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Cheap Afternoon Tea in London

Budget Afternoon Tea Options in London


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.

1. Kingsway Hall Hotel

Kingsway Hall Hotel Afternoon Tea
© Laura Porter

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.

2. Crusting Pipe Covent Garden

© Crusting Pipe

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

Bond & Brook afternoon tea
© Laura Porter
Nestled within the ladies designer clothes department on the second floor of Fenwicks on Bond Street, one of London's department stores, is Bond & Brook - a glamorous restaurant and bar. Firmly aimed at the fashionable ladies who lunch I really enjoyed the afternoon tea at this white and glamorous location.

4. Bea's of Bloomsbury

Bea's of Bloomsbury
© Laura Porter

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.

5. The Orangery at Kensington Palace

Afternoon Tea at The Orangery, Kensington Palace
© Laura Porter

For a traditional afternoon tea where you can dine in a royal London palace, you must visit the Orangery at Kensington Palace. The menu was redesigned when the Palace finished its renovations in 2012 and afternoon tea here still offers exceptional value and a delicious afternoon tea.

6. Strand Palace Hotel

Strand Palace Hotel Afternoon Tea
© Laura Porter

The Strand Palace Hotel is in a great location on the edge of Covent Garden and is a popular 3 star hotel that offers a real bargain afternoon tea.

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