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London’s most unique afternoon teas

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I love afternoon tea, what more could you want than a sit down with tea and cake, it’s terribly British but it is wonderful. London plays host to many afternoon tea locations, so much so you are over spoilt with choice, sometimes you need to find something a little bit different. So in celebration of afternoon tea week, what a glorious week, I thought I would scope out all of London’s most unique and unusual afternoon teas.

London’s unique afternoon teas

Afternoon Tea with Cats.
For £25pp you can indulge in afternoon tea surrounded by feline friends at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. Okay, this is completely something I could do at home, but yet I still really want to do it? They also host socials of board games with cats and Bingo with cats. I’m in.

Festival Glam Rock Afternoon Tea at K West Hotel & Spa
English breakfast tea has been swapped for tea-infused cocktails and served with rainbow sliders and blueberry scones. For £28pp you can eat afternoon tea while feeling like a rock star. 

Hankies Chai Time
For an afternoon tea with an Asian twist head to Hankie’s Indian street food restaurant, for Bombay Sandwiches, Bhindi Bhel and Paneer Kathi Roll. Priced at just £14pp, this one is a complete bargain and I also think it may be my favourite.

Genie’s Afternoon Tea
Cutter and Squidge is an adorable quirky cake shop in Soho and their newest project was transforming one of their floors into a cave of wonders to create the Genie’s afternoon tea. From Ruby topped Dream cakes to jewel-encrusted scones, this is any Disney fan’s ideal afternoon tea, it is also quite close to the theatre where the musical is currently playing.
Nordic Afternoon Tea
Probably the fanciest on the list, Aquavit’s Nordic Afternoon tea provides a selection of a selection of traditional Swedish pastries including semla, as well as influences from Denmark, Iceland and Norway.  Various Nordic inspired treats are served alongside a glass a crisp champagne, priced at £39pp or £27.50pp without champagne.

Cahoot’s Squiffy Picnic
I wrote a whole post on this last year, a fully immersive step back into London in the 1940’s complete with your very own squiffy picnic and gin cocktails. I do feel this choice is quite pricey (£45pp) but it is a whole lot of fun and would be great for the start of a hen party or something similar.

Ice cream afternoon tea
Alongside the traditional sandwiches and scones, you are also served little cones with handmade ice cream of various flavours. At Christmas, The Dorchester Hotel also hosts a Christmas Carol afternoon tea, which I am firmly putting on my Christmas bucket list.

Green and Black’s ChocolaTEA
London’s signature chocolate only afternoon tea, they even serve a mini burger with chocolate infused BBQ sauce as part of the selection. I am all over this afternoon tea, especially the Passion Fruit & White Chocolate Macaroon Stack. Served exclusively at The Montagu this afternoon tea designed for a sweet tooth is priced at £49pp.

Where was the most unique afternoon tea you have visited? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Jodie
    August 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    So many of this list to try, I’ve been to a lot of afternoon teas in London but the cat one is the only one from this list I’ve done!

    • Sam
      August 17, 2017 at 8:40 am

      My favourite is the Indian one, but I really want to do the cat one, even though I have cats at home?! haha


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