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 afternoon teas with a view to champagne and cocktail afternoon teas inspired by art and fashion – and the oldest afternoon tea in the UK – these are the best afternoon teas in London you can book now.

To make it easier to choose, we’ve mentioned which area of London each of the below afternoon teas are in, including if they are near popular tourist attractions, and separated the list into ‘afternoon teas under £50’, ‘afternoon teas under £75’ and ‘afternoon teas under £100’.

*Prices correct as of June 2024

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Afternoon teas in London Under £50

Anya Cafe, Chelsea

Anya Cafe afternoon tea cakes
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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 daily 2pm to 5pm, booking essential

Prices start from £35pp

Book the Anya Cafe Afternoon Tea here

Afternoon Tea at Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

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Hidden in a secret courtyard in Soho, Ham Yard Hotel is one of the chicest places to take afternoon tea. It was voted London’s best by restaurant guide, Hardens, and we’re inclined to agree. Not only that, it’s also one of the best value.

Set in super stylish and colourful surroundings, tea is served in the restaurant, drawing room or orangery, 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 4.45pm

Prices start from £45pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Ham Yard Hotel here

Afternoon Tea at Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Dalloway Terrace Spring 2021 best outdoor terraces in London
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One of our favourite restaurants in London, Dalloway Terrace, is one of the prettiest places to take afternoon tea in London.

For sweets, expect treats like Saffron and Raspberry Tart, Dark Chocolate, Coffee and Passionfruit Delice and Pistachio Eclairs. Savouries come in the form of Poached Salmon and Citrus Crème Fraiche and Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus. Even the scones are a little bit different in flavours of cheese or 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 1pm to 4pm

Prices start from £48pp

Book Dalloway Terrace Afternoon Tea here

Afternoon teas in London Under £75

Afternoon Tea at HELIX by Searcys at The Gherkin, Aldgate

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 to impress that won’t break the bank.

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

Prices start from £55pp

Book Afternoon Tea at HELIX by Searcys at The Gherkin here

Afternoon Tea at The Londoner, Leicester Square

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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, this decadent champagne bar serves a Champagne Breakfast, as well as a Champagne Afternoon Tea.

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 12pm to 4pm

Prices start from £55pp

Book Afternoon Tea at The Londoner here

Mariage Frères Afternoon Tea, Covent Garden

Mariage Frères afternoon tea
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Mariage Frères in Covent Garden is home to the largest tea wall in the world, so it’s worth visiting for a photo op alone.

There are over 1,000 teas and tea accessories, a tea museum, plus the Salon de Thé restaurant, serving tea-infused afternoon tea.

Our favourite is the Luxury Parisian Tea served with scones, smoked salmon sandwiches infused with Paris Marais tea and perfect patisseries made fresh each day. Upgrade to a champagne afternoon tea for an extra £12.

Mariage Frères Afternoon Tea is served daily 12pm to 7pm

Prices start from £55pp

Book Mariage Frères afternoon tea here

Afternoon Tea at Town House Kensington hotel

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

Escape the crowds at this exclusive hotel where afternoon tea is served in chic stripy crockery and is sometimes themed. In the past they have run a Tale As Old As Time tea inspired by Beauty & the Beast and a High Fashion High Tea to coincide with the Coco Chanel exhibition at the V&A.

Coco famously said she only ever drinks champagne when she is in love and when she is not, so add a glass for £70pp (including afternoon tea) to go with the stunning selection of amuse-bouches, sandwiches and delicious desserts.

Afternoon Tea at Town House Kensington is served daily 12pm and 4pm

Prices start from £58pp

Book the Afternoon Tea at Town House Kensington here

Oblix at The Shard Afternoon Tea, London Bridge

Oblix at The Shard London afternoon tea
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Another afternoon tea with a view can be found at Oblix in the eastern side of their skyline restaurant on the 32nd floor of The Shard. Again, book a window seat if you can or guests are allowed to move tables if one becomes available.

The food here is seriously impressive. It’s easily one of the best afternoon teas we’ve tried in London, especially for the price which starts from £58pp for a classic afternoon tea. Bottomless rose wine (£78pp) and champagne (£105pp) can be added.

