Get the scones at the ready, get that cream clotted, leave the teabag in the pot for just the right amount of time, de-crust the sarnies, aaaaaand relax! Afternoon tea lovers, this is your week. From Monday 12th, all the way through until Sunday 18th, Britain celebrates a week that puts the sweet to Glorious Twelfth’s savoury – it’s Afternoon Tea Week! And, in a bid to provide you with only the jammiest and best brewed, dear, we’ve rounded up the most scrumptious tea’s going.
Fill your boots, porcelain mugs and doggy bags, it’s time to par-tea!
Kimpton Fitzroy immerses its guests in a flora and fauna filled summer garden for their afternoon tea experience, named The Summer Rose Garden. Guests can sit amongst roses at the Palm Court and overlook Bloomsbury Square whilst whetting the whistle with Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
Exective Pastry Chef Thibault Marchand, recently named the winner of Channel Four’s ‘Bake Off: The Professionals’, has interwoven his admiration of French rose gardens and summer, to create a sensational menu of intricately crafted pastries to match the notes of the Champagne. The floral fancies, including flavours of peach and verbena petit gateau, come presented in a vibrant colour palette and make for some charming pictures!
Sandwiches such as roast chicken, grain mustard, rocket salad and smoked salmon with fennel, apple and trout roe will be the savoury to your sweet pastries, and all can be washed down with Champagne or a summer tipple from Kimpton Fitzroy’s Director of Bars, Sean Fennelly’s curated menu.
The Summer Rose Garden afternoon tea will be available until the end of September
Where: 1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE
Rustle up your afternoon tea with a historic traverse around St James’s secluded streets, as The Stafford London makes you put in the groundwork before you sink back in plush sofas and enjoy their sumptuous afternoon tea offering. With a chilled glass of Champagne from their extensive wine list in one hand, and a dainty finger sandwich in the other, the afternoon tea keeps it classic with sweet and savoury goodies included by some of St James’s oldest boutiques, from Lock & Co and Floris to Henry Poole & Co and Foster & Son. If cakes and pastries are your bag then this afternoon tea is right up your St James street…
Served between 12 – 7pm daily
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Love a deal? Especially when food is involved? The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane’s gorgeous Palm Court is celebrating afternoon tea week by offering 25% off the Lock & Co. Afternoon Tea, such cute-tea’s…
You’ll feast on fine and dandy sandwiches, freshly baked scones and finely crafted hat-shaped pastries, inspired by Lock & Co. Keeping it classic with tea selections, indulge your quintessential British side with fan-favourite blends.
Available Monday 12th – Sunday 18th August
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Are you finding yourself refreshing the Sussex Royal Insta page every other second? Does a picture of Archie Harrison fill you with joy? Are you constantly on the look out for a papped pic of Prince Phil? Then how about a luxurious afternoon tea, courtesy of the five star Athenaeum Hotel & Residences? The offering uses only the finest ingredients darling, some of which are produced by Royal Warrant holders who supply Her Majesty The Queen! So, if want to know what lovely Liz is munching on in the afternoon then now’s your chance to have a slice of the action.
The delightful tea includes the best of the best scones, lathered in Tiptree strawberry jam and lemon curd, plus a divine pastry selection that includes Valrhona chocolate and almond Opera cake, blood orange macarons and Manjari chocolate and salted caramel tart. To appease your savoury side, feast on light sandwiches brimming with Galvin cure smoked salmon, and Cumbrian beef & Coleman’s horseradish on onion bread.
Each afternoon tea includes a complimentary glass of Champagne during Afternoon Tea Week
Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
VIVI, a favourite amongst Love Island stars, keeps things classic amongst their colour popping surroundings with a beautiful, quintessentially British afternoon tea (plus candy floss… this is VIVI after all!) Retro delights line the menu, from blackberry macaroons and chocolate éclairs, to a wide variety of delicious British sandwiches. Whilst you eat, the restaurant allows for you to do your fair share of people watching, positioned above busy Oxford Street.
Where: 11 St Giles Square, London WC2H 8AP
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
Receive five star treatment courtesy of The Milestone Hotel when you head over for afternoon tea this August. There’s no doubt you’ll be feeling quintessentially British as you sip on a complimentary glass of fizz, Geisler Champagne Brut to be exact, before you tuck into their exceptional afternoon tea. We know we can’t wait to dive face first into a pile of their freshly baked scones!
Running until 31st August, book here.
Where: 1 Kensington Court, London W8 5DL, UK
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.4 miles)
What’s the tea? A drag night out, that’s what’s! The Perception at W London has launched a brand new glitter-filled afternoon tea inspired by the world of drag. Presented in a bright cosmetic case, What’s The Tea? is inviting you to unpack and explore its tiers with the option to tuck into a selection of edible cosmetics and bejewelled cakes or bite-size sandwiches fit for a queen. For the Afternoon Tea Week special you’ll enjoy bottomless Kiki cocktail with your afternoon tea too, ooh la la!
