Afternoon tea is a classic London tradition and the perfect way to enjoy the city. Check out our top five picks for the best places to visit for a delightful afternoon tea experience in London.
From cozy cafes to ornate hotels, each spot offers an array of sweet and savory treats that are sure to delight any tourist or local looking for an authentic British experience.
1- Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s
There is nothing better than Claridge’s for luxurious surroundings and classic elegance. Indulge in a selection of scones, finger sandwiches, and French pastries while you enjoy live piano music in the beautiful 18th-century ballroom.
It is one tea service fit for royalty, from smoked salmon and cream cheese brioche to rose petal meringue puffs. Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s will cost £85 from 1st April 2023.
2- Afternoon Tea, The Savoy
The menu features typical afternoon tea delicacies and British favorites like scotch eggs and haggis puffs, and it is located in the opulent Thames Foyer of The Savoy, which is decorated in a lavish Art Deco style.
As one of the most famous hotels on London’s River Thames, the Savoy is an iconic spot for a delectable tea service with its refined ambiance. Enjoy live music from the pianist and watch the summer sun set over central London. The Savoy afternoon tea will cost you around £65.
3- Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Churchill’s Bar and Restaurant at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane offer a delightful selection of treats, from a traditional selection of sandwiches and cakes to champagne flutes.
This spot is perfect for tea lovers that also want to experience the magic of theatre, as you can enjoy the afternoon tea service in one of the most iconic theatres in London. Make sure to take in the romantic views over Russell Street and marvel at the footlights in the famous auditorium.
4- Corinthia London
If you’re looking for a luxurious afternoon tea experience, then look no further than Corinthia London. This high-end hotel is located in one of the city’s most iconic locations near Trafalgar Square and offers something special with its main afternoon tea service.
Enjoy traditional sandwiches and pastries served from silver three-tier stands, as well as handpicked seasonal ingredients and treats. Wash it down with a fine selection of teas or glasses of vintages champagne. You can enjoy your cup of tea for £85.
5- The Berkeley Hotel Pret-a-Portea Afternoon Tea
The Berkeley Hotel is one of the most classic hotels in London. Its iconic Pret-a-Portea Afternoon Tea is an absolute must. Inspired by the world of fashion, guests can expect delicious cakes, macaroons, and pastries that are modified each season to reflect current catwalk trends.
As well as the sweet treats, there’s also a selection of savory finger sandwiches and hot drinks – both traditional teas and herbal infusions. If you really want to make it special you can add an alcoholic beverage too. In contrast to other restaurants/bars, you may find it slightly higher in cost at £92/person.