What do you need for a great Christmas afternoon tea? How about starting with mince pies, stollen, gingerbread men and turkey sandwiches? What about if you add in yule logs, Champagne and bottomless mulled wine? Then you’re on to a winner. London of course is the connoisseur of afternoon teas and when it comes to Christmas afternoon teas we have it sorted. So here are nine of the best to book now:
The Rubens at the Palace
London Victoria (0.2 miles)
What: Unlimited Mulled Wine
Why: Forget unlimited prosecco, at The Rubens it’s all about the bottomless mulled wine. To stop it all going to your head there’ll be roast turkey and cranberry mayonnaise sandwiches, chocolate chip scones, yule logs, lemon curd and poppy seed cupcakes, peach and white chocolate mousse, Queens jammy dodger biscuits and if you hadn’t had enough mulled wine then there are mulled wine macaroons.
1st December – 2nd January 2018
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill
Marble Arch (0.2 miles)
What: Classic Christmas Tea
Why: The Christmas tea at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill has everything you need for a classic festive tea: Welsh rarebit with port jelly; smoked salmon and dill cream cheese sandwiches with fresh pomegranate; roasted turkey with cranberry chutney and mini praline yule logs. Perfect.
Throughout December (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve)
Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, United Kingdom
Bulgari Hotel, London
Knightsbridge (0.2 miles)
What: The Classic Tea Updated
Why: Bulgari Hotel have revamped and update their Christmas tea so that this year after sandwiches and scones, you’ll be tucking into the likes of mini panettone, orange yule logs, mince pies and gingerbread macarons accompanied by R de Ruinart Champagne. Head there once you’ve shopped or window shopped your way through Knightsbridge.
From the 29th November to 3rd January
Where: Bulgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW, United Kingdom
Bond Street (0.5 miles)
What: First Festive Tea
Why: This is a big first for Jean-Georges at The Connaught…drum roll please… their first, festive afternoon tea! And as we know teas at The Connaught are brilliant, so we’re expecting big things. Taking centre stage will be a chocolate fondue which you can dunk your mini merry gingerbread men in. There’ll also be a black forest chocolate mousse with cherry jam, chestnut tart with blueberry jam and mulled wine jelly, an almond praline coconut rocher and to take home gourmet candy floss. As far as firsts go this is excellent.
Now until 1st January 2018
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL, United Kingdom
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
What: For the Little Ones
Why: Got some little ones to entertain but can’t face taking them to Winter Wonderland? We suggest a good run around in Hyde Park and then once they have got rid of some of their energy head for tea at The Rosebery Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Having teamed up with Harrods, the tea includes milk chocolate teddy bear lollipops, teddy cookies, milk chocolate and caramel Bertie cake and each child will get a Harrod’s teddy bear to keep!
Where: 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Villandry Great Portland Street
What: Short But Sweet
Why: Villandry’s Christmas afternoon tea is short but sweet, classic sandwiches: salmon, egg and cucumber; scones and then the likes of salted caramel macarons, mince pies and mandarin chocolate squares. With everything else we’re going to be eating in the next couple of months, this likely to actually be a good thing.
Available at both Villandry Great Portland Street and Villandry St James from 27th November from 22nd December
Where: Villandry, Great Portland Street, London, United Kingdom
Mews of Mayfair
Bond Street (0.3 miles)
What: A Feast
Why: Mews of Mayfair’s Christmas afternoon tea is a veritable feast. Start with pigs in blankets, roast turkey and cranberry brioche rolls and mini roast potatoes with gravy before starting on mince pies, mulled wine macaroons, chocolate clementine gateau and trifle. We suggest going after Christmas shopping, you won’t want to move after!
From the 27th November
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
London Hilton on Park Lane
Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
What: Winter Wonderland Tea
Why: Served in the Podium restaurant, London Hilton on Park Lane’s Christmas afternoon tea includes scones with praline chocolate spread, nutcracker biscuits, mandarin and chocolate yule logs, blackcurrant cheesecake and Oley’s chocolate cake. You can add in a glass of Pommery Champagne, and why wouldn’t you? It is Christmas after all.
4th December – 2nd January 2018
Where: 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE, United Kingdom
Holborn (0.3 miles)
What: The Scents of Christmas Penhaligon’s Afternoon Tea
Why: One of the best things about Christmas? The smells of cloves, cinnamon, mulled wine and oranges and this year The Savoy has partnered with Penhaligon’s to create an afternoon tea that highlights the scents of Christmas. After sandwiches you’ll have stollen and scones, mulled wine eclairs, winter cranberry pie with an Earl grey pastry, a festive Battenberg with orange marmalade and Christmas trees made from Granny smith jelly, brandy mousse and gingerbread cookies.
