Fancy a spot of tea with your festivities? This season’s selection of festive afternoon teas are extraordinary, from The Lanesborough’s adorable gingerbread cupcakes to TĪNG Restaurant’s Alpine inspired element. And The Milestone, famed for its sweetshop tea, even has a special selection of treats for the little ones.
If you’re still looking for ways to fill up your holiday period, add one of these 14 afternoon teas to your list.
TĪNG Restaurant never disappoints on their afternoon tea front. Each is crafted to perfection, with every small detail and element finessed and beautifully presented. And their new Alpine tea is no different. Book in for the wintry tea that’s filled with freshly made savoury bakes and scones, alongside Austrian inspired pastries, including Sachertorte and Black Forest Gâteaux.
TĪNG Restaurant will be stretching out the festive season a little bit longer than usual, as their alpine inspired tea runs until the end of February!
With its Baccarat crystal chandelier, piano melodies and Richard Brendon hand-painted china, you’ll struggle to find a prettier afternoon tea setting than Corinthia London.
The hotel has recently launched its festive afternoon tea, designed and created by its talented team of pastry chefs. Expect to be tucking into sandwiches of roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry and watercress, before feasting on spiced pear mousse with cha chantilly; almond and lemon chocolate rocks; and a chestnut-cassis tartlet. All enjoyed while singing along to your favourite festive melodies in the background.
Available: 12th November – 4 January
Where: Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD
The Connaught is a hotel that keeps on giving. And their festive tea is no different. Book in for a slice of the cake this year and expect to be tucking into a selection made by Jean-Georges. There’ll be truffle egg sandwiches; scones with spiced orange marmalade and Cornish clotted cream; a candied nut and honey mousse with almond sponge and candied ginger; and an almond tart with blackberry cream and chestnut puree.
Available: 24th November – 3rd January
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL
Afternoon tea never looked so pretty and festive. Continuing their popular partnership, Peggy Porschen and The Lanesborough have crafted an adorable festive version of their afternoon tea, filled with Peggy’s signature fairytale pink aesthetic.
Sandwiches of Christmas turkey and stuffing; roast beef and horseradish cream, and honey roast pumpkin and brie will feature. Alongside charming florals and pastels that accompany the sweet bites. There’ll be a jolly gingerbread cupcake; frangipane and mince pie tartlet; and even a cranberry Christmas pavlova.
Wash it all down with their Paradis Chocolate Martini, a rich cocktail slowly shaken with Hennessy Very Special and a hint of vanilla.
No festive season is complete without a trip to the theatre and afternoon tea. Thankfully at The Lane, you can do both.
Head to the Grand Saloon to delight in their festive spirit afternoon tea, featuring beautiful creations from the creative whizz, Lily Vanilli, before seeing Frozen come to life on the big stage. The perfect Christmas experience for the kiddies and adults alike.
Where: Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JF
Newbie on the block, Pan Pacific London will be bringing the magic of Christmas to The Orchid Lounge with festive editions of their afternoon teas. Both the Singaporean-inspired Kopi Tiam afternoon tea and the traditional British tea will be transformed for the yuletide season.
Both teas will feature a selection of hand-made patisserie, coming traditional favourites with the creative influence of Asian ingredients and executive pastry chef Cherish Finden’s signature flare. Expect ‘The Night Before Christmas’, a lemon shortbread and passion fruit caramel; ‘Christmas Tree’, a pistachio mousse with financier and sour cherry compote; and a ;gift from Santa’, made up of spicy clementine mousse and citrus peel Victoria sponge.
Available: 11th November – 10th January
Where: 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB
Pastry chef and finalist in 2021 Bake Off: The Professionals, Sarah Houghton has crafted an afternoon experience you won’t want to miss. It incorporates fresh twists in a festive journey, while still paying homage to the long-standing English tradition.
The afternoon tea fun doesn’t stop at the food either. This special one is complete with bottomless mulled wine, perfect for warming your cockles this winter. Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal options are all available too, making it the perfect option for all guests.
Available: 15th November – 2nd January
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS
Walk your way into a wintry wonderland this Christmas and book in for The Chesterfield Mayfair’s glorious tea. Available from 19th November until 2nd January, begin your afternoon with a warming glass of mulled wine before swapping to loose leaf tea.
Expect a whole lot of finger sandwiches, along with chocolate yule long; gingerbread men cupcakes; clementine macaroon; and vanilla bavarois with an apple jelly snowball.
Available: 19th November – 2nd January
Where: 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, W1J 5EB
Claridges is a hotel that goes all out come Christmas time. From their big Christmas tree revealing through to their festive menus, and their afternoon tea is one that’s sure to hit the spot with London’s little elves.
Feast in style on a selection of hand-made pastries, including milk chocolate and hazelnut Bûche de Noël; blueberry mont-blanc; and a pineapple and passion fruit Christmas bauble.
