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 sandwiches at The Savoy, we pick the best afternoon tea London venues for the quintessentially British tradition. Indulge in one of the most iconic London food and drink experiences in stylish surrounds, from lavish lobbies and elegant hotel lounges, to tropical palm courts.

Advance booking is recommended (and often essential) due to the popularity of the best afternoon teas in London. Smart dress codes may apply, so check with the venue in advance.

If you're on a budget, opt instead for one of these cheap afternoon teas or take your pick from many afternoon tea London offers. Alternatively, try something a little different with one of the many unusual afternoon teas.

1. The Athenaeum

Savour afternoon tea classics such as egg and cress sandwiches, fruit scones and black forest gateau, alongside some more inventive sweets from the Galvin brothers, as part of The Athenaeum's afternoon tea. Befitting of its location next to Hyde Park, this traditional tea is served in the verdant surrounds of the Garden Room with views of the hotel's vertical living wall.

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2. 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 also a choice of 17 teas at this venue, which was a favourite of Queen Victoria.

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3. Claridge's

Head to iconic Claridge's for a tea featuring finger sandwiches, seasonal pastries and cakes, raisin and apple scones with jam and Cornish clotted cream, plus a choice of 24 loose leaf teas. The award-winning afternoon tea at Claridge's is served daily in the elegant Foyer & Reading Room accompanied by music from the grand piano. Read More
Prices from £26.00 (USD 36.38) Book now

4. 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 take The Dorchester afternoon tea in the hotel's spa for that added bit of opulence.

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5. Fortnum & Mason

In Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon you can choose from a range of teas selected by Fortnum's tea taster alongside finger sandwiches, scones and cakes from the Highgrove Cake Carriage. There are also meat, fish, dairy and gluten-free afternoon teas available. If you can't manage a whole afternoon tea, pop in for tea and cakes as part of a high tea in London.

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Prices from £41.00 (USD 57.36) Book now

6. The Goring

Sample a traditional London afternoon tea in front of the roaring fire in The Goring hotel's Bar & Lounge during the colder months. Or come summer, enjoy your scones, finger sandwiches and pastries in the tranquil garden of this traditional venue just minutes from Buckingham Palace. It also offers a gluten-free afternoon tea, which should be requested in advance.

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7. The Landmark London

Delve into 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 spectacular 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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8. The Lanesborough

Gorge on French pastries, 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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9. The Langham

Guests have enjoyed The Langham afternoon tea since 1865, and this classic tea stays true to the British tradition. In the luxurious surroundings of the hotel's Palm Court, you can enjoy the likes of prawn cocktail or egg sandwiches, fresh scones with jam and cream, specialist teas, plus cakes inspired by traditional Wedgwood china designs.

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10. The Savoy

Be treated to musical accompaniment from the resident pianist as you linger over a selection of finger sandwiches, plain and raisin scones, French pastries and more in the historic Thames Foyer. The Savoy afternoon tea includes a huge selection of teas, including its own signature blends, and can be upgraded to a champagne afternoon tea for a little extra.

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Prices from £41.00 (USD 57.36) Book now

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. Book in advance for The Ritz afternoon tea, where sandwiches, teacakes, scones and pastries are served up in the elegant Palm Court alongside 18 different loose leaf teas, plus music from a pianist or harpist.

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