The 10 Best Afternoon Teas in London

If you’d like to indulge in a little British tradition while you’re visiting London then a great way to do so is to book yourself an afternoon tea for an afternoon of delicious indulgence. There’s a huge number of places that offer this, mainly in London’s luxurious hotels however it’s quite hard to decipher which is better than the next so WOW is here to help and we’ve picked the 10 best Afternoon Teas in London to help you along the way!



1. Pret-a-Portea 

Pret-a-Portea is the beautiful afternoon tea put on by the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. It’s afternoon tea with a little fashionista twist and consequently the perfect location for a girly afternoon out whether it be for a special occasion or just for the sake of treating yourself. The tiny little fashion-inspired treats are incredibly intricate and luckily for you they taste just as good as they look. The treats also change every six months to match the changing seasons in fashion!



2. The Corinthia Hotel 

The Corinthia Hotel is located near to Embankment station on the River Thames, they don’t just have exquisite decor and the perfect room to stay in, they also do a damn good afternoon tea! It’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon with friends in their gorgeous restaurant trying and tasting all of the miniature cakes whilst cleansing your palette with a flute of champagne!



3. Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea 

The Sanderson Hotel have perfected the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea with a slightly classier take than it’s more crazy literary counterpart. Indulge yourself and pretend you’ve been swept in to Lewis Carroll’s novel whilst nibbling away on the tasty stack of treats that lie in front of you.



4. London Bus Afternoon Tea

This one may be my ultimate favourite out of all of the afternoon tea’s on the list, that’s because you’ll be driven round London on an old double decker bus whilst dining on BB Bakery’s incredible selection of cakes, scones and tarts. Sightseeing and cake?! See you there!



5. Townhouse Tea

Dean Street Townhouse is located in the heart of Soho and it’s interior is quintessentially British so what would be more perfect than indulging in another little British tradition of afternoon tea? Not much else, that’s what. Dean Street do cakes exceptionally well so you certainly won’t be disappointed by the choice and quality of afternoon tea here.



6. Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum and Mason is known for it’s beautifully packaged teas and coffees and is a staple London location when visiting the city. However they don’t just sell beautifully packaged treats, they also serve them upstairs in their cafe. Book ahead for a group of friends and enjoy tasting all they have to offer with a view over Piccadilly and surrounded by quaint and beautiful interiors!



7. The Ritz

The Ritz is one of the classic and obvious choices for afternoon tea in the city. They’ve managed to uphold this status over the years even if the clientele don’t make as much effort to dress up anymore! You won’t be disappointed by the tiers of food you’ll be presented with as you lap up your lavish surroundings and feel a little bit like royalty!



8. Twilight Tea

Sketch is one of London’s most artistic and quirky restaurants. They have installations all round the restaurants and huge egg shaped bubbles for toilet cubicles. Naturally there afternoon tea is equally elaborate and quirky. For a modern take on the tradition with awesome surroundings then definitely book in for Sketch’s Twilight Tea, it’s great fun and even more delicious!



9. Shangri-La at the Shard

Afternoon tea with a view! The Shangri-La is located in the Shard overlooking London and consequently your afternoon tea will be high above London with a pretty exceptional view. The food also doesn’t disappoint and although a little pricey it’s certainly different from other afternoon teas around London due to the location. If you’re visiting the city and want to check out the Shard this is a great way to do so!



10. The Dorchester

The Dorchester’s afternoon tea is another classic in the city. The hotel is very lavish with beautiful decor and their afternoon tea follows suit. Dress up and make it an even more special occasion, although don’t wear anything too tight because you’ll definitely be rolling out the door by the time you’re finished eating all and every single one of their delicious cakes!


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  • burnsrachael6@gmail.com'
    October 20, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Fabulous and comprehensive breakdown of some excellent afternoon tea spots! The Berkeley is one of my favourites, particularly that they keep up with the change in seasons for winter and summer fashions! Think I’ll need to give the Mad Hatters one a go though! Cakes look lush!

    Oz xx

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    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    August 4, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Perfect timing, I’m headed to London in September and will be looking for a place to have afternoon tea. I’ve already been to Fortnum & Mason, which was awesome (so very posh!), but the Mad Hatters afternoon tea looks like a lot of fun. Have you heard anything about afternoon tea at the Sofitel St. James?

  • whimsicalfawn@gmail.com'
    August 4, 2015 at 5:03 am

    I wish I can try them all!! Looking at the pictures makes my mouth drool! Definitely bookmarking this blog post so I can look back at it if I ever visit London again!


