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The Best Spots For Afternoon Tea In London

Indulge in the nation's favourite fancies.

POSTEDBYOLIVIA CARPENTER

Oh, how British of us! Going for afternoon tea is about as sophisticated as it gets, however, if you are going to do it, do it right. We’re talking opulent interiors with pots of loose-leaf mint tea and fresh scones laid on delicate china amongst the posh chitter-chatter of London’s finest members of society. Of course in London, you are spoilt for choice with endless traditional options to partake in creams and jams, although there are a few unique hidden gems that should also get a spot on the top of your list. 

1. Claridge's

Grandeur meets elegance at Claridge’s tea room. Characterised by high ceilings The Foyer & Reading Room is a legendary spot to enjoy the hotel’s sweet and savoury collection of delights. Served in the hotel’s signature striped china, Claridge’s is among one of the top traditional settings to indulge in refreshing teas and treats. 

From $96 USD. 

2. The Ritz

Discover a quintessentially British experience at Afternoon Tea at The Ritz. A charming location sat in Mayfair offering glittering chandeliers and champagnes that add a sparkle to your authentic experience of finely cut sandwiches and a background from the musical ensemble. An unforgettable occasion for any time of the year. 

From $74 USD. 

3. Sketch 

Moving away from tradition, Sketch is a stylish and quirky setting that brings a whole new vibe to Afternoon Tea. A sure Instagrammable location of colour and vibrancy, Sketch’s edgy Gallery will surprise you with their creativity of fancies like their twist on a childhood fave raspberry marshmallow flump. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From $67 USD. 

4. The Goring 

Perfecting the art of Afternoon Tea for over a century, The Goring holds The British Tea Guild Council’s Top London Afternoon Tea Award and The Award of Excellence. With delightful pastries and freshly made tea blends, this luxurious setting will exceed all your expectations. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From $69 USD pp. 

5. Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason epitomises the sophistication of Afternoon and High Tea with Her Majesty The Queen opening the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon herself, named in her honor. A relaxed and elegant spot to enjoy a classically British occasion that is honed to perfection.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From $72 USD 

6. The Langham 

Serving since 1865, The Langham offers a memorable experience in a tranquil setting of exquisitely fine interiors. In the safe hands of masterful pastry chefs Michel Roux Jr and Andrew Gravett, tuck into the nation’s favourite delicacies complemented by warming Jing teas.

From $85 USD pp. 

 

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