea and test your skills of deduction with an original case to crack. You’ll need to work together as a team to solve the mini-mystery quiz, all whilst tucking into a tasty selection of savoury snacks, buttery scones, and homemade sweet treats. Your experience will include freshly-made savouries, such as cream cheese salmon pretzels, plus a selection of homemade sweets, including hazelnut choux buns, Black Forest cupcakes and lemon tarts.

When: Saturdays andSundays.
Where:
Doyle’s Opticians, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8PP.

Price:Starts at £34.
Reservations:Book here.

7. Celebratory Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Wolseley

A champagne afternoon tea at The Wolseley is exactly what we need to celebrate making it through this past year. Treat yourself to an assortment of finger sandwiches, cakes, and fruit scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, and add a glass of Pommery Brut Royal NV to make it even more extravagant.

When: Tuesdays – Sundays.
Where:
The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB.
Price:Starts at £33, or £44.50 for the Champagne Afternoon Tea.
Reservations: Book here.

8. Elegant Afternoon Tea at The Savoy

Speaking of extravagant: The Savoy Hotel is an expert in all things fancy (have you seen their gorgeous pop-up terrace?). Head to the hotel’s Thames Foyer for a traditional afternoon tea consisting of fine finger sandwiches and handmade pastries and cakes, or opt for the fancy high tea with an extra main dish on the menu. There are also vegetarian and vegan versions available, and of course you have the option of adding champagne.

When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
The Savoy, The Strand, WC2R 0EZ.

Price:Starts at £65.
Reservations: Book here.

9. Sketch’s Seasonal Afternoon Tea

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Inside this 18th Century townhouse, you’ll find the playfully pink and pretty Gallery, where this tea is held. As well as being easy on the eye, the delightful treats — including quail’s egg finger sandwiches, puffy macaroons and pastries — are sure to please your tastebuds.

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When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG.

Price:Tends to vary based on seasonal offers.
Reservations: Book here.

10. Peter Pan-themed Tea at Aqua Shard

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Aqua Shard are back with their magical Peter Pan-themed afternoon tea experience on the 31st floor of The Shard. Take a trip to the enchanting world of Neverland and enjoy panoramic views of the London skyline while you nibble on sweet and savoury treats served on a tea-stand resembling Captain Hook’s infamous ship.

When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
Aqua Shard, Level 31, The Shard, St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY.

Price:Starts at £52 per person.
Reservations: Book here

11. Fortnum & Mason’s Afternoon Tea

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With a rich history of over 300 years producing and selling tea, there’s arguably no better place to go for a classic and elegant brew. Afternoon tea is served in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon (which, we’ll have you know, was opened by HM The Queen herself). You’ll note the running theme of F&M’s famous pale blue and the selection of finger sandwiches and cakes is traditional, as expected. Choose from a traditional menu, as well as a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and children’s version.

When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1A 1ER.

Price: £62.50 per person, with the option of adding champagne.
Reservations: Book here.

12. The Royal Horseguards Hotel’s Afternoon Tea

You can spot The Royal Horseguards Hotel’s grand exterior from miles away, overlooking the River Thames on the Embankment. It’s no surprise that the 5-star hotel also offers a stunning afternoon tea experience in the beautifully decorated Lounge. The too-cute-to-eat pastries, sandwiches, and scones are delightful treats that go perfectly with a glass of bubbly.

When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
2 Whitehall Court London SW1A 2EJ.

Price:Starts at £39.
Reservations: Book here.

13. B Bakery’s Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea and Bus Tour

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Slingsby and Brigit’s Bakery have come together to offer a unique Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour – currently the only gin bus tour London has to offer. This exciting alternative to your normal London bus tour will give you the opportunity to admire London sights including the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Marble Arch, all while savouring some delectable cakes from Brigit’s Bakery and sipping on three different gin and tonics from the Slingsby collection. It’s the perfect way to relax and take in the sights of the city we say.

When: Fridays and Saturdays.
Where:
No.8 Northumberland Avenue (Fridays) or Victoria Coach Station.

Price: £65 per person.
Reservations: Book here.

14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

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If we can’t visit Willy Wonka in his chocolate factory to lick the wallpaper and eat everlasting gobstoppers, then this is certainly the next best thing. The menu is full of scrumdiddlyumptious treats, including cake, homemade candyfloss, marshmallows, and scones with snozzberry jam and clotted cream. There’s also chocolate and caramel tea, and a wacky cocktail made with whiskey, chocolate bitters, cherry, and grapefruit. Don’t knock it till you try it…

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When: Wednesdays – Sundays.
Where:
One Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BZ.

Price: £52 per person, with the option of adding champagne.
Reservations: Book here.

15. Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Teaat The Berkeley

The Berkeley is back with a vibrant seasonal makeover of their fashion-fabulous afternoon tea, the ‘Prêt-À-Portea’. Featured on ‘The Couture Cakewalk’ are seven designers, and with biscuits, cakes, and teas all dressed in the finest Versace and Valentino, this is surely one of the fanciest teas in town.

When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
Collins Room at The Berkeley,Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL.

Price: £60 per person, or £70-110 with champagne.
Reservations: Book here.

16. The Great British Summer Afternoon Tea at the Town House

This offering at the Town House at The Kensington is inspired by the Great British Summer, and is done in collaboration with the Rathfinny Wine Estate. You’ll get to scoff on classic Victoria sponge, elderflower and rose-filled mousse, tarts, smoked salmon sandwiches, a selection of amuse bouche … the list goes on.Oh and, of course, there are scones with jam and clotted cream. You can also add in some wine pairings from the Rathfinny Wine Estate for a real treat. Cheers!

When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
109-113 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, SW7 5LP.

Price: The tea costs £45 per person or an extra £30 per person
Reservations: Book here.

17. The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Teaat The Chesterfield

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TheChesterfield surely takes the title of ‘sweetest afternoon tea in London’. Taking place in the hotel’s beautiful conservatory, filled with pick ‘n’ mix and jars of old fashioned sweets, the experience has a real retro vibe. Feast on finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and cakes, all inspired by an old fashioned sweetshop. Think Coca-Cola slices, chocolate chip scones, peanut butter cups, drumstick macaroons, and strawberry liquorice allsorts cheesecake – it’s a truly nostalgic affair. On top of it all, you’ll also be greeted with a magical welcome drink of homemade pink lemonade, floating within a cloud of dry ice and flying saucers.

When: Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
35 Charles Street, Mayfair, W1J 5EB.

Price: £47 per person (£54 with a glass of Champers, or £31 for kids).
Reservations: Book here.

18. Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

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This afternoon tea is taken in the sublime Kona tea room of the St James’ Court Hotel, which is sure to seriously impress your guest. We’re featuring their Jasmine Indian afternoon tea today, but we wouldn’t be able to mention this place without telling you about their other intricately-themed offering, the ‘Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea’. You’re not far from Buckingham Palace so why not wine and dine like a Royal hey?

When:Wednesdays – Sundays.
Where:
51 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, SW1E 6AF.

Price: £45 per person.
Reservations: Book here.

19. Afternoon Tea at The Stage Champagne Bar

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Located in The Londoner’s Champagne bar, The Stage, this afternoontea is available from 12-4pm every weekendand offers the perfect post-shopping or pre-theatreland pitstop. It comprisesof some of the best British hightea favourites, including aselection of sandwiches, freshly-baked artisanal cakes, and fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam. Served alongside The Stage’s Champagne Afternoon Tea will be a considered selection of Champagnes, as well as fresh loose-leaf teas from The East India Company, who have expertly curated a special tea list collaboratively with The Londoner. There will even be weekly pianists and vocalists playing as you wine and dine here too – fancy!

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When:Saturdays – Sundays.
Where:
38 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7DX.

Price: £55 per person.
Reservations:Book here.

20. Alice In Wonderland-Themed Afternoon Tea at The Franklin

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London’s appetite for Alice remains undimmed over 150 years after Lewis Carroll’s tales were first published, and boutique hotel The Franklin London is satisfying that appetite with a charming Alice-themed tea. Featuring delectable sandwiches and Alice In Wonderland-themed cakes and pastries (plus optional champagne), this particular afternoon tea experience is something that you really don’t want to miss out on!

When:Mondays – Sundays.
Where:
24 Egerton Gardens, Knightsbridge, SW3 2DB.

Price: £45 per person, or Champagne Afternoon Tea for £55.
Reservations:Book here.

21. Classic, Rosé and Champagne Afternoon Tea at Oblix At The Shard

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Another Shard-based afternoon tea here – this time at Oblix on the 32nd floor. Enjoy panoramic views and some of the tastiest cakes in town with a selection of three different afternoon teas. The ClassicAfternoonTeaincludes a selection of sandwiches such as the smoked salmon, cream cheese and ryeand the free range egg and truffle,an array of sconeswith seasonal jam, fresh honeycomb and clotted cream. Add in pastries, a wide selection of eclectic teas and a chance to upgrade to one including bottomless rosé and selected cocktails or free-flowing Champagne, and you’ve got yourself an afternoon to remember!

When:Thursdays – Sundays.
Where:
The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

Price: £49 per person +
Reservations:Book here.

