Enjoying afternoon tea is one of the most popular things to do in London. There are lots of different London afternoon teas, from traditional to contemporary options. For something a bit different, how about a London themed afternoon tea? Here are 20 of the most unique high teas in London.
London Themed Afternoon Tea
The tradition of high tea or afternoon tea was introduced by Anna Maria Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840. One of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, she was often hungry at 4 pm, as dinner was not served until late in the evening.
Experiencing what she called a “sinking feeling” in the afternoon, she requested a pot of tea with sandwiches. The Duchess started to invite friends round for tea, sandwiches and cakes and it soon became a popular pass time, adopted by Queen Victoria herself.
These days, you can indulge in all sorts of themed afternoon teas, with an artistic, literary or musical element. Most of these teas include traditional scones, served on bone china.
1. Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
Have you ever had tea on a bus before? Well now you can, thanks to the team at Bustronome.
Indulge in a gourmet afternoon tea while admiring some of London’s most famous tourist attractions. The bus tour takes you past St Paul’s Cathedral, along Tower Bridge and close to many other London landmarks.
Created by Head Chef Pascal Even, the standard of food is really high. Tuck into cheese and mushroom sandwiches with truffle oil, Egg Florentine with a spinach and mousseline sauce, Cecina beef and smoked salmon sandwiches.
Save room for delicious plain and raisin scones and sweet treats such as fondue au chocolat with mini Madeleines, macarons and lemon meringue pie. Enjoy your tea with a luxury hot chocolate, coffee, tea or champagne.
To find out more about the famous London sights along the route, use the digital pen provided to hover over specific attractions. You’ll then hear a recorded commentary giving you background information on the particular sight.
From £60 per person or £35 for children
Address: Bustronome London, 40B Coach Bay, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6PB, United Kingdom
2. Royal Afternoon Tea
Enjoy a regal afternoon tea at the Kona Restaurant in Taj 51 Suites & Residences. This is one of the most luxurious hotels in St James’s.
Miniature royal carriages and purple table runners set the scene for the tea party that is to come.
You can choose from a nice range of specialty teas or even coffee, hot chocolate or a soft drink for children. There’s a nice array of sandwiches on beetroot, carrot and white bread.
Taj 51 also has another other fun London tea: The Indian Jasmine, which is inspired by the wonders of India.
From £70 per person
Address: Taj 51 Suites & Residences, 54 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1E 6AF
3. Art Afternoon Tea
The stunning Mirror Room at Rosewood London is the setting for the Art Afternoon Tea. Awarded the Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards for the second year in a row, it is beautifully presented.
Inspired by the iconic artist, Vincent Van Gogh, this tea includes some tasty finger sandwiches and scones. The three desserts created by Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins are named after Van Gogh paintings: Almond Blossoms, Sunflowers and The Starry Night.
There’s also a children’s version of this afternoon tea. It comes complete with an artist’s palette and painter’s tubes filled with jam and lemon curd.
From £72 per person or £35 per child
Address: Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea
Kids and big kids will love the chocolate afternoon tea at One Aldwych. Willy Wonka would no doubt approve of the treats on offer at this Theatreland London hotel.
These include Loompaland lemon floss, banana and chocolate milkshake mixed by waterfall and many other imaginative creations. The Fizzy Lifting Drinks are the perfect accompaniment.
From £52 per person
Address: 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ
5. Children’s Afternoon Tea
Designed specifically for young minds, the Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books at The Langham is interactive. The first course is a selection of jigsaw sandwiches, while the desserts have a fun seaside theme.
Thanks to The Langham’s partnership with Daunt Books, children can also choose a book from a special library. The Langham was actually the first hotel to serve afternoon tea. It has been served in the elegant Palm Court since 1865.
The hotel scooped an award for Best Afternoon Tea Service 2018, with judges praising the wide selection of teas and the knowledgeable tea sommeliers.
The Langham pride themselves on using seasonal ingredients. That’s common in restaurants now but quite unusual for afternoon teas. They’ve also partnered with Liberty London so that anyone taking afternoon tea here before mid November can benefit from an in-store discount of 10% at Liberty London.
£29.50 per child, adult afternoon teas from £70
Address: The Langham, 1C Portland Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 1JA
6. Chocolate Afternoon Tea
Chocoholics will adore the new Chocolate Afternoon Tea at The Park Tower Knightsbridge. This delightful tea experience has been created by Executive Chef, Gaurav Puri together with the Chocolate Detective, Chantal Coady OBE.
Chantal is the founder of Rococo Chocolates and a sustainable chocolate expert. This is the first time that her cocoa has been available in afternoon tea form.
Guests will enjoy a lovely selection of savoury and sweet treats in the Knightsbridge Lounge. The tea parlour boasts an 18 foot teardrop glass chandelier and hand painted silk floral wallpaper. It’s definitely one of the most fun things to do in Knightsbridge. We particularly enjoyed the chocolate infused scones and the minted dark chocolate ganache.
