Raise a Cup to Afternoon Tea | St James's London


Raise a Cup to Afternoon Tea

National Afternoon Tea week would not be the same without a trip to St James’s, the country’s most iconic area for delightfully decadent sandwiches, cream and jam (or jam and cream) slathered scones and perfectly formed sweet treats.

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In St James’s, one is spoilt for choice for afternoon tea, but one thing is certain, whichever you choose, it’ll be a one of a kind experience that lasts longer than just a pot of tea.

Afternoon Tea Week 2019 - St James's London

Maison Assouline

Considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in London with a library of intriguing literature, Maison Assouline’s surroundings paired with its Capri themed afternoon tea are all you need to enjoy the afternoon in peace. Drawing inspiration from Italian cuisine, it features a beautiful summery offering of bruschetta, Italian sweet treats, and their signature tea. Not to forget our favourite drink, the ‘Capri’ cocktail, created for the occasion.


Afternoon tea in St James’s is always that little bit different and the Dukes offering is no exception. The tucked away hotel holds hosts to one of the more contemporary arrays. For those looking for a tea party with a twist, Dukes offers a unique selection of menus including a vegan option and the MarTEAni afternoon tea, in partnership with the East India Company Gin. You can enjoy your afternoon sipping on three expertly crafted mini martinis that accompany a selection of delectable sandwiches, scones & pastries.

Fortnum & Mason

Afternoon tea doesn’t get much more memorable than at Fortnum & Mason. A tradition for those in the know and a truly special way to spend Afternoon Tea Week. After being seated in the award-winning Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon one can expect a refined menu of exceptional teas, warm scones and freshly-baked cakes presented on the finest teaware in St James’s. This is one of our favourite places to sip a classic English tea and relax, as the world goes.

Le Méridien Piccadilly

For afternoon tea with the whole family, our recommended location has to be Le Méridien on the vibrant Piccadilly. This addition to the iconic tea parlors of St James’s offers creative and captivating experiences, such as the current Peter Rabbit inspired afternoon tea session. Enabling children and grown-ups alike to enjoy their favourite childhood story with tasty treats from chamomile chocolate pots to vegetable patch sandwiches.

Haymarket Hotel

For something a little different to the traditional take on the afternoon tea, why not innocently indulge in Haymarket Hotel’s ‘Healthy’ range of afternoon tea; with a range of reduced sugar, gluten free or vegan options. Taste one of its many speciality teas and infusions in the Brumus bar or the sun-drenched conservatory.

The Ritz London

The world-famous Ritz Hotel's afternoon tea offering is one not to miss, with its expert waiters delivering a trolley directly to your table full of traditional English cakes to choose from. Pair this with a glass of Champagne in the Palm Court for a truly unforgettable experience.

The Stafford London

The decadent afternoon tea at The Stafford London takes you on a journey around the old and the new quintessentially British boutiques of St James’s. Decorated with dainty finger sandwiches and delicious scones, the afternoon tea is inspired by some of the iconic heritage brands in the area. Accompany the delectable sweet and savouries with a choice of Camellia’s Tea House or a chilled glass of Champagne.

The Wolseley

Known as London’s first grand café The Wolseley is a mesmerising setting. Originally designed as a prestigious car showroom, the space envelopes you in the originality of St James's. Indulge in fruit scones with homemade jam & clotted cream alongside a choice of teas and an assortment of delectable finger sandwiches as you take a trip down memory lane with a selection of iconic afternoon tea dishes that have featured on their menu since opening. And why not pair your afternoon tea with a cold glass of Champagne?

The Cavendish

The elegance and sophistication of afternoon tea at The Cavendish can only be matched by the craftsmanship and quality of the establishments that surround it. Approaching every aspect of afternoon tea with the same attention to detail to that of an expert tailor. Offering a variety of delicate sandwiches freshly baked cakes and delightful scones. And, you can choose from the classic flavours of the ‘Duke and Duchess Afternoon Tea’, for a truly one of a kind experience.

Afternoon tea week runs from Monday 12th August. We look forward to welcoming you for an afternoon tea experience like no other.