Best of London: Afternoon Tea
If you know me you know that a hot cup of tea is my love language. I could sit in a tearoom in London sipping Earl Grey all day long. Throw in some scones with clotted cream and I’m basically in heaven! Over my many trips to London I’ve consumed about a thousand cups of tea and I have yet to meet a tea I didn’t like. Below are a few of my favorite afternoon tea locations across the city.
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is located on the upper floor above the Fortnum & Mason store. The grocery below sells the most amazing teas and sweets ranging from biscuits to mince pies—they have been the royal grocer for over a century now! They offer a multitude of menu options for afternoon tea (my favorite was the high tea menu). Their lobster omelette victoria was incredible and the tea cakes were quite tasty, as well. They serve the best scones and clotted cream I have ever tasted!
The Savoy offers one of the fanciest and most historic afternoon teas in all of London. They have been serving afternoon tea since they opened their doors in 1889. Tea is served in the beautifully decorated, Thames Foyer with the option of a children’s afternoon tea. Book a tea time here and enjoy some of their signature tea pastries and cakes.
I enjoyed my first high tea in this tea room and it did not disappoint! Prêt-À-Portea offers a unique designer afternoon tea, in which all of the pastries are inspired by the world of fashion and design. As someone who loves clothes, fashion, and all things designer this was a very cool bucket list experience. Their current afternoon tea is inspired by the Dior Couture Collection, in correspondence with the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibit that is showing at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Whether you come here for high tea or dinner I would definitely recommend making reservations at Sketch. The Gallery room is uniquely decorated in all pink with black and white sketches lining the walls. The main attraction that draws everyone to Sketch is their unisex bathroom pods that look like something from out of this world. The high tea here is an all afternoon affair with multiple courses of savory, sweets, and tea!
If you’re looking for a cheaper afternoon tea, The Brasserie is a wonderful option. We were able to find tickets on Groupon which made it even cheaper—it came out to about $18 per person. This restaurant offers a wonderful view of Tower Bridge and the area surrounding the Tower of London. The tea selection is definitely limited compared to the other tea rooms mentioned above. The treats and sandwiches come out on an adorable carrier fashioned to look like the Tower Bridge. Overall, I really liked this tea for a less expensive option!
Come back next week to read about some of my favorite areas and things to do in London!