Top 10 Best Afternoon Tea in London

Sep 18, 2018 by

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We have listed the best (and the most exclusive) Afternoon Teas in London – LondonSwedes know where to go for a seriously good cuppa. This is one of our favourite British traditions and with plenty of options to choose from, we’ve rounded up some much loved spots for some good old (and new) fashioned indulgence.

afternoon tea at the ritz

The Ritz


As lavish as they come, afternoon tea at The Ritz is famously traditional and luxe, with the setting of the Palm Court providing an atmosphere of a bygone era. Grand mirrors, gold and starched napkins contribute to the experience. Choose from a menu of British classics such as finger sandwiches and scones as well as sweet treats and a vast selection of teas. Book well ahead to secure your reservation and dont forget to dress smart.


A: The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s W1J 9BR

P: From £52
T: Green Park


For more information or to make a reservation, visit The Ritz or call +44 20 7493 8181



Our favourite one-stop-shop for any time you feel like getting a little flamboyant, Sketch will satisfy your appetite for food and cool interior design. The vibrant pink velvet sofas, gold details and tiled floors set the mood for what is sure to be an experience unlike your usual afternoon tea. The menu mixes traditional options with some of their trademark whimsical dishes; the Swede in you will appreciate the liquorice marshmallow!



A: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

P: From £58
T: Bond Street


For more information or to make a reservation, visit Sketch or call +44 20 7659 4500


fortnum and mason

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is synonymous with good tea so for the serious tea enthusiast, this is it. During your afternoon tea, your educated waiter will give you fun facts about the art of tea drinking, along with tips on how to get the most out of your brew. With a wide assortment of teas, as well as a solid selection of delectable treats, Fortnum & Mason is a classic tea drinkers best bet.


A: 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER

P: From £49
T: Piccadilly


For more information or to make a reservation, visit Fortnum & Mason or call +44 20 7734 8040


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Tîng Shangri-La at The Shard

Talk about high tea! Experience the most stunning view in London while sipping on tea (or champagne) in the exclusive setting of one of the tallest buildings in the city. To celebrate the wedding of His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is delighted to launch the Royal Botanical Afternoon Tea during the spring 2018.


A: Shangri-La at the Shard, 31 St Thomas St, SE1 3QU

P: From £56
T: London Bridge


For more information or to make a reservation, visit Tîng at the Shangri-La or call +(44) 0207 234 8108


Aqua Afternoon Tea at The Shard

Enjoy your Afternoon Tea with one of Londons most breathtaking views. Aqua Shard, located on Level 31 of The Shard, offers a contemporary British Afternoon Tea with breath-taking views of the London skyline. The Classic Afternoon Tea begins with a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked vanilla or white chocolate chip scones which are served with Cornish clotted cream and fragrant homemade jams.


A: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

P: From £45
T: London Bridge


For more information or to make a reservation, visit Aqua Shard

hotel cafe royal

Hotel Café Royal 

Boasting a history of a fabulous clientele (Oscar Wilde was a regular in his day) Hotel Café Royal attracts a crowd for its extravagant setting. Afternoon Tea here is an opulent affair and as the tea salon has partnered up with Parisian candlemaker extraordinaire, Diptyque, the menu is inspired by the scents of their most popular candles. Rose, vanilla and bergamott dominate the sumptuous menu of treats.


A: 68 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 4DY

P: From £42
T: Piccadilly Circus


For more information or to make a reservation, visit Hotel Café Royal or call +44 20 7406 3333

Wyld Tea at Mondrian London

Take a walk on the wyld side! Afternoon Tea at The Mondrian takes place in the stylish Dandelyan bar – this is all pink, green and gold 70’s extravaganza. For those wishing for a little more festive afternoon tea, we highly recommend ordering one (or several) of their skilfully prepared cocktails to go with your nibbles. That’s what we call a tea party!


A: Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom, SE1 9PD

P: From £35 (without alcohol)£55 with
T: Southwark/ Blackfriars


For more information or to make a reservation, visit Lyaness or call +44 (0)20 3747 1063


Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley 

This fashion-themed afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel is everything. Enjoy a stylish display of sweet treats in the shape of dresses, shoes and handbags with a menu that changes every six months to follow the current trends from the catwalk. Fabulous, darling!


A: Wilton Pl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL

P: From £52
T: Hyde Park Corner


For more information or to make a reservation, visit The Berkeley or call +44 (0)20 7107 8866



Mad Hatters Tea at Sanderson

Sanderson invites you to tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a tea party beyond your wildest imagination, inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland. With menus hidden inside vintage books and teapots adorned with kings and queens, Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is full of sweet treats and savoury delights to tantalise your taste buds.

From smoked salmon quail eggs and melt-in-your-mouth parmesan croque-monsieur to the Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger, complete with the Mad March Hare vanilla pocket watch macaroon, there’s no excuse not to be late for this important date. We made a review about Mad Hatters Tea Party a while back- check it out (it’s in Swedish)!


A: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG

P: From £65
T: Tottenham Court Road


For more information or to make a reservation, visit Sandersons


scandal water afternoon tea

Scandal Water at The Edition

Scandal Water is a term coined in the 19th century for afternoon tea amongst high society, for whom boredom in the afternoon was a big no-no. The Edition itself is scandalously opulent hotel – hanging out here is an experience not to be missed, if you like stylish settings. Afternoon tea is served in the Punch Room, Friday to Sunday between 15.00-16.00, so make sure to plan your visit.


A: 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP

P: From £35
T: Goodge Street/ Tottenham Court Road


For more information or to make a reservation, visit The Edition or call +44 (0) 20 7908 7949


The Savoy

Indulge in traditional afternoon tea at one of the most iconic establishments in London. Listen to live music by the in-house piano player whilst you enjoy the endless stream of finger sandwiches, cakes and tea assortments. They’re serious about this quintessential British tradition at this five-star hotel – after all, they have been experts on the subject of tea since 1904.


A: Strand, London WC2R 0EZ, UK

P: From £68
T: Covent Garden


For more information or to make a reservation, visit The Savoy or call +44 20 7836 4343


Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s

Step into the magical setting of Mr Fogg’s. Inspired by Jules Verne’s classic Around the World in 80 Days, everything about the quirky victorian setting takes your senses on a trip. The Tipsy Tea features a hostess; non other than Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford and the supposed “inventor” of afternoon tea! Classic high-tea finger sandwiches and scones accompanied by exquisite drinks from the bar are sure to make an impression.


A: Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1

P: From £38
T: Green Park


For more information or to make a reservation, visit Mr Fogg’s or call +44 20 7036 0608


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