Top 8 London Afternoon Tea Rooms
The Afternoon tea break , one of those distinctive characteristic of being British and the quintessential aspect of the English life, is more popular than ever considered trendy and cool again here in London, after having suffered a downturn in favour of coffee cappuccini and latte so in vogue during the late nineties .A great recognition for the tea, one of the most natural healthy drink, brewed in exquisite spicy fragrances or classical flavours. Whatever busy a London life is, the need for a break, it is often accompanied by the much equally need of a beloved cuppa which brings a moment of real pleasure in many hectic people’s life. Nothing against the coffee but this welcome trend in the brewing tea, is particularly positive because it brings in those traditional English sweets and delicious cakes associated with the beloved “cuppa”.
In not particular order I would start my favourite top tea rooms with some of the best places in central London as the majority of people will be probably hanging out there. So where to taste the best of the scones and cucumber sandwiches for your very exclusive classical London tea?
The Ritz London
Palatial, sophisticatedand very aristocratic, the Ritz probably resembles more Buckingham Palace should you feel the need to have your tea with the Queen but due to your busy schedule cannot meet her! An afternoon tea here will be quite costly but… hey! The Ritz is an Institution among the best hotels in town so I guess it’s worth it! Whenever you have something really important to celebrate in your life (birthday, wedding anniversary ) the Ritz offers you a very special treatment. Located in Central London, Piccadilly, it is easy to reach and the tea will be served in the impressive Palm Court on Piccadilly, directly looking to the Royal Parks therefore your tea will be truly British.
Delicious sandwiches, exquisite scones and one of the best selection of jams not to mention freshly baked cakes and clogged creams, your tea couldn’t be better accompanied. Choose among a wide selection of teas to have a memorable afternoon .A dress code is in place, forget your jeans and trainers and bring your cocktails dress and tie instead. Average £45 per person.
The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly London W1J 9BR
Fortnum and Mason
Located in the same area of the Ritz, legendary tea room at Fortune and Mason offers some of the best finger food and pastries you would find anywhere in London. A part from being one of my favourite building, really worth it a visit just for the interior décor, Fortune and Mason selection of teas and coffees will astonish even the most demanding palates. Right in the centre of London Fortune and Mason food halls and restaurant have been serving this demanding city since 1707. Sophistication and immaculate tables are the perfect setting for the highest standard quality food. They offer an impressive 100 different teas to choose from among the best qualities and fragrances all over the world. Spicy indian teas, delicate Chinese and Japanese flavours among them, the most classic varieties of Earl’s Grey teas and classical Breakfast teas and many more blends. You will be spoilt! A pianist is always there and the elegance of the restaurant will create an unforgettable atmosphere. Price from 34 per person.
Dean Street Townhouse.
Whenever in London a shopping trip is always top list priority for busy tourists so if you are one of them, drop your bags at Dean Street Townhouse and enjoy a well deserved break in this cosy and inviting tea room. You will be welcome with delicious cakes, exquisite little finger pastries and irresistible sandwiches.Dean Street is just off busy Soho area,well known shopping district for the majority of the tourists coming into town. Prices are much more affordable than the other two places starting from £15.
Fashion victims, trendy people in search for something different, can head to Sketch a place known for being a trendy place gracious by modern art and curious interior design but the afternoon tea is nothing but outstanding, served with the highest quality patisserie to die for. Wide choice of blends and fragrances to satisfied the most fussiest of all, the selection included Indian Chai tea and other exclusive teas like the cucumber and melon flavour Silver Needle white tea and a selection of vintage teas. Not to be missed the Liz Taylor Cake , a speciality of Sketch and the equally divine fruity mango éclair.A table for two £52 and £27 an average per person.
The Athenaeum: Green Park
For those who love nature and softly fragrances the Athnaeum in Kensington offers nothing but the best greenery teas you can possible think. Take for instance the blend roses delicate tea or the extremely rare Keemum Hoia Yah A tea,a blend of leaves .Fresh orange scones served with Royal bee Jelly courtesy of the local bees would gracious your stay in the Garden room. The cost is £28 per person.
The Dorchester Mayfair.
The Dorchester hotel is another historical Institution which is used by important personalities and VIP alike so that they cannot afford not to have a tea room that will much the most important ones like the Ritz or Fortune and Mason. Massive choice of teas and divine patisserie will be accompanied by the extraordinary view on the Promenade where you will admire on of the most important London landmark: The Nelson’s column. An impressive and very sophisticated tea room for those who take their afternoon tea a serious matter but also for those who want to feel spoilt and important.
This is a cosy little tea room in front of the famous Kew Gardens one of the most beautiful botanical garden in London. The little coffee shop is situated on Kew Garden Road, the long road along the park. The Original Maids of Honour takes its origins from Henry The VIII when a baking tradition was developed and considered so important that the recipes were kept under lock and key. The Original Maids of Hour have been preserving and keeping those traditional baking skills and techniques for more than 120 years. It is a place where you can taste delicious home made cakes, bakery specialities and fresh muffins and scones and have a wonderful time in the comfort of a truly beautiful place. As well as being an ideal setting for a traditional English tea, it is also a restaurant that offers an authentic English cuisine. Price for set of teas are considerably cheaper that many places listed so far but as rich as the others for the choices of teas and finger food. For as little as £6.95 your tea will be served with clogged cream and butter, jam and delicious scones which is what tea is all about.
Back in Central London the last place you would expect to find a traditional tea room is trendy and young Carnaby Street but as we said Tea is cool again so it makes sense to have a fashion tea break there. Camellia however takes the afternoon tea as a serious business and their teas are outsourced and selected carefully. Passion and dedication is what this little and cosy tea room is all about. Expect high quality teas and a fantastic selection of jams, scones, clogged creams and cakes. Price from 17.50
2.12 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street London W1B 5PW
This is a small selections of tea rooms in London where to enjoy a relaxing break whenever you are in town. Many other places are yet to be discovered. I'll keep you updated.