Best Christmas afternoon teas in London

Enjoy carols, decorations and festive treats during one of London's top afternoon teas this Christmas.

Whether you’re looking for a festive afternoon tea with all the trimmings or a seasonal treat with a sprinkle of quirkiness, take a look at our selection of the best Christmas afternoon tea London has to offer over the holiday season

Below are some of our favourite festive afternoon teas from 2018. Check back towards the end of the year for full details on delicious festive afternoon teas in 2019. Most begin in mid-November and many last into early January

Traditional London afternoon tea with a Christmas twist

InterContinental London Park Lane

Sit back and enjoy the Twelve Days of Christmas tea at the InterContinental London Park Lane’s Wellington Lounge in Mayfair. The sandwiches, hot savouries and intricate sweets, including Christmas swan cakes, are all inspired by the classic Christmas carol. For an even more indulgent treat, there’s an option with bottomless Perrier-Jouët champagne for 90 minutes.

Royal Lancaster London

Feast on seasonal favourites with a Festive Afternoon Tea at the Royal Lancaster London. Treats include chocolate and cherry yule log, cranberry scones, clementine and ginger tart, plus roast turkey, honey-roast ham or truffled duck egg savouries. Afterwards, wander to nearby Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or finish off the last of your Christmas shopping in London’s West End.

The Connaught

Spoil yourself with Festive Afternoon Tea in London at Jean-Georges at The Connaught, and enjoy a whimsical selection of delicious bites such as chestnut pastry with pear compote, and spiced chocolate fondue with gingerbread. They’re almost too sweet to eat!

The Ritz

Spark that festive feeling with Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Ritz’s iconic Palm Court, which is gloriously dressed for the Christmas season. As well as delicious finger sandwiches, seasonal pastries and 21 varieties of fine tea, you’ll be treated to classic carols for a quintessential British afternoon tea experience at Christmas in London.

Luxurious festive afternoon teas in London

Claridge's

Step through the stunning frosted doorway at Claridge’s in Mayfair and marvel at its magnificent Christmas tree. Start with finger sandwiches, then try an éclair with clementine crémeux, winter spiced pear, and Claridge’s famous Christmas pudding. Its opulent afternoon tea is full of seasonal treats and comes with Laurent-Perrier champagne and specially selected teas.

The Savoy

The Savoy hosts its Festive Afternoon Tea in elegant surroundings, as the world-famous hotel is decked out with lavish decorations and a spectacular Christmas tree. Served in the Thames Foyer, this London afternoon tea features traditional flavours of Christmas, from turkey tart, to festive fruit cake and mince pies.

The Langham

Relax in the luxe surroundings of The Langham’s Palm Court for its Festive Afternoon Tea with Liberty London. Under an edible-pearl-studded white-chocolate cloche, you’ll discover choux buns, sable pastries and opera cakes, to accompany elegant savouries, scones and a glass of bubbles. The tea even includes a special chocolate treat to take home.

The Landmark London

Stop by The Landmark London in the run-up to the big day, where you can try its delightful Festive Afternoon Tea in the luxurious atmosphere of The Winter Garden. Decked in beautiful Christmas decorations, the London hotel’s seasonal spread includes gingerbread mousse, pistachio and cranberry opera cake, served alongside a glass of champagne.

London afternoon tea at a winter terrace

Dalloway Terrace

Cuddle up at cosy Dalloway Terrace, complete with Narnia-like foliage and snuggly blankets. The menu is filled with delicious scones and sweet treats such as chocolate mousse with clementine gel, red-apple terrine, and cranberry cream. Try one of its moreish hot cocktails for a warming treat.

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Quirky Christmas afternoon tea in London

Hotel Café Royal

The festive Diptyque Afternoon Tea at Hotel Café Royal takes inspiration from French perfumer Diptyque’s most popular winter scents. Enjoy smoked salmon sandwiches with wild fennel pollen or take delight in yuzu and mandarin choux and spiced plum tart, plus more than 25 types of tea – add a glass of champagne for some extra sparkle with your Christmas feast.

Sanderson

Enjoy a selection of Alice in Wonderland-themed treats with the Mad Hatters Festive Tipsy Evening Tea at Sanderson. You'll find King of Hearts’ turkey sandwiches, Christmas-tree meringues and a coconut “drink me” potion. And as it’s the season to be jolly, this tea includes a flight of three festive cocktails, including a gin infused Mad Hatter Warmer.

One Aldwych

Relive your childhood with the Festive Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych, a Christmas-themed twist on its popular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tea. Tuck into treats such as gingerbread cake pops, mulled-wine jelly and cinnamon-glazed brioche buns, then toast the festive season with a glass of Lallier Grand Cru champagne or a Cherry Delight cocktail.

Sketch

Step into Sketch’s Nutcracker-inspired winter wonderland as you explore its snowy cottage, steal a kiss under the mistletoe – then hear music from carollers while enjoying a Christmas afternoon tea in its pretty pink Gallery. Delve into the likes of foie gras tartelette, blackcurrant marshmallows and spiced orange cake. For an Instagrammable treat, take a trip to the quirky pod-like toilets, which are gift-wrapped for Christmas.

Nobu

Try Christmas afternoon tea with an Asian twist at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch. Indulge in savouries including snow-crab tempura, tofu buns, coconut snowballs, Santa Claus whisky macaroons, and maraschino cherry and chocolate Christmas trees. Afterwards, relax in the calm surroundings of the lobby, complete with a modern take on a Christmas tree centrepiece.

B Bakery

Check out some of the dazzling London Christmas lights aboard the festive-themed B Bakery Christmas Afternoon Tea bus tour while you enjoy coronation chicken buns, Christmas pretzels and Santa’s cupcakes. Then, sit back and enjoy the view with a glass of mulled wine, a cup of hot chocolate or a cheeky gin cocktail.

Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a Christmas afternoon tea at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. This Christmas treat offers savoury bites and finger sandwiches alongside fancies such as rum-raisin Christmas pudding cake and caramelised pineapple trifle. Afterwards, venture to nearby Oxford Street to see the world-famous Christmas lights.

Biscuiteers

Feast on sweet treats at Biscuiteers’ Notting Hill and Northcote Road venues as part of its Christmas Afternoon Tea. Step through the door of the quirky shopfront, and tuck into this tea, which features figgy scones with mulled-wine jam, frangipane mince pies and Christmas pudding macarons.

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Celebrate the festive season at Instagrammers’ hotspot Dominique Ansel Bakery, which draws inspiration from forests for its Festive Afternoon Tea. Delve into reindeer-inspired chocolate mousse, caramelised apples and a unique take on the traditional scones layer, with the addition of truffles filled with jam.

For additional festive inspiration, head to a cosy London pub or plan your festive stay with these 101 things to do at Christmas in London. Find plenty of other things to do in London at Christmas.