If you want to experience something special – check out the 10 best afternoon teas in London attractions:
Brown’s Hotel’s Tea-Tox
Beautiful original wood panelling and ornamented by an antique marble fireplace, the English Tea Room at Brown’s, where Queen Victoria used to take her tea, offers the food fitness drink craze of the moment – Brown’s ‘TeaTox’.
Afternoon tea has been served at the Ritz since 1906. Everything is served with precision in the hotel’s ornate Palm Court; the tea includes the requisite finger sandwiches with smoked salmon, roast ham et al, alongside fresh raisin scones and cakes on a tiered cake stand.
Palm Court at the Langham
This is one of the most lavish options for afternoon tea in London. Despite the grandeur of the surroundings the service is very informal and child friendly; sandwiches cut in the shape of jigsaws and cookie monster macaroons.
The Gallery at Sketch
The Gallery restaurant is decorated throughout in the prettiest shades of pink and topped with a domed ceiling – thereby creating the illusion of dining inside a giant fondant fancy. Scalloped chairs and velvety-soft banquettes add to the tranquil setting.
Fortnum & Mason
During afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason, you will taught by your waiter how to smell, steep and sip tea the right way and provided with the chance to sample various blends of teas both popular and rare. Once this is done you can enjoy the high-quality finger sandwiches (coronation chicken, rare-breed hen’s mayonnaise with chives, smoked salmon).
One for lovers of Japanese food or those who would prefer not to eat too much. Sosharu’s Japanese afternoon tea provides an alternative to the predictable – expect instead of sandwiches you can choose tuna or salmon temaki – lovely fresh fish encased in a firm pillow of sushi rice, in turn wrapped in crunchy tracing-paper-thin seaweed.
Afternoon tea in Claridge’s
Tea here has been served for years in a supremely elegant setting; with a pianist/cellist duo whose harmonies blend so well with the warm chatter. Feast on sumptuous delicacies; cucumber (and organic chicken) sandwiches, scones to die for; perfectly formed pastries fusing the flavours of pears and walnuts, chocolate and crème brûlée.
Shangri-La at the Shard
On the 35th floor of the Shangri-La at the Shard hotel, you are welcomed with an unforgettable spectacle. Chinese saucers of chilled, delicate white tea are presented on a tray before you are offered a choice of menus – classic or South-East Asian – accompanied by more than 30 teas and three champagne options.
London Royal Tea; Hotel Café Royal
Guests are seated in the dazzling Oscar Wilde room – an opulent riot of gilded mirrors and ceiling frescos – at this five-star hotel. There is a strong sense of history, too, thanks to the smartly suited master of ceremonies who clears his throat every hour to regale the room with quotes and anecdotes. The food is opulent with refined delicacies.
Best boozy tea: Wyld Tea at Mondrian London
The Seventies-inspired Wyld afternoon tea, served in the Mondrian hotel’s it a pure delight! Creative drinks concocted by award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana and are served with four courses of sweet and savoury treats.