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Is there anything more British than going to for Afternoon Tea? I enjoy nothing more than getting slightly dressed up, hopping on a train to Central London and spending the afternoon drinking bottomless tea while indulging on fresh cakes and scones.
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just having a catch-up afternoon with your girlfriends, Afternoon Tea is always a good idea and with so many popping up all over London you will be spoilt for choice. In fact, in order to stand out, many places are now offering more elaborate and themed Afternoon Teas in order to stand out.
Here is a round of the current best themed Afternoon teas of offer across London. Many of which are available on Bookatable.com. When booking Afternoon Teas or meals in Central London I will always tend to check Bookatable.com first. I find it an easy way to quickly narrow down options as well as find any special offers which are currently on. Once you have decided you can then easily book your table through there website as well.
Full reviews of some of my favourite Afternoon Teas in London:
Fun themed afternoon teas in London
Disney Afternoon Teas in London
Take a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with an exciting new afternoon tea inspired by the much-loved work of P.L. Travers.
Guests will be immediately immersed in Travers’ imaginary world, as they are presented with a menu that takes form as a gilt gold framed mirror – a recurring symbol throughout the books depicting Mary’s vanity and her ‘practically perfect’ reflection. Served on a custom-made tea stand with an umbrella on top, the tea will follow the format of a quintessentially British afternoon tea with unconventional twists.
Aside from the wonderful food, the Afternoon Tea takes places at the Aqua Shard, situated on level 31 of London’s tallest building, meaning you will get to take in epic views of London’s skyline at the same time.
The Sanderson Hotel invites you to tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a tea party beyond your wildest imagination, inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland.
With menus hidden inside vintage books and teapots adorned with kings and queens, their Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is full of sweet treats and savoury delights to excite your taste buds. There is even an opportunity to upgrade to wonderland inspired cocktails.
Okay, so this one is not Disney themed, it is actually a Harry Potter themed afternoon tea but it is the best Afternoon Tea I have ever had. Not only is the food incredible, but the theming is also fantastic and it is completely immersive for the entire hour and a half.
Leave the busy streets of London behind as you descend downstairs into the potion class. Get cloaked up, and then take your seat at the school-style desks and await your Potions Master. They will have you whisking up potions and all manner of concoctions in no time.
Destination Themed Afternoon Teas in London
Taking inspiration from London’s most recognisable and historic landmarks, Town House at The Kensington’s London Landmarks Afternoon Tea leads diners on a tour of the capital’s architectural feats and culinary traditions, with tributes to London’s most famed structures – including a carrot cake reconstruction of the iconic Shard.
Why not make a whole day out for your trip to London by heading to some of the great cocktail bars in Covent Garden afterwards.
If you are looking for a quirky twist on the traditional British Afternoon Tea then I really recommend the Squiffy Picnic at Cahoots.
Situated in Kingly Court Carnaby Street, Cahoots is a late-night bar that transports guests back to post-war 1940s and to an abandoned underground tube station. As well as a late-night bar, every Saturday afternoon they also offer an alternative afternoon tea by the name of ‘Squiffy Picnic’, think more gin cocktails than Earl Gray but tea dresses and victory curls are still very much welcome.
The Piccadilly hotel has given a timeless tradition an irresistible Indian twist, subtly infusing English tea-time favourites with the spices of the sub-continent. Expect delicacies like homemade Lucknawi spiced scones with strawberry cumin jam to accompany your ginger and cardamom tea. I would recommend this for Afternoon Tea regulars who are looking for something slightly different for the next one.
Some more options for some fantastic London Afternoon Teas:
If immersive interiors are your thing then you will love the Afternoon Tea at Momo. Located just off Regent Street in the heart of London city centre, Momo is an “exotic haven of North African delight” that offers an authentic Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine.
Momo serves a decadent Afternoon Tea with an exotic twist. The themed delights are accompanied by fresh scones and delicious sandwiches to create a tasty blend of traditional and contemporary.
In the heart of Knightsbridge, Mamounia Lounge is the must-visit destination for delicious Middle Eastern dishes, eclectic tunes, impressive shisha pipes and luxurious décor.
Enjoy a Moroccan and Lebanese twist on afternoon tea, brimming with the likes of grilled mini wraps, briouats and delicious mahalabia with scones. Wash down your sweet and savoury treats with authentic Moroccan mint tea.
