6 of the Best Afternoon Tea Locations in the World

The days of the British Empire may be over, but its cultural influence can still be seen worldwide today. Of course, we’re talking about the cup of tea (or ‘cuppa‘, as we like to say).

The cuppa has become an essential part of daily life in all corners of the globe. But where are the most interesting places to relax with a nice hot milky tea? In light of International Tea Day, le’ts rejoice and look at some of the world’s best afternoon tea locations.

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel

Nearby the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, you’ll find the 5-star Palace Hotel, which serves one of the best afternoon teas in the UK. But we don’t just love this luxurious hotel because of its delicious cuppas. While you sip your tea in the lavish Palace Lounge, you can enjoy panoramic views of The Royal Mews.

Pair your tea with a sandwich or freshly made pastry as you watch royal carriages come and go. This really is an afternoon tea experience fit for royalty. If you’d like to try it, take a look at our Royal Afternoon Tea at the Rubens at the Palace, and for the festive season around the corner, discover the magical and delicious Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea.

The Milestone

Experience one of the most exquisite afternoon teas at this English Heritage Grade II listed hotel in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea. The Milestone Hotel serves a selection of classic sweet and savoury items, including delicate finger sandwiches with smoked Scottish salmon and freshly baked scones with homemade preserves, all accompanied by an extensive selection of teas from around the world.

Join our tasty Afternoon Tea at The Milestone Hotel, whether in a couple, with friends or discovering London for Christmas with your family.

The Lake District

Before we leave England, which is home to some of the world’s biggest tea drinkers, we need to give the Lake District a mention. Our Lake District with Afternoon Tea & Cruise tour takes you through the stunning countryside vistas and chocolate-box towns. To end the day, we’ll treat you to an afternoon tea on board a Lake Windermere cruise.

Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe

Now, let’s leave the UK and explore more of the world’s most interesting places to enjoy a spot of tea. In Zimbabwe, you can drink afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel on Stanley Terrace. The view over the bridge falls and the gorge is truly stunning. And, if you’re lucky, you might see a zebra casually strolling over the lawn.

The Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong

When Hong Kong was still governed by the British, The Peninsula was a popular hotspot for generals, governors and royal visits. While that might no longer be the case, this hotel remains the epitome of luxury in Hong Kong. Here, you sip tea from eggshell-thin bone china while being surrounded by gilded furnishings, classical columns and carved gargoyles.

Mossman Gorge, Australia

Given the close cultural ties between the UK and the land down under, it is no surprise that the cuppa is a staple of daily life in Australia. One of the best places to enjoy a hot mug in wild surroundings is the Mossman Gorge Centre, the gateway to the beautiful Daintree rainforest. Enjoy a traditional cream tea before heading off to explore one of the world’s oldest rainforests and walk on the pristine sandy beaches of Cape Tribulation.

Check out our amazing range of afternoon tea experiences in London for a memorable time experiencing this classic British tradition.