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Top 10 Best Afternoon Tea in London

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A visit to London would not be complete without a spot of that quintessential middle-of-the-day British indulgence: Afternoon Tea. If you’re going to spend a good chunk of your day hauling yourself around the shops and tourist attractions of Westminster, Covent Garden, Soho, Piccadilly, Leicester Square, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Trafalgar Square, and beyond, you’re going to need some down time; and what better way to punctuate that period of recuperation than to wolf down posh scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream, finger sandwiches, a pot of tea and a glass of Champagne? Be a smart tourist (or native Londoner) though, and book in advance. Book yourself and you loved ones in for one of the best afternoon teas London has to offer; indulge your culturally-weary mind.

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London Bridge & Bermondsey
Bar / Restaurant

Little pots of homemade jam in tasty flavours like strawberry and vanilla; quaint finger sandwiches; lovely sweet treats including a delicious panna cotta; and delightful scones; all part of the Aqua Shard afternoon tea menu. From the dizzying heights of level 31, you can enjoy this wonderful British tradition. Enjoy the beautiful sights of London life whilst sipping a selection of teas including Darjeeling, Earl Grey and English breakfast. If you like the fancier side of life, try the Champagne afternoon tea. Tranquil and elegant surroundings will make Aqua Shard your favourite place for afternoon tea treat before rejoining the hustle and bustle of that there London.

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Restaurant / Hotel
Afternoon Tea

Fall down the rabbit hole and into wonderland with Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson. A treat for the senses as well as the taste buds, Sanderson's award-winning afternoon tea is a delight for the imagination. Enjoy tempting savouries with a twist before moving on to red velvet ladybirds, the Queen of Hearts' edible army and so much more. You and your sweet tooth will not leave disappointed! And, for the ultimate indulgence, join Sanderson for their Tipsy Evening Tea and experience a flight of four cocktails and alcohol-infused cakes - who could say no to that? 

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Restaurant / Hotel
Afternoon Tea

The Egerton House Hotel is a five-star gourmet's paradise close to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Harrods. A mouth-watering dining menu and a deliciously indulgent traditional Afternoon Tea await in the cosy dining room and lounge. Afternoon Tea is a great British tradition, and each afternoon the elegant Drawing Room is the place in which to savour a tempting assortment of delicate finger sandwiches and pastries with freshly baked scones with thick clotted cream and fruit preserves. To complete this classic treat, choose from an extensive selection of teas or coffee or perhaps enjoy a glass of chilled champagne.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
Modern European

Soak up amazing views of The Shard, Oxo Tower and London Eye whilst enjoying a quintessential traditional British afternoon tea on the river Thames. Everything is made fresh each morning, including the breaded ham and smoked Applewood cheddar, and smoked salmon with cream cheese sandwiches. For anyone with a sweet tooth, afternoon tea comes with chocolate brownie, pecan tart, macarons and, naturally, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and jam. The six loose leaf tea options include Earl Grey and Moroccan mint. There's also a great cocktail menu to go with the afternoon tea menu, perfect in the sunshine. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with 48 hours notice.

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Afternoon Tea

This elegant hideaway is just steps from The British Museum. Guests enjoy exemplary personal service, understated comfort and fine cuisine. With an 'Award of Excellence' for Afternoon Tea, respect is paid to this popular tradition while offering some intriguing variations. The traditional afternoon tea in London menu includes a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream, an array of tempting pastries and accompanied by a choice of traditional, flavoured, aromatic, fruit and green teas, fine coffees and hot chocolate. Perhaps add a glass of champagne to enjoy in the Conservatory or al fresco on the Wood Deck in the warmer months for extra sparkle.

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Bar / Restaurant

Yauatcha is something of a Soho institution, its blue lights casting an ethereal glow on the pavement outside. Inside it has the hushed calm of a traditional tea house. Tea is taken seriously, split into flavour categories, the selection is plucked from the all over the east and mined with rare finds. Rather than the expected sweet accompaniments, tea is paired with delicate and savoury dim sum, elegantly presented and made with unusual ingredients like pumpkin and venison.

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St James

Quaglino's recent revamp has given it a sultry, decadent, moody feel with dark corners, romantic lighting, modern art and splashes of red abound. The bar and restaurant's sweeping staircase and Art Deco appeal still shine through and the whole venue feels like the set of The Great Gatsby. The Prohibition Afternoon Tea is served in David Lynch-esque cocktail bar, with options to make it boozy (cocktails and champagne). Put on your sexiest finery - everyone looks the part here - and get ready for a sweet-lover's afternoon, filled with Cornish clotted cream smothered on fresh scones, frangipane tarts, crackled coffee choux, macaroons and bitter chocolate marquise. Oh, and refreshing tea, obvs.

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