Top afternoon tea places in London

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea that's fit for a queen at some of the top destinations in London.
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Feeling peckish? Sample the best of the great British tradition of afternoon tea and enjoy delicate sandwiches, tasty tea and sumptuous scones in the grand surroundings of these top locations in London. If you want to treat yourself to a refined afternoon, remember to book well in advance!

The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel

Follow in the footsteps of the stars and indulge in an award-winning afternoon tea in the English Tea Room at Brown’s. The refined surroundings are perfect for enjoying exquisite freshly-baked cakes along with a top rate cup of tea. Or if you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, be sure to try out their Tea-tox – all the pleasure of an afternoon tea, with none of the guilt!

From: £39.50pp; available Mon-Thurs: 3pm-6pm, Fri: 2pm-6pm, Sat-Sun: 12noon – 6:30pm

St. James’s Hotel & Club

The elegant ambiance of this prestigious hotel is ideal for relaxing in style after a day of shopping. A superb afternoon tea includes all the traditional tea favourites prepared to perfection by St. James‘s very own Michelin starred chef, William Drabble: all in all, it‘s a truly delightful experience for discerning tastebuds. 

From: £19.00pp; available daily from 3pm to 5:30pm

The Ritz

Enjoying a reputation as a true London institution, the afternoon tea served at The Ritz is an exceptional experience. A member of the prestigious Tea Guild, the hotel offers an extensive range of teas to accompany the top quality sandwiches, scones and pastries. The beautiful surroundings of the Palm Court are the perfect location to enjoy the delicious delicacies, while the formal dress code ensures you remain in refined company.

From: £42.00pp; available daily at: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm

The Stafford Afternoon Tea

When it gets cold outside, nothing could be more inviting than curling up by the open fire place in the Lyttelton Lounge at The Stafford London. Treat yourself to afternoon tea prepared by the head chef and his team, which includes delicious sandwiches followed by scones fresh from the oven and smothered with jam and a selection of home-made British cakes, all washed down with a cup of your favourite tea blend.

From: £29.00pp; available daily from 3pm to 6pm

Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London

The striking surroundings of the Bulgari Lounge are the perfect place to enjoy your tea while watching the busy world of the hotel go by. The jewel in the crown of this wonderful afternoon tea is a range of teas inspired by precious gems, specially blended for the hotel in recognition of Bulgari‘s origins in the jewellery trade. For tea purists, the Bulgari 1884 Royal English blend is a perfectly balanced creamy black tea made with a unique blend of rare golden tip Assam with needles.

From £34.00pp; available every day

The Arch Hotel

In the Arch Hotel, tea is served in the Martini Library, a unique location whose lavish decoration is inspired by the golden age of Broadway. Along with the scrumptious cakes and pastries, the hotel offers a range of expertly mixed cocktails and a superb range of Jing teas. The experience is rounded off by a press-to-refresh service, so a top up of your favourite tipple is constantly at your fingertips.

From: £28.00pp; available on request

The Lanesborough Hotel

Served every day in the hotel‘s restaurant, this refined afternoon tea includes all the traditional staples for nibbling on, including scones thick with clotted cream and delicious jam. What makes the Afternoon Tea experience here unique is the hotel‘s tea sommelier, Karl Kessab, who is on hand to help you pick the perfect cup to accompany the delicacies.

From: £38.00pp; available daily at 4pm, 4:30pm or 17:00 until 18:00

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