It’s no secret that the British take tea rather seriously. A traditional high tea at the Savoy will never lose its appeal. But if you’re after a more quirky afternoon tea, there are tons of spots to get your buttery scones, clotted cream and finger sandwich fix.
Did you know there’s even an Afternoon Tea week (in August)? Don’t wait until then, check out our guide to Quirky Afternoon Tea in London, from the River Thames to the dizzy heights of the Shard.
10 Quirky Afternoon Tea Experiences in London
1. Afternoon tea on the River Thames
Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Thames, while sampling scones, cakes and sandwiches courtesy of City Cruises and their Afternoon Tea Cruise. Ask for a glass of bubbly (optional extra) to add some extra fizz to your journey. NB: Scroll down to see how you can win a City Cruises Afternoon Tea experience for you and your family! Daily at 3.30pm-5pm from Tower Pier; adult £31/child 5-12 £21/under 4s FREE.
2. High tea on a Routemaster bus
Do your kids still go nuts about riding on the top deck of the bus? Now there’s even more reason to rave about the double decker. B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour offers a fun way to see London’s landmarks while dining on macarons and other yummies, aboard the iconic Routemaster. Ages 5+ (unsuitable for younger ones). Daily tours from 12pm; adult £45/child 6-11 half price.
3. A tea party in Wonderland
The Sanderson hotel’s Alice in Wonderland inspired menu features giddy delights like their chocolate-coated, coffee-flavoured Pocket-Watch Macaroons. Eat me? Yes please! Sadly, fancy dress is not encouraged. Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson runs daily, from adult £48/special packages and holidays from £58 per person/child 4-11 £35.
4. A magical Matilda themed spread
You’ll love the quirky afternoon tea at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer St, partner hotel to the fantastic show Matilda the Musical. There’s a distinctly Roald Dahl-esque twist to the menu, featuring little sponged Victoria’s and lemonade jello shots with candied newts. Kids are sent home with a Matilda gift too. Matilda the Musical Afternoon Tea is available daily, adult £32/child age 11 and under £16.
5. Paper swans and scones on Regent’s Canal
We stumbled across this quirky afternoon tea experience while walking along Regent’s Canal one afternoon. Climb on board The Floating Showroom and Origami Poetry Cafe for delicious cakes, tea, juices for nippers. You’ll get to fashion some paper crafts with your charming hostess (she lives on the boat). It’s also a lovely venue for birthday parties, supper clubs and other pop-up events. Keep up with their movements at @onboardtfs on Twitter. Varying times, dates and prices.
6. Tea at the Houses of Parliament
Take the whole family for an enriching Houses of Parliament Tour plus Afternoon Tea. This unique experience includes a wander around the seat of government, followed by a delectable spread of savouries and sweets, served in one of the riverside rooms in the House of Commons. Varying dates, 2pm & 3.45pm; adult £29/child 12 and under £14.50.
7. Ice cream tea
If you’re a fan of ice cream cakes, then what’s not to love about an ice cream tea? Try London’s official Gelato Ice Cream tea, a sensational twist on the British classic, now served at Snowflake Gelato in Selfridges. Mini handmade gelato yumminess served on a three-tiered stand. Slurp. £15 per person (based on 2 sharing).
8. Gentleman’s tea (and unlimited champers)
This handsome venue offers a quirky afternoon tea menu for kids and grownups alike. We like the Reform Social & Grill Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea with savoury treats (mini roast beef Yorkshire pudding!) and sweet bites. Or opt for their Champagne Tea with free-flowing bubbly! Daily, from £26.50 per person.
9. An Asian ‘high’ tea.
At Ting at The Shard, you can go for a traditional British tea or an Asian-inspired afternoon tea with dim sum, plus more than 30 varieties of tea to choose from. Enjoy the theatrical setting, while taking in views of Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and other London hot spots. 12pm-4pm daily, £56.
10. A Midsummer night’s tea
Wander back in time to Shakespeare’s Globe and after a tour through history and verse, stop for a tea break in glamorous The Swan, overlooking the river. The Afternoon Tea at The Swan (top photo) is inspired by a Midsummer Night’s Dream, from the flower of Oberon’s love potion to the apricots fed to Bottom by Titania. Daily, from £26.50 per person.
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