By Talya Honebeek, Jade Braham and Katie Wilson

Looking for the best afternoon tea in London? You’ve arrived at the right place.

The British tradition of taking tea in the afternoon, accompanied by a selection of sweet and savoury treats, dates back almost 200 years. It was started by the Duchess of Bedford in 1840 as a treat before dinner, but it’s fair to say afternoon tea has upped its game a bit since then.

From champagne and cocktail teas inspired by art and fashion to the capital’s first CBD-infused ‘High Tea’ – and the oldest afternoon tea in the UK – these are the best afternoon teas in London.

Best afternoon teas in London 2023

Skyline Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La The Shard

Shangri-La London afternoon tea
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For an afternoon tea with the best view in London book a table at TING restaurant in The Shard, part of the Shangri-La hotel.

Their aptly named Skyline Afternoon Tea is served on the 35th floor and offers breathtaking panoramic views across the capital. Request a table with a view of Tower Bridge if you can.

The tea is served in three sittings. First came mini Prawn Cocktails and Foie Gras Profiteroles. This was followed by delicious finger sandwiches such as Truffled Egg, Beef and Smoked Salmon and Cucumber in multi-coloured bread. You are allowed to order seconds of your favourite.

Then the show-stopping sweet treats like Raspberry Éclairs, Plum Tarts and perfectly-sized scones with clotted cream are brought out on a cake stand. Get your cameras ready for the theatrics of the dry ice giving the effect of an afternoon tea truly in the clouds.

The Skyline Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La The Shard is served Monday to Thursday 12.30pm to 3.30pm and Friday to Sunday 12.30pm to 4pm

Prices start from £69pp

Book Skyline Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La The Shard here

Staycation Afternoon Tea at Searcys St Pancras

best afternoon tea London Searcys St Pancras
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Ever eaten afternoon tea from a suitcase? The Staycation Afternoon Tea at Searcys Champagne Bar St Pancras is a stylish way to pass the time while you’re waiting to board, or are perhaps on your way to Paris on the Eurostar.

Guests are invited to sit in a chic red leather booth for the unique experience, which is served with a choice of tea. Upgrade to a glass of Veuve Clicquot by tapping the ‘press for champagne’ button.

Expect a traditional afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, plus a selection sweet and savoury treats. Highlights include the Celtic Prawn Cocktail Roll, Pistachio Cherry Slice and Passion Fruit Eclair.

The Staycation Afternoon Tea at Searcys St Pancras is served Monday to Saturday from 3pm to 5pm

Prices start from £55pp

Book Staycation Afternoon Tea at Searcy’s Champagne Bar St Pancras here

Amusement Mile Afternoon Tea at Park Row

Park Row afternoon tea
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Superhero fans should pay a visit to Park Row, London’s first DC-inspired restaurant. The Amusement Mile Afternoon Tea is based on the fairground in Batman’s Gotham City.

Start with nitro popcorn followed by finger sandwiches such as Truffle Egg, Cured Salmon and Cucumber, Coronation Chicken and Roasted Aubergine with Peppers and Red Onion.

Sweet treats include freshly baked plain and raspberry scones and Joker-inspired desserts like Vanilla and Passionfruit Parfait, Lychee and Rose Mousse and Chocolate and Caramel Torte.

The afternoon tea is served in Park Row’s Rogues Gallery and guests can expect one free refill of sandwiches, scones or sweets on request. If you’re taking the family, kids under six eat free. There is also a chance to win a meal for two.

Prices start from £40pp

Book Amusement Afternoon Tea at Park Row here

Afternoon Tea at The Stage, The Londoner

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A newcomer to the afternoon tea scene is The Stage at The Londoner, the world’s first ‘super boutique’ hotel.

Set on the corner of London’s famous Leicester Square, the hotel has 16 storeys designed to reflect the drama of West End Life – and its champagne bar is no different.

Like any good theatrical performance, there is a beginning, middle and an end. Visit for Act One and you’ll get a Champagne Breakfast. Act Two is the Champagne Afternoon Tea. While the Grand Finale is a French-inspired dinner.

But it’s the afternoon tea where all the spectacle can be found. Expect decadent cakes from a patisserie trolley, served alongside square-cut sandwiches and scones.

