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 cheap afternoon tea options available in the capital.

Traditional afternoon tea

The Wolseley

Punctuating Monday afternoon with a cream tea.

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Look around the magnificent interior of The Wolseley on Piccadilly, once a car showroom, now described as an all-day cafe-restaurant in the grand European tradition. This is a cream tea, meaning they stick to tea and scones (no sandwiches). It makes for an indulgent afternoon snack; and if you do need more, you can always splash out on the full afternoon tea. Cream tea for £12.75 per person.

Afternoon tea and culture

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 a full English afternoon tea in The Wallace Restaurant. You can choose from an extensive range of specialist teas. Afternoon tea for £19.50 per person.

The Fan Museum


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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).

Saatchi Gallery

Sample the modern art in this world-famous Kings Road gallery and then enjoy warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, plus any of an extensive selection of Canton teas, offered in the Gallery Mess. With beautiful artwork on the walls, exposed brickwork and huge vaulted ceilings, it's a beautiful place to relax after soaking up the latest exhibitions in the main gallery. Scones plus tea comes to £11.75 per person.

Afternoon tea with a modern twist

The Modern Pantry

Make your way over to The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell for a comprehensive cream tea. Featuring a cheddar, caramelised onion and sumac scone, a lemon and ajowan scone and a top-notch selection of tea, this is a modern take on the traditional afternoon tea treat. You’ll still even be on budget if you add a glass of white peach, lychee or passionfruit Bellini or prosecco, so why not? Cream tea for £12.50 per person, or £18.50 with a Bellini or prosecco.

Unusual afternoon teas

Cinnamon Bazaar

Tuck into an afternoon tea with an Indian twist during the Traders High Tea at Covent Garden's Cinnamon Bazaar, brought to you by the same team as The Cinnamon Club. Start off with a Bazaar Bellini, then enjoy a pot of tea or the Indian Masala Chai, while tucking into savouries including Bhangra lamb sliders followed by Bhapa Doi cheesecake. £24.50 per person.

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