Whether you are a London veteran or looking to rent a house in London, the ritual of the afternoon tea is a must. I've spent the last few days strolling around the British capital soaking in the most delicious tea flavours and eating plenty of cakes and pastries, just to compile this list. Yes, it was hard work indeed. Make sure to bookmark this article for your last-minute afternoon tea!
Best Afternoon tea in London
1. The Ritz
No list about the best afternoon tea in London would be complete without a mention to one of the most famous hotels in the world. Even if pricey, a visit for tea to the Ritz is mandatory at least once in your life to really learn how the English drink tea why they prefer tea to coffee.
2. Sketches Afternoon Tea at Sketch
London's pink restaurant surely doesn't need any introduction. But I must say I didn't do tea and I was positively impressed both by the vast choice of flavours and the most delicious pastries on offer.
You probably heard of sommeliers, right? Well, the Claridge also has a tea sommelier who comes in to present their tea selection. Probably this is one of the reasons why The Claridge's has won so many awards for serving the best afternoon tea in London!
4. The Dorchester Hotel
The Dorchester Hotel is one of the best five-star luxury hotel in London. Here, you can enjoy different afternoon tea experiences. One worth mentioning is the Christmas carols which come with champagne! Book now!
If I say macaroons, what do you say? Well, Laduree is the right answer. If you fancy a bit of a French experience, head to Harrods where you can have a true Parisian L’heure du thé (afternoon tea) accompanied by macaroons and much more.
6. The Biscuiteers
If you are on a tight budget and can't afford some of the above options, you should totally head to this cute cafe where serve afternoon tea every day from 11 AM to 4 PM. Massive plus of this place is that they let you DIY your biscuits!
For the 100% British afternoon tea experience, make a booking for an afternoon tea at Browns. It’s a real London institution which was Queen Victoria's favourite. Bring your crown, please!
8. The Orangery
Nestled inside Kensington Palace, The Orangery offers an afternoon tea at a very reasonable price. Still, you will eat delicious scones, tea cakes, pastries with jams. You can also opt for the cocktail afternoon tea if you are in an aperitivo mood!
If you are not into luxury experiences and are looking for a more casual afternoon tea, then Bea's is your best bet. There are three Bea's cafes serving afternoon tea in Bloomsbury, Farringdon and Marylebone. The sweets include cupcakes, meringues, marshmallows and out-of-this-world brownies.
10. Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson
If you are a tea veteran and are looking for something different, head to the Sanderson Hotel for a themed of afternoon tea. Their Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea features a music box holding sugar, ladybirds cakes, and all sorts of cute stuff directly out of Alice in Wonderland.
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