Whether you’re looking for a festive afternoon tea with all the trimmings or a seasonal treat with a sprinkle of quirkiness, there’s an extra-special Christmas afternoon tea in London for every taste served over the holiday season.
Enjoy a Traditional London Afternoon Tea with a Christmas Twist
Spark that festive feeling with a traditional Christmas afternoon tea at The Ritz, while seated in the iconic Palm Court gloriously dressed for the Christmas season. As well as seasonal sandwiches, indulgent pastries and 16 varieties of loose-leaf tea, you’ll also be treated to a glass of bubbly (or a cute teddy bear for little visitors) and classic carols performed by The Ritz Choir for a quintessential British afternoon tea experience this Christmas. 26 Nov-30 Dec
Hotel Cafe Royal London
Take a break from Christmas shopping and treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea at Hotel Cafe Royal London, which is brimming with golden macaroons, mulled wine panna cotta, stollen and a host of savoury treats to enjoy. You can also choose between more than 20 varieties of tea, or opt for a glass of champagne to add some extra sparkle to your Christmas feast. 14 Nov-8 Jan
Defrost in front of the roaring fireplace at Lancaster London, while feasting on Christmas pudding scones, snow-covered marshmallows, champagne truffle lollipops and festive-filled parcels with their sumptuous festive afternoon tea served in the Lounge Bar. Afterwards, take a short wander over to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or finish off the last of your Christmas shopping in London’s West End. 28 Nov-26 Dec
The Landmark London
Stop by The Landmark London during the run-up to Christmas, where you’ll find a delightful Christmas champagne afternoon tea served in the opulent Winter Garden. With carol singers and beautiful Victorian-style Christmas decorations, the London hotel’s seasonal spread promises a selection of festive-inspired cakes and tartlets, traditional finger sandwiches and a specially-designed Christmas tea blend. 1 Dec-2 Jan
Indulge in a Luxurious Festive Afternoon Tea in London
Visit The Savoy for an Ice and Diamonds Afternoon Tea in decadent surroundings, as the world-famous hotel is elegantly decked out with opulent decorations over the festive season. Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in the Thames Foyer next to the indoor ice rink, featuring a range of beautiful Boodles-inspired pastries, warm scones and classic finger sandwiches. This is accompanied by a flute of Louis Roederer Rosé NV Champagne, and the beautiful sounds of The Savoy’s resident pianist. 19 Nov-2 Jan
Searcys at The Gherkin
For the ultimate luxury experience this Christmas, climb to Searcys at the top of The Gherkin for the glitzy Diamond in the Sky Christmas Afternoon Tea with stunning views over London. Sink your teeth into a selection of treats from shimmering hand-crafted pastries to festive mince pies, and find a sparkling crystal at the bottom of your glass of champagne, which will be swapped for a real diamond for one lucky guest this Christmas! 4, 11 and 18 Dec
Head to Mayfair over the holiday season for Claridge’s festive afternoon tea, serving a mouth-watering range of seasonal fare and Laurent-Perrier champagne. You can tuck into turkey, cranberry and stuffing finger sandwiches, hand-crafted choux pastry baubles, Christmas pudding ice cream and specially-selected teas. Afterwards, marvel at the magnificent Claridge’s Christmas tree and sing along to traditional carols on weekends. 14 Nov-1 Jan
Corinthia Hotel London
Take delight in the Corinthia Hotel London’s magical Swan-Lake themed afternoon tea, boasting a selection of savoury nibbles, traditional scones with clotted cream and enchanting pastries such as the Odette: a white chocolate mousse with mulled wine infused plums. There’s also the choice of Laurent-Perrier Champagne or Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne, and beautiful live ballet performances taking place on 24 and 25 December. 25 Nov-1 Jan
Take Afternoon Tea at a Winter Rooftop Bar in London
Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar
Step into the enchanting Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar on the rooftop of world-famous department store, Selfridges. Here you’ll find a glamorous afternoon tea boasting disco-themed cakes and pastries, freshly baked scones with raspberry jam and finger sandwiches, to be enjoyed in the sparkly pop-up alpine forest overlooking the glittering streets of London. There’s also a fantastic selection of Christmas cocktails on offer, which make the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon treat. Pre-ordered afternoon tea is available from 11am to 11pm from Monday to Saturday, and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday
Soak up the atmosphere at the cosy Dalloway Terrace, complete with Narnia-like foliage and snuggly blankets this Christmas. Indulge in the sumptuous chocolate afternoon tea designed by Maison Pierre Marcolini, which includes a white chocolate and Christmas pudding dome, a selection of mini chocolates and a decadent pecan and salted caramel chocolate slice, alongside the festive staple: turkey finger sandwiches. And if you’re still craving something sweet, make sure to try one of their specially-designed chocolate cocktails.
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Try a Quirky Christmas Afternoon Tea
Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with the Mad Hatter’s Festive Tipsy Evening Tea at Sanderson. Dine on a selection of Alice in Wonderland themed treats, alongside other festive fare including a vodka-infused ladybird, chocolate fudge yule log, savoury scones and mini chipolatas. As it’s the season to be jolly, this Christmas afternoon tea is also accompanied by a flight of four festive cocktails such as the Sanderson Hot Toddy: rum, cognac, lemon juice and honey, finished with Mad Hatter tea. 28 Nov-24 Dec and 2-8 Jan
Relive your favourite childhood story with a festive afternoon tea at One Aldwych, which is inspired by the classic tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. During your Christmas feast, you can tuck into blueberry brioche, a cheesecake-filled golden egg and homemade candyfloss, before toasting to the festive season with a glass of Lallier Grand Reserve Champagne. Afterwards, why not finish your day trip to London with a spectacular evening performance of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical? 14 Nov-6 Jan
More Alternative Festive Afternoon Teas
Sink your teeth into York and Albany’s seasonal afternoon tea in their cosy Gingerbread Winter Cabin, which offers a festive range of all things ginger including macaroons, parkin, scones with clotted cream and more. Alternatively, you can embrace your inner rock star with K West Hotel and Spa’s festive Rock 'N' Cocktails Tea which can be taken at midnight or see some of the dazzling London Christmas lights aboard the B Bus Christmas Afternoon Tea Tour.
Other Christmas Afternoon Teas in London
If you’re looking for a celiac-friendly treat this festive season, drop by 108 Brasserie for their gluten-free Christmas tea which includes handmade cakes and pastries, buttermilk scones and plenty of festive-filled sandwiches, served in the 108 Pantry. 21 Nov-2 Jan
If you’re hungry for more, check out some of London’s quirky food experiences over the holiday period, head to a cosy London pub or sip on a Christmas cocktail. For additional festive inspiration, take a look at our guide to things to do in London at Christmas.