Whether you’re partial to a traditional scone or a triangle sandwich, we’ve found the finest afternoon teas to try for a bite (or more) of pure indulgence. Indulge in style with one of our favourite offerings – from couture cake to gin-filled delights.
1 Try Le Restaurant de PAUL’s artisan experience
Full of traditional elegance with a French twist, head to Le Restaurant de PAUL in Covent Garden or Tower 42 to savour an artisan afternoon tea experience. Enjoy dainty sandwiches, mini macaroons, a selection of freshly-baked cakes and sweet brioches with PAUL’s unique jam recipe and whipped cream, served alongside two hot drinks. What’s more, those who book online for Afternoon Tea will also receive a complimentary box of mini PAUL macaroons.
Price: £25 per person. Click here to book.
2 Prepare for Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley
Visit The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge for an afternoon tea inspired by what’s hot in haute couture – changing twice annually, the delicious Prêt-à-Portea menu is inspired by the latest catwalk creations and high-end designers. Stylish, sumptuous and perfect for fashionistas.
Price: £45 per person. Find out more here.
3 Savour The Savoy’s Salon Couture High-Tea experience
The Savoy hotel has recently launched a new and exciting collaboration with British couturier, Suzie Turner. Inspired by the salon style fashion shows of the 1950s, The Salon Couture High-Tea with Suzie Turner will take place in the beautiful Thames Foyer on the first Wednesday of every month.
Showcasing stunning couture gowns, the show presents ten to 12 looks from Suzie Turner’s eagerly awaited collection. Featuring one-of-a-kind pieces, such as a dress with forty thousand hand-sewn emerald Nagoire flat feathers, and a gown made with twenty-seven thousand Swarovski crystals, the event is a breathtaking show set within a beautiful location. Pairing high fashion with high tea, guests at the salon can enjoy a welcome cocktail accompanied by a selection of delectable sandwiches, cakes, scones and éclairs – all created by The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef, Ludwig Hely.
Price: Salon Couture High-tea is priced at £58 and includes a welcome cocktail. Click here for further details.
4 Sample sketch London’s afternoon tea offering
Peruse the pink paradise of sketch London for a seriously trendy afternoon tea. With fresh Pommery Brut Silver champagne and a gorgeously decadent cake stand filled with an assortment of edible art, this is an afternoon tea that demands to be sampled.
Price: Starting from £45 per person. Find out more here.
5 Parktake in the Picnic Afternoon Tea at Dalloway Terrace
Launching on Monday August 8th, Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury’s idyllic terrace, will be celebrating with a delicious Picnic Afternoon Tea. Dalloway’s Picnic Afternoon Tea has been created by pastry chef Mariatu Kargbo, taking inspiration from two great British institutions.
Served from bespoke wicker picnic baskets on tables dressed with traditional handmade Foxford picnic blankets, highlights include smoked salmon & crab rillette served on Dalloway Terrace’s signature Guinness bread, smoked corn-fed chicken in brioche, mascarpone & saffron cheesecake, refreshing lemon & poppy seed posset and freshly baked plain & sultana buttermilk scones.
To compliment this summer offering, Laura Apsit Livens, an independent British luxury hat designer, has combined the highest quality materials, contemporary design and traditional techniques to create a signature hat for Dalloway Terrace. The hats are available for guests to wear during their al-fresco experience, adding to the fabulous fun.
Date: August 8 onwards
Price: £30 per person or £35.00 per person with a glass of Perriet-Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne.
6 Taste the Welcombe’s Summer Garden Gin Tea
The Summer Garden Gin Tea at The Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon provides a quirky twist on the English classic. The tea swaps the traditional glass of high tea fizz for a refreshing Hendricks gin and tonic, which is presented in a china tea pot over ice and lemon.
Price: £35. Click here for more.
7 Try the Tea Tasting Event at The Kensington
The Kensington will be celebrating with two exciting new menus and a special Tea Tasting event, hosted in association with the Rare Tea Company on Thursday 11th August. Guests of the Tea Tasting Event will be welcomed with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne in The Study, before being introduced to the world of the Rare Tea Company and tasting a range of the world’s best teas with Rare Tea Company tea sommelier Max Eisenhammer. This will be followed by a beautifully constructed Afternoon Tea served in the newly refurbished Drawing Room of The Kensington hotel.
The Kensington will also be launching two delicious new menus: the ‘Classic’ and the ‘Healthy’ Tea. Highlights of the ‘Classic’ Tea include summer vegetable tart with broad beans & girolle mushrooms, crab tartine with pickled cucumber and sumptuous smoked salmon & chive crème fraîche – plus plenty of sweet treats. The ‘Healthy’ Tea, meanwhile, offers a lighter, gluten-free option with dishes such as duck & blackberry parfait, date and almond balls as well as a selection of gluten-free sandwiches and scones.
Date: The Tea Tasting event will take place on Thursday 11 August at 3pm.
Price: £55 per person. Click here to book.
8 Lounge with Lancaster London’s Take Away Afternoon Tea
Celebrate with a touch of class at Lancaster London and enjoy its summer Take Away Afternoon Tea. Simply up a package from Lancaster London and head across the road to enjoy an alfresco Afternoon Tea in Hyde Park – the perfect way to spend a glorious summer’s day. Beautifully packaged, the tea features a range of traditional British treats such as mini passion fruit & raspberry macaroons; fresh-out–the-oven Scones (plain and raisin) with home-made strawberry jam, as well as iced tea served tea served in a retro glass.
