Best unusual afternoon teas in London

Enjoy a fresh take on the traditional British afternoon tea in London with these quirky and fun offerings.

Sit down to sweet treats at an interesting venue, take high tea on the move or enjoy quirky and themed food and drink. Don’t miss out; book a table to enjoy an afternoon tea in London with an unusual twist or look for quirky offerings amongst these afternoon tea deals.

1. Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms afternoon tea

Put together your own afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms by selecting a number of sweet and savoury options from the wide-ranging menu. Offering British classics with a twist, you’ll find everything from lobster brandy soup to maple syrup and sultana scones. There’s also a great choice of teas, from the classic Earl Grey to more unusual options such as Rooibos Tiramisu.

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2. City Cruises afternoon tea cruise

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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3. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych

Chocolate lovers will melt for One Aldwych’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory-inspired afternoon tea. Served in the hotel’s gorgeous lobby bar, the menu features homemade candyfloss, caramel chocolate milk as well as traditional fare. Indulge in the optional extra of a Cocktail Charlie – whisky, Grand Marnier Cherry and chocolate bitters topped with champagne.  

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4. Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

Pop into the Sanderson restaurant at the eponymous 5-star hotel for a magical Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. You’ll thoroughly appreciate this trip down the rabbit hole, with clever touches including vintage-book menus and quirky delicacies such as King of Hearts parmesan and ham croque monsieur, and Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier, that scream “eat me” and “drink me”.

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5. It’s All in the Game Afternoon Tea at St James's Hotel & Club

Ditch the smartphone and re-connect with family, friends or your loved one over treasured board games at St James’ Hotel  & Club’s Seven Park Place restaurant. The It’s All in the Game Afternoon Tea (which includes the likes of a dark chocolate Monopoly top hat, dominoes shortbread, and Battenberg dice) will take you straight back to your childhood.

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6. Nordic Afternoon Tea at Aquavit

Be transported to Scandinavia through Nordic-inspired mouthfuls in Aquavit’s afternoon tea. Start with open sandwiches featuring the classic flavours of gravlax, shrimp skagen, and venison tartare, before indulging in Swedish cardamom buns and cookies.

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7. Afternoon tea at the British Museum

This is a fantastic way to enjoy one of London’s iconic spaces. Take a seat in the British Museum’s Great Court restaurant, high up underneath the famous sweeping glass roof and partake of a delicious traditional afternoon tea with all the trimmings; from scones, jam and clotted cream, to finger sandwiches and loose leaf or flowering teas.

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8. Afternoon tea at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Using the principles of New Basque cuisine, this tea at The Halkin’s Michelin-starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction restaurant brings Spanish flavours to this British tradition. Tuck into tapas such as pork croquettes and Iberico ham followed by sweet bites, from lime custard and banana tartlet to chocolate with churros; all washed down with tea or cava.

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9. Afternoon tea at Ethos

Enjoy a vegan or gluten-free tea at healthy eating restaurant Ethos, where you’ll be treated to a selection of sweet treats, including a peanut butter bomb, orange cake and banana bread with a pot of tea – or a glass of prosecco for a little extra. This is as close as it comes to a guilt free tea!

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10. Sketch Gallery afternoon tea

Enjoy a colourful afternoon tea in this fabulous venue featuring pink decor and pieces by artist David Shrigley. Sketch Gallery offers up a cornucopia of edible delights including bright macarons, eclairs and fruit tarts as well as finger sandwiches with caviar, quail eggs, cucumber and asparagus.

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11. Indian afternoon tea at Strand Palace Hotel

Spice up your afternoon tea with an Eastern twist on the British classic at the Strand Palace Hotel’s Daawat Indian Restaurant. Taste authentic Indian flavours in a generous selection of inventive sweet and savoury dainties, washed down with beautifully fragranced cardamom chai.

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12. Green & Black’s Chocola-Tea at The Montagu

Indulge in a true chocoholic’s delight at The Montagu. Having teamed up with chocolate brand Green & Black’s, the hotel’s afternoon tea includes chocolate in all of its elements; from a coronation chicken sandwich on chocolate bread, to sweet treats including butterscotch chocolate cheesecake. Definitely one for the sweet toothed!

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13. Vintage open top bus afternoon tea tour

A truly stylish way to combine sightseeing and afternoon tea. Travel on a vintage 1950s open-top bus around London, stopping for photos at Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Then you’ll be dropped at the elegant Criterion Restaurant for a traditional British afternoon tea with champagne.

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14. Afternoon tea at Barbican Conservatory

Dine among 2,000 exotic plant species, from palms and ferns to colourful flowers, in the Barbican Conservatory. Once you’ve had your fill of savoury and sweet bites, ranging from the traditional to the tropical, go on a conservatory tour with one of the resident experts. This exclusive tea must be booked in advance and is only available only on selected Sundays throughout the year.

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15. Cutty Sark afternoon tea

Historic tea clipper, Cutty Sark, was built to bring tea back to Britain. Continue the tradition with the unusual perspective of the ship's hull while sipping on a quintessentially British drink and nibbling on British favourites such as sandwiches, scones and cakes. One of the most poignant places in London to take tea.

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16. The Ultimate Afternoon Tea at The Cookery School

Have a go at making your own savoury bites and sweet treats with The Ultimate Afternoon Tea course run by The Cookery School at Little Portland Street. Join friends or family in crafting a range of cakes, sandwiches, pastries and scones. At the end of your class, you’ll sit down to the afternoon tea that you’ve created with a glass of sparkling wine or some tea.

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17. Afternoon tea at The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum in Greenwich is a delightful example of London’s quirky specialist museums. Afternoon tea is only available with entry to the museum, but that’s no hardship considering the fascinating collection housed within. The meal is served in the museum’s Orangery – a light-filled room overlooking a Japanese style garden. Advance booking is advisable.  

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