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

From classic teas fit for the Queen to special twists like Aqua Shard’s Peter Pan inspired experience, there are plenty to choose from. We’ve rounded up our favourites below…

TĪNG, Shangri-La The Shard, London

Go big or go home, that’s TING’s motto this Platinum Jubilee. They’ve introduced the ‘Skyline Jubilee Afternoon Tea’, featuring an extraordinary miniature chocolate and raspberry Shard building for two to share – and it’s certainly striking. 

Served alongside Burford Brown egg mayo and cress sandwiches; Mary rose, caviar and almond tart with marinated courgette and basil; as well as sweet treats of ‘The Pearl of the Queen’, a pearlescent tonka, vanilla and strawberry gateaux. 

Get your phones at the ready as you’ll want to snap an Insta story of this one.

Level 35 Shangri-La The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU 

www.ting-shangri-la.com

Petersham Nurseries

If it’s floral upon floral you’re after, Petersham Nurseries is the perfect place to bask in the beauty of nature while tucking into afternoon tea. 

Hidden inside their Richmond branch, you’ll find them serving up an afternoon tea that celebrates the best seasonal ingredients. Set to a backdrop of blooming bushes and greenery, the garden afternoon tea menu comes with the likes of smoked trout and watercress, tzatziki on crostini; black Iberico tomatoes, three-cornered leeks and mozzarella bruschetta; coffee & chocolate tartlet with caramelised hazelnuts; and pecan tart with creme fraiche.

Afternoon tea that celebrates the best seasonal ingredients...

Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB 

www.petershamnurseries.com

The Franklin London

See the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland come to life this summer at The Franklin London and their new themed tea, nodding to Lewis Carroll’s curious tale.

Drawing inspiration from the recent Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum, the afternoon tea will take its visitors on a culinary journey through the tastes, sounds and colours associated with the tale.

Join the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter’s tea party and delight in dishes inspired by the fictional themes and characters. The menu begins with a savoury sandwich course, including a crab bun filled with crab salad, soy mayo, avocado, cucumber and lime, and a beetroot pita stuffed with burrata cheese and bresaola – a nod to The Franklin’s Italian hospitality heritage.

Sweet treats continue with a brownie hat, a chocolate top hat filled with pecan sablé, kataifi pastry, brownie sponge and soft pecan cream; a Heart Cake red velvet sponge with vanilla buttercream and raspberry compote; and a Carrot Caramel Cupcake filled with orange sablé, caramel mousse and meringue, decorated with a white rabbit and a caterpillar. Scones will complete the tea, with a blueberry scone topped with berry meringue resembling a mushroom. How quaint.

24 Egerton Gardens, SW3 2DB 

www.collezione.starhotels.com

Prêt-à-Portea

If you haven’t already, you need to try London’s most iconic afternoon tea. The Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley is a favourite amongst the fashion set, with each season taking on a new iteration inspired by one of the world’s greatest fashion icons, from Anna Wintour to Stella McCartney. 

This season’s collection opens with Oscar de la Renta, a striking orange gown crafted out of apricot bavarois, salted Manuka honey and apricot ganache topped with a meringue frill; and a handbag from Michael Kors created as a Victoria sponge with fresh strawberry jam, wrapped in an Opalys chocolate cylinder and flowers piped with lime butter cream. 

For the Platinum Jubilee, there’ll be boasting a royal inspired afternoon tea, including fashion-inspired delicacies, seasonal treats and a flute of Champagne.

Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL

www.the-berkeley.co.uk

100 Queen’s Gate

Be charmed by the colourful nature of 100 Queen’s Gate’s elegant afternoon tea and setting.

Set in the stunning Botancia, enjoy sandwiches of oak smoked salmon with creamy horseradish; sea salt caramel cheesecake; apple and wild berry tartlet; and of course freshly baked classic and sultana scones.

100 Queens’ Gate, Kensington, SW7 5AG

www.100queensgate.com

The Kensington

Remember why you left your hometown and fell in love with the capital at The Kensington. The afternoon tea is inspired by London’s most iconic landmarks, taking guests on a tour of the architecture and famed structures. 

