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 for afternoon tea in London? Here's a whistlestop tour of some of our favourite options.

For those after something a little more unusual? Check out some of the best quirky afternoon teas in London.

Last updated on 21st December 2020

May Fair Kitchen

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Head to Mayfair to find the renowned May Fair Kitchen, which creates international dishes against a backdrop of stylish surrounds. Hungry? Indulge in their afternoon tea made up of freshly baked goods and sandwiches, which can be paired with Champagne, cocktails or loose leaf tea.

Great Court Restaurant

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Where better to have one of the best afternoon teas in London than in one of its best museums? Head to the British Museum for a stunning spread from the Great Court Restaurant. Offering a plethora of freshly baked cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches with tea to keep you refreshed. 

Map Maison

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Cocktail haven Map Maison is calm and soothing during the day, offering a great spot to grab a bottomless afternoon tea in London. With a bar full of exotic fruits, delectable spirits and fiery spices, you'll be able to enjoy a few craft cocktail while snacking on finger sandwiches, fresh pastries and delicious scones. 

Offering one of the best afternoon teas in Central London, this gorgeous spread from The Coral Room is treating you to scones, sandwiches and an array of sweet treats, as well as the option to upgrade your offering to fancy Champagne-fuelled affair.

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Craving an afternoon tea with a little extra decadence? 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.

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.

  High Tea & Tease

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@ 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.