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Top Places for Afternoon Tea in London

Posted: 18 July 2017

London is famed worldwide for being the official home of afternoon tea. It’s as much a part of the culture and history of the capital as Big Ben or even the Royal Family. And it’s an experience not to be missed.

But if you’re out for the very best afternoon tea in London, where should you head? Perhaps something not-so generic, but the most unique afternoon tea London has to offer?

National Tea Day is on the horizon, so it’s time to get those reservations sorted!

Not to put it lightly, you might find yourself spoilt for choice! But trust us when we say that you cannot and will not go wrong with any of the following top-picks:

The Ritz

First up, afternoon tea at The Ritz is a British institution in its own right. Shamelessly exclusive, timelessly elegant and guaranteed to make all guests feel like royalty. It’s far from the cheapest option on the table – around £70 for the Champagne option – but you’ll also never taste a better clotted-cream scone anywhere in the world. Prices from £54.

Ting restaurant, Shangri-La at the Shard

An unexpected newcomer that’s shot right to the top of the list, this is the best place to head for afternoon tea with a view in London. There’s a choice of classic British or Asian afternoon tea, so it’s great for anyone looking to spice things up a little. In addition, the restaurant is perched on the 35th floor of this remarkable hotel, offering unbroken vistas across the entire capital. Truly the experience of a lifetime. Prices from £56.

The Langham

Here’s where you’ll want to head if you plan to take the whole family along for the ride. Palm Court at The Langham takes family fun to the next level, combining the most decadent afternoon tea festivities with more than enough to keep the kids entertained throughout. The “Cookie Monster” macaron and Maltesers chocolate mousse never fail to impress – as does the free Hamleys teddy bear each child receives as a gift! Prices from £49.


If you’d prefer things a little more theatrical and flamboyant, you’ll be in your element at Sketch. The action takes place in an inspiring gallery, while those taking charge of service are less your usual waiting staff and more like performers in their own right. Prices from £58.

Fortnum & Mason

For those who prefer maximum freedom of choice, look no further than Fortnum & Mason. Not only do they have the largest selection of teas you’ll find anywhere in London, but also offer tea tasting sessions as an optional extra. Which means you’ll leave with the ability to sniff, swill and swallow teas as if they were fine wines! Prices from £44.

The DIY Option

Alternatively, you could try your hand at putting on your own spread – all with a little help from us. Join us for the most enjoyable baking classes in London – our Macaron Making Class is particularly popular – and pick up the skills and knowledge to master a variety of English and French desserts.

Photo credit: Flickr - finedining indian

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