There is nothing quite like London for its variety of places to sit and have afternoon tea. Here is Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the best themed afternoon teas to enjoy:
Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea, Sanderson: (£48 per person, £35 for children aged between 4-11 years old) take a trip down to wonderland with the help of Sanderson’s Afternoon Tea, with its combination of familiar characters and sweet and savoury dishes to make the mouth water. If you are looking for something a bit different, Sanderson also offers the option of the Mad Hatters Tipsy Evening Tea – which is available between 7pm and 9pm (£58 per person) and has smoked salmon scotch eggs and the King of Hearts croque-monsieur stack on offer before indulging in the alcohol-infused cakes like the dark chocolate and rum chessboard gateau.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Themed Afternoon Tea, One Aldwych: for those who dream of visiting Willy Woka’s chocolate factory, One Aldwych has the next best thing with its Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon tea. From cucumber and smoked salmon on poppy seed bread and vegetable wellington in the savoury to the delicious golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango – there is something to delight everyone in this afternoon tea. (£39 per person/ £49 per person with a glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne or a Cocktail Charlie. £52 per person with a glass of Lallier Grande Rosé Champagne.)
It’s All in the Game, St James’s Hotel, Mayfair: the perfect choice for families or for those with a love of board games, this afternoon tea served between 3pm and 5.30pm is based around traditional board games such as Snakes & Ladders, Backgammon, Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble, Dominoes and Ludo. The menu includes: Monopoly Top Hat Dark chocolate hat filled with mango cremant, set on a gluten-free dark chocolate sponge, dominoes (all butter shortbread biscuit, topped with a white chocolate cheesecake, glazed with a white chocolate jelly, topped with dark chocolate crispy biscuit pearls) as well as a variety of sandwiches. (£40.00)
B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour: for those who want to explore London, while experiencing a proper afternoon tea should keep this unique option in mind. Taking place on daily basis and starting from a variety of stops, the experience will have you munching on sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries, while your bus driver takes you around London, visiting all the top tourist spots. Prices range from £45-£63 per person.
Sherlock Holmes Afternoon Tea: this brand new afternoon tea based around the famous detective features Plain, Chocolate Chip and Raisin Scones, 221 B Macaroon Flavoured with 25 year old Scotch, Moriarty’s Bomb Coffee and Baileys cheesecake and Baker Street Pie Chicken breast in an ale gravy topped with shortcrust pastry. £35.