There are hundreds of hotels and restaurants offering Afternoon tea in London. I visited many of them already and this is my collection of the 6 best.
These are my 6 recommended Afternoon Teas in London:
Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
The afternoon tea at The Ritz is considered to be one of the best and classiest afternoon teas in London.
The interior of the hotel Ritz is undoubtedly stunning and contributes significantly to the atmosphere of the whole experience.
It is very glamorous, and you will be treated like royalty with an extremely attentive and friendly staff.
The Afternoon Tea at The Ritz has the strictest dress code. This can be especially difficult for tourists.
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Afternoon Tea at Claridge's
Claridge's Afternoon Tea is the second most search Afternoon Tea in London. I quite liked the Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, and reviews on the internet say that Claridge's Afternoon Tea might be even better.
Claridge's location, interior, and the magnificent Foyer, inspired by the 1930s'1930s' heyday of art deco, are all stunning, and on its own, make it worthwhile to stop by.
The size of the Afternoon Tea room in Claridge's is quite significant; thus, there is much less push to make you go after the two hours. That, combined with less strict code, creates a more relaxed atmosphere.
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Afternoon Tea at Savoy
The Savoy is a luxury hotel located in the Strand in the City of Westminster in central London.
The hotel opened on 6 August 1889. It was the first luxury hotel in Britain, introducing electric lights throughout the building, electric lifts, constant hot and cold running water, and many other innovations.
The Savoy's Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the Thames Foyer, the heart of The Savoy. The room is spacious and allows enough privacy for each table. This, in combination with the sound of a melodious piano, makes a perfect afternoon tea atmosphere.
The Savoy's Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel Pearse, has a real passion for desserts, and it made the cakes here one of the best I had from all Afternoon Teas I tried so far.
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Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason is one of the oldest department stores in London and was established in 1707. The store also has a tea shop and several restaurants.
Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea is served in the relaxed and elegant surroundings of The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon opened in 2012 by HM the Queen, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
It's not as glamorous as the Afternoon Teas in luxury hotels, but it is very intimate, relaxing and with friendly staff.
The one feature of the afternoon tea in Fortnum and Mason I really like is that if you enjoy served teas or jams, and I did, you can buy everything downstairs in the food hall right after the afternoon tea.
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Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard
Aqua Shard is on the 31st floor of Western Europe's tallest building, which makes it an ideal location for the Afternoon Tea.
This offers undoubtedly the best view of London. The menu is a little bit less traditional, but they really excel in the savoury part of the Afternoon Tea. Both savories and scones were one of the best we had so far in all our afternoon teas.
Aqua Shard also offers great themed Afternoon Teas, which was, at the time of my visit, the Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea at Sketch
The Sketch is well known for its unique interior design in all shades of pink. Even if pink is not my favorite color, I have to admit that the interior at Sketch is very well designed and interestingly quirky, which makes the afternoon tea experience very different.
Impressive interior, live music, and comfortable pink seating make the afternoon tea at Sketch a very relaxing experience. Because space is quite big, keeping a private conversation is easy, and I felt less pressured to leave after two hours.
The whole pink interior is nicely designed, and it works well for girls' birthday parties and romantic dates. And it will set your Instagram on fire.