Where To Eat For Afternoon Tea Week


To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week (14th – 2oth August), we’ve found the finest afternoon teas to try for a bite of the best. Whether you prefer traditional elegance or quirky twists, it’s time to tuck in…

1 Best for hygge fans: Aquavit London’s Nordic Afternoon Tea 

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It’s time to break away from tradition – Aquavit London offers a delectable Nordic Afternoon Tea brimming with a delicious array of traditional Nordic delicacies – all served in the stylish restaurant found in the newly foodie-centric St James Market.

Featuring both sweet treats and savoury delights, the afternoon tea combines the finest Nordic dishes for which the restaurant has become renowned, with the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea.  Think an assortment of open sandwiches with classic Nordic flavours such as Gravlax, Shrimp Skagen, and Venison tartare and a selection of traditional Swedish pastries including Semla, cardamom buns filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream; and Punsch-roll, with crushed cookies and punsch liqueur wrapped in marzipan then dipped in chocolate.

Where: Aquavit, St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street, London SW1Y 4QQ
Bookings: To make a reservation, click here
Price: Starting from £27.50

2 Best for exotic elegance: Mint Gun Club’s High Tea


From cucumber kimchi ‘Club’ sandwiches and semolina cake to mochi and Turkish delight, the globally-inspired delicacies of the Mint Gun Club High Tea, will be enough to convert even the most ardent traditionalists.

With their smaller ‘Tiffin Tea’ served in a hand-painted Indian layered lunchbox – a tiffin tin – lined with banana leaves and their more elaborate High Tea, an altogether more extravagant affair, served with English sparkling wine the Mint Gun Club are bringing a touch of the exotic to the British classic.

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When: Available now
Where: 4a Brooke Rd, London N16 7JN
Bookings: Click here for more

3 Best for something highly unconventional: Farmacy’s plant-based ‘High’ Tea


Plant-based restaurant and bar, Farmacy in Notting Hill, will be celebrating the occasion with the launch of their new plant-based ‘High’ Tea. Guests that attend will each enjoy a pot of hemp leaf tea on arrival [other tea infusions also available], a selection of delicious plant-based, tea-time treats [both sweet and savoury] and a tea-infused cocktail.

The first London restaurant to serve CBD [Cannabidiol], a non-psychoactive constituent of the flowering plant cannabis [renowned for it’s feel good potential and health boosting benefits], the ‘High’ Tea offering will also include several of Farmacy’s home-made CBD chocolates.


Savoury bites will include; raw quiche, filled with organic spinach ‘cream’ and topped with pickled fig, smoked carrot and chickpea blinis, finished with fresh dill, and jackfruit and pickled chilli tacos. For those with a sweet tooth, enjoy an abundance of dessert like delights; from Farmacy’s strawberry and cashew mousse, to their lemon ‘meringue’ pie, banana and maca caramel cake and rich chocolate and praline ganache – plus plenty more.

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When: Farmacy’s ‘High’ Tea will be served between 3:30 – 5pm for the duration of National Afternoon Tea Week. Post-NATW, the tea will be available at the same time weekly from Friday through to Sunday
Price: £35 per person
Where: 74 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH

 4 Best for teatime tipples: Malmaison’s Black Forest Martini

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If there’s one thing that could make the traditional Afternoon Tea even better, it’s a cocktail. Or three. In celebration of Afternoon Tea Week, Malmaison has unveiled a decadent Black Forest Martini, filled with Techienne Butterscotch, Cherry Heering Liqueur, Grenadine, grated chocolate and fresh cream.

Available for a limited time only, the cocktail can be enjoyed with any of Malmaison’s delectable Afternoon Teas for just £5 until the end of August. The selection includes an impressive spread of savouries – think  mini burgers and hot smoked salmon and crème fraiche wraps. Finish with indulgently sweet treats, like strawberry and vanilla pavlova, salted chocolate brownie, lemon and polenta cake and rhubarb and custard trifle.

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Price: Afternoon tea starting from £17.50 per person. Black Forest Martini, £5
Bookings: Click here to make a reservation or find out more

5 Best for unwinding… Ye Olde Bell’s ‘Afternoon Unwind’ offering 

Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa - Afternoon TeaIdeal for spa fans looking to escape the city, the boutique hotel, Ye Olde Bell, have launched a special afternoon tea special to celebrate the opening of their new multimillion pound spa. The ‘Afternoon Unwind’ combines the quintessential English treat with an indulgent pampering treatment and access to the elegant spa.

The traditional afternoon tea at the 17th century hotel features a selection of finger sandwiches, mini patisserie, homemade scone with clotted cream and preserves with a choice of tea, coffee or champagne.

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Post-feast, head to the beautiful new spa to enjoy ten spa experiences, indoor-outdoor vitality pool and outdoor relaxation areas with alpine lodges. You can also select a complimentary 30-minute treatment of your choice for added indulgence.