Presented on a London Eye-inspired tea stand, tuck into sandwiches of Campbells & Company smoked salmon with lovage pesto and cream cheese; and a steak & London ale pie, before heading onto the landmark puds. Think a Gherkin creation made with white chocolate and dark chocolate ganache; The Shard made from carrot cake and milk chocolate; and a red telephone box complete with rhubarb mousse.

109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LP 

www.doylecollection.com

The Game Bird, The Stafford

Ready for a journey? The Game Bird’s afternoon tea will take you on a trip around historic St James’s and its secluded streets. Each sandwich, homemade sweet and scone is accompanied by dainty cakes and pastries inspired by some of St James’s oldest boutiques – think Lock & Co, Floris, James J. Fox, Henry Poole & Co and Foster & Son. 

Paired alongside a choice of tea from Camellia’s Tea House or a glass of bubbly to really go all out on celebrations, this is the perfect Mother’s Day spot.

16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ

www.thestaffordlondon.com

Lily Vanilli, The Lane

Add a touch of sparkle to your afternoon with Lily Vanilli’s Regency-inspired afternoon tea. The Instagram favourite and successful baker has crafted a menu that’s set to impress. 

Served in the Grand Saloon of Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the tea is complete with tiered cakes piped to perfection, savoury bites and Champagne served in abundance.

 

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The Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JF

www.thelane.co.uk

St Pancras by Searcys

Planning a trip on the Eurostar? Before you head off or on your way back, stop by St Pancras by Searcys to sample their afternoon tea to complete the trip. Their tea is completely unique – you’ll find it packed inside a cute little suitcase! 

Expect to find treats such as Passion fruit éclair, Chocolate and citrus tart and Pistachio cherry slice, 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 Veuve Clicquot, with the option to upgrade to a limitless pour.

Or, if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate the Jubilee weekend, look to Searcys’ special afternoon tea. Served at Searcys at the Gherkin, 116 Pall Mall, St Pancras Brasserie by Searcys, The Pump Room in Bath and The Orangery at Blenheim Palace, it’s filled with all of the Queen’s favourites and more.

ST PANCRAS INTERNATIONAL, LONDON N1C 4QL

www.stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk

The Athenaeum

If you’ve been vegan for years or are a total newbie to the lifestyle, The Athenaeum’s vegan afternoon tea will be guaranteed to go down a treat with its selection of delicious plant-based sandwiches, cakes and scones. With a fresh menu showcasing the likes of an indulgent blueberry and banana cake, a moreish dark chocolate crémeux and a mouth-watering strawberry chocolate cup.

116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ

www.athenaeumhotel.com

Home House

Home House’s talented team has put together an afternoon tea to remember. Think rhubarb and white chocolate eclairs; coconut and passion fruit Batterburg; and jaffa cake inspired cigars. Add a glass of Möet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne to your order and you won’t be able to fault it.

20 Portman Square, W1H 6LW 

www.homehouse.co.uk

The Rubens at the Palace hotel

Dine like the Queen this spring and book in for The Rubens at the Palace Hotel’s mouthwatering Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea special. It features pastries heavily influenced by the House of Windsor, from cucumber and lemon creme fraiche on Norfolk crunch to The Crown, white chocolate and coconut mousse with orange chocolate brownie. 

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. Delicious vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free alternatives are available.

39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS

www.rubenshotel.com

Hotel Café Royal

Served in Hotel Cafe Royal’s stunning Oscar Wilde Lounge will be their Vincent Van Gogh inspired afternoon tea. The hotel’s Head Pastry Chef, Michael Kwan, has meticulously crafted each item to draw inspiration from Van Gogh’s iconic paintings, from his Sunflowers through to Two Crabs, following a private viewing of the show

Guests are invited to start with sumptuous sandwiches of crab and dill planted onto lemon bread, nodding to Van Gogh’s 1887 painting, Two Crabs, before munching through light-as-air scones.

For sweet treats, there’s the Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, a sunflower seed praline and salted caramel; The Starry Night, a pink grapefruit compost with orange marmalade; and a pecan crunchy, coffee mousse with taro sponge, drawing on the Van Gogh Self-Portrait, that’s served on its very own easel. Vegan, gluten free and halal options are all available too, so there’s something for every Van Gogh fan. Paint up the night and opt for the Champagne option to really level up the experience.

