There are an incredible amount of afternoon teas in London - and I've tried most! - but this list is dedicated to those teas that are more budget-friendly. A lower cost does not necessarily mean a lower standard as these afternoon teas really surprised me with what they can offer at a great price.
I was shocked and pleasantly surprised that this Covent Garden hotel could offer such a lovely afternoon tea for well under half the price of the five star hotels in town. True, it's not The Ritz, but Kingsway Hall Hotel afternoon tea is well-presented, delicious, served by excellent staff and all at a bargain price.
I was lucky enough to enjoy a preview of a new afternoon tea in the heart of Covent Garden. The Crusting Pipe is best known as the wine bar in the piazza that has outdoor seating next to the live opera singers. Yes, you read that right. This wine bar has opera singers and classical musicians performing in the courtyard where the wine bar offers outdoor seating. When I met the manager he had been asked to consider what was unique about the afternoon tea he was planning and I felt this didn't need to be asked as the live music and location can't be beat!
3. Bond & Brook
Bea's of Bloomsbury is loved by Londoners, especially for their cupcakes. I tried their afternoon tea and found it was a big sugar rush! Exceptionally well-priced and beautifully presented.