From £39 per person or £49 with a glass of Champagne.
Address: The Park Tower Knightsbridge, 101 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RN
7. Doggy Afternoon Tea
Who says that afternoon tea should be just for humans? Canines will love the Doggy Afternoon Tea at The Egerton House Hotel, Knightsbridge. Paws for thought while your four legged friend tucks into beef and chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits and dog ice cream. Channel your dog’s inner James Bond with a dogtini – a homemade chicken consommé martini with turkey skewers.
This unique afternoon tea experience is served in doggy bowls displayed on a traditional high tea stand. There’s also a Prince and Princess Tea for children aged under 12, while adults will enjoy the Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea.
From £25 per pooch and £25 for a dogtini
Address: The Egerton House Hotel, 17-19 Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2BX
8. Mr Falstaff’s Afternoon Tea
You can tuck into a savoury afternoon tea at The Swan Bar & Restaurant on the Southbank. Part of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Swan has a fantastic location on the River Thames.
Mr Falstaff’s Afternoon Tea is served on a wooden platter and has lots of tasty treats. There’s a pulled Irish beef burger, heritage beetroot crisps, Gloucester Old Spot sausage roll, mini fish and chips, Welsh rarebit and a baked Stilton cheese scone. Finish with an Earl Grey macaron with tea infused chocolate ganache.
The platter is served with your choice of tea, or you can add on a tankard of Curious Brew lager or Pale Ale for a supplement.
From £34.50 per person
Address: Swan Bar & Restaurant, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT
9. Summer Afternoon Tea
At Town House at The Kensington, Summer itself is the star of the show. This themed afternoon tea features a selection of Rare Teas, sweets and savouries presented on a London Eye inspired tea stand.
Savour treats such as The Shard carrot cake, Big Ben lemon curd tart and a red phone box with rhubarb mousse. A gluten free version is also available. Pair this tea with English sparkling wine or a delicious cocktail.
From £45 per person
Address: The Kensington Hotel, 109 – 113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5LP
10. Selection Box Afternoon Tea
The Selection Box Afternoon Tea takes place in the Art Deco splendour of the Palm Court at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane.
Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries in a stunning ambiance. This is an imaginative take on Selection Box favourites including Dairy Milk Caramel, Flake, Orange Twirl and Cadbury Dairy Milk Whole Nut, and a truly British themed treat!
The Palm Court also offer The London Kid’s Afternoon Tea at £25 per child.
From £49 per person
Address: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BX
11. Peter Rabbit™Afternoon Tea 120th Birthday Edition
Celebrating 120 years of Peter Rabbit™, afternoon tea at The Terrace at the Dilly is a hit with both adults and children. Served on a garden inspired tea stand, it includes a lovely array of pastries such as the Flower-Pot Hideout, a chamomile mousse in an edible chocolate pot.
Rabbits and humans will love the Every Bunny’s Favourite carrot cake and The Red Delicious apple mousse with an apple compote centre, covered in chocolate. There is also a children’s version of this tea and a vegetarian version.
From £49 per person or £39 per child
Address: The Terrace at the Dilly, 21 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BH
12. Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Tea
One of the most famous London afternoon teas is Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley. This season they are paying tribute to designers including Fendi, Jacquemus, Jimmy Choo and Moschino.
This exquisite afternoon tea features key items from the designer collections, such as the Mahesa knee high boot by Jimmy Choo and the Le Micro Chiquito handbag by Jacquemus.
From £64 per person
Address: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
13. British Summer Afternoon Tea
One of our favourite seasonal afternoon teas is at the Intercontinental Park Lane in Mayfair. This tea takes its inspiration from the very best British produce.
Enjoy a selection of delicious sandwiches and feast on homemade scones with Devon clotted cream and fruit preserve. The desserts include a dark chocolate fondue to share, an Eton Mess cake and Scottish raspberry and matcha green tea opera.
From £48 per person or £65 including a glass of R de Ruinart Champagne
Address: One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1J 7QY
14. Science Pot-Tails Afternoon Tea
Channel your inner scientist with The Ampersand afternoon tea. One of the best hotels in South Kensington, they are known for their Science Afternoon Tea.
Inspired by the nearby Science Museum, this tea has been going strong for several years. Thankfully you don’t need to have any knowledge of science to enjoy it.
Savour sweet treats shaped like astronauts and dinosaurs, together with lemon curd squeeze tubes. The highlight of the tea is the foaming petri dishes. Little wonder that it was awarded Best Themed Afternoon Tea in the Afternoon Tea Awards.
From £59.50 per person
Address: The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 3ER
15. Squiffy Picnic
Step back in time to the fabulous Forties for the new Cahoots London vintage inspired cocktails and cake tea in Soho. Held in the Cahoots Ticket Hall, it is lots of fun.
The space includes a life sized vintage tube carriage and Northbound and Southbound platforms. Bedecked with war time memorabilia, Cahoots also features a Lost Property section and Tobacconist & Grocery Store on the ground floor.