A selection of champagnes are available alongside loose-leaf teas from The East India Company, who curate special teas for The Londoner.

Afternoon Tea at The Stage is served Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm

Prices start from £55pp

Book Afternoon Tea at The Stage at The Londoner here

Palm Court Afternoon Tea at The Langham

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The Langham was the first hotel to serve afternoon tea to the public when it opened its doors in 1865 – and this is a tradition which continues to this day.

Overseen by Michel Roux Jnr and Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Gravett, the menu is a celebration all things British served in the beautiful Palm Court room.

These guys are such tea experts, they have their very own Tea Sommelier on hand to help you choose.

The food is also a twist on the traditional afternoon tea. Expect finger sandwiches like Roast Beef with Caramelised Onions and Stilton on Caraway Bread.

Raisin scones with cream and seasonal preserves can also be found, along with pastries that have been inspired by the nation’s favourite baked tarts and biscuits – the Jammie Dodger and Custard Cream. 

Palm Court Afternoon Tea at The Langham is served Thursday to Sunday 12.30pm to 5pm

Prices start from £65pp

Book Palm Court Afternoon Tea at The Langham here

High Palms High Tea at The Landmark London

The Landmark afternoon tea winter garden
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For afternoon tea in a truly spectacular setting, book a table at The Landmark London hotel in Marylebone.

Experience a quintessentially British afternoon tea under the palms of their Victorian Winter Garden atrium.

Set to the sound of soft piano, the High Tea menu features a selection of sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones and traditional desserts.

Highlights include the Black Cherry Roly Poly and Lemon Curd Meringue Tartlet. Upgrade to a champagne afternoon tea for an extra £20pp.

High Palms High Tea at The Landmark London is served Monday to Friday 3pm to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Prices start from £59pp

Book High Palms High Tea at The Landmark London here

The Savoy Afternoon Tea

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Enjoy glorious views of the London skyline with an afternoon tea in the Thames Foyer at The Savoy hotel.

The glass-domed atrium, which looks out over the river, is filled with natural light and has a pianist playing for guests throughout the day.

Over 30 different teas are available, plus the option to upgrade with a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine or Boutique Handbook favourite, Laurent-Perrier champagne.

An afternoon tea platter is served which is ‘traditional with a modern twist’. Treats include Rhubarb and Custard Tartlets, Spiced Carrot Cake and Forest Fruits served alongside scones and a selection of open and closed sandwiches.

Afternoon Tea at The Savoy is served from Wednesday to Thursday 12pm to 4pm and Friday to Sunday 12pm to 6pm

Prices start from £65pp

Book Afternoon Tea at The Savoy here

Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s

Afternoon Tea at Claridge's
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We can’t get enough of Claridge’s gorgeous china tea sets (which you can buy on their website). But if you don’t have £1,800 to spare on crockery, dropping in for one of their classic afternoon teas is the next best thing.

It is served in the Art Deco Foyer & Reading Room, which has floor-to-ceiling mirrors and Grecian style columns. Just sitting here is quite an experience, and that’s before the afternoon tea is served.

Expect traditional sandwiches, raisin and plain scones, plus a selection of handmade pastries including treats like Grapefruit Macaron and Rhubarb Crumble Tart.

Claridge’s also serve special afternoon teas for Mother’s Day, Easter and the Chelsea Flower Show.

Claridge’s Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2.45pm to 5pm

Prices start from £75pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s here

Afternoon Tea at Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace best afternoon tea London
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One of our favourite restaurants in London, Dalloway Terrace has just announced their Spring Afternoon Tea menu – and it’s one of the cheapest on this list at just £35pp.

For sweets, expect treats like The Carrot, The White Rabbit, The Tart and The Chocolate Dome. Savouries come in the form of Marinated Cucumber and Cream Cheese and Pastrami, Gherkin and Mustard Mayonnaise sandwiches.

Even the scones are a little bit different in flavours of vanilla and lemon, plus traditional raisin, served with clotted cream and jam.

One thing you’ll definitely love is the beautiful terrace at Dalloway, which changes its flower installations with the seasons.

