“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
― Henry James,
Endless cups of tea, tiny sandwiches, delicious cakes, this has got to be one of our all time favourite British traditions. From a quintessential tea at Claridges, to a wacky mad-hatters tea party at The Sanderson, these are some of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in the UK! We’re daydreaming about enjoying some cake and a cuppa in the luxurious Palm Court at The Ritz now! Have you got a great recommendation to share with us? Join the conversation on Facebook or tweet us @
Discover some of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea in the UK…
Cutter and Squidge, London
Hot on the heels of the incredibly popular Beauty & the Beast afternoon tea comes another Disney inspired sweet treat experience, hidden right in the heart of London’s Soho. Just like the Cave of Wonders in the Disney classic ‘Aladdin’, this Limited Edition ‘Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea’ is difficult to find – unless you know where to look! Created by the all-natural London bakery Cutter & Squidge, you enter through their unassuming café on Brewer Street before being escorted downstairs into A Whole New World.
Surrounded by treasures, you will enjoy afternoon tea with a twist as you are served enchanting delights such as Raspberry & Rose Tart sprinkled with Emeralds and a Cutter & Squidge classic, their delicious ‘Biskies’. Fans of Aladdin won’t be disappointed with the moreish Magic Carpet Cookies, or the incredible Genie’s Welcome – we shan’t tell you any more, as we don’t want to ruin the surprise!
For fans of the film, this magical afternoon tea is both marvellous and unmissable. Plus, the fantastic central London location is also a less than five minute walk from the smash-hit Aladdin musical, which is currently showing at the Prince Edward Theatre on Old Compton Street, Soho. So, for a real “Arabian Night” book yourself some tickets to enjoy the show after your truly enchanting afternoon tea.
Prices star from £29.50 per person, or £14.50 for children under the age of 10.
Credit: Paolo Farinella
Town House at the Kensington Hotel, London
It’s a tale as old as time, and soon to be a major motion picture starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens! Whether you’re in love with the Disney classic, or super excited for the new film this year, there’s no denying that Beauty & The Beast is a timeless and widely adored love story.
Now, thanks to the Town House at the Kensington Hotel in London, we can all live out our Beauty & The Beast dreams in real life. A table for two overlooked by Lumière, tea served by Mrs Potts, and the chance to take a sip from Chip! It’s all possible if you book to enjoy their Beauty and the Beast-themed afternoon tea called ‘Tale as Old as Time’.
The Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea Menu is priced at £35 per person or £45 with a glass of Champagne. Available from February 13 – February 26, plus Saturdays and Sundays on selected dates in March. You can book via their website.
Conrad London St. James, London
An afternoon tea not to be missed, the Conrad London Love Knot Afternoon Tea is a deliciously decadent delight.
Seated in the beautiful setting of Emmeline’s lounge, you can enjoy the pleasure of live music, whilst chatting to your loved one and sipping on the finest of teas or enjoying bottomless glasses of champagne.
In addition to their signature scrumptious scones and carefully prepared sandwiches, prepare to taste their sweet ‘romance’ inspired puddings. Red velvet cake, strawberry & yoghurt marble mousse and carrot cake are just some of the delights on offer.
You will also be presented with a beautiful bespoke ‘jewellery menu’. A collaboration between Conrad London St. James and Storey by Storey and Regency Jewels, you can buy the gorgeous pieces from the hotel for a limited time.
Established as the ultimate London afternoon tea destination, Conrad London St. James is dedicated to creating a contemporary twist on this British tradition. Love Knot Afternoon Tea will be available from 9 February 2016 until 16 February 2017.
Love Knot Afternoon Tea is £59 per person with free flowing Champagne, £49 with one glass of champagne or £39 per person without champagne.
For further details or to make a reservation, please visit www.conradhotels.com/london or call 020 3301 8080.
Credit: Tim Winter
St. Ermin’s Hotel, London
Afternoon tea on the terrace at St.Ermins Hotel is the best way to spend a sunny Sunday! Plus, throughout the month of September, the deluxe St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster celebrates its annual honey month, to coincide with the harvest of honey collected from its resident 350,000 Buckfast bees. Enjoy the fruits of their labour in the hotel’s seasonal Honey Afternoon Tea. Find out more info and book HERE