London is one of the best places in the United Kingdom to go for Afternoon Tea. With so many wonderful places to choose from, it was so difficult to narrow it down to just five, but we managed it. So here are what we consider to be the best afternoon tea destinations in London!
The Goring Hotel
The Goring Hotel was recently awarded the Tea Guild’s prestigious award for the ‘Top London Afternoon Tea 2013’ which is a big deal, since the awards are considered to be the Oscars of the tea world! The Goring Hotel is situated in Belgravia, Central London and is renowned for its perfect Afternoon Tea offerings.
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea by the roaring fire in the hotel’s beautifully decorated lounge or have the perfect al fresco Afternoon Tea experience in the hotel’s delightful garden in the warmer, summer months. The menu features an array of dainty sandwiches, homemade scones, hand-crafted patisseries and an extensive range of brewed teas. The staff are friendly and efficient, making the experience all the more enjoyable. With delicious treats, stunning presentation, wonderful staff and décor to die for, it is no wonder it is the capital’s leading destination for lovers of Afternoon Tea!
The Ritz is the perfect place to head for a traditional Afternoon Tea.
The Ritz hotel is described by many as the grandmother of Afternoon Tea. Upon entering the grand room, you will hear the clinking of beautiful china tea sets and be wooed by the delicate scent of the stunning floral centre pieces. The Ritz even has a resident pianist who provides the perfect soundtrack to your afternoon of indulgence.
On the menu you will find tasty traditional finger sandwiches, delicious homemade cream scones and seventeen loose leaf teas. If you are looking to indulge in a traditional Afternoon Tea, the Ritz in Piccadilly is a must-visit.
Brown’s Hotel is known for its high quality Afternoon Tea offerings. You can either opt for a traditional or champagne tea, depending on what takes your fancy! Alternatively, if you are trying to eat healthily, you may want to consider the Tea-Tox which is very popular with weight-conscious customers! This healthy afternoon tea option features low fat, low carb and sugar-free treats all of which are just as delicious as the real thing. Indulge in open sandwiches made from spelt and rye bread, fruit skewers and sugar free patisseries in the beautiful setting of a traditional English tea room.
If you are less than charmed by the offerings of swanky hotels, why not head to Bake-A-Boo in West Hampstead, where you can enjoy a heart-warming Afternoon Tea in a cute and cosy environment? This beautiful vintage inspired tea shop has been raved about in many publications including The Times, Cosmo Bride and Time Out.
As well as providing traditional Afternoon Tea treats like Victoria Sponge and flavoured cupcakes, Bake-A-Boo also offers gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan cakes, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy! With beautiful décor, delicious treats, a fantastic range of flavoured teas and a friendly and efficient service, it is hard not to fall in love with Bake-A-Boo.
Bake-A-Boo caters for those with specialist dietary requirements offering vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes.
Sanctum Soho Hotel
We thought we would finish off our list with something for the gentleman out there. Yes, the Sanctum Soho Hotel, known for its rock star vibe, offers a fantastic Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea for those who are fed up of finger sandwiches and dainty delights! The hearty Afternoon Tea features red meats, carbs, booze and even premium nicotine, for those who care for a cigar after their lunch.
On the menu you will find pasties, steak sandwiches, burgers and mini hotpots all of which are served up with Jack Daniels in stylish silver tankards. Sit back on the snakeskin upholstery and get comfortable as you are in for an Afternoon Tea experience you will never forget!
There are so many fantastic places that offer Afternoon Tea in London. From swanky hotels to vintage style tea shops, there really is something for everyone!