Afternoon Tea in London

The idea of quirky afternoon tea in London has grown over the last few years. If you’re looking to feed your Instagram account with showy snaps then a cucumber sandwich or two with a selection of teas will no longer do.

For picture-perfect afternoon tea in London, try the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel, which has been popular for years. Menus change but London’s afternoon tea scene has seen everything from honey themes to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a musical afternoon tea.

Board game afternoon tea’s a new addition, and in keeping with London cuisine, you can also get country themed ones from around the world.

If you prefer class to gimmicks, try the afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason or Claridge’s. At Claridge’s there’s a tea expert on hand to guide you through the menu and help you make the best choice depending on what you like. Even the British Museum’s in on the afternoon tea game, which is traditional yet served with Prosecco.

If you want a real treat, head to London favourite The Ritz. You’ll need to put some smart clothes on to make sure you meet the dress code, but it’s well worth it just for the size of the scones. You’ll tuck into them to the tune of a live harpist and string quartet, so it’s lovely and refined.

Look out for seasonal specials on London’s afternoon tea scene, especially during Wimbledon, the Proms, or any other special occasion where tiny sandwiches and sweet treats are suitable.