Best unusual afternoon teas in London

Enjoy a fresh take on tradition with these fun and quirky afternoon teas in London.

Sit down to sweet treats at an interesting venue, take high tea on the move or enjoy peculiar or themed food and drink. Book a spot to enjoy a quirky afternoon tea in London with a fun twist, or look for unusual London afternoon teas among these afternoon tea deals.

The Queen of Afternoon Teas at Hotel Café Royal

Diptyque Afternoon Tea at Hotel Café Royal

Celebrate 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria in traditional fashion, after all, it was the Victorians who created this indulgent afternoon treat. To honour one of our most beloved monarchs, Hotel Café Royal's afternoon tea features dishes, traditions and techniques that became popular during her reign and are inspired by her own personal favourites including English cucumber and pink peppercorn sandwiches and, naturally, Victoria sponge.

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B ‘N T: Brunch Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly

B ‘N T: Brunch Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly

Combine your most-loved brunch dishes with afternoon tea during the B ‘N T: Brunch Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly on Saturdays and Sundays. Sample a selection of inventive treats including a full English breakfast served in a mini Yorkshire pudding, a smoked salmon muffin and chocolate-filled eggs, while sipping on an Earl Grey-infused cocktail for a fun and quirky afternoon tea London experience.

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Afternoon Tea with Live Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Afternoon Tea with Live Opera at Royal Albert Hall

Listen to the incredible sounds of a live operatic performance while indulging in afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall. The Verdi – Italian Kitchen hosts the music-filled afternoon tea on selected Saturdays, and serves up treats including finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and a fine selection of teas.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream afternoon tea at the Swan

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon tea at the Swan

Experience an enchanting take on the classic afternoon treat at the riverside Swan. Taking inspiration from one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, the A Midsummer Night's Dream afternoon tea features a whimsical mix of sweet and savoury elements such as flower-infused macaroons, mulberry scones and a magical Love Potion cocktail.

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Treat yourself to a sightseeing tour combined with a French-inspired afternoon tea on the upper floor of a double-decker bus with Bustronome. Check out top landmarks through the bus’ glass roof and learn more while listening to an interactive guide, available in nine languages. Bon appétit!

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Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Scones, cakes and sandwiches in the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson. Image courtesy of Sanderson
Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson. Image courtesy of Sanderson

Feel like you're hosting your own Mad Hatter's tea party in London with Sanderson's magical Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. You’ll thoroughly appreciate this trip down the rabbit hole, with clever touches including vintage-book menus and quirky delicacies such as a King of Hearts parmesan and ham croque monsieur, and a Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier, that scream “eat me” and “drink me”.

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Italian afternoon tea at Il Pampero

Il Pampero's Italian-themed afternoon tea. Image courtesy of The Hari
Il Pampero's Italian-themed afternoon tea. Image courtesy of The Hari
Enjoy an Italian-themed "Napolitea" at The Hari hotel's restaurant Il Pampero featuring classic Italian combinations. Start with the likes of bruschetta, Parma ham and melon, and truffle arancini; before delving into sweet treats ranging from ricotta chocolate cannoli to Italian-style doughnuts. Bottomless prosecco is available for those who like some Italian bubbles with their tea. Read More
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Nordic Afternoon Tea at Aquavit

Be transported to Scandinavia through Nordic-inspired mouthfuls in Aquavit’s afternoon tea. Start with open sandwiches featuring the classic flavours of gravlax, shrimp skagen, and venison tartare, before indulging in Swedish cardamom buns and cookies.

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Afternoon tea at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Using the principles of New Basque cuisine, this tea at COMO The Halkin’s Michelin-starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction restaurant brings Spanish flavours to this British tradition. Tuck into tapas such as ham croquettes and garlic pintxos followed by sweet bites, from chocolate with churros to Catalan cream; all washed down with tea, cava or a gin cocktail.

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Charbonnel et Walker Afternoon Tea at May Fair Kitchen

Chocolate cakes and other sweet treats in May Fair Kitchen's Charbonnel et Walker afternoon tea. Image courtesy of May Fair Kitchen. Photo: Justin de Souza
May Fair Kitchen: Charbonnel et Walker afternoon tea. Image courtesy of May Fair Kitchen. Photo: Justin de Souza
Delight in treats from leading chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker as part of this sumptuous chocolate afternoon tea at May Fair Kitchen. Alongside more traditional finger sandwiches such as roast beef with horseradish, and smoked salmon with lemon butter, you’ll find chocolate truffles, chocolate scones and doughnuts with chocolate sauce. Read More

Sketch Gallery afternoon tea

Enjoy a colourful afternoon tea in this fabulous venue featuring pink decor and pieces by artist David Shrigley. Sketch Gallery offers up a cornucopia of edible delights including bright cakes, fresh scones and fruit tarts as well as scrumptious finger sandwiches.

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The Ultimate Afternoon Tea at The Cookery School

Have a go at making your own savoury bites and sweet treats with The Ultimate Afternoon Tea course run by The Cookery School at Little Portland Street. Join friends or family in crafting a range of cakes, sandwiches, pastries and scones. At the end of your class, you’ll sit down to the afternoon tea that you’ve created with a glass of sparkling wine or some tea.

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City Cruises afternoon tea cruise

Enjoy a sedate afternoon tea on the Thames, while passing some of London’s most famous sights, on City Cruises' afternoon tea cruise. You’ll be served a selection of finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as delicious cakes accompanied by unlimited tea and coffee. The on-board bar serves a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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