22. Luxury Regency Afternoon Teaby Lily Vanilli at The Lane

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Served in the opulent surroundings of the Grand Saloon at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, this afternoon tea kicks off with a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve and a welcome serving of blinis with Exmoor Royal Beluski caviar. You’ll then be able to tuck into a generous array of savoury bites with madeleines topped with lapsang-souchong glazed salmon, bitesize canelés with whipped ricotta, and a signature Lily Vanilli puff pastry sausage roll made with Cornish sausage meat, roast bacon lardons and a cider vinegar deglaze. It’s only running until August 14, and they’ve even got a harpist playing over the weekend, so don’t miss out! They’ve also got a special Halloween version whichfeatureshaunted graveyard cakes with creepy piped vines, a gingerbread gravestone and biscuit soil.

When: 8 – 14 August (regular tea is served throughout the year)
Where:
The Theatre RoyalDrury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF.
Price: £99 for the Luxury RegencyAfternoon Tea, £49 for the regular tea
Reservations:Book here.

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So there you have it – a roundup of some of the best places offering afternoon tea in London.So put on your best garb and get ready to eat your bodyweight in cake and scones!

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What is the best place in London for afternoon tea? ›

The best afternoon tea in London: our favourites to book now
  1. Afternoon tea at The Ritz London. ...
  2. Afternoon tea at Harrods. ...
  3. Prêt-à-portea at The Berkeley. ...
  4. Afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury Hotel. ...
  5. Traditional afternoon tea at The Savoy. ...
  6. Afternoon tea at Claridge's, Mayfair. ...
  7. Afternoon tea at The Wolseley.
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Where is the most classically famous afternoon tea served? ›

Tea in a pot, scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches and dainty cakes... nothing could be more British than afternoon tea in London.

Is the Ritz afternoon tea worth it? ›

The food and the tea was excellent with as many refills as you can manage. Well worth the money although not entirely sure i'd be able to make it a regular thing!

Where does the Queen have high tea in London? ›

Queen's Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane. Just a stone's throw from the gates of Buckingham Palace, it would be remiss of Park Lane's lavish hotels not to roll out the red carpet for Her Majesty during the Jubilee weekend.

How much does afternoon tea at Harrods cost? ›

Menus & Pricing

Afternoon tea prices start from £62.00 per person.

How much does afternoon tea at The Shard cost? ›

The Peter Pan Afternoon Tea will be served in the triple-storey atrium of aqua shard, boasting panoramic views of London's skyline. Served Thursday – Sunday from 12.15 - 4.15pm, the afternoon tea is priced at £52 per person, or £68 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne or £75 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose.

Which tea is famous in London? ›

Twinings, The Strand

For over three hundred years, Twinings has been synonymous with quality tea. Founded in 1706 by Thomas Twining, the company began as a small tea shop on The Strand in London. Today, Twinings is a global brand, offering a wide range of teas that are enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

What do you wear to afternoon tea in London? ›

Men don't need to wear a jacket, tie and shoes – unless of course it is specified – just steer clear of trainers and caps. Most gentlemen instead prefer to wear a collared shirt and smart jeans or trousers. It's also important to wear clean shoes. Ladies on the other hand may prefer to dress up a little bit.

How many sandwiches do I allow per person for afternoon tea? ›

TEA-TIME TIPS

Allow 3-4 sandwiches per person. But don't prepare them too early as they will either go soggy or dry out.

What do you wear for afternoon tea? ›

Usually, the attire requested for guests to adhere to for afternoon tea is 'smart casual'. This will generally mean no sports-branded trainers, t-shirts, shorts, or sportswear. A typical outfit for afternoon tea for men would include smart trousers and shoes, with a shirt.

What is the best time for afternoon tea? ›

People usually have afternoon tea between 3 and 5pm, and 4pm is often cited as the best time for afternoon tea. Many hotels and restaurants offer it from noon until early evening, though, so you don't have to stick to the rules if you want to have it earlier or later.

Can you wear jeans in the Shard? ›

The dress code for all the restaurants in the Shard is that we request diners do not wear sportswear or beachwear. Jeans would be acceptable, however please be aware that trainers of any kind can be considered sportswear, so we recommend wearing a more conventional style of shoe.

Is there a dress code for afternoon tea at Harrods? ›

Smart casual. No sports shoes and trainers, wearing high-cut, Bermuda or beach shorts; swimwear; athletic singlets; cycling shorts; flip flops or thong sandals; with a bare midriff or bare feet; or wearing dirty or unkempt clothing.

Do you have to dress up for afternoon tea in London? ›

Men don't need to wear a jacket, tie and shoes – unless of course it is specified – just steer clear of trainers and caps. Most gentlemen instead prefer to wear a collared shirt and smart jeans or trousers. It's also important to wear clean shoes. Ladies on the other hand may prefer to dress up a little bit.

Is sketch London worth it? ›

Indeed, sketch is one of the priciest afternoon teas in London, especially if you #treatyoself to champagne (£57). But if you couldn't already tell by my dithyrambic review of the menu and space, I think the experience is entirely worth it – because that's exactly what it is: an experience.

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