The Best Afternoon Teas in London

  • Posted on 22nd March 2016 by Nick
  • Afternoon Tea has its roots in British aristocracy, a mid-afternoon snack of tea, sandwiches and small cakes favoured by Anne, 7th Duchess of Bedford, as a way of staving off ìthat sinking feeling between meals (at the time, there were 2 meals per day,  breakfast, and dinner, served at 8pm). It quickly became the afternoon practice of every fashionable lady, and has evolved into a real treat, oftentimes taken with a glass of bubbles. In celebration of Equinox Bloom, inspired by the transitional moment between winter and spring and the British tradition of Afternoon Tea, we've scoured London for the finest Afternoon Tea you could possibly find.

    The Modern Afternoon Tea: Sketch & Mayfair

    Sketch London

    Sketch offers probably the coolest surrounds in London for their Afternoon Tea - a blend of eccentric Britishness and continental experimentalism. Tucked just off of Regent Street, Sketch's afternoon tea features a selection of sandwiches including quail's egg and caviar, scones and of course a delightful medley of pastries and sweets such as the divine Malabar marshmallow. Be sure to pop to the facilities for perhaps the most bonkers and Instagram-worthy powder rooms in all of London.
    Seasonal offerings are also available, with special menus created for Valentines, Mother's Day, Easter, Chelsea Flower Show, Wimbledon and Christmas - be sure to investigate.
    Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG


    The Sightseeing Afternoon Tea: BB Bakery & Bus Tour

    BB Bakery

    If your time in London is limited, and you would like to take in as many sights as possible whilst still experiencing great British traditions, then why not combine both in one fell swoop with the BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Yes indeed, the BB Bakery (a stones throw from Covent Garden) offers you the chance to take a trip on a historic Routemaster bus, enjoying the sights including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Albert Hall, and Marble Arch to name but a few. You'll of course be able to indulge on macarons, pastries, sandwiches and tea.
    Alternatively, BB Bakery also offers an afternoon tea on-board a boat as you journey along the Thames and take in the historic sights along London's river.
    BB Bakery, 6-7 Chandos Place, WC2N 4HU


    The Traditional Afternoon Tea: Claridges, Mayfair

    Claridges

    Claridges have been serving afternoon tea for the best part of 150 years, so they certainly know how to do it with style. A very short stroll from our Mayfair store on Brook Street, Claridges is perfect to a fault - finger sandwiches and warm scones with gorgeous pastries are all served in the stunning Foyer, an art-deco feast for the eyes. As a London institution, Claridges does suggest a dress-code, so ensure you follow it to a tea (sorry).
    Claridges, Brook St, W1K 4HR


    The Eccentric Afternoon Tea: The Fan Museum in Greenwich

    Fan Museum Greewich

    The Fan Museum in Greenwich is one of London's most wonderfully eccentric places & the only museum in the UK dedicated to the history of fans, with pieces dating back to the 12th century. Afternoon Tea at The Fan Museum is served in the beautiful and muraled Orangery, overlooking a secret garden. The Orangery is only accessible to visitors to the museum, which means you must pay the entry fee of £4, but believe us when we tell you this hidden gem is worth the trip even if you don't stop for the tea.
    The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER

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