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Best Alternative Afternoon Teas In London, England

Best Alternative Afternoon Teas In London, England

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Updated: 14 November 2016
We celebrate the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea — in non-traditional ways. We explore the best exciting, alternative options around London for spoiling any special person in your life.

‘Tea-Tox’ at Brown’s Hotel

Tea Tox is a healthy version of the traditional afternoon tea. It includes open sandwiches and sugar-free options.

Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7518 4155

City Cruises River Thames Tea

This spot is a traditional afternoon tea spread during a cruise of the Thames. It also features a live jazz quartet.

Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7740 0400

Teanamu Chaya Teahouse

Teas at Teanamu are served as part of a Chinese Gong Fu cha tea ceremony.

14A Saint Lukes Mews, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7243 0374

Table Set for Tea - Teanamu Chaya Teahouse. © AnnieMole/Flickr
Table Set for Tea – Teanamu Chaya Teahouse. © AnnieMole/Flickr

Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanctum Soho Hotel

Serving burgers, pasties, cigars, and Jack Daniels ice cream, this manly spread is not for the fainthearted.

20 Warwick Street, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7292 6100

TĪNG at the Shard

High tea, high up! Choose from a classically English experience or an Asian-inspired alternative at TING at the Shard.

40 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 3102 3704

Italian Afternoon Tea at Machiavelli Kitchen and Dining Room

A relaxed afternoon tea, with an Italian twist. Machiavelli’s afternoon tea features foccacia, pizette, and prosecco.

Acre House, 69-76 Long Acre, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7240 212

Fabulous Fashionista Tea at The Berkeley

For the style conscious, Prêt-à-Portea adds a creative twist to classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs at this afternoon tea.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Quirky twists on traditional cakes and nibbles, along with a secret location revealed just before each event, this is a lot more fun than a traditional tea!

Undisclosed location, East London, United Kingdom

Stupendous Afternoon Tea at Scoff & Banter

Aimed at children, this is the perfect pre-show afternoon tea before taking your seats at Matilda the musical. Post-tea, children are gifted with their own copy of the Roald Dahl classic to take home.

31-36 Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom, + 44 20 7666 0902


Vegan Afternoon Tea at ‘RAW’, La Suite West

All of the traditional trimmings can found here but in the form of healthy, vegan alternatives.

Hyde Park Towers Hotel, 41-51 Inverness Terrace, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7313 8484

G & Tea at DUKES St James

Tea with a boozy twist. DUKE’s supplies a double dose of Britishness: afternoon tea with another great British tradition – gin and tonic.

35 Saint James’s Place, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7491 4840

Afternoon Tea BB Bakery Bus Tour

A vintage London double-decker bus takes in the city’s best sights while passengers indulge in a quintessentially British high tea.

8 Northumberland Avenue, off Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 3026 1188

Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s

This is a cocktail bar with old-world charm, styled in the period when Phileas Fogg set off around the world. They serve traditional bites alongside an intriguing selection of alcoholic teas.

15 Bruton Lane, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7036 0608


Mr Fogg's Tipsy Tea Ruinart Champagne Cocktails. © LeahBenrimoj/MrFogg's
Mr Fogg’s Tipsy Tea Ruinart Champagne Cocktails. © LeahBenrimoj/MrFogg’s

Cafecito Afternoon Tea at St Martins Lane Hotel

This is a delightfully daring afternoon tea with an Asian-Cuban fusion. Tuck into beef empanadas alongside scones slathered with mojito butter.

45 Saint Martin’s Lane, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7300 5500

Twilight Tea at Sketch

Served between 6-11pm, Twilight Tea is intended to kick-start a night out in Mayfair. This is a light and inspired evening take on afternoon tea.

9 Conduit Street, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7659 4500

Afternoon Tease at Volupte Lounge

Combining afternoon tea served with a dollop of burlesque cabaret, brave tea-drinkers can opt to learn some burlesque moves from legend Jo King.

147 Leadenhall Street, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 3475 2067

Quintessentially British High Tea Class at The Cookery School

Get hands-on and learn how to make your own afternoon tea so you can create this classic British spread at home.

15 Little Portland Street, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7631 4590

Wimbledon-Themed Tea at The Royal Garden Hotel

The hotel’s Park Terrace Restaurant celebrates the world-famous tennis tournament with champagne, strawberries, and ‘Murray’s Mint Macaroons.’

2-24 Kensington High Street, London, United Kingdom, +44 20 7937 8000