7 Best Places to have Afternoon Tea in London

August 9, 2021Amy Hughes0

Afternoon Tea has been enjoyed by Brits since the 1840s. Originally created to satisfy hunger between lunch and dinner, the concept was later popularised by Queen Victoria. A traditional Tea is the icing on top of the cake during a trip to the UK. Here are some of the top destinations in London…



This is one of the most elegant Afternoon Teas London has to offer. The menu faithfully follows the traditional combination of sweet and savoury foods, complimented by a range of teas. With options ranging from a rich Oolong to the excitingly complex Claridge’s Blend, there is so much to explore when you sit down for tea. From £75pp. Insider info: A new Afternoon Tea season is coming soon – make sure you check out the new offering!


The Langham

Head to Palm Court for a modern spin on the British tradition. Created by Chef Michel Roux Jr and Executive Pastry Chef Andres Gravett, the menu is inspired by Britain’s favourite biscuits and baked tarts, reimagined with a modern and luxurious spin (£62pp). A children’s tea is also available: intriguing sandwiches, surprising sweet treats and fun drinks. Ideal for ages 12 years and under (£29.50pp).


Le Deli at Rouchbon

Teatime for Two is Rouchbon London’s offering with a French twist: sandwiches, fantastic french desserts, Rouchbon tea and (if you upgrade) a bottle of champagne Laurent Perrier brut. Dine-in from £59pp or takeaway and enjoy as a picnic from £37pp.


The Wolseley

For a truly traditional Cream Tea or a celebratory Champagne alternative, head over to Mayfair. Savour handmade Millefeuille, eclairs, macaroons, Battenberg and many more delicious treats from just £12.75pp. Available Tues-Fri 3pm-6.30pm and 3.30pm-6.30pm at weekends.


Oblix East at The Shard

Available Sat-Sun lunch, tuck into tea in the clouds. Choose from: Classic Afternoon Tea with soft drinks, coffee and tea (£45pp); Rose Afternoon Tea with bottomless rosé wine, selected cocktails, soft drinks, teas and coffees (£60pp); or Champagne Afternoon Tea with bottomless champagne, wines, selected cocktails, soft drinks, teas & coffees (£85pp).


The Rubens at the Palace
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Traditional Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. It doesn’t get much better than this. Smoked salmon sandwiches, scones and freshly made pastries and cake complete with vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free options.


Kensington Palace Pavilion

Surrounded by beautiful formal gardens in the grounds of Kensington Palace proudly stands The Kensington Palace Pavilion; a relaxed and elegant setting for afternoon tea. Enjoy sandwiches, orange-scented scones and teacakes washed down with your choice of sparkling wine, rosé or Pimms. Adults £34pp, children £16pp.


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