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Where: Barnby Moor, Retford DN22 8QS
Price: £85pp, includes 3 hours spa access from 3-6pm, a 30-minute treatment and afternoon tea. The tea is also available without the spa from £17.
Bookings: Click here or phone 01777 705121 to make a reservation

6 Best for a savoury tooth… Maharani Chai High at Darbaar 

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Opt for the Maharani Chai High at Darbaar for afternoon tea with an Indian twist. Enjoy a wide range of authentic Indian dishes, including savoury goods such as their Spicy Bonda- Bombay style-masa chicken and cumin potato fritter.

A range of sweet options including a carrot hulwa samosa with saffron custard, accompanied alongside baked bread with strawberry cream. All treats are served with a choice of leaf or herbal infusion teas.

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When: from Monday to Friday 3.30pm-5.30pm, and 4:00pm-6:00pm Saturday
Where: 1 Snowden St, London EC2A 2DQ
Price: £25 per person
Bookings: Click here to reserve or find out more

7 Best for cheese lovers… the Cheese Afternoon Tea at Georgian House 


Riding the glorious wave of themed afternoon teas sweeping across the nation, five-star boutique bed & breakfast Georgian House has launched cheesy version. But far from being naff, this new Cheese Afternoon Tea oozes sophistication and innovation, while championing regional suppliers.

Savoury dishes include Ashdown Forresters Smoked Cheddar Welsh rarebit, and Little Sussex cheese, ‘nduja & roasted pepper sandwich. Follow this with a baked Sussex Charmer Cheddar & thyme scone with apple & chutney. Finish with sweet treats such as ricotta with whisky-soaked apricots, toasted almonds & honey, and L’Ubriaco Drunk Cheese Basajo with currants & oat biscuit. Accompanying drinks will be available with each dish.

When: Until the end of August
Where: Georgian House, 35 – 39 St Georges Drive, London, SW1V
Cost: £35pp
Bookings: Must be made 24 hours in advance by emailing reception@georgianhousehotel.co.uk or calling 0207 834 1438

8 Best for Italian addicts: Baglioni Hotel London

_DAR0814 Bringing the heritage of the Baglioni brand to the capital, Baglioni Hotel London has incorporated culinary traditions and flavours from Italy in the quintessentially British tea menu.  From sandwiches to Sicilian cannoli filled with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips, there’s plenty to try.  Afternoon tea wouldn’t be the same without scones, and there are both plain and raisin varieties available, complemented by raspberry jam, clotted cream and Italian favourite, Nutella. All of this is rounded off nicely with a glass of Ferrari Sparkling Wine. View the full menu here. Make it happen Price: From £42 per person Where: 60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5BB

9 Best for brew-tiful beverages: The Rosebery, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

london-2014-fine-dining-rosebery-03-grid-height Normally associated with Champagne, The Rosebery at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is delighted to introduce a new Beer Afternoon Tea. Guests can enjoy all the classics, like finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and home-made pastries whilst sampling a variety of fine brews from England, Belgium and the USA. Each of the beers has been chosen to complement the assortment of flavours in the spread such as pale ale matched for citrus flavours, an aromatic dark ale to develop nutty notes and a mature kriek to round off sweet pastries.

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Price:  From £65 per person
Bookings: For reservations, please call 020 7201 3828 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/london/
Where: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

10 Best for elegant offerings: St Pancras Renaissance’s Afternoon Tea 

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Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the St Pancras hotel and feast on savoury delights such as Dorset Crab, Asparagus and Radish in Brioches sandwiches –  plus plenty more. Indulge in fresh baked scones and satisfy your sweet tooth with coffee & almond opera cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Carrot & Cinnamon Cake and more.

Where: Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR
Cost: £38pp
Bookings: Phone 020-7841 3540 or click here to book

11 Best for brunch fans: Le Méridien Piccadilly 

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If you love brunch, pay a visit to Le Méridien Piccadilly. Delivered in traditional afternoon style, classic favourites have been given a brunch-inspired edge with delights such as smoked salmon scones, “Chocolate Eggs and Dippers” plus plenty of brunch superfoods such as avocado and smoked salmon. Plus, make sure to quench your thirst with Earl Grey-infused gin.

Where: 21 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BH
Price: Starting from £35
Bookings: Click here for more or to make a reservation

12 Best for summery treats: Dalloway Terrace

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With summer in full swing, Dalloway Terrace have unveiled their new Afternoon Tea menu, which is perfect for devouring on the terrace throughout the sunny summer months.

Highlights of the new menu include a delicious fruity offering of Roast Hazelnut & Lemon Financier, Fresh Raspberry & Streusel Tart and Yuzu Caramel Parfait with Red Berries.  For savoury fans, indulge with a selection of sandwiches including Smoked Salmon & Lemon Crème Fraîche on Beetroot Bread and Chicken & Tomato on Mediterranean Bread.

Where: 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
Price: From £35 per person
Bookings: Visit dallowayterrace.com to make a reservation


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