Afternoon Tea Places in London

Afternoon Tea Places in London

It’s National Tea Day so today is the perfect day to review all the wonderful afternoon tea places in London that my family and I have been to.

We love our high tea’s and collectively we’ve been to quite a few. You just can’t go wrong with an afternoon tea, it’s perfect for any celebration or if you just want to pig out. Afternoon tea’s usually include a selection of tea’s, sandwiches, fresh scones and cakes, I know, it sounds like heaven.

My sister has helped me out with this post and she’s given a few reviews of some of the less traditional high tea’s that she’s been to, including a Morrocan and Indian tea. Together, we’ve recommended some of the best high tea’s in London, exotic afternoon tea’s, themed afternoon tea’s and afternoon’s tea’s that were surprisingly good without the high price tag.

So grab a cuppa (and scones, cakes and sandwiches if you like) and let us help you decide where to go for an afternoon tea.

[Quick note: Apologies for the lack of photo’s/not so great quality photo’s. I visited most of these places before I started my blog].

 


The Ritz

 

 

Starting with my fave afternoon tea! My sister took me for a champange afternoon tea at The Ritz for my 23rd birthday and it was perfect. The tea is in a plush pink and gold atrium, where you are served a generous amount of dainty finger sandwiches which were absolutely delicious, soft freshly baked scones, and an indulgent array of petite cakes. If that isn’t enough, a waiter then comes around with even more cakes from you to choose from.

My sister is allergic to dairy, but the menu offers a wide variety covering all dietary needs. Some afternoon tea’s just buy dairy-free or gluten-free cakes from a local supermarket if you have allergies, but The Ritz kindly made separate desserts for my sister.

 

 

The pianist added a nice touch and the service was on point. A very elegant setting and you were made to feel like royalty throughout the whole experience.

We definitely recommend The Ritz!

 

Price: £81pp

Dress code: Dressy. Heels for ladies (otherwise they will make you change into spare shoes that they have in their cloakroom, and I’m warning you, they’re not trendy)

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The Chesterfield Mayfair

I was looking up the best afternoon tea’s in London for my mum’s birthday and this hotel popped up. The more expensive the afternoon tea, the better experience I’m expecting, but I was pleasantly suprised at how good the tea was at The Chesterfield even though it only cost £38.50 (which I thought was pretty cheap for a Mayfair hotel).

To this day, my mum says that this is the best afternoon tea that she’s been to, and I agree! The food is so delicious and the tea is in a comfortable maroon coloured restaurant.

If you can get a seat in the pantry then that’s even better!

Price: £38.50pp

Dress code: Smart/casual

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Sanderson Hotel

 

This boutique hotel is the most quirky hotel that I’ve been to, with lip-shaped sofa’s, an arabic themed bar and chairs hanging from the ceiling. My sister and I went to the Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea last year and it’s probably the most fun tea that I’ve been to, with a tea selection in little potion bottles, sugar cubes in trinket boxes and playing card themed tea pots. The food was delicious, the desserts weren’t overly sweet and they had an interesting selection of tea’s.

 

 

If the Sanderson Hotel has another Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea this year and you’re craving a day full or quirkiness and cakes, hen I deffo recommend this place.

 

Price: £40pp

Dress code: Casual

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MOMO: Morrocan Afternoon Tea

For an afternoon tea with a Moroccan twist, make a trip to MOMO! My sister went for a dairy-free afternoon tea which she really enjoyed. The savoury foods included feta parcels (her favourite), chicken wraps and the sweet treats were traditional Morroccan sweets such as Turkish delight, halwa, and pecan and syrup pancakes as a dairy free option. They also had traditional British scones so a variety of flavoursome foods to choose from. This is great for if you have a sweet tooth as the Moroccan sweets are extremely indulgent and went amazingly with the freshly made Moroccan mint tea.

Price: £25pp

Dress code: Casual

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Corinthia Hotel

The Corinthia Hotel is beautiful. The afternoon tea is held in the Crystal Moon Lounge which is like a large brightly lit atrium with chic white seating dotted around. We went around Christmas time and the decor was lovely, there was even a giant edible gingerbread tree, which unfortunately wasn’t part of the afternoont tea.