27th November – 1st January 2018
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London, United Kingdom
The Bingham Hotel
Richmond (0.6 miles)
What: Post Walk Tea
Why: Choose a chilly afternoon and then after a walk through Richmond Park, curl up at The Bingham and settle in for the rest of the afternoon with their Christmas tea. Sandwiches include brie with fig chutney and prawn and baby gem, follow this with mulled wine marshmallows, salted caramel macaroons, gingerbread cookies and chocolate and apricot Swiss rolls.
1st December – 2nd January 2018 (apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve)
Where: 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey, TW10 6UT, United Kingdom
Richmond (0.8 miles)
What: Boxing Day Sorted
Why: If you’re the sort of person who likes to get out and about on Boxing Day then we suggest you head to The Petersham. They will be serving their Christmas afternoon tea from 1pm -6pm, so plenty of time for you to lie in/walk off the turkey/have a family argument before you tuck into sandwiches, cranberry and lemon scones, Christmas cupcakes, lemon curd tarlets, traditional iced fruit cake and classic gingerbread.
1st December – 30th December (excluding Christmas Day but with extended hours on Boxing Day)
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
Hotel Cafe Royal
What: Hotel Café Royal Diptyque Afternoon Tea
Why: This festive season The Hotel Café Royal is teaming up with Diptyque the luxury goods company and together they are putting on a Christmas afternoon tea. Sandwiches such as Roast Norfolk bronze turkey, with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce will be on offer not to mention the sweet delicacies that the resident pastry chef Sarah Barber has created especially. Perhaps the Jasmine cake, or the hazelnut, caramel and chocolate cream pastry will tickle your fancy. Guests will also be gifted with their very own Diptyque candle to take away as a souvenir.
The Diptyque afternoon tea will be available at the Oscar Wilde bar from 2-5pm Monday and Tuesday and from 12-5pm, Wednesday – Sunday.
Where: 68 Regent Street, Soho, W1B 4DY
What: Tea with Candice
Why: The Dalloway terrace has been transformed once again for this winter season. The master florists at Wild at Heart have transformed the terrace into the perfect cosy winter escape; hide away under a canopy of frosted foliage and enjoy the Dalloway’s new Afternoon Tea. This year the terrace has collaborated with 2016’s GBBO winner Candice Brown. Candice loves nothing more than experimenting with traditional favourites, without compromising on taste. Snuggle up under a sheepskin rug and let your taste-buds do the talking.
Open now at 12-4pm, Monday – Sunday
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Royal Garden Hotel
High Street Kensington (0.4 miles)
What: Why see an Opera when you can eat an Opera (cake)
Why: The five star Royal Garden Hotel has comprised the most mouth watering menu for their Afternoon Tea. From their cookie and milk panna cotta, to the Baileys and chocolate choux bun; the mince pie macaroon and the red velvet and peppermint opera cake. At the very least I know you’re intrigued, at best you’re already on the phone booking in.
Opening from the 1st – 24th December, 2-5:30 Monday – Thursday, 1-5:30, Friday – Sunday
Where: 2-24 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 4PT, United Kingdom
What: Sitting Pretty In PInk
Why: If a traditional Afternoon Tea isn’t what you’re after perhaps indulging in the monochromatic pink restaurant of Sketch is more up your street. Enjoy this Christmassy treat surrounded by 239 pieces of David Shrigley’s art. There is also a children’s Afternoon Tea which comes with a complimentary Pat the Bear, he even has his own hand knitted alpaca wool booties, (jealous much?)
Open now until 31st December
Where: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
What: Tea with Emmeline
Why: This one promises a quintessentially British tea, so if you’re in charge of some out-of-town friends this may be the perfect choice for you. Executive Pastry Chef, Diana Sedlakova, has worked wonders to curate an Afternoon Tea that incorporates all the beloved, traditional Christmas flavours with her contemporary culinary techniques.
Open daily from 1:30 – 6pm
Where: 22-28 Broadway, SW1H 0BH
Lanes Of London
What: Not Any Old Lane
Why: Lanes of London the restaurant and bar, can be found in the middle of Mayfair; where, our little elves tell us, you can find an Afternoon Tea created especially for this Christmas season. Why not treat yourself to the likes of a Duck and Bacon finger sandwich with Wholegrain Mustard Mayo and Maple Syrup. Or, for those with a sweeter tooth, might we suggest the freshly baked scones, hot from the oven, and served with lashings of clotted cream and mulled plum jam.
Open through December from 12-5pm daily.
Where: 140 Park Lane, W1K 7AA