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Best 15 themed afternoon teas in London

Enjoy a fresh take on tradition with these fun and unusual afternoon teas in London.
A large wooden display box on a table, including milk bottles full of chocolate liquid with straws, scones, candy floss and other sweet treats..
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. Image courtesy of One Aldwych.

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

1. 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. Read More

2. 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. Read More

3. City Cruises afternoon tea cruise

Enjoy a sedate afternoon tea on the Thames, while passing some of London’s most famous sights on City Cruises' afternoon tea cruise. Nibble on finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and cakes accompanied by unlimited tea and coffee. The on-board bar serves a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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4. London Landmarks Afternoon Tea at Town House at The Kensington

London Landmarks Afternoon Tea at Town House at The Kensington. Image courtesy of Neil Reading PR

Eat your way through London's most recognisable sights at Town House at The Kensington with its London Landmarks Afternoon Tea, which pays homage to the capital's iconic buildings. Treat yourself to The Shard in carrot cake form, a red telephone box rhubarb mousse and more, all presented on a London Eye-inspired tea stand alongside a bespoke map.

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5. 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. Read More

6. 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 salmon and beetroot macaron”, “Blue as a blueberry chocolate tart” and scones with snozzberry jam. Read More

7. 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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8. Kusama 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 artist Yayoi Kusama with Rosewood London's Art Afternoon Tea, served in its Mirror Room. Enjoy dainty bites full of Japanese flavours, and even pair your tea with champagne made in collaboration with the artist, whose Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibition arrives at Tate Modern this spring. Read More

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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon tea at the Swan

Experience an enchanting take on the classic afternoon treat at the riverside Swan. Themed around 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 marbled macarons, mulberry scones and a magical Love Potion cocktail.

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10. Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley. Image courtesy of the Maybourne Hotel Group

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.

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11. Charbonnel et Walker Afternoon Tea at May Fair Kitchen

May Fair Kitchen: Charbonnel et Walker afternoon tea. Image courtesy of May Fair Kitchen. Photo: Justin de Souza

Find treats from chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker as part of the sumptuous chocolate afternoon tea at May Fair Kitchen. Alongside traditional finger sandwiches, such as roast beef with horseradish and smoked salmon with cream cheese, you’ll uncover chocolate truffles, tiramisu and doughnuts with chocolate sauce.

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12. Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson. Image courtesy of Sanderson

Feel like you're hosting your own quirky tea party in London with Sanderson's magical Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. Take a tumble down the rabbit hole with clever touches such as book menus and quirky cakes, from the King of Hearts parmesan and ham croque monsieur, to a Mad March Hare vanilla pocket watch macaroon.

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13. Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly

Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly. Image courtesy of Spotl1ght Communications.
Step into the world of one of Beatrix Potter's most famous characters with the Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly (formerly Le Méridien Piccadilly). Sandwiches include the veg-focused “Mr McGregor's Garden”; while sweets feature “Flower-Pot Hideout”, an edible chocolate pot with chamomile mousse. Read More

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.

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15. What’s The Tea at W London

Enjoy a playful afternoon tea at The Perception at W London, as you explore the vibrant world of drag queens. Enjoy colourful treats served in a pink cosmetic case, glitter balls of white chocolate-coated lemon and blueberry cake, and scones with "clotted night cream" and "lip jam". Amplify your experience with a glamourous show by the Globe Girls, who perform once a month.

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