Quirky Afternoon Tea In London
Red buses, bad weather and afternoon tea, there's few things we British 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 tea time and it's not all scones and clotted cream, there's a brilliant selection of unusual London afternoon teas too. If you prefer your drinks a little more Mad Hatter than Queen of England, then look no further as we've rustled up the best quirky afternoon teas in London.
Last updated on 31st July 2017
If you’d like afternoon tea with a difference, Betty Blythe can more than cater for you. They have several different themes, including elegant, Victorian, After Wonderland or Great Gatsby, each with their own food menu and themed accessories. Perfect for any number of special occasions, prepare for a vintage tea party packed with teapots, cheese, jam and all number of quirky afternoon tea knickknacks.
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.
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.
From free-flowing prosecco through to mini cocktails and canapes, Voltaire is putting their distinctive touch on afternoon tea. Join the city bar near Blackfriars as they transform a Grade-II Listed venue into a swish and intimate setting with private vaults, a stylish bar area and a Cuban smoking terrace.
You can always count on Little Nan for a weird and wonderful London afternoon tea; head to her South London outpost in Catford for an affair of cute cakes and sarnies, along with all the usual memoribilia, '80s trinkets and wacky furnishings.
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.
Simmons are known throughout London for their quirkiness and the Clerkenwell venue is no different, with retro lamps, toys, trinkets and old school games consoles. And now you can enjoy that with their bottomless afternoon tea, featuring free-flowing prosecco and cocktail tea pots along with tonnes of nibbles.
Topping the list of unusual afternoon teas in London is the BB Afternoon Tea Bus, 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.
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.