Traditional afternoon teas 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 afternoon tea at The Ritz to The Savoy, there is a afternoon tea London venue to suit all tastes. Find the best afternoon teas in London here or book one of these sweet afternoon tea deals.

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.

Hungry again after your afternoon tea? Look at what other food and drink London has on offer.

1. Hotel Café Royal

Follow in the footsteps of famous names as you settle down in the exquisite surrounds of Hotel Café Royal’s Oscar Wilde Bar. Oscar Wilde himself, The Beatles and David Bowie have all relaxed in this space over the years – although they may not all have tucked into this afternoon tea featuring delicate cakes, and sandwiches filled with the likes of coronation chicken and prawn Mary Rose.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. The Landmark London

Enjoy a fine selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones and French pastries alongside loose leaf and herbal teas in the light and airy surrounds of The Landmark London's Winter Garden. If you want to splash out, indulge in a champagne afternoon tea; while chocoholics can tuck into a sumptuous chocolate-themed version.

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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. The Lanesborough

Delve into French pastries, freshly baked scones and finger sandwiches in either the elegant Céleste dining room or the more intimate Withdrawing Room at The Lanesborough. This traditional afternoon tea has been given the UK Tea Council’s Award of Excellency on multiple occasions, and is the perfect indulgence in between seeing nearby Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.

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11. 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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