For a quintessentially British afternoon tea experience in London? Head to the Chesterfield Hotel, where delicate finger sandwiches and bone china cups come as standard. If you're after something a little different, try their winter wonderland offering, which includes mini yule logs and gingerbread flavoured cupcakes.
Quirky Afternoon Tea In London
Red buses, bad weather and overpriced pubs, there's few things we Londoners excel at, but one thing is for certain, we know how to knock up a good afternoon tea. The capital has loads of options for midday treats and it's not all scones and Earl Grey, there's a brilliant selection of unusual offerings out there too. If you prefer your drinks a little more Mad Hatter and devilish drag than Queen of England, then look no further as we've rustled up the best quirky afternoon teas in London.
An afternoon tea for those with a taste for travel, this cute and quirky offering from Searcys at St Pancras brings you a tasty array of sandwiches, sweets and scones taking influence from a range of countries and cuisines, and comes served in a tiny suitcase.
Tuck into a delicious cosmetics bag full of themed sweet treats. Yep, you heard us right. The Perception is staying true to its wacky nature with the creation of this fabulously quirky afternoon tea. Expect makeup-inspired edible bites such as salted caramel lip gloss and bronzed chocolate pearls.
Situated in Mayfair, Ginza takes afternoon tea to the next level. The restaurant provides a Japanese version filled with scrumptious bites, from wagyu sliders and maki rolls to teriyaki beef and lightly seared salmon. Plus, matcha tea to sip while you dine.
A gorgeous Mayfair restaurant, Hush is whipping up a decadent afternoon tea for those of you looking for something a little different. Putting their own unique twist on things, scones are accompanied by gooseberry, blackberry and rhubarb jams, as well as gin and tonic smoked salmon on German rye bread and more.
On the hunt for a unique afternoon tea experience? Then Adventures in Art with Willow Kemp is a great choice. Start your day off with a guided tour around the Ham Yard Hotel, where you'll learn about hanging pieces of work, followed by a great array of tasty sweet or savoury treats.
Over at Yours London, this fabulous Caribbean Afternoon Tea with Our Roti Island replaces your usual finger sarnies with fresh chicken patties and saltfish fritters. Plus there are sweet treats such as carrot cake to finish, not to mention rum punch, prosecco and soulful tunes.
Located in St Martins Lane hotel, The Den is a quirky London venue that serves afternoon tea. With surreal paintings, subtle touches, and a luxurious setting, The Den also serves a 'Chocolate Dreams Afternoon Tea', which sounds positively dreamy.
MAP Maison is a cute neighbourhood bar in Dalston full of floral touches and vintage furniture. The East London spot serves up a quirky London afternoon tea in the form of cakes, pastries and the choice of either bubbles or one of their renowned cocktails.
Topping the list of unusual afternoon teas in London is Brigit's Afternoon Tea Ltd, a vintage red bus that roams round the city's most iconic sites all while you work your way through tasty goodness. Glide by Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall as you enjoy treats such as sandwiches, cakes and macaroons.
Take your afternoon tea in London to new heights (literally) with Searcys at the Gherkin. Located just a stone's throw from Liverpool Street, this sky-high bar and restaurant will have you sipping tea, chomping sandwiches and scoffing cakes with unbeatable views across the city.
A treasure trove of kooky furnishings, vibrant adornments and potent cocktails, its no surprise that Little Nan's afternoon tea offering is just as eccentric. Push the boat out and make it into a boozy affair, with half a teapot per person of fruity concoctions.
Not just one for fine sushi and interactive tables, Inamo is also a top choice for afternoon tea in the West End. Chow down on panko prawns, dragon rolls and salmon sashimi washed down with bottomless bubbles from Soho to Covent Garden.
Looking for something different this weekend? 116 Pall Mall has launched a Confectioner's afternoon tea taking place every Saturday from 2pm. Enjoy stunning smoked salmon rillettes, salt beef Reubens and sweet pastries with popping candy for a truly unique experience.
Head to Soho's Greek Street where Wizard Exploratorium is serving its own fantastically eccentric twist on afternoon tea. Set inside a magic-themed venue, this spot is not only offering up incredible interiors but the meal itself is bound to impress.
Little Nan's Bar is the Deptford watering hole that's part tropical paradise, part grandma's house. In other words, it's pretty darn quirky. And the afternoon teas? They're made up of freshly prepared sandwiches, homemade cakes and scrumptious scones, as well as lush cocktails.
Hop off the Piccadilly Line near Soho and you'll discover Simmons at Golden Square, where you can get a downright quirky afternoon tea. This party bar serves up a boozy and bottomless edition of the very British pastime, with nibbles washed down with plenty of cocktails served in teapots.
Whiskers & Cream is an adorable cafe in Archway that rustles up a range of tasty afternoon teas, including one that comes with bottomless bubbles. While you dive into the sandwiches and sweet treats, enjoy the company of the venue's 10 resident cats who all love a cuddle and a play.
Serving you an afternoon tea with a twist, this swanky Knightsbridge spot welcomes you and your furry friends for the ultimate Doggy Afternoon Tea. From pawsecco to homemade doggy biscuits and pup-friendly ice-cream, this one's paw-fect.
Do something a little different in London and make your way to The Chocolate Cocktail Club for their fabulous afternoon tea. Enjoy a delicious range of nibbles, from cakes to sandwiches, with their awesome range of cocktails and bubbles.
Why choose a boring ol' spread when you can head to NHow? This cool Shoreditch venue is hosting Bottomless Festive Afternoon Teas, offering up turkey sliders, pigs in blankets and more, as well as a dog-friendly event. Here, both you and your pooch will chomp on tasty treats.
For those of you seeking a quirky afternoon tea event, head along to The Orchid Lounge in the Pan Pacific Hotel on Liverpool Street. Treat yourself to a wonderful range of tasty British sandwiches, choux or bao, before devouring some Asian-inspired puds.
Head over to Soho every Sunday where you'll find one of the quirkiest afternoon teas in London. The Phoenix Arts Club will be sorting you out with tiers of sweet treats and fine fizz, as well as a hilarious cabaret show.
Swap those boring ol' sandwiches and cakes with Karma Sanctum Soho's awesome afternoon tea events. Think Japanese-inspired eats including chicken katsu sliders, steamed vegetable gyozas, and sweet treats such as their signature matcha pannacotta along with some delicious cocktails.
One of the best places for a quirky afternoon tea in London, Sherlock's Mind Palace has not one but two options to choose from. Up the ante with a mind-blowing mini mystery or pop bottles at a boozy alternative, with tasty bites to eat and a unique theme running throughout both.
Offering one of the quirkiest afternoon teas near Buckingham Palace, this fun Victoria spot will have you feeling like you're sipping with her majesty. Just a stone's throw from the Queen's doorstep, you'll find some delicious tiers of tiny sandwiches and sweet treats.
Brushtrokes and Nudes is, let's be honest, one of London's quirkiest sip and paint parties. And coming up? They have a bunch of afternoon tea events on the go, where you can indulge in delicious grub with bottomless cocktails and enjoy a life art session with nude models.
Homage Restaurant's Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea takes inspiration from La Belle et La Bête (which influenced Beauty and The Beast). While in gorgeous surrounds, chow down on mouthwatering sandwiches and cakes inspired by the famous fairytale.