Our favourite spots to enjoy something quintessentially British

Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, work promotion or catching up with an old friend, afternoon tea has become a permanent fixture in the British diary. Depending on where you go there may be tweaks and twists on a classic tradition, but the heritage behind socialising over a pot of tea and tucking into finger sandwiches and tiny petit fours remains incredibly popular.

To help celebrate a week dedicated to afternoon tea, we’ve decided to round up some of the capital’s best afternoon teas locations for those who want to experience something special and quintessentially British.

The Ritz

The illustrious hotel has been serving afternoon tea since 1906, and it’s that sense of heritage that makes it one of London’s most popular destinations to enjoy freshly baked scones and teacakes. Just make sure you come dressed smart, as gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie with jeans and trainers strictly forbidden.

Hotel Café Royal

Situated between Soho and Mayfair, the Hotel Café Royal is known for its exotic tea selections including a rich and floral lychee and rose noir and its Cotswold chicken sandwich with a creamy and zingy lemon verbena dressing. Champagne afternoon tea can be bought from £55 per person.

The Wellesley

Based in Knightsbridge, the Wellesley Afternoon Tea has long been regarded as the bastion of English society and there is nowhere more elegant to partake than in Wellesley’s jazz lounge. The latest creation from the Wellesley is the PA-TEA-SSERIE which includes intricate pastries served with some of the most unique tea blends.


A ritual that began over 150 years ago and continues today with a touch of Claridge’s creativity. Prepared and served fresh each day, Claridge’s menu faithfully follows the traditional combination of sweet and savoury. Their ingredients revolve around using British products such as poached Scottish salmon, whilst their pastries change to reflect the fruits of the season.

The Savoy

The Thames Foyer room at The Savoy is the perfect setting for afternoon tea. The afternoon tea experience begins with a glass of champagne, then the waiters will guide you through the many options to choose from the extensive tea menu, the white peony and rose tea comes highly recommended from many critics.

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