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.

Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms Afternoon Tea

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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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Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

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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 – scones, jam and clotted cream, finger sandwiches, loose leaf or flowering teas, coffee and optional champagne.  

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Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

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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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Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

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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 marshmallow mushrooms, carrot meringue and Swiss roll-style sandwiches that scream “eat me” and “drink me”.

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Afternoon Tea at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

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

Price £40 Book Now

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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Prohibition Tea at Quagliono's

From £29.50 Book Now

Be transported back to the 1920s with Quaglino’s Prohibition Afternoon Tea. Savour cocktails in smuggled tin cans, glass milk bottles and glass flasks, alongside sweet and savoury bites that revive the Roaring Twenties. Tuck into the likes of smoked salmon rosti, egg and baby cress brioche toast, buttermilk scones and bitter chocolate marquise.

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Sketch Gallery Afternoon Tea

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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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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 Lounge Bar. 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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Vintage Open Top Bus Afternoon Tea Tour

Price £49 Book Now

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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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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London Royal Tea at Hotel Café Royal

Learn about the traditions surrounding afternoon tea with a royally good tea at Hotel Café Royal. Served in the Oscar Wilde Bar, this London-themed tea features sweet and savoury treats inspired by the capital and generations of royals. Tuck in to everything from Battenberg cake – which was said to be created to celebrate the marriage between Louis of Battenberg and Queen Victoria’s granddaughter – to Victoria sponge named after Queen Victoria herself.

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Mum to Be Afternoon Tea at The Arch London

Expectant mothers are treated to some “me” time at this special baby shower themed tea at The Arch London hotel. Enjoy savoury snacks such as Stilton cheese straws and coronation chicken or tuck into sweet specials such as vanilla cupcakes, handmade marshmallows, and chocolate orange tea cakes.

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The Ultimate Afternoon Tea at The Cookery School

Have a go at making your own savoury bites and sweet teats 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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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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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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