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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
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Little pots of homemade jam in tasty flavours like cherry and plum; quaint finger sandwiches; lovely sweet treats including a fairground candy floss; and delightful freshly baked golden raisin scones with Cornish clotted cream; all part of the Mary Poppins afternoon tea menu at Aqua Shard. From the dizzying heights 31 floors up The Shard, enjoy this wonderful British tradition, the beautiful views of London whilst sipping a selection of teas. If you like the fancier side of life, try it with a a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne! Tranquil and elegant surroundings 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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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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Bar / Restaurant

We know afternoon tea is all about perfect scones and china cups. But what if you fancy something different? Momo is a North-African restaurant a few steps from Regent Street. A few know that, apart from serving top-notch couscous dishes, Momo also hosts a beautiful tea room. If you like Moroccan flavours, this is the ideal destination for an afternoon tea with a twist. Admire the fascinating ambience and moorish design boasting coloured cushions and North-Africa-inspired tea sets. The tea list is vast, but we recommend you go for the exquisite mint tea. The afternoon tea menu boasts date scones, quince jam, Magrebine pastries and lamb and harissa sandwiches.

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