‘Tis the season for giving but, if we’re all being honest, it’s also the time for treating yourself. And what better way to tick both boxes than by taking yourself out for a Christmas themed afternoon tea with your family or friends? The Resident picks London’s best Christmas afternoon tea experiences
1 Royal Lancaster London
This year, in honour of both the holiday season and the hotel’s 50 anniversary, the Royal Lancaster is bringing Christmas spirit to a whole new level. Their Festive Afternoon Tea is filled with all of the classics of a traditional high tea but with a Christmas twist. Priced at £35 pp and £45 pp for an upgrade to tea and champagne, this very special tea will be going on from 22 November 2017 to 7 January 2017.
Lancaster Terrace W2 2TY; royallancaster.com
2 Savoy Christmas by Penhaligons
From the second you step foot into Penhaligon you are greeted by their large festive Christmas tree, surrounded by whimsical features reminiscent of Christmas in Victorian London. Penhaligon’s festive pop-up story-book will also be a remarkable feature of their event. Layers of 3D design with a real vintage car and glittering lights will set the festive tone even further. Enjoy the Scents of Christmas Penhaligon’s Afternoon Tea which will have refined pastries reminding you of Christmas with ingredients such as mulled pears, brandy mousse and gingerbread. Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at £120 per person and is the perfect celebration for you and your friends and family.
The Savoy Strand WC2R 0EU; fairmont.com/savoy-london
3 Tale as Old as Time at Town House
Missed the Tale as Old as Time version of high tea at the Town House? Worry not as the Town House has brought back the acclaimed theme with a festive twist for the month of December. The tea, complete with Mrs Potts and Chip Potts teacups, is themed according to the film “Beauty and the Beast”. The food ranges from bite size venison pie to Speculoos dress marzipan, ensuring no one leaves hungry. The festive tea is priced at £38.50 pp or £50 pp with a glass of Perrier-Jouët.
Town House at The Kensington, 109-113 Queen’s Gate SW7 5LR; townhousekensington.com
4 One Aldwych
Bring out your inner child this holiday season with One Aldwych’s Festive Afternoon Tea Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Executive chef Dominic Teague starts off the experience with a Cocktail Charlie and a spread of sweet treats like a golden chocolate egg and gingerbread. The chocolate filled event is evened out with traditional warm scones and seasonal tea sandwiches. The themed tea is priced at £42 pp and £52 pp with the Cocktail Charlie. The tea is served from 12:30pm-3:30pm Monday-Friday and 12:30pm-5:30pm on Sundays.
1 Aldwych WC2B 4BZ; onealdwych.com
5 Tipsy Tea at Mr. Foggs
This December, head over to Tipsy Tea at Mr. Foggs for a boozy twist to the traditional high tea. Drink to your hearts content this holiday season with gin teas and exquisite champagne alongside yuletide cakes and festive sandwiches sure to remind you of a decadent Christmas dinner. Enjoy the sweet sound of Mr.Foggs resident pianist on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy this Tipsy Tea for £45 pp.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair W1J 6JD; mr-foggs.com
6 The Chesterfield Hotel
Enjoy the Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at this intimate five-star hotel before popping down the road to enjoy Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland attraction. The tea packages are extensive and include a vegetarian afternoon tea, gluten-free tea, champagne tea and the little little elves afternoon tea for children. The Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea costs £38.50 pp.
35 Charles Street W1J 5EB; chesterfieldmayfair.com
7 The Royal Garden Hotel
Looking for the perfect spot to celebrate before a show? The Royal Garden Hotel, a short walk from Royal Albert Hall, is hosting A Festive Afternoon Treat high tea this December. Enjoy decadent cakes, warm scones, champagne and of course tea in their Park Terrace Lounge. Partake in The Royal Garden’s festivities for £36 pp or £46 pp for the tea in addition to champagne and strawberries. Overlooking the Kensington Gardens, The Royal Garden Hotel’s afternoon tea is hard to beat
2- 24 Kensington High Street W8 4PT; royalgardenhotel.co.uk
8 The Ritz
Transport yourself this holiday season and take a vacation at The Ritz’s Palm Court. Enjoy their traditional acclaimed high tea with a festive twist, including a choir singing Christmas carols, an Edwardian winter wonderland complete with a lavish Christmas tree. The adults can celebrate with style with a glass of Ritz champagne and the children will be given a Ritz teddy bear. The Christmas tea (£80 per adult and £50 per child) is available from Saturday 25 November to Saturday 30 December.
150 Piccadilly W1J 9BR; theritzlondon.com
9 108 Pantry at The Marylebone hotel
Head to 108 Pantry for their Classic Christmas Tea and don’t worry about leaving the table hungry. Their festive afternoon tea is filled with hearty savoury favourites like Caldecott Farm Free Range Turkey and classic sweets like the Chocolate Yule Log and Egg Nog Gingerbread Trifle. For £32 pp you get to enjoy an array of sweets and savouries on top of your choice of 108 Pantry’s rare tea collection. Add a boozy touch to your afternoon with a glass of champagne mulled wine for £42 pp. Join 108 Pantry from November 1 until the end of the holiday season.
The Marylebone Hotel, 47 Welbeck Street W1G 8DN; 108brasserie.com
10 The London Edition
The award winning Punch Room at The London Edition has big news for perfume and tea lovers alike. Take part in the experience of a lifetime by enjoying their new scandal water menu, in celebration of Penhalligon’s Portraits Collections. The collaboration includes pairings such as Penhallion’s Monsier Beauregard Orris and cinnamon scent with The Edition’s jasmine tea and chicken rouillard. Offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday priced at £35 pp, the scandal water menu is a can’t miss this holiday season.
Punch Room at The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street W1T 3NP; editionhotels.com/london