68 REGENT STREET, SOHO, W1B 4DY

www.hotelcaferoyal.com

Corinthia London

With its Baccarat crystal chandelier, piano melodies and Richard Brendon hand-painted china, you’d struggle to find a prettier afternoon tea setting than Corinthia London. 

This spring, guests have the chance to enjoy an exquisite floral themed afternoon tea. Expect pops of colour and blooms around every corner…

Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD

www.corinthia.com

Andaz London Liverpool Street

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

Tuck into the likes of beetroot brioche and smoked salmon with avocado puree; mozzarella chapati with heritage tomato and pesto; buttermilk scones with jam and clotted cream; and mango and passion fruit cheesecake.

40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN

www.hyatt.com

Drake & Morgan

Mix things up and opt for a G&T afternoon tea, complete with a mouth watering spread. Think mini fish and chips; Brick Lane salt beef bagels; scones with jam and cream; and plenty of G&Ts to go around or a warming gin hot chocolate. 

Available at any Drake & Morgan venue across the city, including The Folly, The Happenstance and The Fable.

Any Drake & Morgan Venue 

www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk

Barnett Hill

Make memories with loved ones this spring and book in for afternoon tea in the countryside. Barnett Hill in the Surrey Hills invites you to indulge in their special Champagne afternoon tea. 

Expect the likes of homemade mini sausage rolls; aged cheddar quiche; white chocolate blondie slices; summer berry tarts; and choux bun with pastry cream – yum.

Blackheath Lane, Guildford, GU5 0RF

www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

Aqua Shard

Let yourself unlock your inner child and journey to Neverland with Aqua Shard’s Peter Pan inspired afternoon tea. Created in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the experience will see you enjoying sandwiches, scones, treats and beverages all that hint to the children’s classic tale. 

Each part has been carefully chosen and named after the colourful characters in the story, from ‘The Lostboys’ roasted chicken, crispy bacon, mayonnaise and mustard sandwiches to the ‘Tinker-Bell’ sweet pastry biscuit that’s topped with white icing and gold fairy dust.

For those wanting to add an alcoholic element to the experience, try one of the two cocktails on offer. The ‘Fairy Dust’, made up of mint and cucumber Ketel One, apple liqueur, ginger switchel, Kaffir lime leaf powder, Absinthe and gold fairy dust, is simply delicious.

 

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Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY 

www.aquashard.co.uk

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Fortnum & Mason

The perfect venue for any special occasion or celebration, Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon has been serving up the timeless tradition of afternoon tea since 2012 – and has become a firm favourite with just about everyone. 

They offer something for everyone, from savoury iterations and high tea to vegetarian and made without gluten options.

Expect delicate sandwiches, freshly baked scones topped with your favourite cream and preserves and endless options for sweets.

Fourth Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1A 1ER

www.fortnumandmason.com

Holy Carrot

Plant-based restaurant Holy Carrot is showing us how afternoon tea is done with their vegan iteration. Focusing on ethically sourced and seasonal produce, the afternoon tea has been created by head chef Elena Savchuck with Ameila Windsor to create an offering that’s truly unique.

Tuck into the likes of crostini with ‘crab’ salad and lemon miso aioli; raw avocado on toast with radish; smoked ‘salmon’ carrot sandwich, cucumber and cream cheese; and sweets of choco cheesecake lollipop; mini lemon tart with vegan Italian meringue; and scones. 

Urban Retreat, 2-4 Hands Crescent, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0LH 

www.holycarrot.co.uk

Pan Pacific London

Inspired by its neighbouring Tower of London’s floral Jubilee display, Pan Pacific London has unveiled an afternoon tea celebrating the monumental occasion. 

Created by executive pastry chef Cherish Finden, the afternoon tea is housed inside The Orchid Lounge’s signature birdcage, and will feature everything from Coronation chicken on harissa bread to Corgi dog shortbread… 

80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB 

www.panpacific.com

Claridge’s

Is there anywhere that’s going to impress Ma more than afternoon tea at Claridge’s? Built on tradition, their afternoon tea menu brings to life classic British ingredients such as poached Scottish salmon. 

Not forgetting their perfectly executed pastries either. Their menu is regularly changing with the season but expect small sweets similar to rhubarb crumble tart; Milk chocolate and passion fruit Saint-Honoré; grapefruit macaron; and finger opera with coffee and dark chocolate.

