Top 10 Afternoon Tea locations in London

The list of bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs is endless in London. So how do you know where to go or what option to choose? When you’re in London for a limited time and you want to make the most of your visit, the last thing you want to do is book an option that is substantially below par and a disappointment all round…

We won’t let this happen when it comes to picking an Afternoon Tea in London. Take a look at our top 10 afternoon tea’s in London. We have given a mix of different options from the elegant and elite to the fun and quirky. What we can promise you, is none of these afternoon tea experiences are lacking in quality.

Let’s go…

The Laneborough Hotel

Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA

£££ £48-£58 each

An elegant and sophisticated, quintessentially English afternoon tea in the heart of London.

The Lanesborough Hotel (picture credit)

Overlooking Hyde Park, afternoon tea is served in the withdrawing room at the Lanesborough hotel. Freshly baked scones, clotted cream, and delicate pastries; this afternoon tea reams quality and elegance. This luxury experience has a luxury price tag to match. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available when booked in advance and even a children’s afternoon tea is on offer. It doesn’t get better than this one. Perfect as a gift or a special occasion.

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea

Sanderson Hotel 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG

£££ £48-£58 each

Now here is something a bit different. This is definitely not your traditional afternoon tea.

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea - The Sanderson Hotel, London (Picture Credit)

Winner at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2016, winning best themed Afternoon Tea this Alice in Wonderland tea party doesn’t disappoint. The menu is full of imagination and nostalgia of childhood tales. It it refreshingly whimsical and different, indulge in the ‘Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger’ or the ‘Mad March Hare vanilla pocket watch macaroon’. The menu is laced with fun and charm. Just down a side street of Oxford street, easily accessible after a spot of shopping. This one comes highly recommended.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired Afternoon Tea

One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ

££ £39-£49 each

Another quirky afternoon tea for you to choose from. The Willy Wonka themed afternoon tea is special.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tea, ONE Aldwych Hotel (picture credit)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tea, ONE Aldwych Hotel

One Aldwych Hotel is conveniently located close to Covent Garden, and numerous popular theatres, this is a wonderful, boutique hotel. The menu is well planned and certainly loosely based on the traditional afternoon tea elements. With a selection of savoury breads and pastries alongside ‘chocolate caramel milk’ and ‘Golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake’ this afternoon is excitingly atypical. Keep an eye of for the secret flavour of the candy floss.. This afternoon is a big Y E S from us.

The Ritz

150 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR

£££ £54-£71 each

We couldn’t talk about afternoon tea in London without mentioning the Ritz.

The Ritz Afternoon Tea, London (picture credit)

The Ritz Afternoon Tea, London

The most charming and elegant afternoon tea you will hope to come across. Afternoon tea at the Ritz is served in the Palm Court with dazzling chandeliers and extravagant mirrors, adding a touch of style to the room. To match the décor The Ritz has a strict dress code for all guests so do check that out as you book. With no deviation from tradition and history, this menu is classy and deliciously English. If it’s tradition, style and elegance you’re looking for, in a hotel with so much history, then this is the afternoon tea to choose. With the resident pianist and harpist playing to set a peaceful ambience, The Ritz is simply unforgettable.

Barbecoa – Jamie Oliver

190 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EX

£ £25-£38 each


Jamie Oliver has turned his hand to afternoon tea, and we must say he doesn’t

Barbecoa - Jamie Oliver Afternoon Tea, Piccadilly (picture credit)

Barbecoa - Jamie Oliver Afternoon Tea, Piccadilly

disappoint. This very reasonably priced afternoon tea is served in both of his Barbecoa restaurant locations – St Paul’s and Piccadilly. This afternoon tea serves up big portions of quality, tasty goodies to see you through the afternoon. The Piccadilly location is a stone’s throw away from Green Park and the shops of Mayfair.

National Gallery Restaurant

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

£ £27.50-£37.50 each


Located on the top floor of the National Portrait gallery, for me this restaurant is a hidden gem.

The National Portrait Gallery, London (picture credit)

The National Portrait Gallery, London

With stunning views across London this modern eatery serves up a truly wonderful afternoon tea. With a stylish bar on arrival an extravagant ambience is immediately set. The afternoon tea menu features warm scones with clotted cream and a changeable menu of extra delights which currently include chocolate pots, salted caramel and upside down rhubarb cake. Treat yourself to Afternoon Tea alongside an unmatched view across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament.

Haymarket hotel - The Brumus restaurant

1 Suffolk Place London, SW1Y 4HX

£ £24.00-£31.50 each


Located in the heart of theatreland this restaurant is opposite Phantom of the Opera and next door to the Royal Haymarket theatre.

The Haymarket Hotel Afternoon Tea, London (picture credit)

The Haymarket Hotel Afternoon Tea, London

A perfect location for a pre-theatre afternoon tea treat featuring a section of savoury bites, warm scones, fruit tarts and cupcakes to name a few. The Haymarket hotel is a very grand looking hotel with a sophisticated restaurant with a StreetSide entrance. This afternoon tea was stylish and modern. It felt high class and sophisticated with a friendly team of staff on hand. Dress smart/ casual ideal for an afternoon of luxury without needing to overdress and without the luxury price. They also offer gluten free, sugar free and vegan options. Delightful.

Kensington Palace - The Orangery

Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX

££ £28.50-£38.50 each

Afternoon tea is served at a Royal palace and it is exactly what we expected. Tea is served in the Orangery restaurant which is surrounded by beautiful gardens in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Afternoon Tea at the Palace (picture credit)

A relaxed and elegant setting, and the only royal palace in London where you can enjoy afternoon tea. The menu is delicate and traditional with ‘coronation chicken and cucumber and fresh mint sandwiches and orange scented fruit scones’ to name a few. The setting and the ambience are the selling point with this one.

Scoff and Banter

350 Oxford Street,London, W1C 1BY

££ £34 - £42.50

The Scoff and Banter tea rooms are tucked away behind Oxford Street. A perfect cosy retreat if you have been out shopping all afternoon.

Scoff and Banter, Oxford Street (picture credit)

Put those bags aside and sit down to a ‘British time-honoured tradition of afternoon tea’. With prosecco and champagne options available this menu is very interesting. You will be provided with a menu and will hand pick your selection of goodies. This is a nice touch. Pick from ‘steak and balsamic onions on toasted sourdough’ or ‘rare venison gin and tonic’ or a more traditional ‘cucumber on white bloomer’ the list is extensive for both sandwiches, flavoured scones and mini desserts. At a reasonable price this afternoon is a true gem of a find.

The Dorchester Hotel

53 Park Lane, London, W1K 1QA

£££ £55 - £65

Serving afternoon tea since opening in 1931, The Dorchester hotel is a member of the prestigious Tea Guild and at the luxury end of the scale.

The Dorchester Afternoon Tea, Park Lane (picture credit)

With the afternoon tea selection always changing, their current offering is no less than six different afternoon teas. You might choose their Traditional afternoon tea or maybe their ‘ice cream champagne afternoon tea’ or even the ‘Sleeping beauty Afternoon Tea’, the list goes on. You will be seated and served in the promenade; a series of ‘rich, warm intimate spaces for guests’ and it is strictly a smart casual dress code. Which ever one you choose, The Dorchester hotel has the desirable reputation of serving one of the best British Afternoon Teas. Food intolerances are dietary requirements are taken care of at the point of booking. Do let them know. Oh, and enjoy.