25 best Christmas afternoon teas in London

Discover a Christmas afternoon tea in London to remember with carols, decorations and festive treats galore.

Tuck into a festive afternoon tea with our contenders for the best Christmas afternoon tea London has to offer over the holiday season.

Christmas afternoon tea in London ranges from the opulent to the downright quirky – so get your Insta game face on, ready your tastebuds and be prepared for indulgent treats between Christmas shopping sprees.

The festive teas below are highlights of what was on offer in 2023, so check back nearer the time for confirmed Christmas afternoon teas in 2024.

In the meantime, book some of the best traditional afternoon teas in London, enjoy something different with themed afternoon teas, splash out with champagne afternoon teas, or save with cheaper options.

1. Festive Skyline Afternoon Tea at Ting at Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard

A table covered in sweet and savoury treats at a festive afternoon tea overlooking the London skyline from the shard.
Enjoy a festive afternoon tea in the sky. Image courtesy of Ting Shangri-La.

Start Christmas on a high, as you head to the 35th floor of The Shard for a decadent afternoon tea. The Festive Skyline Afternoon Tea at Ting puts a futuristic twist on its usual offering, with delicious festive-themed pastries including a red bauble filled with green shiso mousse and a white chocolate, pistachio and sour cherry Christmas tree pastry, alongside savouries and scones. DATES TBC

While you are there, take the experience to new heights and pair your afternoon tea with The View from The Shard.

Where: The Shard (32 London Bridge St, Southwark, SE1 9SG)

2. B Bakery Christmas Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Festive cakes and savoury treats line a table covered in christmas decorations and a small elf toy aboard a Brigit’s Bakery tour bus.
Hop aboard a Bridget's Bakery bus tour for a delightful Christmas afternoon tea. Image courtesy of Brigit’s Bakery.

Check out some of the dazzling London Christmas lights aboard a festive version of the B Bakery Afternoon Tea bus tour. Enjoy finger sandwiches, choux pastry with pistachio cream and cherry coulis and more tasty bites. Then, sit back and enjoy the view with a cup of hot chocolate or, for a little extra, a gin cocktail, mulled wine or champagne. DATES TBC

Book the standard B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour now

3. Festive Afternoon Tea at The Orchid Lounge at Pan Pacific London

Bird cage-style stand, with small decorated plates of afternoon tea pastries, with a leafy green background
Kaleidoscope Afternoon Tea at the Orchid Lounge, Pan Pacific London. Image courtesy of Roche Communications.

The Kaleidoscope afternoon tea is a brand new festive afternoon tea for 2023 at The Orchid Lounge at Pan Pacific London in the City of London. Enjoy seasonal treats including Biscoff and pecan pastries, stollen scones and savoury finger sandwiches, alongside Southeast Asian delicacies such as steamed bao buns. DATES TBC

Where: Pan Pacific London (80 Houndsditch, Bishopsgate, EC3A 7AB)

4. Festive Afternoon Tea at InterContinental London - The O2

afternoon tea including four sweet pastries, including a chocolate Rudolph brownie and green tartlet with a cherry at the InterContinental at The O2
Festive afternoon tea at InterContinental London - The O2. Image courtesy of InterContinental London - The O2.

Taking a trip on the IFS Cloud Cable Car or shopping at ICON Outlet at The O2? Make it a day to remember by tucking into a Christmas-themed afternoon tea in the Meridian Lounge at the InterContinental London - The O2. Savour views over Greenwich as you bite into themed fare such as oak smoked Salmon, lemon butter on basil bread sandwiches, clementine and rosemary choux, and cranberry scones. DATES TBC

Where: InterContinental London - The O2 (1 Waterview Dr, Greenwich, SE10 0TW)

5. Festive Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly

Small cakes, including some shaped in the form of Peter Rabbit, a snowman and a cube, on a wooden platter, with Christmas lights in the background.
A festive version of The Original Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly. Image courtesy of Spotl1ght Communications.

