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 17th November 2017
For one of the most stylish afternoon teas in London, visit the Karma Sanctum Soho for tiers of treats and plenty 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.
The famous Little Nan is up to her old tricks and this time she's heading to an old theatre in Catford. Head to the quirky spot for sausage rolls, teapots of booze and lots of kitsch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Cellarium Cafe and Terrace is a unique venue set in Westminster Abbey. Join them for afternoon tea as they put on a spread of cakes, savouries and even bubbly.
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.
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 Yacht London is an elegant restaurant and bar based on the banks of the River Thames that deals only in elegant nights out. Moored just off the banks of the River Thames and showcasing idyllic views of London's famous landmarks, there are few better places to enjoy afternoon tea with a view.
Head to Mayfair to find this renowned spot; May Fair Kitchen creates international dishes in stylish surrounds. Their afternoon tea can be paired with Champagne, cocktails or loose leaf tea, depending on the occasion.
Machiya is a new restaurant-bar in Soho that draws inspiration from the food halls found across Japan. Beautifully decorated and laid back in every way, the team serve authentic dishes - such as tonkatsu, teriyaki and yaitori - coupled with flavoursome cocktails made using sake, Japanese whiskies and fresh spices. Best of all, guests can head down during the afternoon and sample the venue's extensive tea selection.
Afternoon tea in London is much better with fantastic views of the Thames. That’s what Crowne Plaza Hotel Battersea is offering you – a little slice of beautiful luxury away from the bustle of the city centre. Either visit the spa before tucking in or settle down on the ground floor bar with floor-to-ceiling windows to help you get the best view of the river.
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 with a view at Skylark as, not only does it reside in a 150-year-old Victorian farm house, they’re surrounded by 170 acres of the beautiful Wandsworth Common.
Simmons Bar is bringing its quirky stylings to afternoon tea in London. Not only can you indulge in a bottomless afternoon tea on a Saturday afternoon with bottomless prosecco and cocktail tea pots, you’ll be situated in one of the most fun bars in the capital.
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.
A trip for art enthusiasts and tea-lovers alike, Ham Yard are opening their tours for a guided tour where guests will discover how to successfully hang art and make it interesting in a living space. With the passion of Design Director Kit Kemp, guests will be guided through artworks from Tony Cragg’s sculpture in the courtyard to the A Million Times installation. You’ll also receive a guided tour of Soho and Mayfair’s most prestigious art galleries led by curator Olivia Paterson, before settling into the Ham Yard Hotel for a delicious three-course Afternoon Tea or lunch.
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.
Located in a Grade-II listed building, Voltaire is a cocktail bar and swanky afternoon tea spot. Join them in one of their secretive arches for piles of pastries, cocktails and Champagne during the afternoon, and stay for a party come sundown.
This afternoon tea with a difference combines the concept with delicious Japanese dining, delivering everything from sushi to tempura nachos, served with a variety of drinks.
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.
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.