Indulging in afternoon tea is one of the quintessential things to do in the U.K. This social ritual is as much about gathering and catching up with friends as it is about making a statement about your status. While enjoy some fine tea, sandwiches and pastries along the way, of course!
Historically, high tea was a ritual enjoyed by the upper class echelons, where ladies dressed in their best outfits and gathered to put the world to rights. Nowadays, high tea can be enjoyed in casual eateries or at posh hotels and restaurants. From classic to quirky, in London, there is a tea time for everybody!
10 Seymour's Parlour, Zetter Townhouse
Seymour's Parlour is the quintessential spot to enjoy afternoon tea in London. Nestled in a classic Georgian townhouse near the busy Oxford Street, Seymour's offers traditional snacks in a unique atmosphere. The warm red and orange walls are adorned with fabulous portraits and quirky artwork.
Wooden tables and soft lighting allow for a cozy catchup. A traditional afternoon tea will set you back £35.50 (around $43), while tea with champagne goes for £45.50 per person. A favorite amongst locals, don't miss a visit to Seymour's on your next trip to London!
Claridge's Hotel is one of the poshest locations to stay (and dine) in the trendy Mayfair neighbourhood. Established in 1856, the hotel has been a favorite spot for the Royal family, celebrities and fashion designers.
Claridge's offers one of the fanciest afternoon teas in London. With fresh scones, pastries and Scottish smoked salmon on offer, the price of £70 per person (£80 with champagne) is steep, but worthwhile. Not only are you getting delicious food in a historic setting, Claridge's offers world class service. You will feel like royalty during your visit.
8 Mr. Fogg's Residence
Mr. Fogg's offer six unique locations in London, all with different décor and themes. Most locations offer warm, tavern-like accommodation. Mr. Fogg's House of Botanicals in Fitzrovia offers lush flora and fauna from all around the world. A step inside will transport you from the busy streets of London to a tropical retreat.
Weekend afternoon Tipsy Tea starts at £44 per person, and includes classic soft cheese and cucumber sandwiches, red velvet cupcakes, and chocolate caramel brownies. A resident pianist creates a warm atmosphere for a weekend treat.
7 The Savoy
You can't go to London without a trip to the iconic Savoy Hotel, a 5-star establishment nestled in the iconic Covent Garden neighborhood. Afternoon Tea is offered in the Thames Foyer, where £65 per person gets you a fine selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and homemade cakes.
JING brand teas are on offer here, a favorite choice amongst Michelin star chefs. Head chef Daniel Pearse has created a menu that is classic and visually appealing. Vegan and vegetarian options are also offered, making it an accessible spot for all dietary needs.
6 The Lyaness
A recipient of the Award of Excellence in 2018, The Lyaness is one of the best spots in London to get afternoon tea. Located on the banks of the River Thames, at the trendy Sea Containers hotel, Fancy Tea at Lyaness is sure to please.
For £58 per person, you can get a full range, offering unlimited tea, snacks and 4 cocktail pairings. A non-alcoholic version is also available for £38 per person. Their menu features unique treats like the upside down pineapple scone and the sunflower salt tea cake.
5 Jean-Georges At The Connaught
The Connaught hotel is one of the poshest establishments in London, with modest rates of £780 per night for a superior king room. Their afternoon tea at built-in restaurant Jean-Georges is a once in a lifetime dining experience.
For £75 per person, you are treated to a feast of cucumber sandwiches, orange blossom brioches, chocolate fondue shortbread, and a glass of champagne. Deluxe seating and fine linens paired with royal treatment makes this an absolute favorite spot for tea, for those with the cash to splash!
Farmacy in Notting Hill is a dream come true for those who believe that eating healthy foods can be medicinal and healing. This quirky spot has created a concept tea that includes delicious organic options, free of artificial and toxic ingredients.
With a mostly vegan offering, their afternoon tea menu includes spinach and mushroom quiche, apple pie, and chocolate and hazelnut CBD truffles. Their signature tea cocktail, the R&R, is a rose infusion with vanilla vodka, raspberries, and CBD oil. Can't skip this one!
3 The Berkeley
Located in the borough of Knightsbridge, The Berkeley is a 5-star hotel with themed afternoon tea on offer. This season's 'collection' is called Prêt-à-Portea: the Dior Couture Collection. The unique theme brings to life the creations of design guru, Christian Dior.
With purse-shaped biscuits and teas with hats, this afternoon tea is not to be missed. Standard afternoon tea is £60.00 per person, or £76.00 per person with a glass of champagne. A limited edition Wedgwood china collection is also available to purchase at the hotel during this special exhibition.
2 The Chesterfield Hotel, Mayfield
The Chesterfield is Mayfair's most iconic hotels. Having won the OpenTable Diners' Choice Award 2019 for their afternoon tea, your visit is sure to please. A favorite spot amongst locals, The Chesterfield has a great afternoon tea for children, which includes plenty of cookies and cakes, as well as a candy bar.
Adults pay £47.00 per person, which includes a glass of champagne, and children under 12 pay £21.50 per head. The reasonable cost and accommodating staff make this a guaranteed great time.
1 Mad Hatter's Tea At The Sanderson
Mad Hatter's Afternoon tea at The Sanderson is a lovely homage to Lewis Caroll. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, their creative director has done a fantastic job bringing fantasy into reality.
Step inside a virtual garden, with flower walls and plants a-plenty. With black and white checkered napkins, heart shaped cookies, and 'Drink Me' jars filled with fruit cocktail, every tiny detail is taken care of. Afternoon tea is offered at £48 per adult, and £35 for children aged 4-11.