It’s Afternoon Tea Week! This week London is celebrating all things afternoon tea, and in honor of the occasion I bring you my list of the best afternoon teas in London.

Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia in London

Afternoon Tea at The Goring
The Goring has always been one of my favorite places for afternoon tea. The sunny yellow tearoom is bright and cheerful no matter the weather, and the sandwiches, scones, and pastries are always delicious (as is the champagne!).

Afternoon Tea at the Goring in London

Afternoon Tea at The Corinthia
The Corinthia has the prettiest afternoon tea in London. The light, airy ambiance beneath the stunning lobby dome and famous chandelier makes it a great place for a summer afternoon tea. On top of that, every pastry is a delicate work of art.

Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia in London

Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley
When it comes to themed teas, Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley is the best afternoon tea in London. Its fashionista angle means that every cake and cookie is designed after the current season’s runway shows, and it’s a great excuse for girly indulgence.

Pret a Portea at the Berkeley in London

Afternoon Tea at Teanamu
Tucked away in an unassuming house in Notting Hill, Teanamu is a haven of tranquility and the perfect place to escape the crowds on Portobello Road. The emphasis here is on the tea itself, which is a nice contrast to many afternoon teas, where the namesake takes a backseat to the food. Teanamu also offers one of the best value afternoon teas in the city.

Afternoon Tea at Teanamu in London

Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester
The Dorchester has the best traditional afternoon tea in London. The Promenade offers the perfect classic ambiance, and the food and service are everything they should be at one of London’s most famous luxury hotels.

Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester in London

How about you? What is your favorite afternoon tea in London?

43 Comments on Lady’s Favorite Afternoon Teas in London

  1. There is probably a whole book on places to take quality afternoon teas in London.

    My favourite is just a few hundred metres from Greenwich High Road, where the prices are very reasonable and there’s lots of promotion of local events and businesses.

    One day I’ll splash out on an afternoon tea at the Dorchester 🙂

  2. Afternoon tea is one of my favorite indulgences! While I’ve had fabulous tea services in NYC, DC, Shanghai and Hong Kong, I have yet to partake of the true London experience. Hopefully that will change on my next trip to the city!

  3. Have you checked out the Sanderson Hotel’s Mad Hatter Tea? It’s another fun one if you’re going for a theme. I also really like the Brown Hotel in Mayfair, but the Goring is one of my favourites too!

  4. These places seem great! I will have to go! I went to BRGR.Co in Soho on Satuday, was really great. You should try it.

  5. We enjoyed afternoon tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace and at Harrods last October during our too-brief stop in London. Can’t wait to go back and try others. Claridge’s, the Goring, Brown’s, and the Dorchester are on my “wish” lists for afternoon tea. Outside London, I have heard Betty’s is great for tea, too.

  6. What a lovely selection. I particularly want to try the Teanamu afternoon tea. I actually went for afternoon tea yesterday at the Hilton Green Park, unawares that this is afternoon tea week. It was lovely and traditional, and the service was brilliant (I arrived an hour late due to coach delays but they were really accommodating which I didn’t expect at all). At it only cost £38 for two!

  7. Definitely bookmarking this post for a future reference. I did the Mad Hatter Tea at the Sanderson a few months ago and it was so much fun, but I’d love to try all of these too!

  8. I’ve only done a handful of high teas in London (favorite so far is OXO Tower) but I’m looking forward to trying out the now famous afternoon tea at The Shard this September!

  9. I’ve only ever had tea at The Ritz – my mum took me and my sisters as a treat the weekend before my wedding – but it set the bar pretty high!

    These all look delicious – think I might have to pay a visit to one or two! Or three…

  10. Glad to see you left off Browns, had birthday tea there a few months ago and was kicking myself for not going to The Dorchester 🙁 Enjoyed afternoon tea at Great Fosters in Surrey today, fantastic and a total bargain compared to London prices (should have my blog post up in a few days if you’re interested.)

  11. That high heel “shoe” is a cookie?? That is crazy awesome! Send me Cinderella and I would all over it! 🙂 Ya know, I’m not much of a tea drinker…except…I love Chamomile tea. Now, if you introduce sandwiches, scones, and pastries into the mix then sign me up for some cups of delight! The photos of the treats are truly incredible, Lady in London 🙂

  12. I LOVE afternoon tea! I’ve only tried The Corinthia from your list which was magical but I can also recommend Fortnum & Mason who have a refurbished tea room on their top floor and The Sanderson for something quirky. I’m staying closer to home for my next try, there’s a lovely hotel in Chislehurst called The Bull’s Head which apparently do a great afternoon tea so it must be tried. Thanks for sharing your picks.

  13. My sister and I are visiting in October and I’d like to take her for afternoon tea. We will be traveling light and dressing casually – would any of these places be appropriate for jeans?

  14. Lady, the last comment here before mine raises a good question: what is appropriate afternoon tea attire? Anything BUT casual athletic attire or jeans?

    Another question: Since afternoon tea is not a common practice in my world, and have only had afternoon tea once before at the Ritz Carlton in SF, and that was 15 years ago, are there any other “rules” or traditions that I should know beforehand? I will be traveling solo in January – are there any issues with afternoon tea for one?

    • You should be fine going solo, although there might be a lot of food! As for attire, it depends where you go, but most people dress up a bit for it if they’re going somewhere more formal. Have fun!

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