Best unusual afternoon teas in London

Enjoy a fresh take on the traditional British afternoon tea in London with these quirky and fun offerings.

Sit down to sweet treats at an interesting venue, take high tea on the move or enjoy quirky and themed food and drink. Don’t miss out; book a table to enjoy an afternoon tea in London with an unusual twist or look for quirky offerings among these afternoon tea deals.

1. Diptyque Afternoon Tea at Hotel Café Royal

Treat your senses to the luxurious flavours of the Diptyque Afternoon Tea, created in collaboration with the French perfumer and artist, Diptyque. Served in the Hotel Café Royal's magnificent Oscar Wilde Bar, this afternoon tea is infused with ingredients found in some of the luxury perfume brand’s most popular fragrances, from violet and lemon verbena to Tahitian vanilla.

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2. B ‘N T: Brunch Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly

Combine your most-loved brunch dishes with afternoon tea during the quirky B ‘N T: Brunch Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly on Saturdays and Sundays. Sample a selection of inventive treats including a full English breakfast served in a mini Yorkshire pudding, a smoked salmon muffin and chocolate-filled eggs, while sipping on an Earl Grey-infused cocktail.

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3. Afternoon Tea with Live Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Listen to the incredible sounds of a live operatic performance while indulging in afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall. The Verdi – Italian Kitchen hosts the music-filled afternoon tea on selected Saturdays, and serves up treats including finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and a fine selection of teas.

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4. A Midsummer Night's Dream afternoon tea at the Swan

Experience an enchanting take on the classic afternoon treat at the riverside Swan. Taking inspiration from one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, the A Midsummer Night's Dream afternoon tea features a whimsical mix of sweet and savoury elements such as flower-infused macaroons, mulberry scones and a magical Love Potion cocktail.

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5. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych

Chocolate lovers will melt for One Aldwych’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory-inspired afternoon tea. Served in the hotel’s gorgeous lobby bar, the menu features homemade candyfloss, caramel chocolate milk as well as traditional fare. Indulge in the optional extra of a Cocktail Charlie – whisky, Merlet Sœurs Cerises Cherry, grapefruit and chocolate bitters topped with champagne.  

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6. Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

Pop into the Sanderson restaurant for a magical Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. You’ll thoroughly appreciate this trip down the rabbit hole, with clever touches including vintage-book menus and quirky delicacies such as a King of Hearts parmesan and ham croque monsieur, and a Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier, that scream “eat me” and “drink me”.

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7. Nordic Afternoon Tea at Aquavit

Be transported to Scandinavia through Nordic-inspired mouthfuls in Aquavit’s afternoon tea. Start with open sandwiches featuring the classic flavours of gravlax, shrimp skagen, and venison tartare, before indulging in Swedish cardamom buns and cookies.

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8. Afternoon tea at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Using the principles of New Basque cuisine, this tea at The Halkin’s Michelin-starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction restaurant brings Spanish flavours to this British tradition. Tuck into tapas such as ham croquettes and duck skewers followed by sweet bites, from tempura rose petals to rice pudding; all washed down with tea or cava.

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9. Afternoon tea at Ethos

Enjoy a vegan or gluten-free tea at healthy eating restaurant Ethos, where you’ll be treated to a daily changing selection of sweet treats, sandwiches and scones with a pot of tea – or a glass of prosecco for a little extra. This is as close as it comes to a guilt-free tea!

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10. Sketch Gallery afternoon tea

Enjoy a colourful afternoon tea in this fabulous venue featuring pink decor and pieces by artist David Shrigley. Sketch Gallery offers up a cornucopia of edible delights including bright cakes, fresh scones and fruit tarts as well as scrumptious finger sandwiches.

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11. Vintage open top bus afternoon tea tour

A truly stylish way to combine sightseeing and afternoon tea. Travel on a vintage 1950s open-top bus around London, stopping for photos at Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, you’ll cruise down the river Thames while enjoying a traditional champagne afternoon tea.

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12. Green & Black’s Chocola-Tea at The Montagu

Indulge in a true chocoholic’s delight at The Montagu. Having teamed up with chocolate brand Green & Black’s, the hotel’s afternoon tea includes chocolate in all of its elements; from a coronation chicken sandwich on chocolate bread, to sweet treats including a butterscotch tea cake. Definitely one for the sweet toothed!

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13. 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 a range of cakes, sandwiches, pastries and scones. At the end of your class, you’ll sit down to the afternoon tea that you’ve created with a glass of sparkling wine or some tea.

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14. Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms afternoon tea

Put together your own afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms by selecting a number of sweet and savoury options from the wide-ranging menu. Offering British classics with a twist, you’ll find everything from lobster brandy soup to maple syrup and sultana scones. There’s also a great choice of teas, from the classic Earl Grey to more unusual options such as Rooibos Tiramisu.

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15. City Cruises afternoon tea cruise

Enjoy a sedate afternoon tea cruise along the river Thames, while passing some of London’s most famous sights. You’ll be served a selection of finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as delicious cakes accompanied by unlimited tea and coffee. The on-board bar serves a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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