Afternoon Tea at Dalloway Terrace is served daily from 12pm to 4pm

Prices start from £35pp

Book Dalloway Terrace Afternoon Tea here

‘East Meets West’ Afternoon Tea at Nobu Hotel Portman Square

Nobu Portman Square Hotel afternoon tea
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The new Nobu Hotel Portman Square in Marylebone has launched an ‘East meets West’ take on a traditional afternoon tea.

In a break from the norm, expect canapes of Salmon New Style, Yellowtail Jalapeno and Vegetable Yuzu Truffle followed by Shrimp Salad Roll and Wasabi Beef Tataki.

Freshly baked scones come with strawberry mint jam, plus a selection of treats such as Yuzu Macarons, Miso Caramel Eclair and Kalamansi Mango Cheesecake.

If that didn’t sound delicious enough, guests can enjoy a selection of Japanese teas including Darjeeling, Lychee and Rose and Phoenix Honey Orchid Oolong or opt for a glass of champagne.

Afternoon Tea at Nobu Hotel Portman Square is served Thursday to Sunday at 1pm, 1.30pm, 3.15pm and 3.45pm

Prices start from £60pp

Book the Nobu Hotel Portman Square Afternoon Tea here

Tipsy Afternoon Tea at Mr Foggs

Tipsy Afternoon Tea at Mr Foggs
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For a quirky afternoon tea which is only served at weekends head to Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals in Fitzrovia.

Swap the hustle and bustle for an inner city oasis in this Victorian style plant-filled tea room, which also doubles as a gin bar.

As well as an afternoon tea served inside a birdcage, bottomless teapot cocktails are also available for an extra £20pp.

Tipsy Afternoon tea at Mr Foggs is served from 1pm every Saturday and 2pm every Sunday afternoon

Prices start from £48pp

Book Tipsy Afternoon Tea at Mr Foggs here

Art Afternoon Tea, Rosewood London

Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London
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London’s Rosewood hotel has an ongoing Art Afternoon Tea inspired by exhibitions being shown at the Tate Modern.

Served in the Mirror Room, it has been voted one of the best contemporary afternoon teas in London.

In an ultra modern twist, this afternoon tea now explores virtual reality with its own NFTea experience and there is a chance to win prizes.

The three course afternoon tea includes a changing selection of sandwiches, plain and raisin scones and art-inspired pastries which are sure to delight the eyes.

Art Afternoon Tea is served Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm

Prices start from £72pp

Book Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London here

Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Tea, The Berkeley

Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea The Berkeley
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Afternoon tea has been given a high fashion makeover courtesy of Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley.

The most glamorous tea in town sees a unique range of ‘couture cakes’ from the catwalk reflected in pastry and cake form. 

What we love about afternoon tea at The Berkeley is it changes each season to reflect the best looks on the runway.

Fashion icons to have been represented in biscuit form so far include Iris Apfel and Anna Wintour.

Prêt-à-Portea: The Couture Cakewalk is served daily from 1pm to 5.30pm

Prices start from £60pp 

Book Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley here

Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough

Peggy Porschen afternoon tea at The Lanesborough
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We’ve all seen Peggy Porschen’s whimsical cakes on Instagram – and now there’s an entire afternoon tea dedicated to them.

In an exclusive partnership with The Lanesborough hotel, where Peggy started her pastry career, The Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea is a celebration of beautiful florals, pastel hues and exquisite tastes.

Highlights include Peggy’s Pink Pavlova, Lemon, a Raspberry & Rose Layer Cake and Strawberry & Champagne Cupcakes.

The setting is equally beautiful in The Lanesborough’s Céleste dining room, which has a naturally illuminated domed glass ceiling. 

The Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea is served Monday to Thursday 2.30pm to 4pm and Fridays to Sundays 12pm to 4pm

Prices start from £54pp

Book The Lanesborough Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea here

The Summer Farmacy High Tea, Notting Hill

Farmacy High Tea Notting Hill
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This contemporary afternoon tea may have shocked the Duchess of Bedford, as it is the first in London to come infused with CBD.

Aptly called ‘High Tea’, this Notting Hill restaurant has a ‘food is medicine’ approach and is entirely plant based, so great if you are vegan or gluten-free.

