A Guide to Afternoon Tea in London
Food & Wine
The list of must dos in London is lengthy but after living there for several years and visiting as often as possible, I have to say afternoon tea is the one quintessential British activities you cannot miss. From the prim and proper to instagrammable hot spots, this is my list of the best tea experiences. Pinkies up, people!
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Where to stay in London
Charlotte Street Hotel
Modern B&B in the heart of London with 52 individually designed, inviting rooms and suites.
Complimentary glass of champagne or cocktail.
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Ham Yard Hotel
Luxury hotel in the heart of London's Soho district fit with a stylish restaurant and bar, courtyard, theater and 1950s bowling alley.
Complimentary glass of champagne / cocktail.
Welcome gift on arrival.
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The Savoy Hotel
Beloved London institution a stone’s throw from the River Thames, known for its exacting service, sumptuous interiors and rare treat indoor swimming pool.
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Things to do in London
Sketch London: Sketch is an IG famous tea spot - it's quirky, cute and the bathrooms are space pods. You'll be snapping pics between every sip. Definitely upgrade for the champagne option here!
Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley: A fashion lover's dream, this tea highlights the essence of couture! There's even a Vivienne Westwood biscuit.
Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour: Yes, you read that right - what is more LONDON than afternoon tea on a double-decker bus riding past Big Ben?! It really covers it all.
Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea: All of the whimsical you'd expect from an Alice and Wonderland themed tea but set in a gorgeous garden terrace at the Sanderson Hotel.
The Savoy London: If you're looking for classic and iconic, you'll want to head to the Savoy for beautifully prepared tea in their gorgeous dining room.
Dalloway Terrace: Back with another hot instagrammable spot, this insanely perfect terrace serves tea at the Bloomsbury Hotel.
Places to eat & drink in London
Need to Know
For more London travel tips, check out Fora Travel Advisor Lizz Callaway's guide, London's Gastronomic Delights: A Foodie's Guide to a Luxurious Local Experience.
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