Claridge’s has an actual tea connoisseur on board for their afternoon tea menu, so you know they take it seriously. It’s worth noting this review, which adds that “the sandwiches arrive on that distinctive stripy china, and they keep on arriving until you stop asking for more.”
Sip your tea and nibble your sandwiches in the sumptuous pink velvet booths of this Michelin-starred restaurant. If you’re on a budget, their cream tea (fruit scones with jam, clotted cream, and a choice of teas) comes in at a very reasonable £10 per person.
High chai? Don’t mind if we do. An Indian twist on afternoon tea, including bites like a Bangla scotch egg, and ginger and garam masala cake. It’s also very affordable, starting at £20 for two people.
An afternoon tea with *two* types of brownie? Yes please. For a more casual affair, you can also opt to have “sweet tea”, which is afternoon tea without the sandwiches, with no reservation necessary.
6. The Ritz
There are few more glamourous options than afternoon tea at The Ritz. There’s a piano player! Look at that clotted cream! Dreamy.
9. The Berkeley
Sure, they do a marvellous traditional afternoon tea, but what makes Bake-a-boo really stand out is their “sensitive” menus. There is a gluten- and dairy-free menu, a dairy-and-egg free menu, and a sugar-free menu. Wonderful!
Chinese and Japanese teas, wakame seaweed brown bread, and slices of apple and mango chiffon cake. This isn’t your average afternoon tea.
12. The Delaunay
Sink in, and enjoy a Viennese afternoon tea. You can indulge in “assorted savouries, poppy seed Gugelhupfs with apricot jam and whipped cream, a selection of classic Viennese cakes”. YUM.
The first Maids of Honour shop was founded in the 18th century, so you can be sure that these guys know their scones. There are plenty of options to choose from, and all menus apart from the champagne cream tea come in at under £15.
14. The Orangery, Kensington Palace
15. Le Chandelier
If you’re searching for more options, AfternoonTea.co.uk is a great resource.