Is there anything more quintessentially British than a pot of tea and delighting in sweet treats once the clock strikes 4pm?
Today marks the beginning of Afternoon Tea Week, running from the 10th until the 16th of August, so it felt like the perfect opportunity to explore the best tea offerings in London that have reopened especially.
From traditional tea offerings to twists on the classics, here are the thirteen best to explore this week and beyond.
Take in the rosy red interiors and tuck into The Coral Room’s glorious summer tea selection this Afternoon Tea Week.
Perhaps known best for the seriously stylish cocktail bar, The Coral Room also boasts cosy corners to enjoy sweet treats and savoury snacks. Book in for their afternoon tea and enjoy the likes of honey roast Yorkshire ham and Colman’s English mustard on wholemeal bread; classic English cucumber and dill cream cheese on pain de mie; buttermilk scones with Devonshire clotted cream and Scottish raspberry jam; and their quad of sweet pasties. Their summer strawberry and pistachio tart is delightful.
16-22 Great Russell, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NN
Enjoy the quintessentially British classic at the world’s most iconic hotel, The Ritz. Think freshly cut sandwiches, scones slathered with Cornish clotted cream and sweet strawberry preserve, and more pastries and teacakes than you’ll know what to do with.
Served inside the beautifully royal Palm Court, guests will have the option to choose from 18 different types of loose-leaf tea and to make the affair extra indulgent, add on a glass of Champagne.
150 Piccadilly, St. James’s W1J 9BR
If you’ve missed indulging in bite size sandwiches, tasty treats and endless tea, you’ll be ecstatic to know Fortnum & Mason have returned and they’ve got a special offer for you too.
Running until 31st August, Fortnum’s is offering tea lovers the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones over a spot of tea with two-for-one on their afternoon tea at their cafes, including their venue at The Royal Exchange.
Reconnect with loved ones over a spot of tea this afternoon tea week.
The Courtyard, The Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LR
The Prosecco will be popped when you book in for an afternoon tea experience at The Athenaeum this week. To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, the hotel is offering guests a complimentary glass of Prosecco with any afternoon tea booking.
Menu highlights include; smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese sarnies; chocolate and mint tart; and raspberry pavlova.
Offer available from 10th-16th August with any afternoon tea booking
116 Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 7BJ
Famed not only for its egg shaped loo, pink interiors and three Michelin stars, but also its quirky afternoon tea offering.
Head to The Gallery, an interiors lovers haven, and book in for a very special Afternoon Tea Week treat. From freshly cut sandwiches to hibiscus Battenberg, expect your usual afternoon tea classics with a few surprises thrown in.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2XG
Enjoy a slice of tradition when you tuck into The Connaught’s afternoon tea offerings. At Jeans-Georges at The Connaught, begin your adventure with a selection of exotic teas – or, a glass of champagne, if you want to add some sparkle to the afternoon – before delighting in finger sandwiches which combine both British and South East-Asian flavour combinations. All you need to do is look at the photo above to see just how great the offering is.
Carlos Place, Mayfair W1K 2AL
Book now, enjoy later. The Lanesborough and Peggy Porschen have teamed up to bring Londoners the prettiest and maybe the pinkest afternoon tea in the city, and it’s returning for another season come September.
Served in the Michelin-starred Celeste, with all of the beautifully pink and floral aesthetics of the famed bakery. While you might not be able to sample some of the flavours this week, you can book in to try some of the prettiest pastries and delicate, hand decorated sweet treats in less than a month.
You’ll even have the opportunity to opt for a slice of one of Peggy Porschen’s signature layer cakes, rolled out on the adorable cake trolley.
Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge SW1X 7TA
Helping you pair your British classic with views over London’s iconic buildings is Brigit’s Bakery, the afternoon tea bus tour service.
Jump on board the double decker, gaze out at the views over London and tuck into the British afternoon treats. Book in for one of their classic tea trips or go all out with one of their themed ventures. You won’t regret it.
DROP-OFF SCHEDULED ON BOOKING
If you’re after a truly charming afternoon tea experience, head on over to The Chesterfield Mayfair to try out their sweet shop tea extravaganza.
Inspired by the Original Hardy’s Sweetshop, the experience celebrates the joy of discovering old favourites and beloved childhood memories. It’s a great one to take the kids to too for a truly special sugary day out.
Guests can experience all of the sugary wonders as part of the EOTHO scheme too.
35 Charles Street, Mayfair W1J 5EB
Here to add a Japanese twist to the mix is Tokii, the all-day dining destination inside The Prince Akatoki. Order in your tea of choice or mix it up and pair your treats with a glass of sparkling sake, before tucking into delights such as brioche of seared tuna, avocado and wasabi dressing; chicken teriyaki bun; matcha and pistachio cake; and sansho peppercorn strawberry pavlova with passion fruit curd. Yum.
As if you needed further persuasion, the restaurant is also offering 25% off throughout August.
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch W1H 7FD
If you’re looking to switch up your usual English Breakfast for something sparkling, refreshing and non-alcoholic, head to the stylish five-star Sofitel St James Hotel for an unforgettable Afternoon Tea Week. Here guests can enjoy Saicho, a sparkling tea, alongside Sofitel’s French inspired afternoon tea.
Tucked inside the rose-filled Rose Lounge, you’ll be able to enjoy light bites, including pastrami, herb and pickles on rye bread; Clarence court egg mayonnaise and watercress sandwiches; and their signature canelé and pistachio Paris-Brest. Delicious.
6 Waterloo Place, St. James’s SW1Y 4AN
Don’t be late for this very important Alice in Wonderland inspired afternoon tea at Kona, the in-house restaurant at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences.
The tea draws inspiration from Alice’s Queen of Hearts and all of her bold, boisterous characteristics. From the chessboard platter it’s served on to the charming half painted roses on the mini Victorian red velvet cupcake, every ounce draws on from the classic tale.
St. James Court – A Taj Hotel, 54 Buckingham Gate SW1E 6AF
Enjoy your tea alfresco style courtesy of Great Fosters in Surrey. The countryside hotel, part of the Alexander Hotels collection, serves up firm afternoon tea favourites from delicate bavarois to moreish eclairs, plus freshly baked scones and finger-sized sandwiches.
Dine Monday to Wednesday throughout August and you can receive 50% off your meal (up to £10) as part of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme.
Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR