Best champagne afternoon teas in London

From traditional afternoon teas to eccentric takes on this quintessentially British experience, check out some of the best champagne afternoon teas in London.
Waiter pouring champagne into flutes accompanying afternoon tea scones and sandwiches.
Champagne afternoon tea at Claridge's. Image courtesy of Claridge's.

Everyone wants a slice of the cake, so book in advance to guarantee your spot. Some venues insist on a smart dress code – but you are sipping on some of the finest champagnes around, after all.

For more indulgent treats, try the capital's best traditional afternoon teas or hang out in a stylish champagne bar. If you're on a tighter budget, opt for a cheap afternoon tea or take your pick from many afternoon tea London offers.

Traditional champagne afternoon teas

Champagne afternoon tea at Claridge's hotel

Experience a classic afternoon tea in Claridge’s elegant Foyer & Reading Room. Select from traditional sandwiches, hand-made patisseries and freshly baked scones, accompanied by Laurent-Perrier Brut or Rosé, your choice of more than 20 loose-leaf teas and famously exquisite service in luxurious surroundings.

Champagne afternoon tea at Flemings Mayfair

Relax on velvet sofas in Flemings Mayfair’s Georgian Drawing Room with a classic afternoon tea devised by chef Shaun Rankin. The stylish room is as light and airy as the scones, while rich pastries go perfectly with a glass of Cuvée D Devaux champagne or The East India Company's teas. Book now

Champagne afternoon tea at Number Sixteen

Bathe in the light-filled Orangery or the pretty garden at Number Sixteen, a green oasis in South Kensington. Its all-day afternoon tea has the option to upgrade with a glass of Pommery Brut NV or a Garden Bellini cocktail. On a sunny day, it’s the perfect respite from the nearby museums. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options are also available. Book now

Stylish champagne afternoon teas

Art Afternoon Tea at the Rosewood London

Marvel at the Rosewood London's unique take on this British tradition. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, its afternoon tea features a trio of sweet creations based on some of his most famous works, alongside scones and sandwiches. Enjoy it with Ruinart champagne or, for a truly special treat, upgrade to Dom Pérignon. Book now

Fancy Tea at Lyaness

Head to Lyaness on the South Bank for one of London's best afternoon teas with a view, served in sleek electric blue surroundings overlooking the Thames. Sip on champagne, from Perrier-Jouët to Krug; or, for a proper treat, pair the quirky savoury and sweet treats with cocktails from award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana. Book now

Afternoon tea with bubbles at Sketch

Sink into the famously squashy pink shell chairs at Mayfair’s Sketch for one of London’s most stylish afternoon teas. Its collaboration with artist David Shrigley pairs quirky decor with picture-perfect pastries and Pommery Brut or English sparkling wine. This unique afternoon tea London experience is an Instagram must! Book now

The Queen of Afternoon Teas at Hotel Café Royal

Served in Hotel Café Royal's lavish Oscar Wilde Lounge, this champagne afternoon tea celebrates 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria in opulent fashion. The experience features dishes and traditions that became popular during Queen Victoria's reign, including cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponge plus Veuve Clicquot or Ruinart Blanc de Blanc. Book now

Quirky champagne afternoon teas

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Venture down the rabbit hole to the plush Sanderson for its whimsical Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea. Match a Queen of Hearts jammy dodger or a Mad March Hare’s macaroon with a “Drink Me” potion and a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne, or enjoy a tipsy evening tea with a flight of specially created cocktails. Book now

Tea-Tox Healthy Champagne Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel

Enjoy a guilt-free champagne afternoon tea in Mayfair at Brown’s Hotel. The wood-panelled favourite of Queen Victoria and Agatha Christie offers a lighter, gluten-free option alongside its traditional afternoon menu – leaving you clear to indulge in a glass of Brut NV champagne. Book now

Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Residence

Be adventurous and head to Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair for delectable sandwiches and cakes, accompanied by either champagne or spirit-infused teapot cocktails. Admire the eclectic vintage decor and be inspired by Mr Fogg's adventures to far-flung destinations.
London has a huge selection of afternoon teas to choose from. Take a look at some of the more unusual afternoon tea options, try an afternoon tea cruise or see more of London during an afternoon tea bus tour.