  • www.v10@hotmail.co.uk'
    August 4, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Oh wow , they all look so delicious! I recently went for an afternoon tea at Hush, St Paul’s, it was so lovely, absolutely delicious, but didn’t look anything like this, can only imagine what these must taste like! Must try some the the Townhouse, the Ritz, the Twilight Tea… This is all I’m going to be doing the rest of the year isn’t it? Afternoon tea in London…

  • susannamolson@att.net'
    August 4, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Nommy. I really want to try all of these when I move to the UK in September. One thing I am curious about, what is the average price? I think if I had to choose one I would go with the mad hatter’s tea party, cause… the literature geek in me cannot be tamed.

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    Meagan @ www.AFriendAfar.com
    August 3, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I just love this! I love a good afternoon tea, and now you have me dreaming of London! I was just in Paris and blogged about afternoon tea (Parisian-style) at Mariage Freres. It was a luxurious treat!

  • mademoisellenomad@gmail.com'
    August 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I love London and its afternoon tea tradition. My very frist trip to London included a stop at The Dorchester to savour their delectable sweet treats, scones and clotted cream, finger sandwiches and copious amount of tea. I’m so glad you shared this list and happy to see it features on this list. I would love to try the London Bus tea – sounds fun and somewhat diferent and original 🙂

  • lissi93@gmail.com'
    August 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, they all look so so good!!


  • andyjamesb75@gmail.com'
    August 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    toooo delicious! i have to do something about my sweet tooth

  • aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes@gmail.com'
    August 3, 2015 at 7:03 am

    You’ve missed out the best afternoon tea in all of London in this post which is Claridge’s! The Ritz is awful, it’s a huge tourist trap but Claridge’s is the one everyone in England tries to get a booking for but normally can’t (it’s that popular). Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair is also amazing!


    • mademoisellenomad@gmail.com'
      August 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      you’re so right Kelly. I tried to book at Claridge’s but seems it was too last minute (a week), usually they need months in advance for bookings.

      • aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes@gmail.com'
        January 1, 2016 at 3:34 pm

        Normally you need to book at least three months in advance for Claridge’s and even then they can be like gold dust…follow them on twitter and they normally advise when they’re about to release some dates.

  • lil_lea2004@hotmail.com'
    Leanne Winters
    August 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    This has made my mouth water! what cool and inspiring was to have afternoon tea x

  • nicoleharley12@gmail.com'
    Nicole Harley
    August 2, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    It all looks so delicious!

  • saakshi.kmr15@gmail.com'
    Saakshi Kumar
    August 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    This is definitely a very useful post. I am already thinking of packing my bags and flying to London and go to all these place. 🙂

  • sr1062@york.ac.uk'
    August 2, 2015 at 8:17 am

    These look like delicious afternoon teas! I’ll have to try them!

  • lisa@stentvedt.no'
    August 2, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Out of these I’ve only tried Fortnum and Mason, but the Dorchester is right around the corner! A stay there has been a dream of mine for so long!

  • endlesspostcards@gmail.com'
    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    August 2, 2015 at 5:49 am

    I’ve never gone for afternoon tea although I know there are places that offer it here in Chicago. The setup of these are beautiful — definitely have to check it out soon!


  • hinessightblog@gmail.com'
    Leigh Powell Hines
    August 1, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I love this post. Love. Love. Love. Pinning every one.

  • donna.robinson5@bigpond.com'
    Donna Robinson
    August 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Any suggestions for a great arvo tea in Hobart?

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    Mary Anne Medina
    August 1, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Mad hatters looks delish!!!

  • flt587@suddenlink.net'
    August 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    We thoroughly enjoyed tea at St. Paul’s Cathedral! It was inexpensive but lovely…silver tea set, clotted cream and wonderful scones. They had much to select from but the jam was divine.

  • cayce@nijifeels.com'
    August 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Aww, this post, these pictures are killing me! I think I’ll have to indulge in some Afternoon Tea next time in London 😉 I’m thinking London Bus or maybe Mad Hatters…

  • beholder.blogger@gmail.com'
    August 1, 2015 at 9:11 am



  • mrhenrycalderon@yahoo.com'
    August 1, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I am definitely missing out. I’ve been to London a couple of times, yet have never sat down for a “proper cup of tea”, as they like to say. Well, clearly I need to go back. Always looking for a reason to return. I guess the fact that it is London is reason enough. Awesome post! Cheers, Henry