Afternoon tea in London is not to be missed, the most popular British past time since the invention of croquet (ok, we kid). Scroll down for a our list of favourites!
49 Brook Street, W1K 4HR
Afternoon tea at Claridge’s is a grand affair. Everything from the tea stand to the signature jade and white-patterned bone china is custom-made by Bernardaud in France. Whilst you sip on the finest selection of teas, don’t forget to admire Theirry Despont’s 1930s Art Deco-inspired foyer. Service is attentive, the scones are served warm and the clotted cream is, well, to die for.
Price: From £50 per person.
150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR
World-famous, gilded in gold and overshadowed by chandeliers – afternoon tea at The Ritz is a quintessentially British experience. Go in December, when the Palm Court is lavished with exquisite Christmas décor and you can enjoy carol singing from the Ritz Choir.
Price: From £50 per person, £30 for children.
Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL
At the Berkeley, afternoon tea is inspired by the latest runway catwalk designs. The so-called Prêt-à-Portea menu is updated every six months and you may well find yourself nibbling on an Oscar de la Renta sponge cake dress or a Christian Louboutin shoe biscuit (spiked heel included).
Price: From £41 per person.
50 Berners St, W1T 3NG
As far as themed teas go, this is one of our favourites. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea is pretty magical. The menu (hidden in a vintage book) is full of whimsical delights like a ‘Tick Tock’ victoria sponge clock and a bottled potion, aptly labelled “Drink Me” – go on, we dare you.
Price: From £38 per person, £30 for children.
33 Roland Gardens, SW7 3PF
Afternoon tea at Blakes Hotel is delicately influenced by the Orient, with a refreshing range of sandwiches like chicken and ginger or beef with chilli horseradish. The affair is served in the Chinese Room, though we prefer the tranquillity of the Japanese Garden during the summer. Overall its great value for money.
Price: From £19 per person, add a glass of Canard-Duchêne champagne for £13.
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY
Have afternoon tea in the skies with breath-taking views of London at Aqua Shard. Their seasonal homemade jams go beautifully with the freshly baked orange blossom scones. Sandwiches include Earl Grey tea smoked salmon with Oscietra caviar – need we say more?
Price: From £34.50 per person.
116 Piccadilly, W1J 7BJ
Set amidst vertical gardens and just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, the Athenaeum is the perfect place for tea – its quiet, unassuming and private. We particularly love the dessert trolley that’s filled with delectable cakes, pastries and tartlets. Your waiter will happily indulge you with as many as you like!
Price: From £34.50 per person, gluten-free options available.
9 Conduit St, W1S 2XG
If you’re on a tight budget, opt for Cream Tea at Sketch. You’ll get a pot of tea, scones and clotted cream for just £10.50. Always ask for a table in their enchanted fairy-tale room, The Glade, much nicer than The Parlour and infinitely worth your ten pounds.
Price: From £10.50 per person for Cream Tea.
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH
Bringing a little Manhattan love to London, this themed tea is inspired by our favourite New Yorkers – Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha from Sex and the City. Look out for an endless supply of adorable mini burgers and hot dogs plus, a Cosmopolitan jelly sprinkled with edible gold flakes, served in a martini glass.
Price: From £38 per person.
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Who can say no to afternoon tea in a palace? Especially not the one that Duchess Kate calls home. The Orangery is blessed with high ceilings, large windows and a fine prospect of the palace lawn. When the weather is set fair, they open out tables along the terrace.
Price: From £24 per person.