The best children’s afternoon teas in London, from Peter Rabbit pastries to sci-fi treats and even a teddy bears’ picnic
Lead image: The Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Le Meridien Piccadilly
1 Kids’ Sci-Fi Afternoon Tea at The Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington
The Ampersand Hotel’s Kids’ Sci-Fi Tea adds an interactive twist to the hotel’s award-winning Science Afternoon Tea. Inspired by the neighbouring Natural History and Science Museums, the afternoon tea is served on brightly coloured rocket stands proffering a selection of mini hot dogs, rocket cheese straws and brioche & jam sandwiches. Kids are encouraged to experiment by topping white chocolate & cranberry scones with lemon curd served in squeeze tubes, freeze-dried raspberry pieces & crunchy caramel balls, and you can even dust for mini dinosaur biscuit ‘fossils’ hidden beneath chocolate soil. The menu is washed down with ‘spaceman’ hot chocolate with marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles. Available Mon-Sat from 12.30-9pm and Sun 12.30-7pm, priced £31.50 per child.
10 Harrington Road, Kensington SW7 3ER; ampersandhotel.com
2 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Afternoon Tea at London Hilton Park Lane
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic Afternoon Tea at London Hilton on Park Lane includes bite-sized delicacies, finger food and treats crafted by Executive Chef Anthony Marshall and recent winner of C4’s Bake Off: The Professionals, Pastry Chef Emmanuel Bonneau. It also comes with a cuddly Hamley’s teddy bear for the kids to take home! Colourful and fun, the Afternoon Tea features scrumptious Teddy Bear sandwiches – including ham and tomato, chicken, cucumber and mayonnaise and tuna and sweetcorn – freshly baked plain, raisin and chocolate chip mini scones served with strawberry jam, whipped cream and Nutella, as well as pastries and miniature fancies such as meringue mushroom, teddy and puzzle biscuits and a chocolate sponge cake pop. Available for £24 per child on weekdays from 2pm-5pm and weekends from 12.30pm-5pm.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1BE; podiumrestaurant.com
3 Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly
Mr McGregor’s Garden comes to life in this nostalgic Peter Rabbit afternoon tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly. Inspired by the original Beatrix Potter tale, savoury delights include Mr McGregor’s Garden, which wraps carrots, radishes and pea shoots inside a mini baguette, as well as a smoked salmon and sun-dried tomato pinwheel. Pastries include the beautiful Flower-Pot Hideout, a chamomile mousse inside an edible chocolate pot, the Magnificent Mushroom with strawberry ganache and a crunchy meringue stem, and, of course, carrot cake. A mini version is presented inside a wooden vegetable patch box for kids, who will be given an array of Peter Rabbit goodies including a purse, drawstring bag and bespoke Le Méridien Piccadilly Peter Rabbit book. Priced £39 for adults and £29 for kids.
21 Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 0BH; terraceonpiccadilly.com
Tiny Tea returns to the iconic Bluebird in Chelsea for half term. For little ones looking for a more grown up play-date – or those who just love a good cake – Bluebird’s Tiny Tea includes some of their favourite tea-time treats, such as Nutella-stuffed doughnuts, baby plain and raisin scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and mini milkshakes. A selection of finger sandwiches are also included, and little ones can also decorate their own cupcakes. Running 17-23 February priced £12 pp including a drink (apple juice, orange juice or milk). Recommended for ages 3-10.
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
5 Swan Lake Afternoon Tea at Royal Opera House
In celebration of Swan Lake returning to the stage, the Royal Opera House is reinterpreting the magic of the ballet in afternoon tea form. The Swan Lake afternoon tea will serve an assortment of savoury and sweet treats for both adults and children, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. The opening act will feature a selection of savouries such as Glazed Gammon, Grain Mustard Butter and Pickled Gherkin on Granary Bread and Severn and Wye Smoked Salmon Pin Wheel on Pumpernickel Bread. After an intermission of Warm Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream, the spotlight will then fall on a range of sweets that are inspired by Swan Lake’s infamous characters, from a White Swan Macaron with Chocolate Wings to a Black Swan Currant and Cassis Cheesecake and Lemon and Toasted Marshmallow Choux Puffs for children. There will also be a live pianist performing throughout the afternoon tea sittings. Running Thursdays-Saturdays from 12 March-18 April priced £45 for adults and £27 for kids.
Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD; roh.org.uk
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