The picnic also comes in a handy Lancaster London bag with napkins and cutlery.
Price: £19.50 per person. Click here for more.
9 Authentic African Tea at Lerato London
The Great British pastime doesn’t have to be all about cream scones and cucumber sandwiches. A pop-up offering in London has given the traditional British fare a unique twist by injecting some African flavour. The London pop-up will begin serving customers in September but is offering food lovers a chance to sample the delicious dishes early in Eastbourne on the 13th and 14th of August. By fusing the British culture of high tea and the bold flavours of African food, Lerato London creates a delectable array of both sweet and savoury treats.
Those lucky enough to experience Lerato London can expect recipes using roasted plantains with African nut butters, rich cakes with Madagascan chocolate and organic Ugandan vanilla bean, traditional west African cookie dough and doughnut truffles with Ghanaian cacao. For savoury options there will be prawn and vegetable suya rolls, using west African aromatic spices found in popular street food. A vegetarian selection with British grown lovage herbs, cucumber and pickled shallots combined with aromatic suya or spices perfectly complements the spread.
High tea lovers can book their place and register their interest in future events now by contacting Lerato London at email@example.com.
Click here for more information.
10 Sweet Summer Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley
Knightsbridge-based boutique-grand hotel The Wellesley is celebrating with the launch of a luxurious and fragrant Sweet Summer Afternoon Tea. Available for guests and visitors to enjoy in the hotel’s ornate, 1920’s Art Deco-inspired Jazz Lounge, the tea will be served throughout the summer months.
Designed by pastry chef Cristiano Paolini, the new tea offering reveals classic English flavours with a contemporary twist. Delicate rose provides the flavour of a rose water macaroon, full-bodied cherry is whipped into light mousse filling a chocolate cone, and custard and meringue are combined into a playful flower- shaped lollipop. Other delights include a fruit tartelene, fresh strawberries and red velvet roulade decorated with beautiful edible flowers.
Savoury favourites comprise traditional finger sandwiches of cucumber and cream cheese, roast beef with rocket and parmesan, and pan brioche with smoked salmon and cream cheese with a classically Italian focaccia.
Price: £35 per person. Click here for more information
11 Dim Sum Afternoon Tea at Le Chinois
Le Chinois, located on Sloane Street, is a Cantonese restaurant that specialises in dim sum and regional Cantonese cuisine. The Head Chef, Anthony Kong, is only 25-years-old and is already producing authentic yet innovative creations.
Le Chinois offers a unique dim sum afternoon tea that provides something a little different to the normal run of the mill afternoon teas. The Dim Sum afternoon tea features a whole host of mouthwatering treats, both sweet and savoury, from sautéed wasabi prawns and crispy shredded duck spring rolls to red bean and pandan mochi cake and freshly sliced mango. The tea includes the option of champagne or a selection of Chinese teas.
Price: £25 per person.
12 Sheraton Grand London Park Lane’s dalmatian-inspired Afternoon Tea & dog-friendly package
The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has launched a Dotty Dalmatian Afternoon Tea and dog-friendly package for pampered pooches to enjoy a Mayfair hotel stay with their owners. The Art Deco hotel is located opposite Green Park on Piccadilly, where much of the famous 101 Dalmations film was set.
In honour of the film’s original characters, the hotel has also appointed a modern day Pongo and Perdy pair to be the official mascots of the hotel, which is set to re-launch this October 2016 following a multi-million pound refurbishment.
A delectable lemon mousse and Oreo biscuit have been combined to create Perdy’s paw, while blueberry cake and violet cream make Pongo’s dog bowl simply irresistible.The white chocolate cream brownie melts in the mouth, and the spirit of devilish Cruella de Vil is captured in the dotty chocolate sponge and raspberry jelly. Dalmatian inspired savoury treats include a polka dot macaroon made of confit salmon, crème fraiche and dill, as well as smoked trout mousse with English mustard and pickled red onion hot dog. Finally, free range egg mayonnaise and watercress sandwiches and short rib and bone marrow hot pot – don’t worry, we can provide a doggy bag if you can’t get through it all!
Price: £37 per person.
13 Indulge at The Royal Albert Hall with the East India Company
Served in the settings of the elegant Verdi restaurant, guests can indulge in luxurious Afternoon Tea at the Royal Albert Hall. The Afternoon Tea menu includes innovative sweet treats and cakes, a selection of freshly cut sandwiches and delicious homemade scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, accompanied by an extensive selection of 11 teas from the East India Company.
The East India Company and the Royal Albert Hall have recently signed a two-year sponsorship agreement, with the company becoming the preferred tea supplier to the iconic London venue. The partnership includes a carefully curated collection of fine loose teas that have been selected by The East India Company’s Tea Master, Lalith Lenadora. One is a new and bespoke Royal Albert Hall afternoon black tea blend, while a selection of co-branded teas and biscuits is also available.
Taking inspiration from the Hall’s vast range of events and award-nominated recent rebrand, the eclectic tea range is intended to mirror that diversity while blending the traditional and the modern – offering a variety of rare and fine loose teas, alongside all the familiar favourites
Price: £25 per person. Click here for more.