The Best Places For Afternoon Tea In London

Afternoon Tea

When many visitors plan their London trip, partaking in activities that are quintessentially very British is often high on the agenda. Deserving of its place at the top of the list is the refined tradition of taking afternoon tea. Of course, in a city as big and busy as London, there are a whole host of options for dainty cakes, tasty sandwiches and fresh pots of steaming hot tea (or glass of fizz!).  As you plan your stay at The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection, you’ll never be far than a short journey away from this most delicious of traditions.

A perfect option for special occasions, when you feel like indulging or when you crave a slower pace after busy days spent exploring the city, here are our favourite locations for a traditional afternoon tea.

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The Shaftsbury Hotel Collection

We’ve made sumptuous dining an art form at each of our Shaftsbury Hotel Collection hotels – whether you want a glass of champers with a light afternoon snack or a restorative pot of tea with a light lunch and sweet treat, make your reservation of speak to one of our team to add a special twist to afternoon tea.

The Ritz

If you’re thinking of going all out and want to head somewhere dripping in class and tradition, head to The Ritz. The Ritz has been serving afternoon tea for over one hundred years and they really have it down to an art form. Afternoon tea at The Ritz includes finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and of course, tea! Though a little on the expensive side, if you’re looking to treat yourself then The Ritz is the place to go.


Sketch is just as much a contemporary art exhibition as it is a restaurant which makes it popular morning, noon and night. Afternoon tea is definitely on the eccentric side with champagne, herbal teas and caviar all served up alongside the standard afternoon tea menu. It’s worth checking out for the gallery-esque interiors and wall illustrations as you wait to be served.

The Langham

If you are visiting London with children, then not all places serving afternoon tea will be child friendly and not everywhere will cater to their needs. However, The Langham does. The Langham prides itself on providing an afternoon tea experience for the whole family and whist adults can experience the delights of a classic afternoon tea set up, children can indulge in hot chocolate, cookies and fun sandwiches they’re sure to love.


In recent years afternoon tea in London has taken on a different feel with more and more venues putting their own, quirkier spin on this most British of traditions. Sanderson’s Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea party is a prime example. Guests can tuck into delicious dishes whilst enjoying how everything is themed as if you were at the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

To find out more about accommodation in London get in touch with The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection. With a number of convenient locations throughout the city, you’re sure to find somewhere that ticks every box.