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Overlooking Buckingham Palace, it’s hardly surprising if you start feeling like a bit of a royal over at The Rubens Hotel. The fizz will be popped as you dive into the royal afternoon tea in the palace lounge throughout the month of August. Oh and don’t forget to snap a picture for your socials! If you tag @RubensHotel on social media, and show your post to one of their excellent waiting staff, you’ll receive a Penhaligon’s pampering gift too!
Running until 31st August. Book here
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
Perhaps one of the most spiffing places to enjoy an afternoon tea, Gillray’s submerges guests in the most exquisite views of London and a delightful British afternoon tea to boot! This Afternoon Tea Week, enjoy a free-flowing Gin & Tonic afternoon tea coupled with a cosy atmosphere. So snug in fact that one too many G&T’s could see you falling to sleep snuggled in amongst its luxury…
Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
The LaLiT has an utterly yummy afternoon tea on offer, that kicks things into action with its Indian twist. Baluchi’s High Chai afternoon tea does just what it says on the tin, rustling up tasty treats including chicken kathi rolls, Bombay bhel and Punjabi samosas with imli chutney, with desserts galore for those who await the final course throughout meals. You’ll find tantalising delights such as ankhatai – a buttery shortbread style biscuit – to dodha barfi – a sweet, fudgey delight. And, because no Indian feast is complete without a helping of mango, you can whet the palette with a refreshing mango lassi, or enjoy an authentic cup of masala chai tea. Mmm!
Available Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Where: 181 Tooley Street, London SE1 2JR, UK
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.4 miles)
We aren’t tea-sing you with this one! Don’t miss out on your chance to win an afternoon tea feast fit for a king over at Borough Market’s very own Roast. These guys not only like to dabble in the classic Sunday roast, but also serve up an afternoon tea extravaganza too. Think finger-licking sarnies, mountains of clotted cream and jam, and enough cakes to last you a week!
Every day between 12th – 18th August, the lovely team over at Roast will pick a table at random, and the winning table will get their afternoon tea complimentary. Free afternoon tea anyone?
Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.2 miles)
For a vegan alternative to the traditional afternoon tea, try Kalifornia Kitchen’s CBD high tea. You can tuck into everything from CBD lattes to banana cupcakes and madeleines, all infused with a splash of CBD. And, don’t worry, you won’t actually be leaving feeling high as a kite, CBD is a safe, non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, which also contains a whole lotta health benefits!
Where: 19 Percy Street, W1T 1DY
To celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week, The Montague on the Gardens is offering you the chance to enjoy their exquisite afternoon tea with a glass of Prosecco, and you’ll receive 25% off! Executive chef, Martin Halls, has designed an exquisite afternoon tea menu to reflect the changing seasons, using only the finest British ingredients on offer. So why not soak up the true English charm at this Georgian townhouse, and stuff yourself silly with their dreamy sarnies and cakes. We know where we’ll be heading…
Running until 31st August. Book here
Where: 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ
Nearest station: Russell Square (0.3 miles)
Enjoy a selection of traditional afternoon tea delicacies this National Afternoon Tea Week inside the Drawing Room at Flemings Mayfair Hotel. You’ll be surrounded with beautiful hand-painted wall panels by famous de Gournay, depicting early views of India, while you tuck into chicken, artichoke and truffle finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and delicate petit fours. And all at a discounted price, delish!
Where: Flemings Mayfair Hotel, Half Moon Street, London, W1J 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Fancy afternoon tea but don’t want to be stuck inside when the sun’s beaming outside? Well, ME London have you covered! At ME London, you can tuck into a beast of an afternoon tea on one of their two terraces. So whether you’re wanting to reside on their Mexican hacienda terrace, or channel your proper British side in their English botanical garden, with beautiful views of the city, pop down for an afternoon tea treat this National Afternoon Tea week!
Where: Strand, WC2R 1HA
Take a tea-leaf out of our book and head over to Hotel Cafe Royal to celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week. Here, at this luxury hotspot, you’ll be dining in royal afternoon tea style with a hefty 25% off per person! Think indulgent sarnies, scrumptious cakes, classic scones, and a choice of over 30 tea blends and infusions. It’s the queen of afternoon teas!
Where: 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)
Why not celebrate the 200th anniversary of Burlington Arcade at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane with their tasty afternoon tea specially dedicated to Burlington Arcade’s birthday. Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane’s head pastry chef, David Oliver, has created five bespoke cakes inspired by Burlington Arcade’s British charm and heritage. There’s even a delectable little cake modelled on Head Beadle Mark Lord, his dapper top hat and all!
Running until 31st December
Where: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7DR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)
The hugely animal friendly South Place Hotel doesn’t just provide doggy biscuits, but all sorts of lavish extras; from pet-friendly rooms to adorable, cosy cat beds! In fact, the five-star hotel urges you to bring any animal along, from dogs and cats to the more exotic and they can stay free with just a few considerations for other guests – yep, that’s right, yapping to a minimum Fido!
