The London experience doesn’t get much more classic than a trip to one of the city’s best places for afternoon tea. It’s a rite of passage for anyone who visits, whether you’re a savoury, sweet, tea or champagne lover.

So where can you find the best afternoon tea in London? From teas fit for royalty to special twists on the classic, there are plenty to choose from – whether it’s a tipsy tea with friends or a children’s afternoon tea with the whole family in tow.

These are our favourites…

The Best Afternoon Tea In London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

Crystal chandeliers, ornate ceilings, intricate murals, golden statues, and music from harpists, pianists and violin trios; afternoon tea at The Ritz certainly lives up to its iconic reputation.

It’s the grandest of London affairs, with seasonal pastries, warm scones and delicate finger sandwiches served in the spectacular surroundings of The Palm Court. Champagne and an incredible selection of 18 types of loose-leaf tea only add to the opulence of the occasion.

Where: 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9BR

Cellarium at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey has welcomed a new immersive exhibition, Notre Dame de Paris, The Augmented Exhibition, this spring, exploring the history and brilliance of the French gothic masterpiece. To go alongside, Cellarium will be offering a French-inspired afternoon tea complete with elegant sweet and savoury treats.

Set within the Abbey’s medieval cloisters, the afternoon tea has been crafted by Benugo’s pastry chefs, paying tribute to both the Parisian cathedral and the French capital’s world-renowned patisserie. Expect to be tucking into the likes of quiche lorraine; mini brioche with crab and crayfish; mini chocolate orange tart; and crème patisserie tart with fresh fruit.

where: Westminster abbey, dean’s yard, the sanctuary, London, sw1p 3pa

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Afternoon Tea

Add a touch of sparkle to your afternoon with Lily Vanilli’s Regency-inspired afternoon tea at The Lane.

Served in extraordinary Grand Saloon of Theatre Royal Drury Lane, savoury treats include bitesize English crumpets topped with Earl Grey infused cream cheese and smoked salmon; madeleines with whipped English feta and pickled heritage carrot; and Coronation chicken pies with caramelised onion chutney.

Top it all off with delicious warm fruit scones, a fluffy vanilla cake filled with passionfruit and buttercream, a mini sticky toffee pudding, a delicious strawberry ice cream sandwich, and a glass of Champagne.

where: Catherine street, London, wc2b 5jf

Suntory X Lucy Wong Afternoon Tea

Created in partnership with House of Suntory for their 100th Anniversary, Lucy Wong has the most exclusive afternoon tea experience to book. Sandwiches are swapped for dim sum, alongside a tiered selection of delicious Asian-inspired savouries, and a pretty selection of hand-finished Patisseries.

Free-flowing tea accompanies the two-hour affair, with a cocktail pairing of three signature cocktails using Hibiki Whisky served through an interactive cocktail infuser on the table, alongside a Roku Gin and Haku Vodka signature serve. Cheers to that!

Where: 33-34 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JN

Alice In Wonderland Afternoon Tea at The Franklin London

See the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland come to life at The Franklin London with a magical afternoon tea that nods to Lewis Carroll’s curious tale. 

Join the Mad Hatter’s tea party and delight in dishes inspired by the fictional themes and characters. Indulge in the Mad Hatter’s strawberry tart, followed by a White Rabbit and Blue Caterpillar-topped cupcake; and finish off by plunging your teaspoon in a fluffy peach and vanilla cheesecake.

Where: 24 Egerton Gardens, SW3 2DB 

Searcys St Pancras Afternoon Tea

Take a trip to St Pancras to sample its travel-inspired afternoon tea, served inside a cute little suitcase!

Expect treats such as lemon meringue pie, Coffee Opéra gâteau, Cherry financier, as well as savouries and scones tucked inside. Sit back in one of the individual booths, complete with the original ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons and enjoy a glass of Searcys own cuvée English Sparkling Wine.

Where: St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL

Afternoon Tea at Corinthia London

In true Corinthia style, their afternoon tea is utterly luxurious and wonderfully decadent. Served on the iconic red and gold Richard Brendon teaset, under the warming glow of 1,001 Baccarat crystals, guests can expect finger sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats including lemon cookies, caramelised apple tart, bourbon vanilla religieuse and chocolate & marble cake. 

If you’re looking for the ultimate decadence, there’s a champagne and caviar afternoon tea option, too.

Where: Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD

11 Cadogan Gardens Afternoon Tea In Chelsea

11 Cadogan Gardens’ afternoon tea pays homage to their location, surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in London. 