I absolutely loved the high tea at the Corinthia. The setting was so relaxing and we were totally spoilt with all the treats. If you like any of the treats in particular you can order more and you’re even allowed to take home any leftovers, so you can carry on high tea-ing at home!

The Corinthia afternoon tea is a little on the pricey end, but totally worth it.

 

Price: £50pp

Dresscode: Dressy

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Browns Restaurant

If you’re looking for a super relaxed afternoon tea without all the fuss and posh-ness, then afternoon tea at Brown’s Restaurant is the place to go. It’s the kind of tea which you enjoy over a quick catch-up with a friend. The menu is pretty simple but don’t expect luxurious cakes like you’d get at The Ritz.

All in all, it’s not the top of my list but if you’re looking for simplicity then you can’t go wrong at Brown’s.

Price: £14pp

Dress code: Casual

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The Waldorf

 

My family and I went to The Waldorf for afternoon tea this easter bank holiday weekend. It’s a beautiful hotel and the Homage Restaurant in which the afternoon tea is in is lovely with high ceilings, white pillars, accents of gold and a live harp playing.

The high tea started with a glass of champagne, then followed by an appetiser which was a light trifle which tasted like flowers. Then came the tea, scones, sandwiches and cakes.

 

 

I have to admit, it wasn’t my favourite afternoon tea. The cakes were a little too  sweet for me and they didn’t taste freshly baked. The scones were lovely and warm in the middle and the savoury sandwiches helped to balance the palette.

The 5* Champagne afternoon tea is usually £49.50 per person, but we bought a deal on groupon for £25 per person, so it was a bargain!

Although The Waldorf is a beautiful hotel, I couldn ‘t help but think that the afternoon tea was a little overpriced for what it was.

 

Price: £49.50pp

Dress code: Smart/casual

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Daawat at the Strand Palace Hotel

My sister, Anisha, loves munching on Indian snacks with a hot cup of Indian tea, so she wanted to try something different and a bit closer to home. Anisha went for an Indian afternoon tea at Dawaat restaurant in the Strand Palace Hotel and it did not disappoint. With a huge platter to choose from (for her even bigger appetite) she didn’t not know where to begin!

Amongst the savoury foods were lamb samosas, fried sandwiches, spring rolls all of which were pretty mild so you can spice it up with the mint and pickle chutneys. The sweet treats, included a variety of traditional Indian sweet (mithai) and of course the traditional British scones with clotted cream and jam. All were served with the option of masala chai (Indian tea brewed with ginger, cardamom and various spices) or another tea of your choice.

She left feeling like a sumo wrestler but with all of the spices and aromatic flavours it definitely hit the spot! (Though it still doesn’t beat grannies cooking!)

 

 

Price: £29.95

Dress code: Smart/casual

 

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Athenaeum Hotel

My friend from Birmingham wanted to experience a London afternoon tea and she found a pretty good deal for a Mad Hatter’s tea at the Athenaeum Hotel.

When we walked in, waiting on our seats were hats for us to wear, so it was literally a Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea. To be honest, all I remember from the tea was a waiter rolling a trolley of cake over to us, and that was after we had finished the sandwiches, scones and petit cakes. There was just so much cake, it was brilliant!

I quite like a luxurious atmosphere (not in a snobbish way), the Athenaeum didn’t quite have this feel to it, but the cakes were goood. They also have a gluten and dairy free afternoon tea!

So, if you’re a cake lover, you will be totally spoilt at The Athenaeum.

Price: £29.50pp

Dress code: Smart/casual

 

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Hilton London Green Park

I have to be honest with you, afternoon tea at the Hilton in Green park was probably my least favourite. The menu was pretty average but it was the cleanliness that put me off. The restaurant in which the tea was in was pretty full, and it was obvious that the waiters didn’t have much time to clean up inbetween sittings as there was crumbs and bits of scone all over the floor.

I had a great catch-up with my friends but the Hilton afternoon tea isn’t at the top of the list.

Price: £27.50pp

Dress code: Casual


 

Surprisingly, I’m not all tea’d and cake’d out. There’s still so many afternoon tea places that I want to visit!

Which afternoon tea’s do you recommend? Let me know in the comment box below or on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

 

Happy National Tea Day x

 

 

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