Beautifully presented savouries are served on a plate first. When we visited there was Truffle Egg Mayonnaise on Brioche, Smoked Salmon with Seaweed and Cucumber, Coronation Chicken and our personal favourite, Mini Prawn and Lobster rolls.

Freshly baked plain and cranberry scones are accompanied by whipped clotted cream, raspberry jam, and we liked the addition of fresh honeycomb as the sweets came out on a cake stand.

The Praline and Pear Oblix Rocher is their twist on a Ferrero Rocher. The Passion Fruit and Pistachio Bar is a winner, and you must try the Apple and Rhubarb Tart with Crème Fraiche. A delicious afternoon tea that won’t break the bank with the best view in London.

Oblix Afternoon Tea is available Thursday to Sunday 12-4pm

Prices start from £61pp

Book Oblix at The Shard Afternoon Tea here

Afternoon Tea at Great Scotland Yard Hotel, Charing Cross

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Experience a unique afternoon tea in what was once the Great Scotland Yard building, home of the Metropolitan Police headquarters. Now a five-star hotel, their afternoon tea is served in style in The Parlour (pictured above). This intimate room has a colonial feel with whicker furniture, palm plants, animal wallpaper and botanical inspired furnishings.

Once seated, guests are offered a choice of teas from their Jing Tea Trolley. We’d recommend the Lemongrass and Ginger tea. You can opt for a glass of champagne (£70pp with afternoon tea). There is even a bottomless afternoon tea available here for £89pp.

A selection of delightful savouries are served first including Wild Mushroom and Rocket Quiche, Chestnut and Cheddar Yorkshire Puddings and Smoked Salmon finger sandwiches which come with Caviar.

Warm scones with clotted cream and blackberry jam are followed by some of the poshest cakes we’ve ever seen. The Pumpkin, Bergamot and Clove Mousse gave us serious autumn vibes. But the Apple, Sesame and Orange Whipped Ganache Tart was our favourite.

Afternoon Tea at Great Scotland Yard Hotel is served daily from 12pm to 7.30pm (last orders)

Prices start from £59pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Great Scotland Yard Hotel here

Farmacy Afternoon Tea, Notting Hill

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Veggies will love this 100% plant-based afternoon tea at cool Notting Hill brunch spot, Farmacy.

Inspired by afternoon tea classics, the menu gives traditional elements a revamp with savouries like Mushroom Truffle Pie, Artichoke Croquettes, Beetroot Tartare and Jackfruit Brioche Buns.

Sweet treats include Farmacy Scones, Raw Chocolate Tart, Tiramisu, Banoffee Pie and Lemon Poppyseed Cake.

Farmacy Afternoon Tea is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4pm and 4.30pm. Book at least 48 hours in advance

Prices start from £60pp

Book afternoon tea at Farmacy here

Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific London, Liverpool Street

Pan Pacific Lunar Afternoon Tea
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For an afternoon tea with a twist, try the Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific London. Escape the crowds and spend an elegant afternoon in this five-star hotel, just a short walk from Liverpool Station.

Their afternoon tea offerings change throughout the year, but their latest is a special collaboration with bun specialist Bun House to mark the Lunar New Year, which celebrates the Year of the Dragon in 2024 and is available from February 8 in the hotel’s Straits Kitchen.

Expect Asian savouries and sweet treats, dumpling baskets and steamed buns. Decadent fillings include scallop, lobster and orange trout. Sip on Newby Tea’s Chinese New Year tea, blended exclusively for Pan Pacific London. Don’t worry about your tea going cold here, as each pot is cleverly placed on a tea warming candle on your table and poured by the very attentive staff. Or raise a crisp glass of Chinese sparkling wine, as the hotel offers the largest and most extensive range of Chinese wines in the city.

Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific London is served daily 12.30pm to 4.30pm

Prices start from £58pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific London here

Afternoon Tea at Nobu Hotel Portman Square, Marylebone

Nobu Portman Square Hotel afternoon tea
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Nobu Hotel Portman Square in Marylebone has launched an an ‘East meets West’ take on a traditional afternoon tea. Inspired by in-season Japanese florals such as cherry blossom, expect signature canapes of Sushi, Shrimp Salad Roll, Wasabi Beef Tataki Buns and Mushroom Tacos.