£32 for 2 cocktails and a slice of cake
Address: Cahoots London, 13 Kingly Ct, Soho, London W1B 5PW
16. Tipsy Tea
For a retro vibe, try the Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals. Inspired by the explorer Phileas Fogg, this quirky London venue features a huge collection of flora and fauna that the literary character might have collected on his travels.
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals is located in an imposing Newman Street townhouse in Fitzrovia. From the entrance bedecked with flowers to the plants and birdcages hanging from the ceiling, it’s a true oasis of calm.
Afternoon tea takes place every Saturday and Sunday in the first floor Drawing Room, accessed by the imposing spiral staircase. This atmospheric room is adorned with antiques and floral wallpaper. The large windows flood the space with light.
The Tipsy Tea is a lovely selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes, together with botanical-inspired cocktails. Diners can choose from four Spirited Teas, including the Elderflower Elixir and A Roaring Brew.
You can also opt for the Champagne Tea, A Flourishing Fizz, with Bacardi Spiced rum, Cherry Heering liqueur, passion fruit juice & lime juice, sugar syrup and Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial N.V. Champagne.
From £48 per person
Address: 48 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1QQ
17. The Potion Room
For a quirky afternoon tea, look no further than The Potion Room in Soho. Designed by Cutter & Squidge, the tea is perfect for all aspiring wizards.
You’ll be handed a cloak at the entrance and invited to take a seat at an old school desk. During this 2 hour tea experience, The Potions Master will help you to create edible potions in your very own cauldron.
There are vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and wheat-free versions and children over 8 years old are welcome. Special packages are available for hen parties, corporate events, birthdays and baby showers.
From £49.50 per adult and £39.50 per child
Address: Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ
18. Big Ben Afternoon Tea
Enjoy afternoon tea with direct views of Big Ben and the River Thames in the wood-panelled library within the London Marriott Hotel County Hall.
The historic tea room has crystal chandeliers and comfy seating. This unique themed tea is served from 12.00pm to 5.00pm from Monday to Sunday.
Guests will enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones and pastries. The miniature chocolate Big Ben is a delight! Accompany your tea with a glass of champagne for an extra treat.
From £55 per person, £65 with a glass of champagne or £71 with unlimited English sparkling wine.
Address: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7BP, United Kingdom
19. Peter Pan Afternoon Tea
Head up to level 31 of The Shard for a truly nostalgic afternoon tea with breathtaking London views. The Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at aqua Shard embodies the spirit of this beloved character.
Enjoy treats such as Codfish Captain Hook, delicate finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream. Feast on sweet treats such as Tick-Tock the Crocodile.
From £52 per person
Address: Aqua Shard, Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
20. Rock ‘n’ Roll Afternoon Tea
Indulge in a decadent musical themed tea At The Gore Hotel in South Kensington. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Afternoon Tea has been designed in collaboration with La Fête, the luxury event planners.
The Gore has a long standing connection with music, having hosted The Rolling Stones for their Beggars Banquet album launch. This afternoon tea features tributes to many famous musicians.
Savoury treats include The Woodstock chipolata hot dog, The Popping Stones paprika popcorn and Queens of Noise smoked salmon sandwiches. There are lots of tempting pastries such as the Goodbye Ziggy lightning bolt chocolate cake and Sweet Choux ‘O’ Mine.
From £35 per person
Address: The Gore London, 190 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5EX
21. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Located within the stylish Sanderson Hotel, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a journey down the rabbit hole. One of the best quirky afternoon teas, it features savoury delights such as Tweedle Brothers Choux Pastry and Caterpillar Swirl with brown shrimps.
The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea also has delicious cakes, including the White Rabbit Carrot & Plant Pot and the White Queen Minions Macaroon.
From £48 per person or £58 for champagne afternoon tea.
Address: Sanderson London Hotel, 50 Berners St, London W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
22. Festive Afternoon Tea
Enjoy a festive afternoon tea in the opulent surroundings of the Rotunda Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square. You can admire the domed ceiling while a pianist plays and tuck into a lovely selection of seasonal treats.
This delicious afternoon tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches such as Egg Mayonnaise with Truffle, Wholegrain Mustard and Cress, together with homemade plain and cranberry scones with Orange Marmalade, Strawberry Jam, Devonshire Clotted Cream.
The stars of the show are the four pastries: The Snowman, The Bauble, The Log and The Reindeer.
From £65 per person, £75 with a glass of non-alcoholic sparkling tea or Billecart Salmon Brut or £95 with Ruinart Blanc de Blanc.
Address: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square,
In Conclusion: Themed Afternoon Teas in London
As you can see, the best themed afternoon teas in London are a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds! From Big Ben to Peter Rabbit, there’s an afternoon tea to suit everyone.
Be sure to check out our other articles about London – there are plenty of things to do in this vibrant city!
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