Afternoon tea used to be the domain of upper class women in fancy jackets and pearl necklaces, but the world has moved on and now this British tradition is enjoyed by all. One thing that has pretty much stayed the same however, is that afternoon tea tends to be a bit…well, girly. Fear not though male tea-drinkers, as The Handbook has compiled a guide to 6 Of The Best Gentleman’s Afternoon Teas In London…check it out below!
Savour the savoury
Afternoon teas are usually full of sweet treats, but we men prefer more savoury tastes, like meat and ale, in between all the grunting and banging on our chests of course. The Athenaeum’s afternoon tea for men is specifically tailored to appeal to our savoury taste buds, with treats including wild boar sausage rolls, mini steak and ale pies and cheddar and bacon scones. All this is washed down with a drink of your choice from the whisky menu. Of course, actual tea is served too, alongside sticky toffee pudding and homemade whisky truffles.
Where: 116 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ
Cricket and Cream
This one is for the more refined gentlemen among us (as well as the cricket fans, obvs) You have to adhere to a classy dress code at this tea spot, so expect to don a formal jacket and tie, but you also get to enjoy a tasty spread of scones, jam and clotted cream as well as other traditional afternoon tea delights in the Long Room, which overlooks the outfield. PS: you also get a guided tour of the Pavilion and MCC Museum included, so this afternoon tea will definitely bowl you over (sorry).
Where: St John's Wood, London, NW8 8QN
A setting fit for a gent
Any gentleman’s tea needs a sharp and sophisticated setting. The Reform Social and Grill at the Mandeville provides just that with leather booths, dark wood furniture and a menu of whisky cocktails, steak and snail sandwiches, alongside honey and mustard sausage rolls, this afternoon tea is perfect for any elegant modern man.
Where: Mandeville Place, London, W1U 2BE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
A rock star teatime
Keeping in line with its rock star image, Sanctum Soho’s Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea 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)
If you’re a real man who’s a fan of real ale (see what we did there?) then why not try out ‘Crafternoon Tea’ at Whyte and Brown. Here, you can enjoy a selection of craft beers and ciders, as well as open sandwiches and sweet treats, such as scones. It doesn’t really get more manly (or hipster) than craft beer, so this one is sure to tick all your alpha male boxes.
Where: Whyte & Brown, Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW