Best traditional afternoon teas in London

Tea in a pot, scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches and dainty cakes... nothing could be more British than afternoon tea in London.

From afternoon tea at The Ritz to sandwiches at The Savoy, find our pick of venues for the best afternoon tea in London, where the quintessentially British tradition lives on. 

London's hospitality venues are due to reopen on 17 May at the earliest, following the proposed easing of coronavirus restrictions. Check back nearer the time for confirmation and be aware that some venues listed may still be closed after that date.

Enjoy one of the most iconic London food and drink experiences in stylish surrounds, from lavish lobbies and elegant hotel lounges, to tropical palm courts and winter gardens. Don't forget to book in advance to guarantee yourself a spot, and check on the dress code  snappy dressing is often part of the afternoon tea tradition.

If you're on a budget, opt for a cheap afternoon tea or take your pick from many afternoon tea London deals. Alternatively, try something a little different with a themed afternoon tea or quirky afternoon tea. Or, if you're looking to really impress, splash out with a champagne afternoon tea.

The Athenaeum

Savour afternoon tea classics, such as egg and cress sandwiches, fruit scones and Battenberg cake, alongside inventive sweets from the Galvin brothers at The Athenaeum. Befitting of its location next to Hyde Park, this traditional tea is served in the verdant surrounds of the Garden Room with views of the hotel's living wall.

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Brown's Hotel

Relax to the sounds of the baby grand piano as you savour prawn cocktail and coronation chicken buns, pastries, scones and cakes: no wonder Queen Victoria loved to have her tea at Brown’s Hotel. The award-winning afternoon tea is served in the elegant English Tea Room, complete with wood panelling, fireplaces and artworks.

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Head to iconic Claridge's for a tea featuring poached salmon sandwiches, seasonal pastries and cakes, raisin scones with jam and Cornish clotted cream, plus a choice of 26 loose leaf teas. The award-winning afternoon tea at Claridge's is served daily in the elegant Foyer & Reading Room, accompanied by music from the grand piano. Read More

The Dorchester

Make time for the classic afternoon tea experience – served five times a day in The Dorchester's famous marble and gilt room, The Promenade. Delight in seasonal finger sandwiches, followed by scones, French pastries and a choice of fine and rare teas. You can also take The Dorchester afternoon tea in the hotel's spa for added opulence.

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Fortnum & Mason

Choose from teas selected by Fortnum & Mason's tea taster, paired with items including ham or cucumber sandwiches, cakes and plain and fruit scones, in the stylish Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. Vegan and dairy or gluten-free afternoon teas are available. Alternatively, just pop in for a cuppa and cake for a high tea in London.

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The Goring

Sample a traditional London afternoon tea just minutes from Buckingham Palace. Warm up in front of The Goring's fire during colder months, or relax in the tranquil garden in summer. Book a spot in the Dining Room for an array of scones, finger sandwiches and pastries, or request a gluten-free afternoon tea before you arrive.

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The Landmark London

Delve into a fine selection of sandwiches, freshly baked raisin and apple scones, and French pastries, served alongside loose leaf and herbal teas in the light and airy surrounds of The Landmark London's spectacular Winter Garden. If you want to splash out, indulge in a Champagne De Castelnau Brut Reserve or Rose afternoon tea.

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The Lanesborough

Gorge on pastries, scones and sandwiches in the elegant Céleste room or intimate Withdrawing Room at The Lanesborough. This traditional afternoon tea has regularly been bestowed the UK Tea Council’s Award of Excellence, and is the perfect indulgence between visiting Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.

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The Langham

Guests have enjoyed The Langham afternoon tea since 1865, and it continues to stay true to the British afternoon tea tradition. Enjoy seasonal tweaks to traditional sandwiches, scones and cakes inspired by Wedgwood china. Melodies from the grand piano complete the experience in the luxurious Palm Court.

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The Savoy

Relax among tunes from the resident pianist in the historic Thames Foyer, as you linger over a selection of finger sandwiches, plain and raisin scones, French pastries and a huge selection of teas, including its own blends. Upgrade The Savoy London afternoon tea to a champagne afternoon tea for that extra special treat.

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The Ritz

Book into one of five daily sittings for The Ritz London afternoon tea, where sandwiches, teacakes, scones and 18 different loose leaf teas are served to live music from a pianist or harpist in the swanky Palm Court. Tea is nothing less than an institution here, and it's the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Sommelier.

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