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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 £20 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.

The Wolseley

Punctuating Monday afternoon with a cream tea.

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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.

The Wallace Restaurant

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.

The Fan Museum

Overlooking a "secret" Japanese garden, the beautiful orangery in Greenwich’s unique Fan Museum is the perfect space to unwind with a cup of tea and cake. In a break with tradition, you can opt for a cafetiere of coffee instead of a pot of tea. This delicious London afternoon tea offers amazing value at only £9 per person (museum admission is £5, free to London Pass members). 

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. £15 per person (£25 per person Saturdays and Sundays).

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