14 best unique and themed afternoon teas in London

Enjoy a fresh take on tradition with these fun and unusual afternoon teas in London.
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A dining table with display boxes full of cakes and candy floss, scones on plates, glasses of champagne and a teapot, cup and saucers
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. Image courtesy of One Aldwych.

Sit down for a themed afternoon tea and sweet treats at an interesting venue, take high tea on the move or enjoy themed food and drink at various different venues. Book a spot to enjoy a quirky afternoon tea in London with a fun twist, or look for a special themed afternoon tea in London amongst these impressive afternoon tea deals*.

1. Afternoon tea bus with panoramic tour of London

Take an afternoon tea aboard a panoramic tour of London, the perfect occasion for these famous selfies! © Photos.london

Spot London's most iconic landmarks while enjoying a quintessentially British afternoon tea aboard a stylish double-decker bus. As you soak up the sights from the comfort of your seat, you'll tuck into delightful sweet and savoury treats including sandwiches, pastries and scones.


Where: Departing from Belgravia (Golden Tours Stop 1, Bulleid Way, London SW1W 9SR)

Where:

Golden Tours Visitor Centre Victoria, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SH

Price:

From £45.00

2. Afternoon tea at the Cutty Sark

Afternoon tea at the Cutty Sark. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Indulge in a special afternoon tea at the Cutty Sark sat beneath the iconic copper-clad hull. Enjoy a selection of delicious teatime staples including homemade finger sandwiches, fresh scones with clotted cream and jam and sweet treats. Complete your visit by exploring the famous Cutty Sark ship, which is included with entry.


Where: Cutty Sark (King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HT)

Where:

King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9HT

Price:

From £38.00

3. Bustronome afternoon tea

Pair sightseeing and delicious food on a Bustronome tour. Image courtesy of Bustronome. Photo credit: Bobbymakepeace.

Treat yourself to a sightseeing tour combined with a French-inspired afternoon tea on the upper floor of a double-decker bus with Bustronome. Check out top landmarks through the glass roof and learn more about London's history while listening to an interactive guide, available in nine languages. Bon appétit!


Where: Departing from Westminster (Coach bay 40B, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6PB)

Where:

Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6PB

Price:

From £70.00

4. Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea

Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea at a speakeasy bar. © Golden Tours/Nic Crilly Hargrave

Solve a mystery case set by the famous detective and indulge in a delicious Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea in this quirky speakeasy bar experience. Put your puzzle solving skills to the test and tuck into sweet and savoury culinary delights – not forgetting the quintessential fresh scone, clotted cream and jam!


Where: Shepherd's Bush (Doyle’s Opticians, Ground Floor, W12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8PP)

Where:

Ground Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8PP

Price:

From £39.00

6. Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Image courtesy of Brigit's Bakery.

Hop aboard a vintage routemaster bus and tour London, spotting iconic sights along the way… all while indulging in colourful cupcakes and dainty finger sandwiches. Hook up to the audio guide on Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour and see The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and many more landmarks.

Where: Departing from Northumberland Avenue or Victoria Coach Station (Depending on time booked, check ticket for confirmation)

Where:

8 Northumberland Avenue, off Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5BY

5. Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel *

Science Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel. Image courtesy of The Ampersand Hotel.

Get hands-on at The Ampersand Hotel's Science Afternoon Tea. Drawing inspiration from the nearby Science Museum, you can dig to discover a dinosaur biscuit, dish up sweet treats from petri dishes and munch on some stellar space-themed cakes.


Where: South Kensington (The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Rd, South Kensington, SW7 3ER)

7. Afternoon tea at Burger Bites *

Burger Bites afternoon tea. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

Slide on down to Burger Bites, which puts a burger-themed twist on an afternoon tea. Choose six mini burgers, which are served on a tiered stand alongside cakes that resemble burgers – the perfect treat for a burger aficionado!


Where: Camden (72 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AN)

8. Shakespeare Themed Afternoon Tea at The Swan Restaurant *

Shakespeare-themed afternoon tea at The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe. Image courtesy of Red Letter Days.

Enjoy striking views over the river Thames and a Shakespeare-themed afternoon tea at The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe. Indulge in a spread of savoury sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam and a refreshing cocktail or mocktail, inspired by A Midsummer's Night Dream or Romeo and Juliet.


Where: Southbank (21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT)

9. Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard

Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard. Image courtesy of Bacchus Agency.

Go on a magical adventure with Aqua Shard’s Peter Pan Afternoon Tea. Gaze out across London and imagine you're best pals with the boy who never grew up, as you sip on a Fairy Dust cocktail, enjoy The Lost Boys chicken and bacon sandwiches, and delight in cakes such as the Tinker Bell with its touch of gold fairy dust.


Where: The Shard (Aqua Shard, London Bridge, SE1 9RY)

Where:

Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. Image courtesy of One Aldwych.

Tuck into weird and wonderful creations inspired by Roald Dahl's much-loved book with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. Enjoy the likes of “Not-quite-as-it-seems beetroot macaron”, “Blue as a blueberry cake pop” and scones with snozzberry jam.


Where: Covent Garden (One Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ)

Where:

One Aldwych, London, Greater London, WC2B 4BZ

11. Sketch Gallery afternoon tea

Sketch afternoon tea. Photo by: Rob Whitrow. Image courtesy of Sketch.

Enjoy a colourful afternoon tea in this Instagram-worthy venue decked out with copper-coloured walls and bright yellow furnishings. Sketch Gallery offers up a cornucopia of edible delights, including bright cakes, fresh scones and fruit tarts, as well as scrumptious finger sandwiches.


Where: Mayfair (Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG)

Where:

9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2XG

12. Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London

Kusama Art Afternoon Tea at Rosewood London © Patricia Niven. Image courtesy of Rosewood London.

Pick on pastries inspired by contemporary artists and their works with Rosewood London's Art Afternoon Tea, served in its Mirror Room. This afternoon tea menu changes regularly and is full of colourful creations based on the latest exhibitions in London. Pair your tea with champagne as part of this arty treat.


Where: Bloomsbury (252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN)

Where:

252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

13. Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley

Prêt-à-Portea festive afternoon tea at The Berkeley. Image courtesy of The Berkeley.

Channel your inner fashionista with this stylish afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel. Inspired by the latest catwalk designs and famous brands, the collection changes with the seasons, and has featured the likes of a red velvet cake inspired by the Lady Dior Handbag and a Moschino million-dollar note-topped pistachio delice.


Where: Knightsbridge (The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL)

Where:

Wilton Place, Knightsbirdge, London, SW1X 7RL

14. The Ultimate Afternoon Tea at The Cookery School

Have a go at making your own savoury bites and sweet treats with The Ultimate Afternoon Tea course run by The Cookery School at Little Portland Street. Join friends or family in crafting cakes, sandwiches, pastries and scones. At the end of your class, you’ll sit down to your creations with a glass of sparkling wine or a soft drink.


Where: Oxford Circus (15B Little Portland Street, Oxford Circus, W1W 8BW)

Where:

15B Little Portland Street, Oxford Circus, London, W1W 8BW