Afternoon Tea in London

Tea in a pot, scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches and dainty cakes... nothing could be more British than afternoon tea in London. 

From The Ritz to The Savoy, these are London's top afternoon teas. 

Top tip: Advance booking is recommended (and often essential) due to the popularity of these afternoon teas. Smart dress codes may apply - check with the venue in advance.

Brown's Hotel

Brown's Hotel's award-winning afternoon tea is served in the English Tea Room, complete with wood panelling, fireplaces and original artworks. Relax to the sounds of the baby grand piano as you enjoy finger sandwiches, pastries, scones and cakes from the trolley. There's a choice of 17 teas, and two Tea Sommeliers to help you choose.

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City Cruises Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a sedate afternoon tea cruise along the River Thames, while passing some of London’s most famous sights. You’ll be served a selection of finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as delicious cakes accompanied by unlimited tea and coffee. The on-board bar serves a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Fortnum & Mason

In Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon you can choose from a range of teas selected by Fortnum's tea taster. The afternoon tea menu includes finger sandwiches, scones and cakes from the Highgrove Cake Carriage. You can request meat, fish, dairy or gluten-free teas.

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OXO Tower Restaurant

Enjoy afternoon tea up on the roof with breathtaking views of the river Thames and St Paul's Cathedral. If the weather is fine, take your afternoon tea al fresco at the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie. The "Not Afternoon Tea" selection also includes seasonal and chocolate variations, plus a special champagne celebration version for two.

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The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum was a recent winner of the Tea Guild's Top London Afternoon Tea award, having won the accolade in 2012. Served in the welcoming Garden Room with its views of the vertical living wall, this tea features a range of sandwiches, pastries and scones alongside a choice of tea or champagne - honey used for the tea is sourced from Regent's Park.

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The Berkeley

If you're a fan of fashion, head to The Berkeley's Caramel Room for the Prêt-à-Portea tea. The éclairs, cakes and fancies are all inspired by the latest fashion collections, and are served in miniature mouthfuls for the figure-conscious. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and the Beckhams have all been spotted here.

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The Langham

Afternoon tea at The Langham has been a tradition since 1865. In the luxurious surroundings of the hotel's Palm Court, you can enjoy finger sandwiches, fresh scones with jam and cream, French pastries and specialist teas. The Langham's afternoon tea is so good, it was named the Tea Guild's Top London Afternoon Tea in 2010.

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The Savoy

The Savoy's tea is served in the historic Thames Foyer, accompanied by a pianist playing on one of the hotel's traditional white pianos. Expect a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked raisin and plain scones, French pastries and Thames Foyer signature cakes, plus a huge selection of teas.

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The Dorchester

Afternoon tea is served five times a day in The Dorchester's famous marble and gilt Promenade. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches followed by warm scones with jam and cream, French pastries and a choice of fine and rare teas. You can also get afternoon tea in The Dorchester Spa's Spatisserie.

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The Goring

Sample the top London afternoon tea 2013, as crowned at the 'Oscars' of the tea world, The Tea Guild Awards. During colder months, tea can be taken by a roaring fire. During warmer months, The Goring – just minutes from Buckingham Palace – serves this award-winning tea al fresco in the garden.

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The Ritz

Tea at The Ritz is nothing less than an institution. It has become so popular that there are now five sittings every day at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Booking at least four weeks in advance is essential. Afternoon tea is served in the elegant Palm Court with music by a pianist or a harpist.

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Claridge's

Claridge's was awarded the Tea Guild's Top London Afternoon Tea in 2011. The luxurious tea includes finger sandwiches, sweet pastries, freshly baked raisin and apple scones with jam and cream, and a choice of almost 40 teas. This popular afternoon tea is served daily at 1pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 5pm and 5.30pm.

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