Afternoon tea is the height of Britishness. There is nothing better than clotted cream and fresh jam on homemade scones, cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and more cake than Mary Berry could handle. This week is National Afternoon Tea week, so naturally, we believe it is our duty to give the great people of London what they want – a guide to the best afternoon teas out there below…better loosen your belt!
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Mews of Mayfair's Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea Party
Was there ever a greater fictional afternoon tea than the one that was featured in Lewis Carroll’s classic ‘Alice in Wonderland?’ The answer you are looking for is no, and while Mews of Mayfair hasn’t yet perfected cakes that make you double in size, they have produced a pretty damn good recreation of the Mad Hatter’s Tea. Expect an incredible attention to detail and some fantastic food.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
Sense of Summer Afternoon Tea at Intercontinental Park Lane
The five-star InterContinental London Park Lane is well known for its afternoon teas, which have a menu that cleverly evolves with the seasons. At the moment, it’s got a summer theme (funnily enough) which combines perfumery expertise and culinary talent to create a sensory journey that celebrates the beauty of British summertime. Scents that will be evoked include freshly cut grass, jasmine, bergamot, rose and citrus…after this teatime treat, you’ll definitely be left smelling the roses!
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)
Gentleman's Afternoon Tea At Sanctum Soho
Coming in third on our list of 5 Of The Best Afternoon Teas is Sanctum Soho’s Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. Keeping in line with its rock star image, this is not one for the faint hearted. Featuring a line-up of red meat, carbs and saturated fats topped off with high-octane booze, this is not exactly your typical tea. If you can face it, you’ll make your way through oysters, rabbit pasties, huge steak sandwiches, burgers and miniature hotpots. Then if you’ve got any room left, there’s chocolate fudge cake and Jack Daniels ice cream to truly induce your afternoon food coma.
Where: 20 Warwick Street, Soho, London, W1B 5NF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.4 miles)
Afternoon Tea At The Villandry
If a traditional, classic afternoon tea is what you’re after, then the Villandry is the perfect place to nibble some scones. Offering a daily afternoon tea that features fresh breads, macarons, cupcakes and of course fresh scones with clotted cream. Plus, they offer a complimentary glass of champagne on Saturdays and Sundays…that’s our weekend sorted.
Where: 12 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Gin & Tonic Afternoon Tea At Le Meridien Piccadilly
If you fancy something a little stronger for your afternoon tea, then Le Meridien Piccadilly may have the answer. Here, you can enjoy dainty finger sandwiches with freshly made fillings, warm scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as French pastries, but served alongside gin instead of tea. You can choose from a selection of six fruit or herb-infused gins which are then combined with a home-made tonic syrup. Each of the gins has been carefully paired with fruits or herbs that complement its flavours by the hotel’s head mixologist, so you know you’re in for a good afternoon!
Where: 21 Piccadilly, London, England, W1J 0BH
Tailor Made Afternoon Tea At Scoff & Banter
If you’re a fan of scones, but not cucumber sandwiches, then the new tea rooms at Scoff & Banter Oxford Street are perfect for you, as they allow you to tailor make your own afternoon tea package, so you don’t end up with any teatime treats you don’t like! With innovative twists on British classics, such as lobster brandy soup and Seville Orange and Valhrona Chocolate scones, this is not a tea to be missed!
Where: Oxford Street, W1C 1BY
Mini Afternoon Tea at Reform Social & Grill
Afternoon Tea is not just for adults! Reform Social & Grill have created the Mini Afternoon Tea for younger members to start enjoying this very British tradition from an early age. The Reform Social & Grill Mini Afternoon Tea has been cleverly crafted to include an assortment of special children’s sweet and savoury favourites in their very own TeaTime lunchbox….so you can start training them for the debut into high society (what else would you be doing?)
Where: Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, London, W1U 2BE