This post was most recently updated on June 27th, 2018
Are you heading to the England soon? If so, you should treat yourself to afternoon tea in London…
No trip to England is complete without experiencing afternoon tea, and these establishments are among the best at serving London’s favorite hot beverage. So, grab a mate and try one of these hot spots.
Afternoon Tea In London
1. The Ritz
If you are looking for the quintessential afternoon tea experience, then you must go to the Ritz.
This famous hotel has been serving afternoon tea since its opening in 1906. It has history and tradition on its side, which is partly what makes tea at the Ritz so popular.
Along with your afternoon tea, you will be served tea sandwiches with smoked salmon, roasted ham and scones.
If you want to experience afternoon tea at the Ritz, be sure to dress appropriately; Jeans and sportswear are strictly prohibited.
Sketch is the place to go if you want something a little more modern style with your afternoon tea.
The tea room has been decorated with skillful precision. The setting is simply elegant, and you will love slipping into the plush pink booths.
Afternoon tea at Sketch begins with a bubbly glass of champagne followed by a few finger sandwiches and scones with jam.
3. Fortnum and Mason
If you are looking for a location that offers a large selection for your afternoon tea, then you must stop at Fortnum and Mason.
They offer more varieties of tea than you can imagine. Thankfully, they also host a tea-tasting service to make your choice a bit easier. During the tasting, staff members will guide you through different combinations and blends so you can choose your favorite.
Your afternoon will be capped off by the presence of a live pianist and a selection of scones and pastries.
4. The Ampersand Hotel
The Ampersand Hotel offers a unique afternoon tea experiences.
The hotel is situated across from the Science and Natural History museums. So, the afternoon tea caters to lovers of science.
The tea room is inspired partly by an English drawing room and French tea salon. The foods are all made in-house and resemble planets and other scientific objects.
They look too good to eat, but eat them anyway; they are delicious.
Claridge’s setting is simultaneously elegant and informal.
It is a wonderful place to have afternoon tea and some good conversation with a friend.
The staff at Claridge’s not only know their tea, but they also know how to treat their customers and you will be cared for like you are their own child.
The tea sandwiches and scones are delectable, and the tea is delicious.
If you want to stop by Claridge’s for afternoon tea, plan ahead and book in advance of your visit.
6. The Connaught
The place to go for a sophisticated afternoon tea is the Connaught.
Tea time lasts only one hour and 45 minutes. But, you go there for the quality of the time rather than the quantity.
Your teacup will never be empty thanks to the attentive waitstaff, and they’ll throw in a glass of champagne for a nominal extra fee.
7. Hotel Cafe Royal
The entire setting the Hotel Cafe Royal’s London Royal Tea is dedicated to England’s capital city.
You will love the ambiance if you are an Oscar Wilde fan, as every hour a Master of Ceremonies entertains visitors with Wilde quotes and anecdotes. The playwright dined daily in what is now the Oscar Wilde Bar – home to your afternoon tea.
There is also a wide variety of teas including some exclusive blends. The Veuve Clicquot cocktails put this afternoon tea on a level all by itself.
8. The Modern Pantry
As its name suggests, afternoon tea at the Modern Pantry is not the staid and stuffy experience you might envision when you think about afternoon tea.
The interior of the venue is light and airy, and the menu is surprisingly innovative.
Although your tea will still be served in traditional china cups, your food will have unique flavors that come from ingredients such as chia seeds, quail eggs, and miso.
Your total experience at the Modern Pantry will be the perfect mix of tradition and whimsy.
9. The Perkin Reveller
If you want afternoon tea with a view, you must go to the Perkin Reveller.
When you are seated at your table, you will have a bird’s eye view of The Thames, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London and there is no better setting to have as you are sipping some delicious English tea.
The room is spacious and bright, and there are not a lot of adornments to distract from your view and light jazz music in the background helps to set and enhance the mood.
Everything here combines to create the perfect London afternoon tea experience.
10. Drink, Shop & Do
This establishment serves afternoon tea for those who are not interested in a formal afternoon tea.
Afternoon “tea” here consists of a pint of lager, three sandwiches, and a savory scone.
So, if the thought of spending the day at a hotel sipping tea sends you into a panic, check this place out instead.