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 15th January 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
For one of the most stylish afternoon teas in London, visit the Karma Sanctum Soho for tiers of treats and plenty of bubbles.
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.
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.
Take your afternoon tea to new levels with The Yacht, a floating restaurant that's moored on Embankment. Sip Champagne, nibble scones, and munch on sarnies while looking at some of London's best sights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.