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.

For those of you after something a little more unusual? Check out some of the best quirky afternoon teas in London.

Last updated on 28th November 2019

  High Tea & Tease

19 user reviews 4

@ Cellar Door on Every Saturday

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.

December Tasting Trio and 4 other offers

Offering one of the city's most debonair afternoon tea experiences, Searcys St Pancras brings you treats sweet and savoury, from peach and raspberry macaroons to salmon and lemon butter crumpets, all washed down with a warm pot of tea or a chilled glass of Champagne.

For the ultimate afternoon tea in London experience, head to Vintry & Mercer's speakeasy-style cocktail bar, Do Not Disturb. In honour of the city's vibrant history, the menu here will be made up of pastries and cakes based on significant events - from the fire of London to the forgotten trades of days gone by. Opt to add booze and enjoy a glass of Champagne or expertly crafted cocktails. 

@ Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel on Monday 16th December 2019 and 2 other dates

Wild Heart Soho have taken over afternoon tea proceedings at The Royal Sanctum Hotel, offering a unique Ace of Spade experience for all to enjoy. Expect a feast of British classics such as ham and piccalilli, scotch eggs and Welsh rarebit with cosmos and cigars on the roof. 

Little Nan's

210 user reviews 4

For one of the best afternoon teas in London, get down to Little Nan's Bar in either Deptford or Catford for a slice of the high life. Enjoy the gaudiest decor in South London while chow down on sarnies, cakes and sip on your tea, or something much stronger.

@ Map Maison on Various dates from Monday 16th December 2019

Think you know your stuff when it comes to cocktails? Whether you've never shaken a drink in your life, or you're practically a bartender, this east London favourite is bringing you a booze-fuelled afternoon tea complete with a masterclass and tapas spread.

TwoRuba Bar

6 user reviews 5

TwoRuba Jazz Nights and 1 other offer

The perfect time out from this bustling city, head to the Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel where their plush cocktail spot TwoRuba serves up a delectable afternoon delight of finger sandwiches, sweet treats and the odd glass of bubbly.

The Den

2 user reviews 2

Festive Afternoon Tea and 1 other offer

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.

@ Selfridges London on Various dates from Monday 16th December 2019

One of the coolest afternoon tea offerings in the capital, this sleek treat from the YO! Sushi team is bringing you three tiers of truly gorgeous, freshly-made sushi, alongside delicious desserts, and your choice of prosecco, sparkling sake or a pot of Jing tea.

Christmas in January and 1 other offer

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.

Map Maison

60 user reviews 5

Fizz & Nibbles - Only £15 - was £25

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. 

The Loose Box

1 user review 4

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.