Each savoury and sweet treat is designed to evoke the flavours and aromas of the garden, and create a memorable experience that transports guests to a state of relaxation and escape, as if you were taking a stroll through the park. Indulge in the likes of cucumber & herb cream cheese on spinach bread, apple pebble, jaffa macaron and lemon meringue tart.

Where: 11 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2RJ

The Chinoiserie at The Carlton Tower Afternoon Tea

This spring, The Carlton Tower has launched a seasonal afternoon tea inspired by nature. 

The afternoon tea is comprised of seasonal, locally sourced produce, exploring and celebrating the best ingredients available in England. Expect the likes of crab and caviar sandwiches; chocolate roses; chocolate tacos; and lemon thyme tart. 

Where: 1 Cadogan Place Ground Floor The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, London SW1X 9PY

The Ivy Asia Afternoon Tea

Offering a luxury afternoon tea experience in stunning surroundings, afternoon tea at The Ivy Asia is one to remember. 

Set in decadent surroundings, the Sakura Afternoon Tea features aromatic duck spring rolls, vegetable dumplings and spicy avocado maki roll, before finishing off with warm passionfruit & coconut doughnuts and mochi.

Where: Multiple Locations

Rubens at the Palace Afternoon Tea

Dine like a King this spring and book in for The Rubens at the Palace Hotel’s mouth-watering afternoon tea, overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.

At the helm of their pastry kitchen is Sarah Houghting, who showcased her skills on Bake Off: The Professionals, so you know you’re in for a treat. 

With a reputation as one of the best in London, The Rubens pay respect to this classic British tradition whilst incorporating fresh twists along the way. Vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free alternatives are available too.

Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS

Where: 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN

1901 Wine Lounge Andaz Hotel Afternoon Tea

Served inside the 1901 Wine Lounge, Andaz London’s afternoon tea is the perfect East London spot. 

They’ve partnered with Moët & Chandon to offer Londoners the best of the quintessential experience. Book in and you’ll be able to enjoy the likes of Gravlax Salmon, Cream Cheese, Avocado & Dill Cress, and Raspberry & Rose Mousse, along with the classic addition of Scones with Jam & Clotted Cream.

There are three packages to choose from too, whether you’re wanting a classic tea, one with a glass of fizz or fancy going all out with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne.

The Milestone Hotel & Residences Afternoon Tea Kensington

Afternoon Tea is a quintessentially English tradition and is upheld in its finest form at The Milestone, in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington.

Served in Cheneston’s Restaurant, the Park Lounge or the Conservatory, this exceptional experience is a true royal indulgence. Discover delicious finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones piled high with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade preserves, and a selection of pastries including éclairs, tartlets, cupcakes, and macarons. Taste a vast collection of loose-leaf teas at your leisure in fine surroundings, or perhaps a glass of Lanson Champagne, holder of a Royal Warrant to the Court of England since 1900.

Where: 1-3 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL

Afternoon Tea at Dalloway Terrace

When it comes to timeless elegance, The Doyle Collection knows how to do it right. Head to The Bloomsbury Hotel, located just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Tottenham Court Road, where both Dalloway Terrace and The Coral Room have a tasty afternoon tea menu in store for you.

The menu showcases a delicious selection of traditional British bites, including truffled egg mayonnaise; roast chicken with sage mayonnaise on onion bread; salted caramel choux; and hazelnut financier. 

Where: 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN

The Ampersand Hotel Afternoon Tea

One of the best themed afternoon teas in London, The Ampersand Hotel offers a space-themed experience that every budding astronaut will love.

After a morning exploring the Science Museum, head here for a gastronomical journey through space. The adults menu includes blood orange and cherry chilli petri dish; caramel chocolate and raspberry planets; and honey chocolate spaceman. While the kids menu includes ‘spaceman’ hot chocolate; rocket cheese straws; chocolate lollipops; and a mini dinosaur biscuit with chocolate fossil hidden with chocolate ‘soil’. 

Where: 10 Harrington Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 3ER 

St Martin’s Lane Afternoon Tea

Looking for an afternoon tea in the buzzing heart of London? St Martin’s Lane’s delicious Tea & Tales Afternoon Tea is perfect for the occasion. 

Indulge in everything from croque monsieur to an elderflower and gold dust tea, a ‘cricket ball’ made of yuzu cheesecake and cherry glaze to the ‘great fire’, a blackberry choux flamed meringue.

