London’s hottest hangouts are always reinventing that age-old tradition of afternoon tea. Here are the latest and best, from a Beauty-and-the-Beast themed tea to Scandi-style offerings and a fashionista tea for those who like to be on trend…
1 Town House, Kensington
Get whisked away to a land of princesses, beasts and talking dishware with Town House’s new Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea. To celebrate the premiere of Beauty and the Beast, the tea will feature themed treats such as the ‘Try the Grey Stuff’ chocolate mousse and a clock tart featuring Cogsworth’s face. Town House invites you to be their guest at this magical tea until 26 February and then during the weekends in March.
Town House 109-113 Queen’s Gate SW7 5LR; townhousekensington.com
2 Rosewood Hotel, Holborn
Afternoon tea at Rosewood is a work of art, quite literally. The dishes served alongside the selection of teas are all inspired by and modeled after iconic artists; Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst and Banksy. The pastries are designed to be immediately identifiable to any London art lover, and of course taste as vibrant and unique as they look.
252 High Holborn WC1V 7EN; rosewoodhotels.com
3 London Hilton, Mayfair
In typical London fashion, the Hilton will be hosting an afternoon tea with a twist. Based on style trends the Hilton will be having a special ‘Confessions of a Fashionista’ afternoon tea. The tea and cakes will be designed with the UK’s best clothing collections in mind. Stylish and flavorful, the tea is a perfect way to appreciate the dazzling trends of the season.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1BE; hilton.com
4 Aster, Victoria
The Nordic tea at Aster is anything but typical. A newly opened restaurant in the Victoria NOVA building, Aster offers a tea filled with delicacies which offer a taste of Norway such as open rye sandwiches topped with the likes of Atlantic prawn skagen or cured salmon and pickles. And the tea menu changes seasonally so you can expect fresh new dishes every month.
Cardinal Place, 150 Victoria Street SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com
5 Bronte, Trafalgar Square
British cuisine with an Asian flair is making its way to afternoon tea at Bronte. Try their Spicy ginger & rhubarb baked cheesecake or Jasmine smoked ham & miso mustard sandwiches. All presented in a beautiful glass and gold trinket box, the pastries will be paired with classic selections of all of your favourite teas.
Grand Building, 1–3 Strand WC2N 5EJ; bronte.co.uk
6 The Hyde Bar, Paddington
Luxury hotel The Royal Park has just launched the Hyde Bar to offer Londoners and travelers alike a taste of the best the capital has to offer. And they wouldn’t be serving London’s best without an afternoon tea. Their menu is simple and chic, offering all of the classics that everyone knows and loves.
Hyde Park, 3 Westbourne Terrace W2 3UL; theroyalpark.com
7 Cinnamon Soho, Soho
Cinnamon Soho is bringing the flavours of India to afternoon tea with Sparkling Sundays. Their High Chai afternoon tea will include three tiers of classic Indian eats like Tandoori chicken and chutney sandwiches, Bhangra lamb sliders, and Malabar plum cake. These tantalizing treats will add a little spice to your Sunday.
5 Kingly Street, Carnaby W1B 5PF; cinnamonsoho.com
8 Savoy, The Strand
Popular tea spot the Savoy just introduced their new Silver Screen tea menu. Prompted by their partnership with BAFTA they’ve created a menu with items that reflect the movies which have been nominated this year. This includes pastries such as a dark chocolate sponge soft caramel with salted caramel mousse for Fantastic Beasts or a Jackie inspired pink macaroon shells encrusted with almond dragees and garnished with vanilla cream.
The Strand, London WC2R 0EU; fairmont.com