Gone for Scones

London

Scones are an English pastry that is traditionally served during Cream Tea, a form of Afternoon Tea comprised of scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream, and tea. It's a delicately debated topic whether jam or cream should be lathered on first, but since we like our scones fresh out of the oven, we believe that jam must be put first, or else the cream will melt too quickly! You'll find scones almost everywhere in the city, from high-end hotel salons to quaint neighborhood bakeries. Take a trip around London for the best scones and satisfy your craving for the quintessentially British treat. Gather your friends and have yourselves a tea party!

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The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason

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The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason is one of the best places around London to enjoy Cream Tea. The experience comes with plain or fruited scones that are made fresh every day, perfectly paired with Somerset clotted cream and Fortnum’s very own assortment of jams and jellies. Bask in the regal interiors, which makes for an ideal setting for celebrations, private events, or even catch-up sessions with friends.

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Bea's of Bloomsbury (Bloomsbury)

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Bea’s of Bloomsbury is famous for their selection of delectable cakes and pastries. Beyond the sweets, however, are some addictive scones that are light, fluffy, and crumbly all at the same time! Although best enjoyed with jam and cream, their scone also shines with a smear of heavenly butter.

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The Palm Court at The Ritz London

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Drop by The Palm Court and feast on The Ritz London’s freshly made scones, baked plain or with raisins. Perfectly soft and bouncy, the scones are replenished regularly for your unending pleasure! Prices may be steep, but the dash of elegance from the five-star hotel is well worth it.

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GAIL's (Hampstead)

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The Maple and Pecan Drop Scones at GAIL’s are the stuff nut lovers’ dreams are made of! It’s slightly flatter than your usual biscuit, but the satisfaction from the pecan-packed, maple-glazed treat makes up for it. The bakery is also well-known for their Cinnamon Buns and Chocolate Pecan Brownies, which you should add to your haul as well.

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The Foyer and Reading Room at Claridge's

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Book ahead to get a table at The Foyer and Reading Room at Claridge’s for Afternoon Tea. After sipping brew from the distinct fine china, grab a soft scone and smother it with a dollop of heavenly clotted cream! Before you go, take time to admire the mind-blowing Dale Chihuly (renowned American glass sculptor) masterpiece that hangs like a chandelier from the ceiling.

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Orange Pekoe

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Orange Pekoe invites you to have Cream Tea, minus the pressures of posh. Come as you are, and delight in the quaint cafe’s extensive selection of tea leaves to pair with warm plain and sultana scones. The peaceful ambiance will make you want to stay forever. Lucky for you, the neighborhood bistro has a gratifying breakfast menu, so you have an excuse to come back the next morning!

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Dean Street Townhouse Restaurant

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A great spot for Cream Tea, the Dean Street Townhouse Restaurant allows you to select your spread from an a la carte menu. Here, scones are a must-have on the table! The chic parlor-like joint also serves Fruit scones, which provide a pleasant burst of flavor and a welcome change from classic scones.

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Cake Hole Cafe

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Tucked away at the back of retro outlet Vintage Heaven, Cake Hole Cafe is a family-run business dressed as a lovely tearoom. Their scones are supplied by Rinkoff Bakery, an East End bakeshop that has been in operation for more than a century; and their spreads come from the well-loved England Preserves.

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108 Brasserie

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Our favorite British treat gets a healthy revamp at 108 Pantry! Choose to have melt-in-your-mouth gluten-free scones (that taste just as yummy as the regular ones!) to go with your Afternoon Tea. The restaurant also cooks up guilt-free sandwiches and pastries for a British feast!

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