Where: 45 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4HX

Afternoon Tea at The Orchid Lounge – Pan Pacific London

Settle into the upscale Orchid Lounge at Pan Pacific London and indulge in a special Lunar New Year experience, packed with Dragon motifs. 

Available until 25th March, expect to be chowing through native Scottish lobster with tobiko roe; tempura crispy Chinese rice cake; barbecue pork belly bao; black sesame walnut scones; and pineapple wonton with Szechuan pepper. 

Where: 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB

The Mayfair Chippy Afternoon Tea

It can be hard for an afternoon tea to stand out in London – there are so many of them, after all – but The Mayfair Chippy offers up something completely different that we can’t help but love. 

Putting their own special twist on the traditional offering, they serve a feast of the freshest seafood where you can expect to tuck into Cornish crab on toast, smoked salmon, pickled cockles, dressed Cornish crab, Atlantic crab claws, King prawns with Maldon rock oysters, and cooked mussels.

Where: 14 N Audley St, London W1K 6WE 

The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea

Step into a world of regal romance with The Lanesborough’s Queen Charlotte Afternoon Tea, a limited-edition experience inspired by Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, in collaboration with Netflix and Shondaland. The innovative tea transports guests to the enchanting Regency era, nestled within The Lanesborough’s opulent dining room, with a magnificent glass dome overhead. The menu pays homage to the beloved characters of the series, including the majestic sharing cake, Your Majesty, and the whimsical King George Dreams of Venus, inspired by the King’s love for astronomy. Lady Violet’s Buzzing Garden is a flowery and fruity delight, while the Danbury Delight is a nod to Lady Danbury’s penchant for hats and jewels.

To complement the regal feast, there’s also The Queen Charlotte cocktail, a refreshing blend of Fords Gin, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, cranberry, exotic lychee, vanilla, lime and Champagne. Wash this down with an extra glass of Champagne and you’re in for a right royal tipsy tea that’ll be the talk of the ton.

Where: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA 

116 Pall Mall Afternoon Tea in Central London

In the surroundings of 116 Pall Mall, you’ll find an afternoon tea that’s simply stunning. Set under the ornate ceilings, settle down for a tea inspired by all things sweet, with freshly baked scones and pastries of Meringue gâteau Opéra and signature Victoria cake, along with a selection of savouries and a glass of Searcys Champagne. 

Where: 116 Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5ED

The Library Afternoon Tea at County Hall

Taking you on a whistle-stop tour of London is The Library’s afternoon tea, centred around Big Ben. 

Set in the magnificent surroundings of The Library, home to over 3,000 listed books, the tea offers everything from the Elizabeth Tower, an indulgent inside-out chocolate mousse cake in the shape of the world-renowned tower; to Big Ben, a lemon curd and raspberry cake served on a burry shortbread in the shape of a bell.

Where: Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

Bbar Victoria Afternoon Tea

A vibrant restaurant with live music, colourful botanical paintings, touches of leopard print and iconic black-and-white wildlife shots by acclaimed conservationist Mike Myers, bbar is the ideal setting for an afternoon with friends, family or colleagues. 

Indulge in their unique afternoon tea with delicious mini bunny chows, Amarula scones and flavoured Rooibos tea – truly the flavours of South Africa. And if you’re after something uniquely British? Their ‘Chip Shop’ Fish and Chips Afternoon Tea is the ultimate British indulgence, featuring beer-battered cod, thick fluffy chips, a selection of decadent cakes and their signature Amarula scones.

Where: 43 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PP

The Chesterfield Afternoon Tea Mayfair

If you’re looking for a child-friendly afternoon tea with a hint of nostalgia, look no further than Chesterfield Mayfair’s Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea.

Inspired by a traditional sweetshop, expect playful pastries and cakes that bring to life all the flavours of your old sweetshop favourites. Think giant jazzies, cherry love heart cheesecake, rhubarb and custard choux buns and Coca-Cola slices that are the stuff of childhood daydreams.

Where: 35 Charles St, London W1J 5EB

The Prince Akatoki Japanese Afternoon Tea London

Head to The Malt Lounge at luxury hotel The Prince Akatoki and indulge in a delicious afternoon tea that’ll transport you straight to the lively streets of Japan. Prepare to indulge in a range of fusion blends and authentic flavours infused into savoury delights and delectable sweet treats, promising a truly unforgettable culinary journey. 

To further enhance the Japanese experience, you’ll be treated to an incredible Akashi-Tai Sake Pairing and a live performance from esteemed Japanese musician, Keiko Kitamura, who’ll skilfully play the national string instrument, Koto, as you dine.

