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.
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 Brigit's Afternoon Tea Ltd for a cutesy afternoon of nibbles, coffee and bites alongside BYOB booze should the afternoon so take you.
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.
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 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.
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.
Set in the very modern M By Montcalm, Plates is a sophisticated hotel spot that dabbles in delicious afternoon tea. Dive into tiers of buttermilk scones, lemon drizzle cake, and passion fruit eclairs, and if you're feeling really fancy - why not add a glass of Champagne.
One of the best afternoon teas in the city, enjoy a traditional spread of sandwiches, cream scones and a great tea selection with 360-degree views of London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offering a traditional afternoon tea, the Crusting Pipe is a top spot for tourists and locals alike as it lets you feast on finger sandwiches and tasty sweet treats in the heart of Covent Garden Market.
Enjoy an afternoon tea with beautiful, art-centric surroundings at the Wellcome Kitchen. Not only can you enjoy a wonderful selection of fabulous teas, cakes, sandwiches and more, you'll be in the lap of luxury while you do it.
For one of the most stylish afternoon teas in London, visit the Karma Sanctum Soho for tiers of treats and plenty of bubbles.
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.
One of the best afternoon teas in London, it's not a traditional British selection you'll be getting at the Monmouth Kitchen. Expect bruschetta, salmon and jalapeno tacos, Sicilian lemon scones and churros at this gorgeous covent garden restaurant.
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.
In the mood for a classic afternoon tea in the West End? Head to the swanky Vivi, where you can expect traditional dishes like coronation chicken sandwiches and cream-topped scones alongside sweet treats and flowing Champagne.
Not only can you tuck into dainty sandwiches, mouthwatering cakes and carefully selected teas, but this central London spot even has an incredible cocktail list on offer. Expect eye-catching tipples created with dry ice and indulgent ingredients.
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.
Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel have upped their afternoon tea offerings, with an Ace of Spades menu that offers both savoury and sweet delicacies to feast upon. Indulge in beef sliders, lobster buns and croque monsieur, balanced perfectly with homemade milk macaroons, scones and a chocolate an pear shot, with Cosmos, Gentleman Jacks and a cigar to finish.
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.
Indulge in a simple yet refined afternoon tea at Judge & Jury, against the backdrop of Old Street's Magistrates Court. You'll be surrounded by plenty of curiosities to explore, from leather bound law journals to courtroom memorabilia.
When it comes to describing afternoon tea at Royal Quarter, just a few words come to mind: delicious, light, airy, welcoming and charming. If that's the kind of afternoon tea you're after, you'd be missing a trick by not visiting.
Impossible Things Entertainment are taking over Owl and Hitchhiker for a Marie Antoinette-themed afternoon tea experience. Literally eat cake and sip in bottomless bubbles and tea cocktails with plethora of burlesque, singa-longs and activities to keep you entertained.
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.
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.