A palette cleanser of Lemongrass Ginger Tea with Sorel Sorbet is served before sweet dishes, including Ume Cherry Boshi Mousse, Momo Yuzu Macaroon and Miso Chocolate Caramel Tart.

Hojicha Tea Cheesecake also features, along with freshly baked scones served with Raspberry Mint Jam, Cornish Clotted Cream and Yuzu Curd.

If that didn’t sound delicious enough, guests can enjoy a selection of Japanese teas including a Berry and Hibiscus blend, Honey Orchid Tea from Wudong Mountain and Genmaicha from the famous Obubu Tea Gardens in Japan.

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

Prices start from £70pp

Book Nobu Hotel Portman Square Afternoon Tea here

Gatsby Afternoon Tea at The Beaumont, near Oxford Street

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 Monday to Friday 2.30pm to 5.30pm and 12.30pm to 5.30pm Saturdays and Sundays

Prices start from £70pp

Book Gatsby Afternoon Tea at The Beaumont here

Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London, Holborn

Art Afternoon tea at Rosewood London
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Rosewood London has an ongoing Art Afternoon Tea inspired by exhibitions being shown in the capital. They are currently serving a tea in collaboration with artist John Booth, the man behind the window displays of Selfridges, Paul Smith and the Conran Shop.

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

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

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

Prices start from £75pp

Book Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London here

High Palms High Tea at The Landmark London, Marylebone

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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 £70pp

Book High Palms High Tea at The Landmark London here

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, Mayfair

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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 £76pp

Book Afternoon Tea at The Ritz here

Afternoon teas in London Under £100

Afternoon Tea at Corinthia London

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

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

The Caviar Afternoon Tea includes an exciting range of sweets, scones and savouries, but the star of the show is the 20g of King’s Golden Oscietra Caviar, which comes served with a mother of pearl spoon. 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 £75pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Corinthia London here

Skyline Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La, The Shard, London Bridge

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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 and the menu changes with the seasons. When we visited we had 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. In October they are serving a Pink Afternoon Tea to support Breast Cancer Now (£75pp).

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 £78pp

Book Skyline Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La The Shard here

Sketch Afternoon Tea, Mayfair

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The Gallery at Sketch recently changed from its iconic pink, which it had been for a decade, to shimmering gold.

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare is the man behind the stunning transformation to mark the iconic London restaurant’s 20th anniversary.

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 11am and 4pm

Prices start from £90pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Sketch here

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge

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 in London’s Knightsbridge.

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. Their latest pays homage to the late fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood.

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

Prices start from £85pp 

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

Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s, Mayfair

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 2.45pm to 5.30pm

Prices start from £80pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s here

Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea, Piccadilly

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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. Don’t have a sweet tooth? We love that Fortnum’s serves a Savoury Afternoon Tea.

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is open 11.30pm to 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 11.30am to 6pm on Sundays

Prices start from £80pp

Book Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason here

Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner

The Lanesborough afternoon tea
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Enjoy a truly decadent afternoon tea in the majestic surroundings of The Lanesborough hotel on Hyde Park Corner. Tea is served in the Céleste dining room, which has a naturally illuminated domed glass ceiling. 

The five-star establishment is the perfect place to stop off for a break from shopping as it’s near Sloane Street, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. They love a themed afternoon tea here and the current offering is a Bridgerton afternoon tea inspired by the hit Netflix series.

Highlights Tea cured Salmon, Coronation Chicken and Devilled Egg Mayonnaise sandwiches and Montgomery Cheddar Scone with Cheese Custard. There is also a selection of Queen Charlotte inspired cocktails, mocktails and champagne to add on.

The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea is served Monday to Thursday 2.30pm to 4pm and Fridays and Saturdays 12pm to 4pm and Sundays 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Prices start from £85pp

Book The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea here

Palm Court Afternoon Tea at The Langham, Marylebone

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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 £80pp

Book Palm Court Afternoon Tea at The Langham here

The Savoy Afternoon Tea, the Strand

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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 Wednesday to Thursday 12pm to 4pm and Friday to Sunday 12pm to 6pm

Prices start from £80pp

Book Afternoon Tea at The Savoy here

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