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Best spot for afternoon tea

Want to have a nice afternoon tea in London with my mom. Something that is somewhat local or authentic, prefer not to go to something like Harrods or the Ritz. $$-$$$, please. Thanks! 

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top answer by
Julie from Singapore

Hi Zoë I lived in London for a few years and afternoon tea was one of my favorite things to do! I've been to quite a few and my favorites are Connaught HotelThe Chesterfield, and The Park Lane Hotel.

The Connaught is a gorgeous hotel and they have their afternoon tea in the Espelette dining room which has big windows that make the room feel light and airy. It didn't feel touristy at all, was quiet, and the food and drink were fantastic.

The Chesterfield is a lovely little hotel tucked away in Mayfair, definitely off the beaten track from the tourists. Afternoon tea is held in their bright convservatory and they always have someone playing the piano. The food and drink is wonderful here and service is great.

The Palm Court Afternoon Tea at The Park Lane is another fantastic spot - very art deco and open with high ceilings. There is a harp player which adds to the ambiance and the service is spot on. It is a bit more touristy than the others, but that doesn't ruin the feel at all. Enjoy!

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answered by
Alex from London

Hi Zoe, 

I love afternoon tea and have tried loads of option from the very high-end to mid-range and smaller tea houses.

Some of my favourite mid-range recommendations:

  • The Brumus Bar and Restaurant at the Haymarket Hotel (between Charing Cross and Picadilly) is a lovely feminine restaurant with a delightfuly English tea service. The sandwiches are very traditional while the sweats are quirky and delicious. Cost 20-30GBP.
  • The Gilbert Scott at the St Pancras Hotel is a decadent venue (used to be the old  train ticket office of St Pancras Station) that also serves a nice afternoon tea. Cost 30GBP.
  • Orangery at Kensington Palaceis as traditional as they come, the afternoon tea is particularly pleasant on a sunny day. Cost 20-30GBP
  • The BB Bakery in Covent Garden plays on its French decour to serve a sweetly decadent English Afternoon tea. They serve the normal sandwiches and scones but then spoil customers with French pastries too. Cost 20-30GBP
  • Bea's of Bloomsbury does a great value afternoon tea that includes their famous pastries alongside mini-baguettes.  My prefered location is the Bloomsbury cafe,  but St Paul's is equally good. Cost >20GBP
  • Bake-a-Boo in West Hampstead is less central but a very fun location (very popular with Londoners) with an excellent spread of traditional and gltten free options. Their cupcakes are a firm favourite. Cost >20GBP
  • Soho's Secret Tea Room is literally hidden away up a secret stair at the Coach and Horses Pub. The tea rroom is vintage themed and the service as English as can be. >20GBP

Enjoy your tea!

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  2. The Gilbert Scott (restaurant)
  3. Orangery at Kensington Palace (attraction)
  4. BB Bakery (restaurant)
  5. Bea's of Bloomsbury (restaurant)
  6. Bake-a-Boo (restaurant)
  7. Soho's Secret Tea Room (attraction)
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answered by
Zach from Los Angeles

"Somewhat local" might get me into trouble with this recommendation, but the tea service at Brown's Hotel is charming and doesn't feel like a circus.

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answered by
Simon from Bath

Not necessarily 'authentic' but for an experience, try Sketch or The Wolseley

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answered by
Ken from London

National Portrait Gallery at Trafalgar Square top floor restaurant. Entrance to gallery free. Pre book. Go to -drink/restaurant.php

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answered by
Chris from London

Great Afternoon Tea which isnt too expensive but still very nice and central is The Langham Hotel or also excellent but slightly grander and more expensive is Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel Best website to look at is

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answered by
Emi from San Francisco

Orangery at Kensington Palace!!!!! In Hyde Park next to Kensington Palace.

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