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, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a stream of tea. The capital's profusion of establishments serving such menus mean we're spoiled for choice, but where exactly are the best hotels and restaurants for afternoon tea in London? Here's a whistlestop tour of some of our favourite options; whether you like yours bottomless, high or of the cream tea variety.

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Last updated on 14th January 2022




A gorgeous location for afternoon tea in Soho, Karma Sanctum is the hotel, bar and restaurant that's serving up some serious tiers. Its Japanese style afternoon tea has been created by a Michelin star chef and fronts wagyu beef sliders, gyoza and mochi balls, as well as an extensive selection of speciality teas and cocktails.

Map Maison

401 user reviews 5

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. 

It's tea time, baby. Sat opposite Buckingham Palace, The Rubens is home to one of the best afternoon teas in London. With themed offerings on top of their regular tiers, these dinky picnic spreads are fronting sweet treats and tasty sandwiches.

Head over to Bloomsbury's The Montague on the Gardens for a seriously swish bottomless afternoon tea. The stunning hotel will be offering you 90 minutes of free-flowing drinks and food on its gorgeous outdoor terrace - that means sandwiches, cakes, pastries and Champagne.

Great Court Restaurant

1679 user reviews 4

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. 

Tonight Josephine

297 user reviews 4

Looking for some of the best afternoon teas in London? Head to your nearest Tonight Josephine where they're promising a daily dose of free-flowing fizz and tiers of delicious sweet treats for you and your pals to enjoy.

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.

The Listing

548 user reviews 4

If you're on the lookout for somewhere to have afternoon tea in the City, The Listing is a firm choice. Stop by the botanical beauty and tuck into stacks of mini sandwiches, baked goods and seasonal fare while taking in the charming interiors or dunning yourself on the terrace. 

Looking for the best afternoon teas in London? These immersive experiences inspired by Sherlock are just the ticket. Head to the Mind Palace on Baker Street for bites to eat and a mini mystery or a slightly boozier alternative if you fancy taking things up a notch.

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

24 user reviews 4

@ Cellar Door on Every Saturday

Did someone say high tea in London? Get set for an afternoon of forbidden pleasures at Cellar Door. This is no ordinary afternoon tea experience, with some of the city's leading cabaret and burlesque artistes performing while you enjoy a gracious spread of bubbles, finger sandwiches, cupcakes and tea.

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Head to Simmons for their fabulous boozy afternoon tea in London. Dine in their fun space and tuck into their selection of sweet and savoury nibbles, with menus catering to a huge range of dietary requirements, and of course, plenty of bottomless bubbles.

Looking for afternoon tea deliveries across London? We've scoured the city's finest to bring you Champagne boxes, swanky spreads and cream tea to your door. You won't have to worry about lifting a finger with this lot around.