Best Afternoon Tea In London

With so many gorgeous places, we're spoiled for choice, but where exactly are the best spots for afternoon tea in London? Here's a whistlestop tour of all our favourite options; whether you like yours bottomless, high or traditional, we're taking you from luxury hotels doing afternoon tea in Mayfair to affordable high street ideas with a glass of bubbles on the side. 

After something a little more unusual? Check out some of the best quirky afternoon teas in London.

Last updated on 20th September 2022

Swan at the Globe

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Winning points for location, views and execution, Swan at the Globe is dishing up one of the best afternoon teas in London in 2022. Inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the theatrical tiered treats will have you enjoy a mixture of sweet and savoury bites, including a Romeo and Juliet option, with a red velvet and cream cheese macaroon. For the gents? A gentleman's afternoon too.


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If you're looking for the best afternoon tea with a view, Vicinity are raising their game with their reimagined menus, offering all your favourite British classics but with a twist. We're talking Bailey's cheesecake mousse and raspberry lime tarts, with their sparkling option setting you back £29 with a glass of Ceradello Prosecco Spumante Brut.

@ 1901 Wine Lounge on Various dates from Tuesday 4th October 2022

Afternoon Tea at 1901 Wine Lounge tastes just as good as it looks, with the selection of sweet or savoury treats including the likes of beetroot brioche, smoked salmon, and mango passionfruit cheesecake alongside renowned Jing teas and Moët & Chandon or Prosecco. Better yet, the gorgeous venue in Liverpool Street is just as ornate.

When it comes to unique experiences in the city, rest assured that on a double decker bus is one of the most interesting places to find it. Join Brigit's Afternoon Tea Ltd for a cutesy afternoon of nibbles, coffee and bites alongside BYOB booze should the afternoon so take you.

@ Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel on Various dates from Wednesday 5th October 2022

Wolf down chicken katsu sliders, veggie gyozas, red fruit tarts and much more at this deluxe Japanese-inspired afternoon tea at the Wild Heart Bar & Shokudo. Tickets come in at £42, complete with a cocktail flight to wash down those unique alternatives with, in the heart of Soho.

Ferry Boat Inn Tottenham

109 user reviews 4

Served every afternoon of the week, afternoon tea at Ferry Boat Inn Tottenham is a sure fire treat. Think sandwiches, scones and desserts, all washed down with prosecco, from a delightful riverside location.

Offering one of the best afternoon teas in Central London, this gorgeous spread from The Coral Room is treating you to scones, sandwiches and an array of sweet treats, as well as the option to upgrade your offering to a fancy Champagne-fuelled affair.

Head to Simmons for their fabulous boozy afternoon tea in London in both Leicester Square and Old Street. Coming in at £35 per person, tuck into their selection of sweet and savoury nibbles, with menus catering to a huge range of dietary requirements, and of course, in true Simmons fashion, bottomless teapot cocktails and bubbles for 2 whole hours.

Cakes? Sandwiches? Yeah, you heard that right. Make your way to The Egerton House Hotel for their fabulous Jubilee-themed afternoon tea event. Delve into some mouthwatering eats, which celebrate all things British, alongside flowing Champagne.

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Craving an afternoon tea with a little extra decadence? Situated just across from Buckingham Palace, The Rubens lets you enjoy tiers like true royalty with its offering of bottomless Champagne (yep), mini sandwiches, cream scones and tasty pastries alongside a cheeky Jammy Dodger to finish up, with 90 minutes of their Champagne tea setting you back £80.

May Fair Kitchen

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Head to the West End to find the renowned May Fair Kitchen, which creates international dishes against a backdrop of stylish surrounds. Hungry? Indulge in their spread that's made up of freshly baked goods and sandwiches, which can be paired with Champagne, cocktails or loose leaf tea.

@ Little Nan's Deptford Bar on Various dates from Tuesday 4th October 2022

If you're looking for something a little different for your afternoon tea, make your way over to Deptford's Little Nan's Bar. Delve into this quirky wonderland (all in celebration of the almight Pat Butcher) to tuck into freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and scones, accompanied by tasty cocktails, for just £35 per person.


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Bbar is a top choice for afternoon tea in Victoria, especially when washed down with their collection of over 60 cocktails from expert bartenders. A sprawling South African-inspired restaurant, bar and event space, it's a brilliant place to unwind after a busy day, this menu celebrates South Africa with an added bunny chow selection from £30 per person.

Dotty's Teahouse

193 user reviews 5

Searching for top-notch places for a fancy afternoon? Head to Dotty's Teahouse in Croydon (a favourite among locals) for delicious sandwiches, sweet treats, pretty interiors and best of all? You can escape to the venue's lovely secret garden afterward. When you think of all the frills that come with an afternoon tea? You'd be mad to miss it.

A cool, award-winning bakery and cafe, Jack And Beyond's afternoon tea in Fulham is not to be missed. From the perfectly gooey brownies and expertly crafted macarons to the delicious teas and glasses of bubbles, this one's a bit of a winner.