Whether you're looking for a lovely day out, a present for a loved one or just a treat for yourself, afternoon tea is always a good idea. From luxe tableware to delicious sandwiches and Instagram-worthy cakes, it always feels like an indulgent way to spend an afternoon.
It has to be said that London is full of some of the best afternoon tea spots in the country, offering everything from luxurious hotel experiences to tea on wheels (literally), ensuring there's something for every taste and budget.
So, whether you live in the capital or are planning a visit soon, here's your ultimate guide to the best afternoon tea places in London. And one's even a fashion-filled feast....
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Renowned for its world-famous afternoon tea offering, Claridge's is at the top of our recommended list. To start, the atmosphere is truly incredible - classical musicians play music while you dine and the art deco interiors are mesmerising - but the main attraction is the freshly-baked goods and unique Claridge's Blend teas. Trust us, it's not one to miss. Served every day between 2.45pm-5.30pm.
For fashion fans, you won't want to miss The Berkeley's chic afternoon tea offering. This season, it's offering The Couture Cakewalk, including couture cakes inspired by the runway. There are intricately iced biscuits paying homage to Anna Wintour, as well as completely delicious Valentino gowns. Available every day from 1pm-5.30pm, you'll want to fill your Instagram with this one.
Fortnum & Mason's famed afternoon tea is available between 12pm-6.30pm every Monday-Thursday, between 11.30am-7pm on Friday and Saturday and between 11.30am-6pm on Sundays. It's perfect for those who are after a truly traditional experience. Freshly-baked scones, a selection of mouth-watering sandwiches and a plate of decadent patisseries are served alongside some of the best tea you'll ever try.
For a truly unique afternoon tea experience, why not combine it with a tour of London's best sights? Brigit's Bakery offers just that, on board vintage routemaster buses which will take you through the streets of the capital as you enjoy tasty sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Perfect for hen parties or celebrating a special occasion, prices start at £45 per person or £35 for children.
Served in the romantic Winter Garden at The Landmark, this magical afternoon tea is ideal for date night or a day out with your closest friends. With indoor palm trees and a soaring glass roof, it's the perfect place to escape.
If you want to be immersed in majestic surroundings, then book a seat at The Lanesborough for afternoon tea. As for the menu, it's traditional afternoon tea with a twist - think sandwiches like pea tart & caramelised onion, and hummus & piquillos rolls. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.
Afternoon tea has been given a Middle Eastern twist at Mamounia Lounge. This Lebanese and Moroccan dining experience features a selection of mini wraps, savoury and sweet handmade pastries and authentic Moroccan tea. So, if you're after something a little different, this Knightsbridge hotspot is the one for you.
If you're looking for a modern take on pure luxury, The Connaught is the place for you. You'll be served tea while overlooking the world of Mayfair thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, as you enjoy a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones. Think classic British combinations with a twist, thanks to Jean-George's passion for bold, South East Asian flavours.
This special afternoon tea by Adam Handling is inspired by the acclaimed chef's childhood memories of eating at his grandmother's house, and features nostalgic dishes such as raisin scones with homemade jam, and cheese & truffle gougere. Located on Sloane Street, this dining experience is perfect to partake in after a long day of shopping in Knightsbridge. It even won the award for Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea in 2019.
Instagrammable afternoon tea locations are on the rise, and at the top of our list is Sketch's millennial pink gallery restaurant. Plush sofas, eccentric David Shrigley decor and a quintessentially British menu will make for the perfect social media snap.
Traditional afternoon tea doesn't get much more swanky than at The Ritz. Indulge in freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve and 18 different types of loose-leaf tea served in Palm Court - a stylish room with glittering chandeliers and elegant mirrors.
Brasserie of Light's decadent Pegasus Afternoon tea is served daily from 3pm-5pm. At £35 per person, it's great value for money with a menu that includes delicious savory options, as well as a range of inventive and delicate sweet treats.
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