Best places in London for an afternoon tea
Enjoying an afternoon tea conjures up images of an idyllic English summer, although such a thing can also be wonderfully comforting on a cold winter’s day. If you’re enjoying a day out in London, an afternoon tea can be quick way to eat your fill without taking too much time out of your day, as a substantial afternoon tea complete with sandwiches and cakes can easily take the place of a meal.
Best afternoon tea for families
Eating out with children can be tricky, but kids of all ages are sure to love the Aqua Shard – the afternoon tea partner for Roald Dahl 100. Celebrate Dahl's wonderful characters by trying Sophie and The BFG’s breakfast sandwich or Mr Twit’s bird pie.
A classic afternoon tea
Sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and delicate pastries are all essential items of the classic English afternoon tea. You can get all this at The Bingham in Richmond, along with an offering of 11 loose-leaf teas. For a special occasion, make it a champagne tea and treat yourself to a glass of bubbly.
An international flavour
While an afternoon tea may seem to be quintessentially English, try something different with an international option such as the Chinese Afternoon Teas at Chai Wu in Knightsbridge. Tuck into a range of dim sum, sweets and green tea cheesecake.
Start the cocktail hour early with G&Tea at Balans in Soho. Gins are infused with the flavours of a selection of teas for a special teatime cocktail. Each drink comes accompanied by a traditional teatime treat such as a brownie or a cucumber sandwich.
Something more unusual
For something completely different at teatime, head to Snowflake at Selfridges for their Snowflake Gelato Afternoon Tea, which is perfect for a summer’s afternoon. Try the mini macaroon gelato sandwiches or a slice of gelato cake.