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When in London, afternoon tea is usually at the top of most people’s bucket lists – for good reason too. Who wouldn’t like an afternoon indulging in endless sandwiches, warm scones & indulgent cakes. Its a brilliant British tradition dating all the way back to the nineteenth century and is still going strong in London today.
There are a lot of places in London for afternoon tea and it can be a bit difficult knowing which ones to go for. After many an afternoon tea, I wanted to give you my picks of what I consider the best afternoon teas in London taking into account the price, the atmosphere and the overall experience. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Once you’ve picked out your place for your next afternoon tea, make sure you check out my blog on Afternoon Tea Etiquette in London to answer all of your afternoon tea questions!
Here are London’s best afternoon teas.
The Savoy is a 5* star hotel in the heart of London. Since it opened in 1889, it has been serving traditional Afternoon Tea in the hotels Thames Foyer complete with impressive glass domed atrium as the focal point. Created by executive pastry chef Daniel Pearse , dainty finger sandwiches, homemade scones and deliciously creative pastries are served with a choice of over 30 teas. The wonderful atmosphere at The Savoy is further enhanced with classical tones from a pianist to make your afternoon that little bit more special. Many famous guests including Judy Garland and Lawrence Olivier have frequented The Savoy Hotel. Prices range from £75 for two for Afternoon Tea and can rise to £138 for a Champagne Afternoon Tea.
Located at 150 Piccadilly, The Ritz has a big reputation. It opened in 1906 and has been frequented by many glittering Hollywood stars and famous faces across the years. It is known for its quintessentially British Afternoon Tea served in the extravagant surroundings of the Palm Court with marble pillars, Grecian urns and birdcage chandeliers. The Ritz was given the royal seal of approval and was awarded with a Royal Warrant for banqueting and catering. It is the first and only hotel in London to have one. With crustless fingerless sandwiches, clotted cream and jam scones, and meticulously decorated patisserie you can be sure afternoon tea here will be glitz at The Ritz! Prices start at £99 for two, with additional costs for a champagne Afternoon Tea.
Nestled in Brooke Street, Mayfair, Claridge’s is a magnet for all Afternoon Tea aficionados and it is known as an art deco icon of the city with timeless elegance. At their 5* London establishment, afternoon tea consists of speciality finger sandwiches paired with seasonal fruit pastries & scones served on Claridge’s fine bone china. If you consider yourself a tea connoisseur, Claridge’s has their own refreshingly complex blend for you to try. Prices range from £79 for one or £158 for two.
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, opened by, and named in honour of her Majesty the Queen in 2012 can be found on the 4th Floor of Fortnum & Mason department store, at 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London. Exiting the elevator you will be greeted and taken through to the luxurious Edwardian style salon decorated in their signature duck egg blue colour scheme for an afternoon of savoury delights and sweet treats. You’ll never leave Fortnum and Mason on an empty stomach with their promise to replenish your favourite sandwiches so your only dilemma is making sure you leave enough room for the sweeter platters too. No visit to Fortum & Mason is complete without bit of retail therapy afterwards at one of their six shopping floors. Prices start at around £75 for two.
Four minutes from Oxford Circus Tube station, Sketch townhouse covers two expansive floors on Conduit Street in Mayfair. Transformed into a cocktail lounge in the evenings, the Gallery at Sketch is a day time host to traditional Afternoon Tea in a not so traditional setting. Think diverse artwork, plush pink seating and the most unusual toilets you’ll ever see! Combining their culinary expertise, whilst showcasing the best in modern artistic talent, this Michelin star-awarded venue is an art in itself. The average price is £61.25 per person.
Dating from 1899, the Landmark hotel, located near Marylebone train station, was the last of the great Victorian railway hotels, and for over a century they’ve been perfecting their traditional Afternoon Tea. Served beneath tall palm trees in the magnificent glass roofed Winter Garden atrium, afternoon tea at the Landmark oozes sophistication and tranquillity. The prices here are approximately £52 per person with champagne afternoon tea starting at £62.
The Wolseley, based in Piccadilly, dates back to 1921. Having been home to a car showroom and a bank, throughout the years, renovation work has been carefully undertaken to preserve the magnificent art deco interior and it was only in 2003 that it became a restaurant. Situated next door to the famous Ritz Hotel, the welcome at the Wolseley is approachable, family friendly and surprisingly affordable will still being super luxurious. Prices start at £29.75 for Afternoon Tea which consists of all your favourites of sandwiches, jam and cream scones, and a tasty selection of cakes and pastries. You can also have a ‘cream tea’ at The Wolseley which consists of just scones and tea and is a more affordable alternative to afternoon tea at just £12.75.
If you’re looking for an unique Afternoon Tea then the Oblix restaurant, situated on the 32nd floor of the world-famous Shard will definitely give you a special Afternoon Tea experiences with stunning views overlooking the London Skyline, including Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf. In stylishly decorated surroundings, you can relax and self-indulge in the finest finger sandwiches, creamy jam scones and a delicious variety of pastries. The Shard is up there with some of the most exclusive and breath taking dining in London. Prices start at £45 per person and rise to about £131.
The afternoon tea at Townhouse Kensington will give you the quintessentially British experience that you’ll want when here in London. The afternoon tea takes inspiration from London’s most recognisable and historic landmarks like Big Ben, The Shard and The London Eye, mixed in with classic sandwiches and warm scones. Perfect for anyone who wants a real London experience.
The Lanesborough is 5* luxury hotel with 93 luxurious suites and bedrooms and Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant. Created by their talented and passionate pastry team, afternoon tea is served daily in either in the majestic surroundings of the hotel. The Lanesborough is currently home to the ‘Peggy Porschen’ afternoon tea, in collaboration with London’s prettiest and most famous bakery, Peggy Porschen.
I hope you enjoyed London’s Best Afternoon Teas.