Best Afternoon Tea in London

More than anyplace, London is synonymous with Afternoon Tea. Wither you’re looking for a classic experience in a top hotel or a modern experience in one of the top restaurants, these are the best places for Afternoon Tea in London.


Set in luxury Mayfair is The Gallery Room at Sketch, the prettiest room in London. It has marble parquet flooring, pushing velvet chairs and pink! Pink all over! And more, this room is also home to more than 200 prints and drawings by the artist David Shrigley.

Afternoon Tea: Sketch
The Gallery Room at Sketch London
Photo Courtesy of Sketch London

The Afternoon Tea is a gorgeous line-up of pretty delights a caviar course, finger sandwiches, still-warm scones to Victoria sponge from the trolley, ‘petit gateaux’, and more.

Table setup at Sketch
Table at Sketch London
Photo by Alex Pagnanelli Courtesy of Sketch London


Also in Mayfair is the Claridge’s Hotel known for its glamorous design, inspiring dining, and impeccable service. The afternoon tea is a time-honored English tradition composed of dainty finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones, and pastries, accompanied by specially-selected teas.

The Wolseley

Characterized by its black and white marble floor, towering arches and lofty pillars, The Wolseley is perfect for breakfast, tea or pre-theater dinner. The Afternoon Tea is served every day of the week, offering a varied selection of homemade cakes, scones, pastries, and coupes.

Best Afternoon Tea: The Wolseley
The Wolseley
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Table setup at The Wolseley
The Wolseley
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The Franklin

The Franklin is just a few blocks away from the glorious Victoria and Albert Museum and the menu draws inspiration from it. For example, they have a culinary experience inspired by the V&A Museum’s Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Exhibition. This carefully curated experience draws inspiration from key elements of the French couturier’s life to fashion, a colorful array of decadent savories and luxurious treats, all prepared by the Michelin-starred Chef Alfredo Russo. 

The Franklin Restaurant
Photo via The Franklin London

The Langham

Afternoon tea at The Langham is a special experience and they’ve been serving it since 1865! They’re now presenting the SeasonaliTea with the focus of using the very best ingredients at the absolute right time of the year. It features savories, scones, and patisserie, all created with the very best ingredients when they are at their absolute peak, meaning the flavors are sublime.

The Langham Restaurant
Photo Courtesy of The Langham

And don’t worry, they have a reserved space for young tea lovers. They recently launched a children’s afternoon tea with their bookstore-neighbor Daunt’s, including a specially curated mini-library and a charming menu that will make young people engage with their minds (and fingers).

The Langham Afternoon Tea
Photo Courtesy of The Langham


The Bulgari Hotel is located in London’s high-end shopping area and it, of course, attracts people to enjoy a good tea (or a cocktail) in one of the city’s most glamorous lobbies. With its comfortable Italian furnishings, you will not want to leave this space. Get ready because they have specialty loose-leaf teas!

Best Afternoon Tea: Bulgari
Lounge of Bulgari Hotel London
Photo Courtesy of Bulgari Hotels

Enjoy your experience!

Words by Rita Archer