London’s top venues for afternoon tea

Choose from a traditional or alternative Afternoon Tea, in London there is plenty of choice and therefore we bring you our top six venues.  For those who are passionate about their Earl Greys or English Breakfast brews. For an occasion incorporating Afternoon Tea, or for any upcoming events, discover our free venue finding service and get in touch today. 

The history of afternoon tea can be traced back to the 1840’s and the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who frequently found herself hungry around 4pm, she began requesting trays of bread and butter. As soon as she invited her friends to Afternoon Tea the idea caught on, and it became, overtime, a social event for the elite to exhibit their fashionable attire.

1. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, The Sanderson
This unique Afternoon Tea experience is themed around Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Tumble down the rabbit hole, and don’t be late for the explosion of beautifully decorated treats, the eccentric menu’s hidden in vintage books and a variety of book character themed tea’s. This Afternoon Tea is a breath of fresh air from traditional teas.

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2. Aqua Shard, The Shard 
Reach great new heights this Mother’s Day; this restaurant is offering incredible Afternoon Tea packages with dazzling views over London. Located on the 31st floor of the building; the traditional Afternoon Tea contrasts nicely with the modern structure of the Shard. The afternoon tea menu is full of sumptuous flavours including vanilla, raisin and orange blossom scones.

Aqua Shard Afternoon tea Landscape

3. Sketch
Afternoon Tea at Sketch is held in the striking David Shrigley’s Gallery, which feels almost like sitting inside a giant pink marshmallow. The room is full of plush velvet seats and retro prints. This afternoon tea is designed to be the best of the best; including caviar and quails’ eggs. The Guildhall School of Music and Drama provide accompanying music to make the experience even more special.Sketch | Afternoon Tea | Venue Finding | Villiers | By Design

4. Claridge’s Hotel 
If you think of traditional English Afternoon Tea in London, you are thinking of the one at Claridge’s. Claridge’s has been paying homage to this practice for over a century. Served in the iconic light green and white striped china; each of the teas have been hand selected by tea connoisseur, Henrietta Lovell, who has searched the world for the finest tea selection. The Afternoon Tea takes place in the foyer and reading room, designed by Thierry Despont, and is sure to delight any mother this year.

5. The Ampersand Hotel
The science afternoon tea takes its inspiration from their neighbour, The Science Museum. For an afternoon tea with a twist, you cannot go wrong with this choice. The Drawing Rooms are beautifully designed; full of colour and comfortable seats. Did we mention you can dust for almond dinosaur shortbread and fossil chocolates? Afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel is a perfect option for those who love things a little different, even if you aren’t a Science enthusiast.

Ampersand © Amy Murrell May 2016-17

6. Le Chinois, Millennium Hotel Knightsbridge
Le Chinois puts on a rather intriguing idea; it’s an alternative Dim Sum Afternoon Tea. A far cry from tiny cucumber sandwiches, this tea is complete with crispy prawns, pork dumplings and other authentic Cantonese treats. Who knew? This Afternoon Tea experience is sure to be memorable; the elegant restaurant and the delicious food which has been awarded with a two-AA rosette. Perfect for mothers with a hankering for Cantonese cuisine, this alternative experience can be enjoyed with champagne or a selection of teas.


If none of these options take your fancy then please do get in touch and allow one of our experts to advise you on alternative options.