The Dilly’s The Official Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea is given a festive twist this winter. Enjoy an edible meringue snowman, seasonal savoury and sweet treats based around Beatrix Potter’s famous tales. DATES TBC

Where: The Dilly (21 Piccadilly, W1J 0BH)

6. Festive Afternoon Tea at The Langham

A white table dressed with festive decor at Park Lane Langham with a Christmas afternoon tea displayed. Decorated Christmas tree in the background.
Christmas afternoon tea at Palm Court at The Langham, London. Image courtesy of Sauce Communications.

Relax in the luxurious surroundings of The Langham as you feast on the festive afternoon tea in the Palm Court. Also available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, enjoy sweet and savoury treats such as smoked turkey, chestnut and raisin stuffing finger sandwiches, cheese scones with port red onion chutney and pastries inspired by the nation's favourite treats, including figgy pudding and syrup sponge. DATES TBC

Where: The Langham (1c Portland Place, Regent Street, W1B 1JA)

7. Christmas Afternoon Tea at Biscuiteers

A festive table laid with vibrant plates with christmas themed sweet treats at the Biscuiteers Christmas afternoon tea in London.
Enjoy a Christmas twist on the classic Biscuiteers sweet treats. Image courtesy of Biscuiteers.

Feast on sweet treats during a Christmas afternoon tea at select Biscuiteers’ venues in Notting Hill and Belgravia. Step through the door of the quirky shopfront, and tuck into turkey and cranberry brioche buns, spiced honey and fig cake and a signature Biscuiteers iced biscuit. DATES TBC

Where: Notting Hill (194 Kensington Park, Notting Hill, W11 2ES) and Belgravia (14-15 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, SW1W 9AZ)

8. Festive Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

A three-tiered platter with sandwiches and Christmas-themed cakes, with Christmas cake and glasses of sparkling wine to the side, and a Christmas tree decorated with lights in the background.
Festive Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane.

Munch on scones with seasonal spiced jams, festive-themed pastries and dainty sandwiches as part of the Festive Afternoon Tea in the stylish Amaretto Lounge, at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. The perfect pit stop from Christmas shopping in Mayfair’s boutiques. DATES TBC

Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane (Hamilton Pl, Park Lane, W1J 7DR)

9. Festive Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough London

Head to The Lanesborough for the new 2023 festive afternoon tea Queen Charlotte Festive afternoon tea,created in partnership with Netflix and Shondaland. Savour festive dishes created by Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Mungiovino such as tea cured salmon, lemon and caper cream sandwiches, delicate sweet pastries, homemade scones and much more. DATES TBC

Where: The Lanesborough (Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7TA)

10. Christmas Afternoon Tea at Marriott County Hall

Gaze out at the Thames and the Houses of Parliament from your spot in The Library at Marriott County Hall, as you pick up fun treats, including mince pies with gingerbread and Christmas scones. The perfect way to refuel before wandering along the pretty South Bank and exploring its Christmas market. DATES TBC

Where: London Marriott Hotel County Hall (County Hall, Westminster Bridge, SE1 7PB)

11. Claridge's Christmas Afternoon Tea

A beautiful table with champagne and sweet and savoury treats at the christmas afternoon tea at claridge's london.
Don't miss a magical festive afternoon tea at Claridge's. Image courtesy of Maybourne Hotel Group.

Marvel at Claridge's magnificent Christmas tree before tucking into its Festive Afternoon Tea in the Foyer & Reading Room. Indulge in champagne, specially selected teas and seasonal treats including Christmas pudding stirred by the whole pastry team as part of an annual tradition. DATES TBC

Where: Claridge's (Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR)

12. Festive Afternoon Tea at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

Christmas themed afternoon tea treats presented on a small wooden table, with a fire in the background and cosy Alpine decoration
Christmas afternoon tea at Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill. Image courtesy of Hyatt Regency London.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a Christmas afternoon tea at Hyatt Regency London The Churchill. This Christmas, enjoy savoury bites such as mini lobster rolls and turkey breast and cranberry chutney finger sandwiches, and sweet treats such as cranberry and cinnamon scones and a profiterole reindeer. Afterwards, venture to nearby Oxford Street to see the world-famous Christmas lightsDATES TBC

Where: Hyatt Regency London The Churchill (30 Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 7BH)

13. Winter Wonderland Afternoon at The Rubens at the Palace

Christmas-themed cakes on two tiers of a cake stand, including cakes shaped like Santa's belt, cakes with holly leaves and cakes shaped like baubles.
Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace. Image courtesy of Perowne International.

The Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace invites you to sip on mulled wine or a glass of bubbles to the tranquil backdrop of live piano music. The tea includes seasonal takes on traditional delights, which you can devour as you gaze out at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. DATES TBC

Where: The Rubens at the Palace (39 Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, SW1W 0PS)

14. Festive Afternoon Tea at the Hyde Cafe at the Royal Lancaster London

Feast on seasonal favourites with a festive afternoon tea at the Royal Lancaster London. Treats include vanilla and caramelised apple baubles, orange Bakewell tart Santa's hat and a Christmas present of cherry mousse and dark chocolate. Afterwards, wander to nearby Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or finish off the last of your Christmas shopping in London’s West End. DATES TBC

Where: Royal Lancaster London (Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY)

15. Winter Afternoon Tea at Petersham Nurseries, Richmond

A table laid out with beautiful crockery in a rustic restaurant with a delightful afternoon tea spread of cakes and sandwiches.
Winter afternoon tea at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond. Image courtesy of Petersham Nurseries.

Delight in peaceful surrounds as you feast on a winter afternoon tea at Petersham Nurseries between in the idyllic corner of London, Richmond. Decked out in splendid festive dress, enjoy salt beef mini bagels, smoked trout, clementine and pomegranate cake and pecan tart all with a glass of the Petersham Rose Petal Prosecco. DATES TBC

Where: Petersham Nurseries (Church Lane, Richmond, TW10 7AB)

16. The Savoy Christmas Afternoon Tea

Christmas afternoon tea presented on a stand on a white table cloth, with a bottle of rose champagne
The Savoy with Laurent-Perrier Christmas Afternoon Tea. Image courtesy of Xenia PR.

This Christmas, The Savoy partners with Champagne Laurent-Perrier to celebrate the festive season with an indulgent afternoon tea in elegant surroundings of the stunning glass-domed atrium Thames Foyer. Enjoy a menu of delicate pastries and savoury treats made from seasonal ingredients. DATES TBC

Where: The Savoy (Strand, Westminster, WC2R 0EZ)

17. Christmas Afternoon Tea at Sofitel London St James

A table with a white tablecloth covered in a festive afternoon tea spread against a bright red velvet sofa.
Christmas afternoon tea at the Sofitel London St James. Image courtesy of Sofitel London St James/Will Stanley

Combine the flavours of Christmas with Sofitel London St James’ afternoon tea, served in the stylish Rose Lounge. Coronation turkey with apricot chutney, smoked salmon and horseradish creme fraiche, wild mushroom and Jerusalem artichoke tart and truffled egg mayo make up the savouries; while you can also munch on picture-pretty sweets, including a black forest bauble and a vanilla, pear and speculoos delice. DATES TBC

Where: Sofitel London St James (6 Waterloo Pl, St James, SW1Y 4AN)

18. Festive Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House

The Snowman themed afternoon tea presented on a gold stand with sweet and savoury treats with champagne, and a plush green sofa in the background
The Snowman afternoon tea at Marriott Grosvenor House. © Grosvenor House/Zodee Media

Experience The Snowman™ come to life this festive season at Marriott Grosvenor House. This festive afternoon tea includes five limited-edition pastries created by Head Pastry Chef Anthony Hurst, such as a snowball meringue filled with chocolate mint cream and and a Christmas tree shaped salted caramel and spiced milk chocolate cream tartlet, alongside savoury treats. DATES TBC

Where: Marriott Grosvenor House (86-90 Park Lane, W1K 7TN)

19. Festive Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

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.