Capture the heart of the city’s culture, landmarks and history on a London Routemaster bus, whilst sipping on a lovely cup of tea and enjoying the exquisite tastes of France.
High tea accompanied with an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries. Your London bus driver will take you around Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more – the perfect themed afternoon tea if you are visiting London as a tourist.
Other Themed Afternoon Teas
This fabulous afternoon tea consists of a birdcage of Instagrammable desserts with your favourite Mean Girls quotes and a selection of tasty sandwiches. Featuring all sorts of fun inspired by everyone’s favourite plastics. If you’ve had a pretty awful week, you’ll be able to vent all your frustrations in a specially made Burn Book. So Fetch!
Enjoy a decadent selection of cream cakes and an exquisite Mr Fogg’s cocktail each. Settle into the swing of your eclectic surroundings, where you will be served up an array of sweet delights to indulge the sweet tooth.
The libation selection is a fabulous one, each as gin-laden as the next. Have your pick of a heady First Audition, sip down the razzmatazz of Show Time or try the acclaimed Critics’ Choice. Step off the path well-travelled and into the madcap world of Mr Phileas Fogg and co!
I also book a lot of London Afternoon Tea experiences via Groupon.com, I often find on Groupon you can find great deals on Afternoon Teas across the city some of which are up to 50% off!
The Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea lets children and grown-ups alike enjoy their favourite childhood story with tasty treats from chamomile chocolate pots to vegetable patch sandwiches.
Pastries include the beautiful Flower-Pot Hideout, a chamomile mousse inside an edible chocolate pot and flavours harking back to Peter’s warming bedtime tea after his adventurous day.
Could there be an afternoon tea more fitting for me? The safari afternoon tea served at the Montague hotel will transport you straight to the plains of Africa. The animal-inspired afternoon tea comes with a giraffe patterned Macaroons, butterfly cupcakes as well as sandwiches with African spices.
The tea is also served with a Leopard Cocktail – made with Amarula cream liquor and decorated with leopard spots and paw print!
Based on the latest botanical craze I am sure this new tea at the London Marriott Hotel in Park Lane will be extremely popular. Their Botanical Afternoon Tea menu includes a number of delicious floral cocktails and delicate savouries alongside beautifully decorated sweet treats and freshly baked scones with lashings of clotted cream and special jam.
A perfect afternoon tea to take the kids along to, especially as it is also located a short walk away from the London Science Museum.
Expect a mix of exciting and curious dishes, from jams served in Petri dishes, to chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits. This one-of-a-kind experience, unique to The Ampersand, won Best Themed Afternoon Tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018. Each treat is expertly prepared by our chefs in unique and unusual ways.
And finally, an Afternoon Tea to share with your best friend – your dog.
Treat your pet to a treat that is sure to get all tails wagging! Specifically designed for your doggy and served in the Drawing Room, this special afternoon tea includes a pooch-pleasing selection of treats, such as chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits and dog ice cream – but don’t worry, it is not dog food for you, you will be served a traditional luxury tea with various cakes and scones.
If you are looking for the best Vegan afternoon ea in London then you will want to visit Cake Boy in London. A glamorous afternoon tea and selection of the best quality organic tea brands and the cutest cupcakes. For a special occasion, they have a superb selection of champagnes and wines for our Champagne Afternoon tea which consists of finger sandwiches, exquisite patisserie and, of course, champagne!
Christmas Afternoon Teas in London
Where better to get into the Christmas spirit than in the centre of London. This Christmas Tea serves delicate pastries and cakes that burst with Christmas flavours, the finest teas selected by expert tea sommeliers, all served in the fairytale setting of the Thames Foyer makes it an experience to treasure. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free options are also available.
Adventure into the magical world of Roald Dahl this Christmas as our enchanting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea takes on a festive twist. Plates will be piled high with mouth-watering treats including turkey and cranberry on charcoal bread, cinnamon glazed brioche bun and festive fruit scones with all the jams and creams.
Teatime treats are combined with a selection of award-winning seasonal loose leaf teas from Canton Tea whilst you admire the magical 25-foot Christmas tree.
Afternoon tea at Jean-Georges puts a playful, contemporary twist on this time-honoured British tradition. Allow them to whisk you away on a sensational journey through taste and texture – with a few unexpected surprises along the way.
For Christmas, The Connaught’s pastry chefs have created a special festive-inspired edition of their traditional afternoon tea, which will be served exclusively between 19 November 2019 and 1 January 2020.
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