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 20th February 2019




@ Map Maison on Various dates from Wednesday 20th February 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.

  High Tea & Tease

14 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.

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. 

The Den

2 user reviews 2

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.

Bottomless Ribs and Wings

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.

Wringer & Mangle

133 user reviews 4

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

39 user reviews 5

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. 

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.

@ Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel on Various dates from Wednesday 20th February 2019

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. 

@ Owl and Hitchhiker on Sun, 31st Mar 2019 @ 12:00 - 14:00

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.