Inspired by afternoon tea classics, the menu gives traditional elements a revamp, such as Multigrain Scones with Cashew Cream and Tofu and Buckwheat Pastry Mediterranean Quiche.

Sweet treats include Popcorn Caramel Cookies and Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes alongside CBD-infused chocolates and a pot of Hemp Loose Leaf Tea.

The Summer Farmacy High Tea is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4pm and 4.30pm

Prices start from £50pp

Book a table for The Summer Farmacy High Tea here

Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea

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If a quintessentially British afternoon tea is more your style, book into the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason.

Founded in 1707, the iconic Piccadilly department store (which is also the birthplace of the scotch egg) is famed for its traditional tea offering.

Expect dainty finger sandwiches, warm scones and a rotating menu of seasonal pastries served in signature blue Fortnum tableware.

For the first time ever, guests can now enjoy high tea in the sunshine following an expansion of their outdoor terrace. Vegan, dairy free and gluten free menu options are also available.

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is open from 11.30pm to 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, 11.30am to 7pm on Fridays, 11am to 8pm on Saturdays and 11.30am to 7.30pm on Sundays

Prices start from £62.50pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason here

Afternoon Tea at Ham Yard Hotel

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Hidden in a secret courtyard in Soho, Ham Yard Hotel is one of the chicest places to take afternoon tea – and was once voted London’s best by restaurant guide, Hardens.

Set in super stylish and colourful surroundings, tea is served in the restaurant, drawing room or orangery, which have all been designed by interiors guru Kit Kemp.

The menu changes with the seasons and includes savoury specialities such as Smoked Salmon and Dill Sandwiches and Duck a L’Orange Croquettes. This is followed by indulgent sweet treats like Strawberry Baked Cheesecake, Rhubarb and Custard Macarons, and Homemade Scones with Clotted Cream and Preserves. 

With dedicated healthy, reduced sugar, gluten free and vegan menus, there’s an option for everyone.

Ham Yard Afternoon Tea is served daily between 12pm and 4pm

Prices start from £30pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Ham Yard Hotel here

Sketch Afternoon Tea

Sketch best afternoon tea London
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The Gallery at Sketch has changed from pink to gold to mark the iconic London restaurant’s 20th anniversary.

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare is the man behind the stunning transformation, which is brand new for 2022.

Afternoon tea is still firmly on the menu and comes accompanied by a live classical string trio.

This is truly one of the most beautiful settings to take afternoon tea in London. Don’t forget to visit the egg shaped toilets!

Afternoon Tea in The Gallery at Sketch is served daily between 11.30am and 4pm

Prices start from £59pp

Book Afternoon Tea at The Gallery, Sketch here

Afternoon Tea at HELIX by Searcys at The Gherkin

Searcys afternoon tea at the Gherkin
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See 360-degree views over London, which are even more special at sunset, by booking afternoon tea at Searcys at The Gherkin.

This champagne restaurant is one of our favourites in the capital and it’s also in our favourite London landmark, which once inside slightly resembles a spaceship.

Get a bird’s eye view of Tower Bridge as you devour indulgent pastries like BlackBerry Macaron, Caramel Choux and Florentine Chocolate Tart.

With a choice of Classic, Sparking, Limitless and Extravagant afternoon teas, this is one for a treat.

Afternoon Tea at HELIX by Searcys at The Gherkin is served daily between 1pm and 5.30pm

Prices start from £49pp

Book Afternoon Tea at HELIX by Searcys at The Gherkin here

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

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The Ritz hotel in Mayfair is synonymous with afternoon tea, so we definitely couldn’t leave it off this list of best afternoon teas in London.

A traditional classic, afternoon tea here is an experience and for the first time in over a century, the hotel is using its show-stopping former ballroom in The Ritz club on the lower ground floor as the setting.

There is an ostentatious gold dome above the piano, dazzling chandelier, and hand-painted murals in the arches, so you’ll be feeling fancy.

Service is immaculate with waiters taking pride in pouring your choice of champagne or a cup of one of their 18 types of loose-leaf tea. The Ritz is also the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Master.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is served daily at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm

Prices start from £67pp

Book Afternoon Tea at The Ritz here

Gatsby Afternoon Tea at The Beaumont

Gatsby Afternoon Tea at The Beaumont
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For an afternoon tea just a stone’s throw from Selfridges, Gatsby’s Room at The Beaumont hotel is the perfect stop off after a long day of shopping on Oxford Street.

