London's Prettiest Christmas Afternoon Teas

There is nowhere quite like London at Christmas time (just ask Richard Curtis), and there's nothing as British as an indulgent afternoon tea. So what better way to get yourself feeling all merry and bright (and get some great content for the 'gram) than by indulging in some yuletide-themed drinking and dining? With offerings including crumbly mince pies, spicy gingerbread and miniature alcohol-soaked puds, these pretty Christmas afternoon teas will be going, going, scone before you know it.

Last updated on 27th September 2022

When it comes to a Christmas afternoon tea with the wow factor in London, few do it quite like The Ritz. An upmarket experience in The Palm Court, you'll be treated to pastries, mince p[ies and more, in some of the city's most elegant (and festive) surrounds. Carols? Oh yeah, there's a choir singing those too.

Hotel Café Royal is famed for its luxurious afternoon tea offerings, with its Christmas version featuring duck liver sandwiches, cherry cake, Christmas pudding vanilla tart and 25 types of tea. Feeling extra festive? Add a glass of Champagne for a little extra yuletide spirit. 


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Cahoots is a fun 1940s bar known for its all-out blitz spirit and vintage vibes. Located just off the forever bustling Carnaby Street, this homage to years gone by serves up 'squiffy picnics' on the weekend, presented in a wicker hamper and washed down with one of the bar's signature cocktails (because the tea itself is the least important part).