The Best Afternoon Tea’s in London

If you know me personally, you’ll know I’m a real sucker for afternoon tea. There’s something truly quintessentially British about it! So, today I thought I would talk about some of the very best in afternoon tea’s in London.

Art Afternoon Tea at the Rosewood hotel is a real treat. (Photo above)

Every detail, every taste, even the interiors and the service were perfection.
It’s no surprise that it was voted as the Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea in the UK.

If you like art, you’ll obviously love the Art Afternoon Tea.
Cakes were designed and inspired by the works of famous iconic artists such as Banksy, Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder and Mark Rothko. Highly recommend!

252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

Science Afternoon Tea at the stunning Ampersand Hotel located in South Kensington.

Inspired by the hotel’s neighbour, The Science Museum. The afternoon tea boasts a star menu where you can explore a delicious selection of themed treats including a cream cheese planet mousse with spaceman. You can also dust for a collection of short bread dinosaurs and use test tubes to sprinkle toppings on the homemade plain and white chocolate scones. 

It was a really cool experience. And, everything tasted aaaamazing! The scones were my favourite as well as the seasonal quiche, and the brioche bun with roast beef, horseradish, water cress and cornichons.

The pastries were rather interesting too, there was a prosecco mint jelly, kiwi, lime and pineapple jam petri dish, cream cheese planet mousse, and a mango and passion fruit macaroon.

Overall, I was super impressed with the service and the whole package. It was fun, quirky and delicious and definitely one of the best afternoon tea’s I’ve ever tried.

10 Harrington Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3ER


If you haven’t heard of Sketch, where have you been?! It’s definitely one of my favourite afternoon tea’s in London.
Every little treat was delicious, especially the warm scones and the pistachio puff ball things.

The interiors are also beautiful – with pink velvet cushioned seats, copper details and David Shrigley’s art across all four walls – you feel a bit like you’re in a fancy sweet store.

The gallery also leads on to these crazy toilets, which looked like a cross between something from space and a boiled egg. Me and Joe had too much fun in there!

9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea, inside the Sanderson hotel. A quirky venue hidden behind Oxford Street.

The menu is inside of a vintage book, sugar cubes were stored inside a retro musical jewellery box and there were a variety of unique tea’s to chose from. When we went, I chose rhubarb & custard to begin with, and then we got a second pot filled with Apple Pie flavouring. Delicious!

After our tea arrived, the waiter brought over a three tier cake stand which was full of interesting sweet and savoury treats. My favourite was the ‘Drink me’ bottle which had three layers of joyful flavours followed by the white chocolate cheesecake.

50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG

And last but by no means least is the Charlotte Street Hotel.

I visited Charlotte Street Hotel a few years back for a hen party and loved it! It’s still up there with my favourite afternoon tea’s!

I chose the ‘Bloomsbury’ option with a cuppa of earl grey (of course!).  And, oh my… the food was so incredibly delicious, the decor was beautiful and the staff were so accommodating which made the day so special for my best friend’s hen do!

15-17 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RJ

What’s your favourite afternoon tea? Have you tried any of the above?

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  1. February 18, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    Delicious! All of these options look amazing. I haven’t tried many of these, but loved the Sketch afternoon tea. My favorite so far is the tea at the Lanesborough, the hotel is so beautiful and regal. x

    • February 23, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks for commenting :).
      I haven’t actually heard of the Lanesborough – will have to check it out! x

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