Updated: Oct 22, 2020
Whether you are after a traditional afternoon tea experience or one with a modern twist, we have got you covered! Eating cakes and delicious finger sandwiches whilst sipping on a warm beverage or even better a cold glass of champagne at odd hours doesn’t get any more indulgent and decadent than this!
London’s hotels and restaurants have the world's best spread! With the winter months drawing closer this is the perfect option to enjoy with family, friends, loved ones or even colleagues. If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion or just keen to feel like royalty for an afternoon then look no further than our top picks….
Peter Pan Themed Afternoon Tea @ Aqua Shard, Menu
Address: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
Price: From £52
Want to be transported back to your childhood and enjoy stunning views of the capital at the same time? The team at Aqua Shard always knock it out of the park when it comes to themed afternoon teas, do you remember The Mary Poppins afternoon tea?! This year they are transporting you on a magical adventure to Neverland via the 31st floor of The Shard developed in partnership with Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. £2.00 from each afternoon tea sold will be donated to charity.
Afternoon Tea @ Sketch Mayfair, Menu
Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Price: from £49 (Christmas afternoon tea from 19th Nov from £65)
Created by award-winning chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mourad Mazouz Sketch is one of the most beautiful restaurants in London and it’s afternoon tea experience is a must if you enjoy the finer things in life. The setting is playful and fun, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped inside a cupcake not to mention the abundance of beautiful and delicious cakes and sandwich creations that definitely justify the hefty price tag! The spaces thrive on eccentricity and for an extra splurge, add a glass of Champagne and you’ll fit right in with the fun, lively crowd.
Afternoon Tea @ Fortnum & Mason, Menu
Address: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1
Price: From £60
We couldn't do a list without adding this one in! The classic iconic afternoon tea.
The Tea Salon is an oasis of tranquillity, elegance and sophistication. Located on the fourth floor of the iconic Fortnum & Mason shop it remains a traditional affair.
Afternoon Tea @ The Hotel Cafe Royal, Menu
Address: 10 Air St, Soho, London W1B 4DY
Price: From £65 (Festive afternoon tea from 13th November)
Dating back to 1865 and formerly known as The Grill Room, the gilded Oscar Wilde Lounge was renamed in honour of our most famous patron. The hotel won 'Best Traditional Afternoon Tea' in recent years and this classic is an exquisite take on the English tradition with over 30 tea blends and infusions! Now if you are after something a bit different then they also have the Cakes & Bubbles by the ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef’ Albert Adrià experience for a unique contemporary take on the classic afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea @ Dalloway Terrace, Menu
Address: 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
Price: From £35
One of London’s most instagramable terrace has made a return with its beautiful autumnal installation by London florist Mcqueen Flowers and it’s launched an autumn themed afternoon tea! It’s everything we need right now! With a wide selection of delightful sandwiches and sweet treats such as cherry and almond bakewell, summer strawberry & pistachio tart and an intriguing whisky spiked dark chocolate choux bun.
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