The tradition of a classic afternoon tea is thoroughly alive and well in the capital. In fact, we do a pretty delicious one. But it wouldn’t be London if we didn’t twist up traditions a little. Put something different on the cake stand, change the flavours in the teapot and add a dollop of creativity and you have yourself an afternoon tea with a difference. Here’s where to go for a cool afternoon tea in London.
The Common Room, Cutter and Squidge, Soho
Where wizards and witches take a break from casting spells, Soho’s Cutter and Squidge bakery has a magical afternoon tea in the Common Room. Inside is a secret hideaway where you can read books on spells in comfy wingback chairs and enjoy enchanted elixirs, love potions and bewitching sweet and savoury treats. You’ll feel you’ve stepped through Platform 9¾ and joined Hogwarts for the afternoon.
This being an award-winning bakery too, the scones are freshly made, and the cakes are melt-in-the-mouth delicious. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too. Book online and choose a standard ticket or a bottomless ticket for as much prosecco or G&T drinks as you can conjure up in 90 minutes.
Ginza St James, Mayfair
It’s a twist made in afternoon tea heaven. Mayfair’s Ginza St James has created a luxurious weekend Japanese afternoon tea experience full of sweet delicacies and savoury delectables. You can also add a glass of champagne to start your afternoon tea in style. The teriyaki beef, black cod croquette and mochi ice cream are excellent. Japanese tea choices include green pearl gyokuro and Kyoto oolong nibacha. The surroundings and gorgeous flavour-filled bites all make this a special place to come for a unique afternoon tea in London.
The Chocolate Cocktail Club
This is one chocoholics haven. Hot chocolate on tap? Tick. Chocolate-flavoured cocktails? Oh yes. Triple chocolate calypso mouse, chocolate cookie, chocolate petit fours and a gold profiterole? It’s chocolate overload! Among all that chocolate goodness are savoury finger sandwiches and warm scones (with Nutella if you fancy). So head to The Chocolate Cocktail Club to indulge your sweet tooth for a thoroughly chocolaty afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, Brigit’s Bakery
Why stay in one place for afternoon tea, when you could take in the best London views from the top of a 1960s double decker. This afternoon tea combines an old-fashioned bus tour with the traditional afternoon tea to give you an afternoon tea with a difference. London’s landmarks look at their finest when you have a delicious cake in one hand and a cup of the finest English tea in the other.
Spot Big Ben while you eat smoked salmon sandwiches, see the Royal Albert Hall as you lick icing off your fingers and cream-or-jam-first on your scone as you pass Nelson’s Column. It’s a playful way to see London and enjoy a classic British institution at the same time. A winning combination.
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