Where: Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
The Christmas treats keep on coming at 116 Pall Mall, and the popular party venue will continue to stay in the festive spirit until 2nd January thanks to their festive tea experience.
After opening their doors to the public at the weekend for the first time with the launch of their brand-new afternoon tea with Searcys back in September, 116 Pall Mall will be offering a special Christmas tea this festive season, abrim with cakes, éclairs and macarons, all expertly paired with Champagne. You won’t want to miss the two 14ft Christmas trees located at the bottom of the grand staircase either…
Available: 20th November – 18th December
Where: 116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED
Escape the city and head over to The Relais Henley for an afternoon tea experience that’s sure to impress. Enjoy a winter afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of Mosimann’s Grand Cru Brut Champagne, NV and a selection of The East India Company Teas at The Relais Henley. You’ll be delighting on smoked salmon and horseradish cream sandwiches; red velvet cupcakes; and carrot and walnut cake with lemon drizzle icing – yum.
Where: Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AR
Mayfair is magical all year round but at Christmas, it really comes into its element. Notably thanks to the arrival of festive lights and displays lined up on every shop, restaurant and hotel front. And Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is no different.
Treat a loved one to a special Christmas experience with their festive afternoon tea experience. Their ever-popular Nineteen Twen-Tea Afternoon Tea will be given a makeover, brimming with the likes of smoked salmon and orange creme fraiche sandwiches; yule log; snowballs made from pear and vanilla mousse; and even festive trees from spice and fruit cake.
Escape the mayhem of London and treat your close friends and family to a traditional afternoon tea experience in the Surrey Hills.
Barnett Hill, part of the Alexander Hotel group, is serving up a festive spin on their popular afternoon tea. Available until 31st December, the tea comes complete with ham hock sandwiches; brie and cranberry quiche; cranberry scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve; and eggnog crème brûlée.
Where: Blackheath Lane, Guildford, GU5 0RF
For a traditional experience, it’s got to be Fortnum’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Renowned for its sophistication and glamour, their tea experience has become part of London’s legacy and is certainly not one to miss if you’re visiting for the first time.
And the same goes for their festive edition. It’s been given a makeover in honour of the big C day. Expect all the trimmings and added special touches along the way.
Where: Fourth Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1A 1ER
‘Tis the season to celebrate with loved ones and what better way to raise a glass than over finger sandwiches and cakes at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences.
Start off with a warming hot chocolate bauble before diving your way through the savoury treats of honey-glazed roast beef and horseradish cream brioche rolls and sweets of reindeer-inspired chocolate mousse. There’s even spiced scones to tuck into too!
Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
Enjoy a blissful afternoon tea experience at The Milestone Hotel and Residences. Their festive tea comes complete with roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwiches; chestnut and white chocolate choux buns; spiced apple and gingerbread mousse; and mince pies for all.
They even have tea for the kiddies too, because who loves Christmas more than little ones? Make their Christmas season extra special and treat them to everything from frothy hot chocolates to milkshakes. They’ll even be able to decorate and personalise their own gingerbread biccie to take home.
Available: 24th November – 2nd January
Where: 3 Kensington Court, W8 5DL
Fancy tucking into a festive tea in a hotel that feels a world away from London? Now you can thanks to Great Fosters and their delicious festive take on traditional tea.
Less than 40 minutes from Waterloo, book in now and choose your tea of choice, from Earl Grey to Triple Mint, before saving room for turkey and cranberry sandwiches; warm scones with your favourite toppings; and choux bun baubles filled with mulled port gel.
Where: Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR
100 Queen’s Gate has a beautiful afternoon tea that’s waiting for you to discover it. Located in the stunning Botanica, the festive tea features the likes of organic turkey breast sandwiches with Wensleydale and cranberries; oak smoked salmon with creamy horseradish sandwiches; sea salt caramel cheesecake; and Santa’s apple and wild berry tartlet topped with cream and dried raspberries. Available until 5th January, you won’t want to miss this tea this festive season.
Where: 100 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, SW7 5AG
This yuletide season head on down to Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square to sample some of executive pastry chef Sylvain Goujon’s creations. There’ll be everything from ‘The White Forest’, a chocolate biscuit with creamy chocolate cremeux, cherry confit and chocolate Chantilly in the style of a Christmas tree, to ‘The Snowman’, built with rice pudding, coco and cinnamon. Wash it all down with a glass of Delamotte Champagne to really add a sparkle to your festive season.
Available: 26th November – 16th January
Where: 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
Roaring log fire? Check! Festive menu? Check! Christmas carols? Check! The Brown’s festive afternoon tea takes place in the hotel’s Drawing Room. The oh-so-Christmasssy setting is the perfect place to soak up the Christmas spirit(s), with the resident pianist dashing off carols as you enjoy a tea with a festive twist. Oh, and mulled wine!
Available: 20th November – 2nd January
Where: 33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP