There are an incredible amount of afternoon teas in London - and I've tried most! This list is dedicated to the top priced afternoon teas which may cost more but you'll be visiting the best locations in town. All on the list have an honest review to help you chose.
Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is known worldwide and is something everyone should try at least once in a lifetime. Tea at The Ritz is an institution in itself and is served in the spectacular Palm Court.
The Ritz opened in 1906 and still offers all the glamour, excitement, and graceful living that are synonymous with this legendary, world famous hotel.
This grand, Victorian, luxury five star London hotel has a unique setting for afternoon tea. The Winter Garden is a stunning central atrium and has potted palm trees reaching many floors high. The Landmark London has a Traditional Afternoon Tea, Chocolate Afternoon Tea, and a Gluten free Afternoon Tea available daily. There are also seasonal specials to look out for.
The English Tea Room at Brown's Hotel is steeped in history. (Brown's was London's first ever hotel.) This is a wonderful location to enjoy the English tradition of afternoon tea. It's not stuffy but it is certainly sophisticated. The Baby Grand piano playing soft music makes you feel relaxed and majestic and I found the staff attentive but not intrusive.
The Palm Court at The Langham London is famed as the place where the tradition of afternoon tea was born. The hotel has undergone a complete, but sympathetic, refurbishment and reminds you of the era when the hotel opened in 1865 when Victorian society gathered to enjoy the indulgent splendors offered by The Langham.
They don't keep winning awards for nothing - this place is superb! I would definitely recommend afternoon tea at The Lanesborough. It is a wonderfully relaxed dining experience where you will be treated extremely well. A real 'must do' for any visit to London.
Afternoon tea should be luxurious and elegant and that's what you get at Claridge's. Enjoy the gentle live music and the award-winning afternoon tea of pastries and savories, light, crusty scones and rich clotted cream. Oh, and as much tea as you can drink. I'd go again just for the delicious Marco Polo tea-infused jelly (jam).
The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel has an iconic Art Deco setting for afternoon tea with The Palm Court.
The delightful venue, exceptional staff and delicious tea and cakes make this one of my favorite afternoon tea venues in London.
Afternoon Tea at The Goring is served on the Goring Terrace, overlooking the private garden. There is a wide selection of teas including their own Afternoon Tea blend. It's a traditional afternoon tea with a three tiered silver stand laden with sandwiches, homemade scones, and a selection of pastries.