Best Afternoon Tea in London
Now we love a raucous night on the town, but sometimes there's nothing like kicking back in the company of some delicate finger sandwiches, smothering some scones with jam and clotted cream and washing it all down with a stream of tea. The capital's profusion of tea-rooms mean we're spoiled for choice, but where exactly are the best places to get afternoon tea in London? Here's a whistlestop tour of some of the very best options.
Last updated on 23rd February 2017
When it comes to a unique afternoon tea in London, rest assured than on a double decker bus is one of the most interesting places to find it. Join the BB Afternoon Tea Bus for a cutesy afternoon of nibbles, coffee and bites alongside BYOB booze should the afternoon so take you.
Located in Hackney, Map Maison are putting their unique spin on afternoon tea. Head to the
Little Nan’s brings a slither of vintage Caribbean charm to her unique little den in Peckham. Promising teapot cocktails and quirks aplenty, come for an array of sweet and savoury goods at one of London’s most fun afternoon tea experiences. A £25 ticket gets you a liberal spread of scones, pastries, sandwiches and two cocktails per person.
When it comes to a glamorous spot for afternoon tea indulgence in London, no-one does it quite like Dalloway Terrace. Brought to you by esteemed name Mariatu Kargbo, expect an afternoon tea that pushes the delicious boundaries, and keeps you coming back for more.
100 Kensington, based in the elegant Exhibition Hotel, are offering Londoners a stunning afternoon tea session that's sure to leave you with a beaming smile. Alongside duck eggs and passion fruit shortbread, guests can enjoy cured salmon and pumpkin spiced scones, washing it all down with freshly brewed tea or perhaps a few glasses of bubbles.
Bursting into life at night, when the expert bartenders and line up of DJs take over, the Map Maison in East London is calm and soothing during the day, offering a great spot to grab some afternoon tea in London. With a bar full of exotic fruits, delectable spirits and fiery spices, guests will be able to enjoy a few craft cocktail while they snack on finger sandwiches, fresh pastries and delicious scones.
Tucked away in a historic Mayfair courtyard, Mews sure know a thing or two about hosting an elegant afternoon tea. Find yourself on the ground floor cocktail bar - with its deep leather sofas and Mad Hatter ‘Queen Anne chairs’ - and enjoy fresh-fruit libations, afternoon tea and a menu of lighter dishes.
Charming, colourful and undoubtedly one of London's quirkiest venues, the team at Drink, Shop & Do have created an afternoon tea that matches their wonderfully unusual character. With fruit scones, a variety of different sandwiches and the option to add a bit of booze to your tea, this is one afternoon tea in London that you'll be thinking about for a while.
A warm, relaxed lounge bar fitted with leather sofas and interesting art pieces; The Den hosts a refined Afternoon Tea from its hidden base in Covent Garden. Starting from £25 (a little extra if you’re adding gin or champagne), expect to find a menu of savoury treats including poppyseed & pumpkin choux and honey roast ham & Somerset cheddar-baked brioche, scones and divine desserts.
The Loose Box restaurant and cafe sits comfortably on Horseferry Road, surrounded by a constant haze of activity that's come to define daily life in Westminster. Serving a number of delicious British dishes and sharing platters, the chefs at this venue only use the freshest ingredients that have been sourced locally at the many farms surrounding the city. On top of that, the venue is ideal for working lunches and business meeting, serving a range of traditional and quirky teas and baked goods.
Afternoon tea is a fabulous invention, only made better by the addition of champagne. Searcys offers a wonderful afternoon tea, and being a champagne bar; the bubbles selection is both excellent and extensive. Better yet, they run a great deal from Monday to Friday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm where afternoon tea and a glass of bubbly is just £20 per person.
Don't let the interiors deceive you. While one of the most unique restaurants in London with the exteriors to match, it's the classic afternoon tea where The Magazine at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery shines with its sweet bites, savoury dishes and English charm.
Get set for an afternoon of forbidden pleasures at Cellar Door’s decadent High Tea & Tease. This is no ordinary Afternoon Tea experience, with some of London’s leading cabaret and burlesque artistes performing while guests enjoy a gracious spread of bubbles, finger sandwiches, cupcakes and tea.
The Larder at Butlers Retreat is a cosy, out-of-town spot located in the middle of Epping Forrest. Welcoming chocolate fans from all over, the venue is hosting a chocolate based afternoon tea, composed of various chocolate-based sipping and dipping activities. Perfect for those lazy Sundays, the new and inventive ways of eating chocolate are sure to leave you smiling from ear to ear.
Met Bar offers a unique take on this age-old tradition. Their 'East Meets West' menu intertwines classical flavours with exciting influences from the East. Chow down on a range of sandwiches, pork pies, scones, cakes, macaroons, your choice of tea or a chilled glass of champers if there's cause for celebration.
The Wheeler's Oyster Bar and Grill in the City of London take son Marco Pierre White's prestigious name, offering its guests a fine dining experience that can rival any. Sitting within the elegant walls of the Threadneedles Hotel, the restaurant only deals in opulent experiences, with an enticing oyster and champagne menu that's sure to please. Showcasing the very best produce that Britain has to offer, the delectable flavours and opulent experience doesn't stop at the dinner menu. Indeed, the suave afternoon tea menu will leave you with a beaming smile and feeling like royalty.
Found opposite the famous London Fields brewery, Wringer & Mangle is a fresh and inviting space known for its local artworks, expansive outdoor terrace and traditional afternoon tea sessions. Held from 2 to 4pm, head this way for a spread of finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, washed down with teas or something from the venue’s celebrated gin cocktail menu.
Map Maison may be known for their delicious and innovative cocktails, but did you know they also make a mean afternoon tea. This Mother's Day they will be piling scones, sandwiches and pastries on plates for you to enjoy.
Strength in depth is the key at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. They offer a number of tasty packages, with their Traditional, Champagne and Gentleman's tea packages coming complete with assorted finger sandwiches, homemade scones, a pot of Jing tea and various other scrummy treats.
Having charmed Dalston, the award-winning pop-up, Little Nan's, is taking over a space in Catford. Hosted in Broadway Theatre Catford, the afternoon tea is a quirky take on the original with piles of scones and sweet treats from a renowned bakery and cocktails in kitsch teapots.