Oh, London. If you haven’t already guessed by my many posts about the city, it’s definitely my favorite one in the world. My friends and family are sick of me talking about how I will live there one day (look out, London! I’m coming for you). One of my favorite things about London is its selection of teas—especially Afternoon Tea. There are so many places where you can go and have a wonderful afternoon of eating scones (pronounced SC-on) and a wide array of different tasting teas. If you’re wondering where to go, look no further. Here are five of my favorite places to get your afternoon tea on in London.
Afternoon Tea, £45 per person; Champagne Afternoon Tea, £57 per person
If you haven’t heard of sketch, I fear you may have been living under a rock for some time. My Instagram feed is constantly filled with images of its pink velvet room and cute (and snarky!) cutlery. Take the afternoon off with some friends and head here for a wonderful champagne afternoon tea, or go for the more traditional and dive into those buttery scones and those delicious cakes. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Also, be sure to head to the toilets for an out-of-this-world egg-sperience. (You’ll see what I mean when you’re there.) Be sure to book asap, as sketch is always booked up.
The Ampersand Hotel
£32.50 per person or £45.50 per person with a glass of Champagne
Head to South Kensington for an afternoon tea based around science. The Ampersand Hotel hosts a wonderful tea with gorgeous raspberry cakes shaped as planets with a white chocolate ring, chocolate volcanos, dinosaurs, and cocktails served in a beaker. Yes, a beaker.
£26 per person
The OXO Tower is one of my favorite spots in London. The building has some of the best views of London and the best part? You can spend an afternoon drinking tea and overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral. Once you order, your server will carefully explain every part of the tea and then you can dig right in.
The Sanderson Hotel
£46-65 per person
This is definitely on the pricier side, but completely worth the extra ££. If you’re a lover of all things “Alice in Wonderland,” you’ll want to head to The Sanderson Hotel for the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea. Enjoy wonderful drinks served in “drink me” glass bottles, menus in vintage books, delicious treats all locked behind bird cages, and so much more. Be sure to book in advance as the restaurant gets booked up quickly.
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
£48 for lower deck, per person; £58 for top deck, per person
Experience the Central London on a vintage London bus whilst enjoying afternoon tea. Your bus driver will tour you around The London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and more. While there is no tour guide giving commentary on the bus, your server is more than happy to provide any information you may have questions about. Be sure to book in advance as seats go very quickly.