Named after The Great Gatsby novel, everything here is 1920s themed, including the beautiful room where they serve afternoon tea served to the backdrop of piano music.

Finger sandwiches are served first on individual plates, followed by freshly baked plain and raisin scones.

They also have larger than average portions of sweet treats such as Boston Cream Pie, Rhubarb Cheesecake and Peanut Butter & Jelly Macarons.

Afternoon Tea in Gatsby’s at The Beaumont is served daily from 2.45pm to 4.15pm

Prices start from £48pp

Book Gatsby Afternoon Tea at The Beaumont here

London Landmarks Afternoon Tea at The Kensington

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If you’re in London to visit the museums, The Kensington hotel – near the V&A, Natural History and Science Museum – is the perfect place to stop off for afternoon tea.

Following on from their successful Tale As Old As Time tea, they have now launched a London Landmarks Afternoon Tea.

The menu is a ‘celebration of London’, with some of the capital’s most iconic buildings recreated in cake form. We also love the London Eye cake stand it is served on.

Be prepared to taste The Gherkin made from white chocolate, The Shard carrot cake and a lemon curd version of Big Ben. There is a also a traditional red telephone box reimagined in rhubarb mousse.

London Landmarks Afternoon Tea at The Kensington hotel is served daily between 12pm and 6pm

Prices start from £45pp

Book the London Landmarks Afternoon Tea at Town House Kensington here

Afternoon Tea at Corinthia London

Corinthia afternoon tea London
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Afternoon tea is taken seriously at Corinthia London and is served in their Crystal Moon Lounge, illuminated by the glow of 1,001 Baccarat crystals.

Choose from either a Traditional Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea or their special Caviar Afternoon Tea. The latter starts from £130pp.

The Caviar Afternoon Tea includes an exciting range of scones and finger sandwiches, such as Crab and Poached Lobster and Goat’s Curd with Pickled Cucumber and Mint.

But the star of the show is the 20g of King’s Golden Oscietra Caviar, which comes with a mother of pearl spoon and Homemade Blinis with Sour Cream.

You can also choose from over 25 different teas, including three exclusive, bespoke blends. 

Afternoon Tea at Corinthia London is served Monday to Friday 2pm to 6pm and weekends from 1pm to 7pm

Prices start from £65pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Corinthia London here

Anya Café, Chelsea

Anya Hindmarch Cafe
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Set on the corner of Pont Street in Kensington and Chelsea, this café from designer Anya Hindmarch has always been fun, but now it’s launched a quirky afternoon tea.

Chubby Hearts, Mini Smile Cakes and Frosted Caterpillar Tarts are just some of the delicious treats made from the finest ingredients, but designed to make you smile.

The menu inspiration comes from British cafes of old, but Hindmarch has put her trademark twist of humour on each cake, biscuit, truffle and beautifully iced bun.

Choose to eat in or take them away as a gift (or just treat yourself!).

Afternoon Tea at Anya Cafe is served from 2pm to 5pm daily, booking essential

Prices start from £35pp

Book the Anya Cafe Afternoon Tea here

Great Scotland Yard Hotel Afternoon Tea

Great Scotland Yard Hotel afternoon tea
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Great Scotland Yard Hotel, near The Mall, serves a traditional afternoon tea with a twist in The Parlour room.

They are currently running a multi-sensory Jubilee afternoon tea in partnership with perfumer to the Queen, Floris London.

This special afternoon tea, available until August 29, 2022, features cakes inspired by the notes of the Platinum 22 Eau De Parfum, created to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The scent from the royal gardens is reflected through an assortment of cakes, pastries and scones. Highlights include the Violet Battenberg and Smoked Salmon, Asparagus, Horseradish and Avruga Caviar.

Floris will also ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’ – one for each year of the monarch’s 70-year reign.

Afternoon Tea at great Scotland Yard Hotel is served Monday to Wednesday 12pm to 2.30pm, Thursday and Friday 12 to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Prices start from £49pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Great Scotland Yard Hotel here

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