An Afternoon of Tea and Beauty

London

Almost every corner in London has a place that hosts the quintessential afternoon ritual, serving tea (and, sometimes, champagne), sandwiches, scones, and pastries. While we love a good selection of leaves and treats, we’re here to satisfy our eyes as much as our appetites! From an all-pink townhouse room in Mayfair to a glamorous museum cafe in Knightsbridge, here’s our list of picture-perfect spots for afternoon tea. Get your cameras and appetites ready!

Updated 8 months ago

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The Gallery at Sketch

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

The Gallery sings an ode to pink with its blush-painted interiors and plush rose-hued seating. Enjoy a cup of tea, a flute of champagne, or a glass of alcohol-free bubbly to go with the dishes from their classic British menu. While waiting to be served by the designer-clad staff, notice the witty David Shrigley (Turner Prize-awarded visual artist) illustrations that adorn the walls.

+442076594500

9 Conduit Street, London, United Kingdom

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The Palm Court at The Ritz London

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Don your Sunday’s best and head to The Ritz London for traditional Afternoon Tea. The spectacular Palm Court—with its elegant marble floors, intricate gold-gilded walls, and sparkling chandeliers—will make you feel like you’re sipping tea like the Queen. The hotel’s selection of scrumptious finger sandwiches, warm scones, and delectable pastries is also worthy of royal taste buds, so dig in!

+442073002345

The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom

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Dandelyan Bar at Mondrian London

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Dandelyan Bar screams nostalgia with its 1970s-inspired motif, conceptualized by British designer Tom Dixon. The art deco space creatively reflects the glamor of old-time luxury cruise liners, as it wows with lavender banquettes, velour lounge chairs, and mirrored tables. Together with the stylish green walls, you’ll also get a stunning view of the Thames River. Snap a shot before engaging in Wyld Tea, the bar’s alcohol-infused afternoon tea. Award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana serves his famous cocktails alongside three courses of retro fare, giving you an excuse for an early booze binge!

+442037471063

20 Upper Ground, London, United Kingdom


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The Promenade at The Dorchester

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

The Promenade’s marble columns, heavy drapery, and gold lamp-induced glow make it an opulent spot for Traditional Afternoon Tea—perfect for elegant photographs! Take a seat on one of the luxurious goose-down sofas, sip on Scottish Highlands-grown Dalreoch tea, and pair it with a terrific assortment of French pastries. Don’t forget to sample the finger sandwiches—we’re told they change fillings every week!

+442076298888

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom

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Jean-Georges at The Connaught

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Classics are reinterpreted at Jean-Georges at The Connaught, from the use of Southeast Asian flavors to its contemporary, laid-back setting. Stained glass windows by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel wrap the hotel restaurant, granting you sights of the daily goings-on in Mayfair. Park yourself on the sleek blue-gray furniture, strike a pose, and partake in a delicious fusion Afternoon Tea menu.

+442071078861

The Connaught, Carlos Place, London, United Kingdom

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Oscar Wilde Lounge at Hotel Cafe Royal

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

The Oscar Wilde Lounge at Hotel Cafe Royal exudes a luxurious charm. Train your lens on the intricate gold details and mirrored walls, complemented by fancy red chairs. Lose yourself in the sound of tinkling ivory as you indulge in the award-winning Diptyque Afternoon Tea—a spread that incorporates unusual flavors akin to the perfume brand’s signature floral scent.

+442074063310

Hotel Cafe Royal, 68 Regent Street, London, United Kingdom

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Conservatory at Barbican Centre

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

At Conservatory at Barbican Centre, Afternoon Tea is savored amidst a background of tropical flora. Take that perfect shot, and have your friends guess whether you’re in London or an island paradise! While you’re here, sip on some Prosecco while munching on savory or sweet delights. It may be tempting to take your sweet time, but be aware that each sitting is limited to an hour and a half. Barbican Centre is also open on selected Sundays, so call ahead before clearing your end-of-the-week schedule.

+442076384141

3rd Floor, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, United Kingdom

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Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Firmdale Hotels’ co-owner, Kit Kemp, showcases her signature eccentricity in the colorful, spirited restaurant at Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant. Its pretty teal walls, kooky furniture, and lovely light fixtures are what Instagram dreams are made of! Your Afternoon Tea set of savories, cakes, and scones are served on dainty Wedgewood fine china, which deserves a photo shoot of their own.

+442036421007

Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London, United Kingdom

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Bluebird Restaurant and Bar

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Bluebird Restaurant and Bar's bright, suave space provides the ideal spot for people watching on King’s Road. Sit back on the bespoke Celia Birtwell (British fashion icon) textile banquette, and capture the dazzling ambiance presented by jazzy furnishings, wildflowers, and mature trees. The Afternoon Tea menu is just as charming, as it features favorites touched by modern European flair. Try the Espresso Martini, a vodka cocktail that will give you a refreshing jolt of caffeine!

+442075591000

350 King’s Road, London, United Kingdom

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Wallace Restaurant at The Wallace Collection

Recommendation posted 10 months ago

Bask in the airy al fresco setting at Wallace Restaurant where natural light kisses you and trees and sculptures surround you. It’s a scene that realizes the beauty of The Wallace Collection, which is one of London’s best art galleries. The Wallace Afternoon Tea is gracefully done by catering company Peyton and Byrne, so expect delicious nosh on your visit.

+442075639505

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, United Kingdom

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