Calling all tea lovers out there! In Britain, tea is the most popular beverage and over 165 million cups are drunk daily. Knowing this, we thought that it was only fair to embrace Britain’s love of the good old cuppa and search for the best afternoon tea in London. From the whacky to the whimsical, we’ve searched (and tasted) high and low across the capital to find an afternoon tea experience for everyone. So sit back, relax, and follow this guide to best places in London for a spot of afternoon tea!

The Ritz Afternoon Tea

Tea is a British institution so where better to indulge in a spot of traditional afternoon tea in London than The Ritz? For £45, you can experience an unforgettable afternoon. Not only will you be seated in the exquisite Palm Court, listening to the sounds of the resident pianist but as prestigious member of the Tea Guild, you’ll be given a choice of 17 loose leaf teas. Along with an indulgent selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones, and pastries – the perfect accompaniment.

Not Afternoon Tea at The OXO Tower

Overlooking London’s skyline, The OXO Tower Restaurant and Brassiere doesn’t only offer stunning panoramic views across the capital, but a glamorous alternative to traditional afternoon tea in London.  Not Afternoon Tea definitely isn’t your typical tea! Instead of the usual tea and scones, the menu consists entirely of desserts: 4 scrumptious tasting plates each with it’s own matching cocktail!.This alternative take on afternoon tea is definitely one for the sweet tooth among us!

Afternoon tea at The Ritz
Afternoon tea at The Ritz

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel will transport you straight to Alice’s Wonderland. The Courtyard Garden welcomes guests to the most eccentric afternoon tea in London with napkins adorned with riddles, tea served in ‘drink me’ vials, and menus hidden in books. The theatrical menu is in keeping with the magical atmosphere. Marshmallow Mushrooms, ‘Tick Tock’ Victoria Sponge, and Carrot Meringue are sure to get the taste buds tingling.

The Modern Pantry’s  Twist on Afternoon Tea

The Modern Pantry is a popular destination for any daring foodie. Offering a menu bursting with unusual flavour combinations, afternoon tea has been given a contemporary twist by chef Anna Hansen. For just £15, guests can enjoy a quirky twist on classic traditions with excitingly different sandwich fillings, unique sweet treats, and even green tea infused scones.

The Modern Pantry - Photo by John Carey
The Modern Pantry – Photo by John Carey

River Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise

Fancy a spot of sightseeing followed by afternoon tea? A Cruise on the River Thames with Bateaux London is just perfect! During the 75 minute journey, The Harmony will pass some of the most famous landmarks in London. You can marvel at the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, and The Houses of Parliament whilst enjoying a selection of cakes, pastries, and sandwiches. This exciting take on afternoon tea in London is not to be missed.

A Fashionista’s Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley

A visit to The Berkeley for Prêt-à-Portea is a  must for any devoted fashionista. Located in the heart of London’s fashionable Knightsbridge, The Berkeley offers an excitingly trendy afternoon tea. Inspired by London Fashion Week, the pastry chefs at The Berkeley have created delicious pastries, mousses, and biscuits resembling the hottest catwalk trends. Fashion fans can indulge in the latest treats from Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, and Vivienne Westwood for just £39 per person – must cheaper than the real thing!

Pret-A-Portea at The Berkeley, Autumn/Winter 2013

Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea at Sanctum Soho

Forget dainty pastries and delicate crockery – afternoon tea in London has been given a masculine edge. At Sanctum Soho you can find Gents Afternoon Tea, a hearty alternative to the traditional affair consisting mainly of meat and liquor. For £50, diners can tuck into a lamb and potato hotpot, mini beef burgers, and seared steak before washing it all down with a tankard of Jack Daniels, making afternoon tea that little bit more rock ‘n roll.

Henry James once said “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” and here at Eating London we agree! So make sure that you follow this guide and indulge in a deliciously decedent afternoon tea in London.


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