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Best 6 cheap afternoon teas in London

Enjoy a sweet treat without breaking the bank with a cheap afternoon tea.
Scones, cream, jam and tea. Image courtesy of iStock
Cream tea. Image courtesy of iStock

Find an afternoon tea in London for less than £25 per person. You don’t need to go over budget to enjoy this British tradition, with plenty of affordable afternoon tea options available in the capital.

1. The Wolseley

Look around the magnificent interior of The Wolseley on Piccadilly, a grand European-style all-day eatery. It offers a good value cream tea including just tea and scones (no sandwiches), which makes for an indulgent afternoon pick-me-up. If you're still hungry, add a few more sweet treats or break the budget with the full afternoon tea. Cream tea for £12.75 per person

2. Cinnamon Bazaar

Tuck into a budget afternoon tea with an Indian twist during the Bazaar High Chai at Covent Garden's Cinnamon Bazaar. Start off with spiced sandwiches and rolls, continue to street-food-style "chaats", before indulging in sweet and sticky Indian-influenced treats. Enjoy a pot of tea or sip on flavour-packed Indian masala chai throughout. Afternoon tea for £25 per person

3. The Wallace Restaurant

A selection of colourful cakes and sandwiches on serving plates
Afternoon tea of cakes and sandwiches © Sebastian Coman Photography via Unsplash. Image courtesy of Sebastian Coman Photography via Unsplash

Enjoy fine arts, including paintings, porcelain and furnishings, at the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square, then take a well-deserved break with an affordable afternoon tea in The Wallace Restaurant. Alongside sandwiches, scones and cakes, you can choose from a wide range of specialist teas. Afternoon tea for £19.50 per person.

4. Whittard's Covent Garden Tea Bar

Indulge in a scrumptious afternoon tea at Whittard's Covent Garden Tea Bar, featuring a selection of more than 60 loose leaf teas, alongside finger sandwiches, scones, tea-infused preserves and cakes. Afternoon tea is served all day in the cosy tea room located on the lower level of Whittard's flagship store. £25 per person (cream tea for £9.50 per person).

5. To A Tea

Tuck into delicious sandwiches, petits fours, scones and sweet treats, with a classic afternoon tea at To A Tea in Farringdon or St Paul's. The experience includes unlimited tea and coffee, and wonderful treats such as lemon tart, opera gateau and eclairs. £25 per person.

6. Café Rouge

Treat yourself to afternoon tea with a French twist at Café Rouge. With locations across London and super affordable prices, enjoy sweet treats and French-inspired savouries, including French onion sausage rolls and mini meingue torte. Afternoon tea starting from £15 per person.

Looking to splash out? Take a look at the full range of afternoon tea in London including traditional and unusual afternoon tea.