There are an incredible amount of afternoon teas in London - and I've tried most! This list is dedicated to the middle range which means you could find cheaper or go for the big names and pay a lot more but all on the list have an honest review to help you chose.
The renovated Kensington Hotel is only ten minutes walk from the South Kensington museums so it would be easy to combine a morning museum trip with a relaxing afternoon tea here. The hotel is actually four connected grand Victorian townhouses and there are many period features left to admire. Considering the hustle and bustle at the museums, a visit to Kensington Hotel's Drawing Room is a peaceful and calm oasis.
This five star London hotel is close to Trafalgar Square and I've visted twice: with adult friends and with my young daughter for a children's tea. I like the venue and staff do their best to make everyone feel welcome. Music is provided by a harp player positioned just outside The Lounge and it is wondrous to discover her location and enjoy your final cup of tea listening to the music.
The Chesterfield Mayfair serves afternoon tea in the Conservatory or Butler's Retreat restaurant.
The traditional afternoon tea is most popular but you can upgrade to the Champagne afternoon tea or indulge in the Chocolate Lovers afternoon tea. Children are always welcome and there is a Little Prince and Princess afternoon tea menu too.
Podium Restaurant at The London Hilton on Park Lane offers 'Confessions of a Chocoholic' - a chocolate afternoon tea menu. The traditional tiered cake stand overflows with chocolate goodies such as freshly baked chocolate chip scones served with home made chocolate praline spread, chocolate cupcakes and miniature chocolate fancies. What a sugar rush!
Sit and lose yourself in the opulent surroundings of the Criterion Restaurant, one of London's most historically distinguished restaurants and landmarks, while indulging in their traditional English afternoon tea. Originally opened in 1874 this lavish venue has been serving afternoon tea to the cream of London society for 135 years.
The Met Bar at the Metropolitan Hotel is famous for its cutting-edge attitude, legendary cocktails, and late-night parties. Afternoon Tea is quintessentially British but The Met Bar have found a way to add a contemporary twist to this tradition. This is not British 'old school' but it is fun and very tasty.
For a traditional afternoon tea where you can dine in a palace and wear sneakers, you must visit the Orangery at Kensington Palace. How often can you say that you dined in a palace? There are different options but the basic afternoon tea comes in under £20 so I have included The Orangery on the Cheap Afternoon Teas list too.
Hilton Green Park has brought together two British traditions - gin and afternoon tea - to offer this fun, well-priced afternoon tea in their refurbished lounge, Berry Bar. In addition to the traditional sandwiches, scones, tea and cakes, the Beefeater 24 Afternoon Tea (£24.50 per person) includes a Beefeater 24 Gin and Fever Tree tonic with a choice of bitters infused on the premises, for customers to flavour the drink at the table. Call 020 7629 7522 to make a reservation.
Located in the heart of Theatreland in the West End of London, this five star hotel, always synonymous with style and elegance, celebrated its Centenary in 2008. All in all, I would recommend afternoon tea at The Waldorf Hilton as it's a well-priced opportunity to experience this iconic Edwardian London landmark. The service will make you feel very special and the scones are truly delicious. Yes, I'd go again just for them.