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A Guide to Afternoon Tea in London

London Afternoon Tea Ideas and Inspiration

Nearly 200 years after the seventh Duchess of Bedford started feeling peckish before dinner and treated herself and her guests to a tasty mid-afternoon snack, the jury is very much out when it comes to crowning the best afternoon tea in London.

With so many delicious options on offer, from quirky treats on London buses to luxury eats in Harrods, how do you know where to start your hungry hunt for fancy finger food in the Capital?

To help you on your way to high tea heaven, here are our top picks of the most unusual, themed and luxurious afternoon teas in London.

Quirky Afternoon Tea in London

Despite afternoon tea having originated in the circles of 19th-century high society, one no longer has to take this delicious treat in the drawing room. In fact, nowadays, the more unique the venue, the better! Here are our top picks for quirky afternoon teas in London.

Themed Afternoon Tea in London

What do you get if you mix the traditional afternoon tea experience with children’s stories, intricately designed cakes and tonnes of fun and funky props? Themed afternoon teas, that’s what! If you’re ready for a fairytale feast, look no further – here are London's best themed afternoon teas.

Luxury Afternoon Tea in London

For ladies and gents who like to partake in a spot of high tea in London, only the most sophisticated and decadent of eateries will do. Pinkies in the air and napkins at the ready, our opulence-obsessed friends – it’s time to browse our collection of the most indulgent luxury afternoon teas in London.

Champagne Afternoon Tea in London

If you’re of the persuasion that a mid-afternoon snack is always best served with bubbles, our selection of Champagne afternoon teas in London will not disappoint. A flute or five enjoyed over pretty pastries and other delectable treats are sure to bring a little fizz to proceedings!

Hungry for more?

Discover our full selection of the best afternoon teas in London and beyond, from traditional offerings to Champagne brunches and even afternoon tea at home! Or, if you’re looking for more inspiration about how to make your trip to the city one to remember, make sure to check out our Days Out in London Ideas blog for our insider recommendations.