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Raise a Cup to Afternoon Tea

Your Guide to Afternoon Tea in Central London

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A long, lazy afternoon of finger sandwiches, delicious desserts and endless top-ups of tea – or even something a little stronger - have cemented Afternoon Tea as a well-loved British tradition.

We feel there is nowhere better to enjoy the most English of meals than in the heart of Central London – with iconic sights such as Regent’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Pall Mall and Soho all just a stone’s throw away. Discover our best in class selection of classic Afternoon Teas from across your St James’s & Regent Street neighbourhood below.

Afternoon Tea Week 2019 - St James's London

The Ritz

Settle down to be spoilt – Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is world-famous for a reason. A quintessential experience, The Ritz is the only UK hotel to have a certified Tea Sommelier, Giandomenico Scanu, whose job it is to visit various tea plantations in order to source the world’s very best teas. Our tea of choice is the exclusive Ritz Royal Blend Tea, only available at The Ritz. With an elegant ambience – live harp and piano-playing – setting the scene in the Palm Court, this is a really special service. Visit here for more details

Dukes Hotel

Dukes Hotel offers afternoon tea with a difference: with the Vegan Tea, the Tea for Little Dukes and Little Duchesses, or the traditional tea to choose room. Enjoy afternoon tea overlooking a peaceful courtyard in the heart of the city – perhaps after a morning visiting St James’s numerous galleries. We also recommend the MarTEAni (comprised of three expertly-paired mini martinis, created with The East India Company Gin) for a cheeky twist on the traditional tea. Visit here for more details

Fortnum & Mason

A culinary cornerstone in the heart of St James’s, for so many, Afternoon Tea doesn’t get much more memorable than at Fortnum & Mason. Book a table in the award-winning Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon – which has been serving tea since 1926 – and pay homage to the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea. Visit here for more details

The Wolseley

Known as London’s first grand café, The Wolseley on Piccadilly is a striking space. Indulge in fruit scones with homemade jam & clotted cream alongside a choice of teas and an assortment of delectable finger sandwiches – or opt for the Cream Tea and enjoy the scones and tea for a sliver of the price.Visit here for more details

The Langham London

Cited as the birthplace of Afternoon Tea, you cannot go wrong with dining at The Langham’s Palm Court. What’s on the menu? The name should offer a clue, as the ‘Seasonalitea’ is created using impeccably sourced ingredients, supplied where possible from the UK, and served on Wedgwood china. The menu changes weekly, but favourites in the past have included the likes of a sweet Yorkshire rhubarb with Ticklemore cheesecake and blood oranges in a vanilla rice tart. While adults indulge in the very finest food and drink, little ones can enjoy a playful children’s tea menu, created in partnership with Daunt Books. Before you visit, why not swot up on The Langham’s very own guide to afternoon tea etiquette, right here. Or visit here for more details on when the Afternoon Tea service will resume.

Hotel Cafe Royal

Reopening on the 4th September, Hotel Café Royal is a previous winner of the Best Traditional Afternoon Tea. With a stunning setting in the exquisite Grade II listed Oscar Wilde Bar (originally established in 1865 and the place where Oscar Wilde himself often whiled away his time). Opt for The Queen of Afternoon Teas to sample delicious delicacies similar to those enjoyed by high society from when Hotel Café Royal very first opened.Visit here for more details

Caffe Concerto

Offering options for solo dining, as well as happily accommodating other bookings, Caffe Concerto is a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus. Whether it’s the Luxury Cream Tea with prosecco, or the Classic Afternoon Tea, the freshly baked scones and savouries will not disappoint. With cakes changing each day, there is always something new to try.Visit here for more details

Maison Assouline

Swans Bar by Le Deli Robuchon has created an Afternoon Tea offering that lives up to the 'Chef of the Century's' culinary credentials. With Joel Robouchon's highly skilled chef team holding the record for the most Michelin star restaurants (an impressive 32 globally) this Afternoon Tea offering promises delectable pastries - including raspberry macaroons - as well as traditional finger sandwiches and scones. Sip on champagne in the peaceful Swans Bar, an ideal place to escape from the bustling streets of Piccadilly outside. Visit here for more details

Afternoon Tea Week runs from Monday 10th August. Afternoon Tea is the perfect treat if you’re celebrating a special occasion, as well as an indulgent dining option. However, we also recommend it as a lovely alternative to a late lunch, offering you the chance to relax and revitalise during a day visiting our shops and galleries.