BROOK STREET, MAYFAIR, W1K 4HR

WWW.CLARIDGES.CO.UK

The Milestone Hotel and Residences

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.

Inspired by ‘The Crown’, they’ve just launched a new royal afternoon tea. Served in Cheneston’s Restaurant, the Park Lounge or the Conservatory, this exceptional experience is a true royal indulgence – discover a delicious array of delicate finger sandwiches, accompanied by warm freshly baked scones piled high with Devonshire clotted cream and home-made 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.

1-3 Kensington Court, W8 5DL

www.milestonehotel.com

The Ritz

Go all out this spring and book in for one of London’s most iconic experiences at The Ritz. Sit down and enjoy over 18 different loose-leaf tea options before making your way through the finely cut sandwiches, scones with Cornish clotted cream and pretty pastries and teacakes. 

Located in the hotel’s former Ballroom, it’s London’s most charming afternoon tea experience.

150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR

www.theritzlondon.com

 

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116 Pall Mall

For a royally memorable afternoon, book in for 116 Pall Mall’s Jubilee tea. Celebrating the occasion in true style, expect a selection of Her Majesty’s favourites from beetroot cured salmon and Coronation chicken rillette with rye tuile to Searcys’ signature Victoria sponge and a Union Jack inspired Battenberg.

116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED

www.116pallmall.com

11 Cadogan Gardens

From traditional finger sandwiches to freshly baked scones and sweet treats, you’ll find exactly what you want – and love – from an afternoon tea at 11 Cadogan Gardens. Set around the open fire, look forward to the likes of coronation chicken rolls; strawberry and basil pavlova; and lemon and raspberry tart. 

11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, SW3 2RJ

www.11cadogangardens.com

South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Her Majesty’s favourite: afternoon tea! Book in and delight on the likes of finger sandwiches filled with chicken, roquette and black truffle; Cornish crab roll; and duck egg and Dorset watercress, as well as sweets of English strawberry Eton mess; triple chocolate profiterole; and raspberry Bakewell ‘sandwich’. Yum!

3 South Place, EC2M 2AF

www.southplacehotel.com

Great Fosters

From delicate bavarois to moreish eclairs, expect a changing array of fancies on offer at Great Fosters. The charming Tudor estate can be found near Windsor in Surrey and is set in 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. 

The perfect countryside spot to explore for the afternoon or even a few days, they’ll be serving  their afternoon tea in their gardens, overlooking the Saxon moat and pretty Japanese bridge draped in wisteria. 

Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR

www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

The Montague on the Gardens

Mixing up the typical afternoon tea offering is The Montague on the Gardens. This spring you’ll find them serving up an afternoon tea served alongside a live jazz performance from Big Mart and The Montague’s jazz trio. 

Expect all of your usual finger-sized sandwiches, warm scones and sweet treats, paired to jazz beats. 

15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ

www.montaguehotel.com

Park Chinois

Swaying a little different from the norm, Park Chinois offers a delicious dim sum afternoon soiree. Served alongside their legendary immersive performances, the menu has been created by Executive Chef Lee Che Liang and is made up of dim sum; stir-fried wagyu bavette with black pepper sauce; stir-fried black cod with sha cha sauce; and a seasonal dessert chosen by the pastry chef. 

17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA

www.parkchinois.com

Manetta’s

Escape the bustling streets of London’s most exclusive neighbourhood and step inside for a sophisticated and decadent Cream Tea. Enjoy an assortment of freshly baked patisseries and fragrant tea blends from East India Tea Company alongside your choice of one of three refreshing and botanical gin tipples, including Whitley Neill Raspberry Gin, Salcombe Gin Rosé and Nicholson London Dry Gin.

7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, W1J 7BH 

www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

The Library

Taking you on a whistlestop tour of London is The Library’s afternoon offering 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 the Big Ben, a lemon curd and raspberry cake served on a burry shortbread in the shape of a bell. 

In June, to celebrate the Jubilee, all visitors named Elizabeth will enjoy a Big Ben afternoon tea for free – tell all your Lizzy pals!

London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB 

www.thelibraryatcountyhall.com

Bbar

With 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 and special Afternoon Tea with delicious mini bunny chows, Amarula scones and flavoured Rooibos tea – truly the flavours of South Africa.

43 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PP 

www.bbarlondon.com


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