The British love to have afternoon tea, something that every tourist should experience during their visit to London. It was a puckish noblewoman who is credited with having invented the sandwich & scone combo as she got tired of waiting for the Queen to come to supper. Hence, the last 2 centuries witnessed this mid-afternoon refresher to become the most cherished tradition in Britain. Here are Some of the best places for afternoon tea in London to treat your taste buds:
- Ham Yard Hotel: This project from Kit Kemp, a popular art collector and interior designer. Your tea in London at this hotel is served on Wedgwood china within the glass ceilinged Orangery created with her own designed wallpapers and in oversized patterns.
- The Savoy: It is at the Thames Foyer that afternoon tea is served featuring huge domed glass ceiling to allow soft light to flood the room. They offer an extensive range of over 30 options of teas to be accompanied by twists on the traditional sandwiches and other components, and a beautiful selection of pastries, each one a tempting work of art.
- Luxury Tea at The Shard, Ting, Shangri-La Hotel: Located on South Bank on Shard tower’s 35th floor, this contemporary restaurant offers awe inspiring views. Its nickname is Tea in the Clouds and is one of the most astonishing places for afternoon tea. Other tips for restaurants with views? we got that!
- B Bakery London, Tea Bus Tour: The modified red double decker bus and tea are two British icons that you should experience. This travelling tearoom is a dream come true and it is named Rodney. You can get in at Trafalgar Square or Victoria Station and enjoy the 90 minute tour. It is definitely a different experience! I recommend it especially for those who are not too worried about taking pictures as it could be a bit tricky to do it with so many delicious food in front of you at the same time as passing by the amazing spots of London.
- Prêt-a-Portia at Berkeley, Knightsbridge: They are known to serve delicious items like sandwiches, cookies and cakes besides tea. Chef Mourad Khiat makes it a point to introduce new items every six months.
- Mad Hatters Tea Party at Sanderson Hotel: The 60’s building was originally the carpet maker’s headquarters. It was Ian Schrager who had co-opted it as a hotel as he ran the Morgans hotel group. There is a deliberate whimsical fitting of the Wonderland Theme with menus hidden within old books, heart shaped jammy dodgers and teapots with crowns. If you wanna feel like in “Alice in the wonderland” that is definitely one of the best places for afternoon tea in London.
- Tea at Seymour’s Parlor, Zetter Townhouse: This drawing room within Marylebone hotel is really fascinating and will take you back to the 1890s style, with over the top décor and dark wood. The crowd is mostly youngish, middle class couples.
- The Langham: It is located on the northern side of Oxford Circus. You can enjoy this Victorian building filed with history and have ea in the very heart of the city.
- Fortnum & Mason: It is a historic spot and has been a favourite for centuries among the upper crust British people since 1707, including the Royal Family. That is what makes Fortnum & Mason one of the the most sought after places for afternoon tea in London.
- Claridge’s: This 5 star hotel is known to serve afternoon tea for the last one and half decade to the British elite. You have to follow the dress code and enjoy what is being served. You will not be disappointed!
The above are few of the best places for afternoon tea in London where you can relax and enjoy a very taste indulging experience.
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