Afternoon tea has been a British tradition for more than a century – seriously – and it’s become our favourite hobby when we have a little time off.
There is seriously nothing better to do than relax and unwind with a cup of tea, or a glass or 3 of champagne, and delicious cakes.
Why not grab your best friend, your mum, nan, or absolutely anyone, and treat yourself to some of the most luxurious afternoon teas London has to offer.
1. For the best views: Ting at The Shard
The Shangri-La, and Ting, the hotel’s restaurant, boasts views of the capital no one else could ever dream of, and the lounge makes the most of the stunning city landscape. They offer a traditional English Afternoon Tea and an Asian Inspired Afternoon Tea – AND there is also a gluten free sitting if you book in advance.
With how good the food is, the view manages to become the second best thing afternoon tea at the Shard has to offer.
Where? Ting Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street SE1 9QU.
When? Tea is served daily, from 12pm, and the last seating is at 4pm.
How much? Both offerings are available from from £54; and start at £62 including Champagne. Take a look at our review, and then book yourself in!
2. For the most fashionable cakes: The Berkeley
London is often regarded as one of the most fashionable cities in the world, and the Berkeley have used this as inspiration for their afternoon tea selection, with couture cakes and bikini biscuits inspired by some of the biggest designers.
We don’t want to give too much away, but expect Balmain peach possets, colourful Christopher Kane pineapple compotes, Prada inspired red velvet chocolate cakes and so, SO much more.
Where? Fancy afternoon tea with an elegant twist? Get yourself over to Wilton Place in the stunning Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL.
When? Prêt-à-Portea (an AMAZING name) is served from 2:30-5pm every day. Take a look at the menu, and book yourself in, right here.
How much? Their fashionable selection starts at £45 each, or £52 with a glass of bubbly.
3. For punk’s finest: W Hotel
London is currently commemorating 40 years of punk in the city, so why not celebrate in the most British way possible, with a rebellious afternoon tea – aptly named the Anarch-Tea. The cakes are themed around iconic records, including God Save The Queen, by the Sex Pistols, and The Stranglers’ Shut Up. And if that’s not enough, they are presented on a stand built from vinyl records!
And that’s not all! If you fancy an extra kick, you can break the Afternoon Tea rules with the passionfruit filled ‘Lust for Life’ cocktail – you REALLY need to try it!
Where? The W Hotel brings a serious touch of class to Leicester Square – and their tea is no difference. Head to 10 Wardour Street, W1D 6QF, for punky goodness.
When? Fancy a record-breaking afternoon? The Anarch-Tea is served up every single day, between 2pm and 5pm.
How much? Their offerings start from £30 each, and those must-try cocktails are £10. Click here to see their menu.
4. For the best cocktails: Quaglino’s
Quaglino’s is one of our favourite places in London, because no matter how many times we head down, it seems manages to feel like a hidden gem. The restaurant, that opened up during the prohibition was taking place in America, has taken the idea of a speakeasy bar and made it SO much more glamourous.
To celebrate spring, and the Chelsea Flower Show, they have come up with the Mayfair Garden Afternoon Tea – complete with delicious desserts and stunning teas you can’t sample anywhere else.
Where? Quaglino’s, at 16 Bury Street, Mayfair, SW1Y 6AJ, is one of our favourite places in London – if you haven’t been, you seriously should, just for the bar alone.
When? Their selection is available until August 26th, but if we were you, we’d head down as soon as possible! Tea is served up between Thursday – Friday, 3pm – 5pm, and from 3:30pm – 4:30pm on Saturdays. Book a table by clicking here.
How much? Their Moet & Chandon Champagne Tea starts from £39.50
5. For tea fit for a Royal: The Savoy
In celebration of The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations, The Savoy will be launching A Royal Afternoon Tea served in the stunning Thames Foyer – in collaboration with the Royal Chef – so you could actually be drinking like a royal!
Their selection features some of Her Majesty’s favourites, including jam pennies, chocolate birthday cake, and chocolate biscuit cake – which is the Monarch’s favourite AND was chosen by Prince William for his Groom’s cake at the royal wedding.
Where? Get yourself down to one of the most beautiful areas in London, to have tea at one of the most famous hotels the city has to offer. Strand, WC2R 0EU Click here to book.
When? The Savoy’s Royal Afternoon Tea will be available from 9th June 2016 until the end of the month – so you’ve still got some time to feel like royalty.
How much? Tea starts from from £52.50 per person AND if you book on the 11th, the royal chef will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the royal family!
6. For the most traditional teas: The Ritz
If you’re after a luxurious afternoon tea that focuses on traditions, The Ritz is your best bet. Staff there have been serving the British staple since 1906, so they definitely know best – which is why they offer 4 different types.
As well as their previous selections, they also now offer an Epicurean afternoon tea, which is perfect for serious tea lovers – which is full of 6 rare and spectacular drinks.
Where? We’ve ALL seen that scene from Notting Hill, but why not actually go inside one of the most famous places in London? Head down to The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR
When? All selections are served daily from 11.30am until 7.30pm, take a look at the different menus to see which you would prefer.
How much? Traditional tea and Champagne offerings start from £52 per person, a Celebration selection from £63, and an expertly curated selection from £95.
7. For British flare: Corinthia Hotel
Served in The Lobby Lounge beneath the stunning Baccarat Chandelier, the Corinthia’s Afternoon Tea upholds this British culinary tradition with real flare. And if you’re in the mood for something a little more traditional, they’ve got you covered with an amazing selection of artisanal sandwiches, delicious scones, and, of course, a selection of fancies.
And, if you want something a little more summery, they’ve got an amazing Wimbledon-themed selection coming up so keep your eyes peeled!
Where? Head over to Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place,SW1A 2BD, for tea with a difference. You know you want to try that pink macaroon with the sprinkles!
When? Book yourself a table between 2pm and 6pm, Monday – Friday, or between 12pm and 6pm at the weekend.
How much? Their tea starts at £50 per person, and if you want to add some bubbly, it’s around £55.
8. For the most fun: sketch
Designers have managed to and encompass it in sketch. It’s fun, classic, colourful, and in the most amazing setting. And if that’s not enough, their Afternoon Tea is magical.
The team has worked hard to capture the magic of our modern city, and the menu is just that. They have caviar and quail egg, finger sandwiches a plenty, and an assortment of cakes, including pistachio profiteroles and citrus meringue, to top your afternoon off.
Where? If you’ve not been to sketch yet, this is definitely your chance! Head to 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG.
When? Whenever! You can get pouring everyday from 12pm until 4:30pm. And if you want to wait for something special, their Wimbledon selection will be available from Monday, June 27th.
How much? Book yourself a tea you won’t forget. Traditional offerings start from £45, with bubbly from £57.