London’s very best afternoon tea experiences
We know that there’s a very good chance that your London visit will include afternoon tea, so we've collected the city’s most-respected examples. Of course, being highly acclaimed doesn’t usually mean cheap, so we have arranged these in order of price (lowest to highest) in order to be as clear and helpful as possible.
Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside
This tremendous view is accompanied by a good-value tea including Scottish smoked salmon, mulberry scones and clotted Devon cream.
£28.50 per person; £37.50 with a glass of Champagne
21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT www.swanlondon.co.uk
The Wolseley, Piccadilly
This incredibly popular restaurant offers a high-class, traditionally British dining experience for prices which are not as high as they could be – no wonder it’s so popular.
£29.75 per person; £40 with a glass of Champagne
160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB www.thewolseley.com
The Lanesborough, Belgravia
Right next to Hyde Park, at this historic hotel you can choose to take tea in light-filled, dramatic dining room of the more relaxed and cosy Withdrawing Room.
£39 per person; £49 with a glass of Champagne
Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA www.oetkercollection.com
The Landmark London, Marylebone
This is the Winter Garden which, as you can see, is a spectacular setting for your afternoon sugar rush.
£45 per person; £52 with a glass of Champagne
222 Marylebone Rd, NW1 6JQ www.landmarklondon.co.uk
Hotel Café Royal, Piccadilly
Tea is served in the Oscar Wilde Bar, named in honour of the playwright who was a regular guest at the hotel.
£45 per person; £55 with a glass of Champagne (free glass of Champagne with every booking during August 2018 only)
68 Regent St, W1B 4DY www.hotelcaferoyal.com
Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
This beautiful department store was established in 1707 and is home to the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
£49 per person; £62 with a glass of Champagne
181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER www.fortnumandmason.com
The Ritz, Green Park
This is The Palm Court, where live piano plays, chandeliers twinkle and – best of all – the waiters are happy to serve you extra food if you ask.
£57 per person; £76 with a glass of Champagne
150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR www.theritzlondon.com
If you like Art Deco design then this hotel is filled with fine examples, including the mirror-lined Foyer where afternoon tea is served.
£60 per person; £70 with a glass of Champagne
Brook St, W1K 4HR www.claridges.co.uk
The Savoy, Strand
Tea is served in the Thames Foyer, the hub of the hotel around which the day-to-day business of The Savoy swirls.
£65 per person; £75 with a glass of Champagne
Strand, WC2R 0EZ www.fairmont.com
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