As well as the bucketloads of adorable extras provided for pets at South Place Hotel, this August they’re pulling out all of the canine stops, with a delightful afternoon tea in their Secret Garden, partnering with luxury handbag brand, Radley!
Woof, woof! You can book the Radley tea here!
Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Out with the best of British and in with the most non-traditional tea possible, Savage Garden doesn’t have a single finger sandwich or white tablecloth in sight. If all your afternoon tea dreams consist of sliders, tacos, dark chocolate spheres and ‘savage scones’ then, first of all you’re having some very strange dreams, and secondly you’ve come to the right place! Plus, in a nod to Afternoon Tea Week there’ll be commending bookings with a complimentary glass of Champers or a classic cocktail!
Where: 7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N 4AF
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0 miles)
It’s all about New York, New York at Balthazar this summer as they introduce an afternoon tea experience that’ll have you red, white and blue with greedy exhaustion after tucking in. If you’re sat, dumfounded, wondering “but why New York?” then know that Balthazar in fact opened its doors in 1997 in Manhattan’s Spring Street and so there really is reason behind the Big Apple-esque curation that we can’t wait to try!
Expect adorable finger sandwiches triumphing NYC flavours, such as a pastrami bun with egg, pickle and mustard; coronation chicken and apricot and cucumber, mint and homemade hummus. Next, you’ll move onto lip-smacking pastries that don groovy names reminiscent of New York. Highlights include the Spring Street, named after the signature recipe for Balthazar New York’s famous baked cheesecake, and the cookies ‘n’ cream tart with white chocolate cookie and coconut mousse.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an afternoon tea without a whiskey chaser or two! The team has put together a delightful tipple named The Yankie cocktail with Makers Mark, Boker’s Bitters, a sugar cube and Blanquette sparkling wine. Well, all of that has got our tummies positively rumbling!
The NY-Tea, as it is so aptly called, will be available from 3-5pm Monday to Saturday and 3-6.30pm Sunday.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
We believe there’s not much that’s more quintessentially British than delving into an afternoon tea at Blenheim Palace, which is why we’re overjoyed that they’re bringing a new one to their white-clothed tables! The Orangery by Searcys at Blenheim Palace has joined forces with world-renowned pastry chef, William Curley, creating bottle-popping flavours that partner exquisitely with the rest of the food on offer.
We’re talking whisking it back to the classics, with adorable finger sandwiches with fillings such as Searcys smoked salmon and Coronation chicken. And, teacakes including Pistachio, Amedei chocolate Sacher torte, Lemon and Earl Grey macarons and Black Forest tart. Plus, because no afternoon tea is complete without them, moreish scones will be available to scoff too!
As William Curley himself says: “The most rewarding part of my work is creating new chocolates and patisserie.” Well, William, we can’t wait to try them!
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: No station near here (0 miles)
Opulence and sexiness, two things that go hand in hand at this elaborately awesome restaurant. Sexy Fish has weaved its British and Japanese twists into its afternoon tea, to create quite the immersive foodie experience. To begin, you’ll shot back matcha, before journeying on to enjoy twists on traditional finger sandwiches including smoked salmon and pickled cucumber in a steamed bun, and a Thai chicken sandwich with puffed rice bread.
Continuing to colour outside of the lines, there will be sweets and cakes laced with a Japanese twists, from lemon and yuzu tart to Victoria cake with matcha and cherry. To finish, coffee. We’re kidding, this is Sexy Fish, it’ll be ice pralines!
Presented in style, you’ll be whipping out the cameras to snap the impressive fish tail and swirling tentacles that the treats pose on. Enjoy!
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Forget the quirky flavoured scones, the clotted cream with a hint of what the heck is that, and tea that comes from a corner of the earth you’ve never even heard of. Brown’s Hotel are stripping it back to basics this avo tea week and boy have they made us hungry.
You’ll prop yourself up in their English Tea Room, amongst original wood panelling, fire places, Jacobean detailed ceilings and stylish interiors, and you’ll devour a Traditional English Afternoon much like Queen Vic did, when she herself sat in the very same room and indulged! The offering wafts a rambunctious 17 teas under your nose, including Brown’s own blend. As well as the classics; finger sandwiches, pastries, fruit and plain scones oh and Ruinart Champagne, of course!
There’s no place better than Brown’s!
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Mariage Frères, the worlds largest purveyors of luxury teas, favoured by celebrities and French fashion houses, is offering their original tea-infused afternoon tea experience at their Covent Garden flagship on King Street.
Hidden inside a beautiful five-story Georgian Townhouse is a luxurious Salon de Thé, where you can select from over 1,000 different tea varieties and middle on sweet treats including warm baked Parisian fruit scones and tea-infused desserts such as Rouge in Love® – a red-tea candied strawberry with citrus whipped cream, vanilla shortboard and French meringue. Mmm!
Where: 38 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JS