Where: 50 Great Cumberland Pl, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD

The Clermont Afternoon Tea

If you want an elegant, classic afternoon tea, The Clermont Hotel falls nothing short of charming, quintessentially British fare. 

With locations in Victoria and Charing Cross, guests can indulge in the delectable menu which includes British classics like Eton Mess, Victoria Sponge and Chocolate and Orange Tart, traditional all-butter scones served with English Strawberry and Raspberry Preserve and Cornish Clotted Cream, and classic elegant finger sandwiches.

Where: Charing Cross / Victoria

Barnett Hill Hotel Afternoon Tea

Set surrounded by the stunning Surrey Hills, afternoon tea at Barnett Hill Hotel is always a good idea. Book in for an afternoon in the countryside and work your way through finger sandwiches of smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive; plain and fruit scones with clotted cream, strawberry preserve and lemon curd; and spiced pear frangipane tart. If you’re after more savoury, you can add a sandwich refill for just £6. 

Where: Blackheath Ln, Wonersh, Guildford GU5 0RF

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill Afternoon Tea

Conveniently located just off Piccadilly for when exploring London gets you peckish, Bentley’s offer an elegant afternoon tea experience, complete with delicate and decadent treats, and washed down with a crisp glass of Rosé and a selection of Lalani and Co tea. 

From Salmon smoked on Bentleys rooftop and Cornish Crab sandwiches, to a selection of delicious homemade scones, pâtisseries and desserts, this Bentley’s take on a classic is the perfect way to treat yourself over a relaxing weekend.

Where: 11-15 Swallow St, London W1B 4DG

Home House London Afternoon Tea

Home House’s talented team has put together an afternoon tea to remember, served inside their beautiful Drawing Rooms.

Expect a quintessentially British menu featuring delicious finger sandwiches, warm scones and a fabulous selection of sweet treats. Add a glass of Möet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne to your order and you won’t be able to fault it.

Where: 20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW

The Stafford London Afternoon Tea

The Stafford London, renowned for its timeless elegance and exceptional hospitality, has launched a brand new afternoon tea. To start, delicate finger sandwiches Montgomery cheddar, spring onion and tomato; H. Forman & Son smoked salmon; and truffled egg and waterdress brioche, before moving on to the sweet treats.

Served from a bespoke cake trolley, each guest can select five seasonal cakes or pastries from the display, including chai latte honey cake; spiced apple and caramel macaron; and chocolate and orange mousse.

Where: 16-18 St James’s Pl, St. James’s, London SW1A 1NJ

Afternoon Tea at Great Fosters

Fancy escaping London to nearby Surrey for the afternoon? Great Fosters serves the most fabulous afternoon tea by a Saxon moat with a wisteria-laden Japanese bridge overlooking acres of glorious gardens beyond in the summer months or inside the historic Anne Boleyn drawing room in the winter.  

Their delicious menu offers a selection of dainty sandwiches, light as air scones with clotted cream & strawberry jam (of course) and some truly scrumptious sweet treats.

Where: Stroude Rd, Egham TW20 9UR

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange

Fortnum & Mason are renowned for their quintessential English afternoon tea, and where better to experience it than the grand surroundings of The Royal Exchange? 

In true tradition, guests can expect delicious savoury sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and afternoon tea cakes, accompanied by a pot of Fortnum’s famous teas – from Fresh Mint and Earl Grey Classic, to a special Royal Exchange Blend. Add a flute of Fortnum’s Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru or Fortnum’s Brut Rosé and take in the iconic surroundings.

Where: The Courtyard, The, Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR

Botanica Kensington Afternoon Tea

Nestled in the heart of 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel lies Botanica – an elegant atrium adorned with cherry blossom and lavish greenery. And the afternoon tea is just as stunning – from organic turkey breast, Wensleydale and cranberry sandwiches, to a chocolate cherry delice and cannolo with chocolate chips and orange zest.

And to wash it all down? A perfectly paired tea from Newby London, cocktail, mocktail, or glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée.

Where: 100 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5AG

The Swan Afternoon Tea

Taking inspiration from The Globe Theatre’s production, The Duchess of Malfi, this afternoon tea is bursting with Italian-inspired treats.

From ricotta and spinach tartlets to mozzarella and tomato pesto sandwiches, cherry panna cotta to indulgently rich but irresistible tiramisu, this is a feast everyone will want to sample.