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 the Not Quite as it Seems Salmon and Beetroot Macaron and the Blue as a Blueberry Tart then, toast the festive season with a bespoke cocktail including The Juicing Room Mix or The Chocolatier. DATES TBC

Where: One Aldwych (1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BZ)

20. Festive Afternoon Tea at Conrad St James

A white plate surrounded by christmas decorations with a pastry father christmas and chocolate yule log at the Conrad London Hilton afternoon tea.
A festive afternoon tea at Conrad London. Image courtesy of Hilton.

Last year guest's enjoyed white chocolate and orange mousse, gingerbread sable with caramel eggnog, Christmas-themed sandwiches and the same indulgent menu is expected this year. The Conrad at Conrad St James is the perfect pit stop between visiting St James’s’ upscale boutiques. DATES TBC

Where: Conrad London St. James (22-28 Broadway, Westminster, SW1H 0BH)

21. InterContinental London Park Lane

Trays of green christmas tree desserts, pink pudding baubles and finger sandwiches sit next to a glass of champagne.
Festive afternoon tea at Intercontinental London - Wellington. Image courtesy of Intercontinental London.

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. DATES TBC

Where: InterContinental London Park Lane (One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY)

22. Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at London Hilton on Park Lane

A table at park lane hilton hotel covered in christmas treats and champagne.
Winter Wonderland afternoon tea at Hilton Park Lane. Image courtesy of Hilton.

Reward yourself after a shopping spree in Mayfair with a creative Christmas afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant, housed within London Hilton on Park Lane. Full of quirky treats, such as a chocolate pistachio Christmas tree, Christmas fruit cake and duo chocolate log, it’s definitely one for the ‘gram. DATES TBC

Where: London Hilton on Park Lane (22 Park Lane, Park Lane, W1K 1BE)

23. Festive Afternoon Tea at The Landmark London

A place with christmas themed desserts including a mini christmas pudding and christmas macaroon surrounded by fairy lights.
Christmas afternoon tea at The Landmark. Image courtesy of The Landmark

Stop by The Landmark London in the run-up to the big day, where you can try its delightful Festive Afternoon Tea. Decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations, the London hotel’s seasonal spread includes gingerbread and hazelnut Christmas pudding mousse, white chocolate and cranberry yule log and much more. Served alongside a glass of champagne. DATES TBC

Where: The Landmark London (222 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, NW1 6JQ)

24. Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Lane at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Table white table cloths and gold framed paintings, with christmas afternoon tea treats positioned in the middle of the table at the theatre royal drury lane.
A decadent Christmas afternoon tea at the beautiful The Lane at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Image courtesy of Sister London.

Bring together your nearest and dearest for an indulgent Christmas afternoon tea in the opulent surroundings of The Lane's Grand Saloon at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Enjoy savoury bites such as turkey and cranberry pie along with sweet treats created by baker-to-the-stars, Lily Vanilli. With desserts such as festive spiced chocolate pudding and a festive vanilla cake filled with passionfruit and decorated with festive green piping. DATES TBC

Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane (Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JF)

25. Be Our Guest afternoon tea at Waldorf Hilton London

A beauty and the beast themed afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes and film characters on a white table cloth.
The Be Our Guest afternoon tea at The Waldorf Hilton London. Image courtesy of OL Visual.

Be transported to the magical world of Beauty and the Beast with Waldorf Hilton London’s wonderful Be Our Guest afternoon tea curated by Executive Chef Luke Rayment-Blakely. Expect enchanting nods to the beloved story, including Mrs. Potts and Chip crockery alongside an array of sweet and savoury delights. DATES TBC

Where: The Waldorf Hilton (Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4DD)

More Christmas in London ideas

Make a whole day or weekend of it by booking a spot for Christmas shows, exploring London's Christmas shopping hotspots, seeing the fabulous Christmas lights, discovering twinkling Christmas trees or delving into the many stalls at London Christmas markets. Or tour London any beyond with a special festive tour.

Find more Christmas inspiration with 101 things to do over the festive season.