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 for 2018. Most begin in mid-November and many last into early January.
Traditional London afternoon tea with a Christmas twist
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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.
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
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.