5 Best Places In London To Have Afternoon Tea
Having afternoon tea is a long-standing and beloved British tradition, with summer fast approaching it’s in larger demand than ever before. If you want to go out and have some refreshing afternoon tea with a few friends, London has just the place – actually five – in which to do it.
The most famous place in London to have afternoon tea is at The Ritz, and though it is good, it’s not necessarily the best – not to mention you sometimes have to make reservations two months in advance… just to have tea! Madness.
Whether you live in London or you’re just visiting, get yourself down to a few of these other places the next time the idea of afternoon tea takes hold.
“Afternoon Tease” at Volupte
Volupte lounge is a supper club located at 9 Norwich Street, near Chancery Lane, in London. “Afternoon Tease” is a burlesque tea party, where you watch burlesque and cabaret performances while you enjoy your full spread of afternoon tea.
For £42, you get a table for the afternoon, including a selection of finger sandwiches, seasonal homemade cakes and scones, as well as a large selection of tea – and a show! “Afternoon Tease” occurs the first and third Saturday of every month and the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Palm Court at the Park Lane Hotel
The Palm Court claims to have London’s most prestigious lounge for afternoon tea. The elegance and style of its Art Deco interior takes you back to times past. At the Palm Court, you can have traditional afternoon tea while relaxing to the soothing music of their very own harpist.
You may choose from a selection of finger sandwiches, choice of scones, clotted cream and seasonal preserves, and a variety of French pastries for £33 a person. The Park Lane Hotel is located at Palm Court in Piccadilly, London.
One of the great things about afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols is that you don’t need a reservation, but you rarely have to wait more than 10 minutes for a table. Perfect! The food is as good as it is at the hotels but at a lower price.
The afternoon tea menu includes an extensive list of specialty teas, accompanied by a wide variety of sandwiches, fresh scones and clotted cream with preserves, and finger pastries. All this for just £22.50 a person. The Harvey Nichols luxury retail store is located at 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, and afternoon tea is served on the fifth floor.
The highlight at Claridges is their Marco Polo jam; this delicious jam alone is worth the trip. Starting at £48, Claridges traditional afternoon tea includes a selection of wafer-thin sandwiches, fresh-baked scones with the aforementioned jelly and Devonshire cream, various pastries and teacakes, and a choice of coffee or tea with infusions.
Claridges also has a pleasant accompaniment of a classical music ensemble. Afternoon tea is served in the foyer of the Reading Room at Claridges on Brook Street in Mayfair, London.
TLSee at Swissotel The Howard
This one is not necessarily your traditional afternoon tea. TLSee stands for tea, London and sightseeing. The sightseeing part makes sense when you see that the cakes and biscuits are shaped like famous city landmarks, including Big Ben, the London Underground, the London Eye, a red post box, black cabs, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London buses, the Crown Jewels and the Tower Bridge.
These treats are served up along with traditional finger sandwiches and fresh-baked scones. TLSee appeals to both locals and tourists alike. Afternoon tea is served at the Mauve Lounge at Swissotel The Howard, located at 12 Temple Place in London. The cost is £20 to £30, depending on what you order.
So where’s your favourite place to have afternoon tea in London?
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