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.
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.
Served in a hen cage and stuffed full of gourmet goodies, The Pickled Hen in Marylebone is putting on a seriously cute afternoon tea. Join the gastro pub for a relaxed dining affair, with treats that include the likes of wild boar sausage rolls, toffee popcorn cheesecake tarts, and fish finger sarnies.
Inspired by Queen Victoria herself, this gorgeous afternoon tea takes you to one Kensington's best hotels for a feast of finger sandwiches, hand-crafted pastries, tartlets, cakes and, of course, steaming pots of tea.
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.
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.
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.
A gorgeous restaurant in the heart of Borough, Roast also offers a stunning afternoon tea spread. Get stuck into a decadent selection of finger sandwiches, moreish scones and sweet treats, alongside tea and Champagne as suits the occasion.
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.
Situated just across from Buckingham Palace The Rubens lets you enjoy tea like a queen with its regal offering of mini sandwiches, cream scones and tasty pastries alongside a cheeky Jammy Dodger to finish up.
A ceiling adorned with stars, walls fitted with neon signage and plush seating upholstered in pink and blue hues provides the setting for afternoon tea at this Leyton spot. Check out The Heathcote and Star for classic sandwiches, moreish scones and sweet treats alongside tea and fizz.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
From Champagne-doused affairs to vegan snacks and a Teddy Bear's picnic, there's more than one afternoon tea to get yourself down to at Egerton Garden, and they're all packed to the gunnels with sandwiches, sweet treats, and yummy scones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lantana Cafe is a gorgeous hub for Aussie dining in London Bridge. If you're looking for a delectable afternoon tea, search no further as the cafe's handmade baked good are created freshly each day, with a hand-picked selection of stunning wines to accompany.
With a combination of homely and modern interiors and a delicious wine menu, The Pearson Room is a gorgeous Canary Wharf venue. Join them for afternoon tea with a European twist, and add in a glass from the carefully selected wines to top things off.
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.