afternoon tea

5 Iconic Venues for Afternoon Tea in London

Written by on 11th June 2014
Category: City guides

Thanks to the Duchess of Bedford, afternoon tea has been a typically British tradition for over two centuries and is now a feature for a majority of restaurants and eateries in London. Here are 5 iconic venues that offer traditional and experimental afternoon tea:

1. Harrods, Knightsbridge

harrods tea room is famous for afternoon tea

The Tea Room is located on the second floor of one of the most famous department stores in the world. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and supper, Harrods offers a traditional afternoon tea. Finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream English fancies are all part of the afternoon menu, served with an extensive choice of teas.

2. The Ritz, Piccadilly

Ritz London

Tea at The Ritz offers the ultimate British dining experience in an elegant setting with extravagant designs; ranging from spectacular mirrors to romantic chandeliers and beautiful floral displays. It offers traditional afternoon tea, as well as a celebration tea with champagne.

3. The Milestone Hotel, Kensington

Milestone Hotel Tea

Step back into the 19th century at The Milestone Hotel. Afternoon tea is served daily in the Park Lounge and The Conservatory from 1pm to 5pm. In honour of Her Majesty’s 60th coronation anniversary, a Royal Afternoon tea is also available.

4. Sanctum, Soho

fudge cake

If all of the above are a little too delicate, why not try The Sanctum’s ‘Gentleman’s’ take on the quintessential classic. The menu is very British but decidedly more masculine – from the lamb and potato hotpot to the fudge cake with Jack Daniel’s ice cream. This can all be rounded off with whisky and cigars.

5. The InterContinental London Park Lane, Mayfair

infused tea

The InterContinental offers a slightly more contemporary variation on this British staple, with a combination of typically British food and exciting modern flavours. The menus include savoury and sweet treats along with tea infusions, which have been crafted by their Head Chef, Paul Bates.

Happiness starts with afternoon tea!

So that concludes our list of the “Top 5 iconic venues for afternoon tea in London“. How does this match up to your experience of the city? Have we missed your favourite location for a spot of tea?


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Hmmmm this all sounds very familiar to me:

“It’s always tea time here!” The Mad Hatter