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Best afternoon tea?!

Hi [VT member 93f85]!

Going to London next weekend for a few days and reallllly want to try some afternoon tea. I heard so much about! I really liked pret a portea but it's booked for my time there. Does anyone have any suggestions???? I'd like it to be a really nice atmosphere as well.

Dates: feb 16-19
Budget: none
Location: I'm staying at hotel indigo london tower hill and London Syon Park Hotel. So anything near there would be great but wouldn't mind driving 30 mins.

Thank you!!!!!

12 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bristol

Claridges, the Ritz, the Dorchester.
There are quite a few articles listing people's top 10, I googled 'afternoon tea london'.
Driving 30 mins in London may only get you to the end of the road! Seriously the tube is much better than driving around central London, if you drove you'd have the congestion charge to pay, parking fees, navigating your way, angry drivers and a lot of traffic jams.
Before you go look out for on-line voucher deals, you may find a good offer.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Yes! I just booked the private balcony afternoon tea at the dorchester!

I need one more place for Saturday the 16, but the ritz is booked and so is claridges :(

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Newark upon Trent

Lots of choice. To name but a few:

The Berkley
The Lanesborough
The Ritz
Fortnum & Mason
The Dorchester
The Atheneum - awarded 2012 Award by the Tea Guild
Brown's Hotel - also do a detox sort of tea i.e. low carbs and sugar, etc.
Sanderson Hotel
Chesterfield Hotel
Fan Museum
The Tea Room - Stoke Newington
The Savoy
The Langham
Sotheby's - the auction house
The Orangerie - Kensington Garden

That's just a few. Prices range from ridiculous (most of them) to reasonable e.g. Fan Museum, Tea Room and The Orangery. The Mandarin Hotel serves a Chinese-type afternoon tea!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Maidstone

Time Out did a selection for afternoon tea here -

Not too sure how up to date the list is as I couldn't find a date on the article. Most afternoon teas in London appear to be very overpriced for what you get!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Yes! i checked it based on that, but was hoping for personal experiences!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Newark upon Trent

Well, in that case I can recommend the one at Sotheby's. However, it all depends what you are looking for in an afternoon tea.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Richmond

It's not the money, but the experience
Of high tea
Cheers tommy x

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

I have no idea! It'll be my first time! So i guess a place with lots of variety?

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Newark upon Trent

If you are already booked at The Dorchester, do you really want another one? Imho, that would be a bit of overkill. Afternoon tea is something that belongs to a different era - whether you have it at Claridge's or The Dorchester or the Ritz makes no difference, they are all much of a muchness and cater, primarily, to tourists. I would plump for the Tea Room at Stoke Newington....... or else save my money and spend it on a nice meal later on.

Btw, @xymot - high tea and afternoon tea are two completely different things and served at different times.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Newark upon Trent

You have posted re restaurants in London - are you vegetarian or just don't eat meat? I ask this 'cos if you are vegetarian, then surely that rules out a lot of the afternoon tea goodies?

answered by
a VirtualTourist member


I just don't eat meat! But the person I will be with is vegetarian!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Newark upon Trent

And hey to you too! And my question still stands.....

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