Where: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

RAILS Little Bar & Restaurant Afternoon Tea Kings Cross

Take a seat in chic RAILS Restaurant for an elegant afternoon tea to remember. Feast on classic finger sandwiches, savoury tartlets and freshly baked scones with homemade preserves and Cornish clotted cream before an array of sweet treats including cherry and honey tart; caramel glazed cheesecake; and apple choux with cinnamon crumble and vanilla Chantilly. 

Toast the day with a glass of Nyetimber Sparkling Wine, and sip on loose-leaf tea blends from East India Tea Company.

Where: Pancras Rd, London N1C 4TB

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Afternoon Tea

The beautiful Secret Garden Afternoon Tea at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate and Residences comprises of all the best bits of a traditional afternoon tea, with a twist inspired by the children’s classic tale of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 

Indulge in the likes of a chocolate key nestled in biscuit soil, mixed berry scones, savoury smoked salmon bites and wash it all down with tea from Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF

Afternoon Tea at The Montague on the Gardens

Savour a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea than The Montague, overlooking their peaceful gardens in the heart of London.

Expect a scrumptious selection of warmly baked plain and raisin scones, delicious cakes, and freshly hand-cut sandwiches including egg and mayo, smoked salmon, chicken, cucumber, and cream cheese, as well as a ‘Prince & Princess’ option for the little ones.

If you’re looking to go all out, opt for The Ultimate Champagne Afternoon Tea and enjoy 90 minutes of unlimited Lanson Champagne with your food as you dine overlooking their stunning private Bedford Estate.

Where: 15 Montague St, London WC1B 5BJ

Searcys at The Gherkin Afternoon Tea

The Gherkin puts the ‘high’ in high tea with its stunning 360-degree views across the City of London – and with limitless Searcys Selected Cuvée Brut Champagne, this afternoon tea is extra special. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, including Cucumber and dill cream cheese, devilled egg; and Baked ham and mustard. 

Sweet treats include homemade fruit buttermilk and plain scones, served with clotted cream and fruit preserve, followed by indulgent pastries such as blackcurrant mousse; and Searcys fruit loaf with vanilla crème fraîche. 

Where: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF

Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea

You won’t want to be late for this epic tea party… Venture down the rabbit hole where traditional afternoon tea is given a twist, menus are hidden inside vintage books and Alice In Wonderland quotes adorn the crockery.

Embrace the fantasy world of the Mad Hatter and his eclectic selection of treats, accompanied by champagne and ‘grow me, shrink me, bring me back’ fruit-based potions. Themed treats, including white rabbit carrot and plant pot with chocolate carrot, chocolate soil and passion fruit mousse; and blueberry and hazelnut caterpillar éclair with cotton candy legs. Alongside, the warm scones, clotted cream, and fruit preserves are perfectly paired with Alice-inspired tea infusions.

Where: 50 Berners St, London W1T 3NG

Afternoon Tea at Strand Palace

Celebrate in style with Strand Palace’s sumptuous afternoon tea inspired by Peacock Theatre performances. Kick off Act I with a selection of savouries, including ‘Samba Sambal’, grilled chicken with sambal oelek mayo, mango, lime and coriander; and ‘Stagehands’ sausage roll’ with a red onion marmalade. 

Act II features a ‘tutu tartlet’, a white chocolate ganache with a flutter of raspberry and rose mousse; ‘curtain call’, a red velvet cake with mascarpone mousseline draped with milk chocolate; and a ‘dress rehearsal’ sticky toffee pudding with dulce de leche cremeux and pistachio crumb. 

Where: 372 Strand, London WC2R 0JE 

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

The perfect afternoon tea for those with a sweet tooth, One Aldwych’s afternoon tea is a nod to Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Fabulous fluffy floss, ‘hair toffee’ mousse, scones with ‘snozzberry’ jam, and a caramel chocolate milkshake (mixed by waterfall) are just some of the scrumptious sweet treats you can expect to tuck into.

There’s hot chocolate with whipped cream, fudge pieces and sprinkles for the kids, while adults will appreciate fizzy-lifting drinks like The Chocolatier, made with whisky, cherry liqueur, grapefruit juice, cherry purée and chocolate bitters, topped with Champagne.

Where: 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

The Westin London City Afternoon Tea

For those who appreciate an afternoon tea with a twist, you can’t go wrong with The Westin London City’s assortment of finger sandwiches, pastries, and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves. Of course, no afternoon tea experience would be complete without a touch of sparkle, so opt for a glass of Taittinger Champagne to add a luxurious twist to your tea.

Where: 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3AD 

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