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.
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.
There will be tiers and there might be tears as this Mean Girls-themed afternoon tea at Camden's Duo brings you a fun and frivolous selection of cakes and cocktails inspired by the teen movie classic. Chow down on a birdcage of Instagrammable treats, complete with candy floss concoctions and hearty sandwiches.
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.
Head over to The Sanderson for an afternoon of Wonderland-appropriate treats. Pull up a chair at the Mad Hatters tea party and get ready to tuck into smoked salmon scotch eggs, chessboard gateau and a range of unique and heady cocktails.
High tea and tease serve their offering with a big side of kinky and seductive burlesque and cabaret from some huge stars. Work your way through an unusual afternoon tea in London while black magicians, a show girl, and a honky-tonky piano player dazzle you.
Head up to the roof terrace of Vintry & Mercer where they'll be serving up cakes and booze with views. Inspired by the guilds of the city, their tasty afternoon tea offering fronts cakes, scones, delicious sandwiches and savouries and some moreish tipples.
Located in swanky central London, Mews of Mayfair is a four-floor venue filled with delicious nooks and crannies. Head to this historic spot for a traditional tea time in Lancashire Court which includes cocktail, Champagne and fancy tea options.
There's nothing like a cuppa and a few biscuits round your nan's gaff. Luckily you can now avoid the 'why are you still single?' and 'what does your job actually mean?' questions by heading to quirky Deptford bar Little Nans instead. A treasure rove of antique furniture and vintage memorabilia, afternoon tea here is a booze-fulled, Pat Butcher-style kinda' affair.
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.
When it comes to afternoon tea in central London, you've probably it all. But this one's switching up the game, combining a quirky black taxi tour of the city and its rock n roll spots with afternoon tea at this swanky Soho hotel, complete with cocktails and cigars on the rooftop.
Searching for afternoon tea with a difference? Make your way to Shepherd's Bush where The Mind Palace has a Sherlock Holmes-themed feast in store. That means puzzles with scones, sandwiches, cakes and themed treats.