Food & Drink

Ultimate guide to drinking tea in London

Brits certainly love a hot cuppa. But when you add freshly baked scones, delicious cakes, and a couple of glasses of bubbles to the mix, afternoon tea in London becomes even better. Whether you want to soak up the local culture, fill your belly with delicious treats, or kick off a celebration with an early afternoon boozing session, the Great British Capital has you covered.

So, where are these wonderful places that serve the finest teas, confectionery items and potentially a bottle of Champagne or two? Here are some of our favourites.

The Rubens at the Palace

Last but not least – our piece de resistance – the Rubens at the Palace, is the ultimate taste of London sophistication. Within just a stone’s throw of Buckingham Palace, this beautiful hotel serves up the quintessential English tea experience with delicious cakes and your choice of refreshment. Make sure you book well in advance, though – it’s one of the most popular attractions in the city.

The Dorchester

The Dorchester is one of London’s most famous luxury hotels, and its afternoon tea truly is to die for. You can sip a selection of house-blended teas, munch down pastries, warm scones, and delicate finger sandwiches, all while surrounded by décors like silk drapes and gold-framed mirrors.

Try the Norfolk Black leg chicken sandwich with mayo, ginger, lime, and garlic. Then, treat yourself to a raspberry lychee rose. Wash it all down with a fine glass of Champagne, and your afternoon will be off to a cracking start.

The Goring

Like The Dorchester, The Goring is another luxury hotel. Its Royal Warrant by Appointment to His Majesty The King highlights its luxury. Scones, pastries, and sandwiches are all on the menu, along with a range of first-flush teas and boozy delights, including Bollinger Champagne.

The Ritz

Who in the world wouldn’t love to have a cuppa in The Ritz? It’s luxury needs no explanation, so instead, let us entice you to an afternoon tea by talking about its delectable menu, brimming with delights including 18 types of tea, superbly presented teacakes and pastries, and a range of finely cut sarnies. And, yes, you can add some sparkle to the experience with a bottle of bubbly.

The Savoy

Head to The Savoy, and you’ll instantly fall in love with the beautiful décor of the Thames Foyer. And if you want to spend some time in these magnificent surroundings, you can stop by for an afternoon tea and a cheeky midday dessert. Try the Cornish strawberry tartlet or choux pastry creation to cure your sweet tooth. There’s also a signature selection of classic cakes, sarnies and pastries.

While you’re here, don’t forget to tour the Shard, London’s tallest building. The views of the cityscape from above are breathtaking.

The Zetter Townhouse

The Zetter Townhouse is a chain of cocktail bars in London, and its afternoon tea spreads into its cocktail hour. But before it’s time to treat yourself to some colourful beverages, line your stomach with a few dainty sandwiches. Some of our favourites include smoked chicken Caesar and the traditional honey roast ham. Want to top it off with something sweet? We recommend ordering dark chocolate, passion fruit choux, raspberry, and English rose mousse.

You can enjoy an afternoon tea at The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell or Marylebone. Booking in advance is not a bad idea.