A selection of the best 22 Christmas afternoon tea in London

by Alessia

After living in the UK for many years we understood how important and traditional afternoon tea is for the British. Living in London for so long we have learned that every day there is still something that you don’t know or something that you haven’t visited yet.

After Autumn in London, the city is starting to prepare for Christmas. What’s better than a delicious and fancy tea in the afternoon in London?

We want to share with you all the top 22 Christmas afternoon tea in London which you should try if you are visiting London for the first time

If it is not your first time in London, but you have never experienced an afternoon tea menu, plan your journey and reserve some time to enjoy a typical English tea.

Best afternoon tea in London

Christmas menu B bakery London
The amazing Brigit’s Bakery setting for the new Christmas menu – Photo Credit @SusannahFields

There are many places around the city where you can experience the best afternoon tea in London. We decided to put together a list of our favourite places where to have a lovely and delicious Christmas afternoon tea London.

As you might know, the afternoon tea in the UK is really important. It is the time of the day where you stop doing whatever you are doing and enjoy a hot cup of English tea escorted with delicious cupcakes.

Those are the suggestions from us, on how to enjoy a cold winter in some of the best locations in London that serves an afternoon tea menu.

  • Christmas afternoon teas at Ritz
  • The Langham Christmas afternoon tea London
  • Liberty London afternoon tea
  • InterContinental Hotel London
  • Park Lane afternoon tea
  • Christmas afternoon tea at Claridges
  • Biscuiteers London afternoon tea
  • Sketch Christmas afternoon tea 
  • Afternoon tea at Harrods 
  • B Bakery afternoon tea bus tour
  • Fancy afternoon tea at Peggy Porschen
  • Instagrammable Christmas afternoon tea at Saint Aymes
  • The Savoy afternoon tea in London
  • Taj 51 Buckingham Gate 
  • Christmas afternoon tea with a view at Aqua Shard
  • Christmas afternoon in Mayfair at the Chesterfield 
  • Winter afternoon tea London Cafe Royal 
  • Afternoon tea tour at Hilton Park Lane – Galvin at Windows
  • Grosvenor House
  • Christmas afternoon tea London on a cruise on the River Thames
  • Waldorf Hilton Hotel Christmas afternoon tea in London
  • Duck and Waffles 
  • TWG Tea Leicester Square


Christmas afternoon tea at Ritz

Very well known Hotel around Mayfair area and close to Green Park station is for sure the Ritz.

For newbie or Londoner, this area is very popular, especially if we are talking about Christmas afternoon tea at the Ritz. The well-known hotel in the centre of London dress to impress every time of the year. This is the best location for the afternoon tea, it is a unique experience which you don’t do it every day.

There are different options for afternoon tea and based on what you prefer you can book a table on their website.

You can choose between Traditional Afternoon Tea, Celebration Tea, Champagne afternoon tea and Champagne Celebration tea.

Tips: The Afternoon Tea at the Ritz is served daily at 11.30 am – 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. If you want to experience this fancy and elegant Christmas afternoon tea in London please note that there is a dress code to follow. As it is a very elegant and sophisticated hotel, shorts, trainers and sportswear are not allowed. Men are required to wear a jacket and a tie and women are invited to wear a dress or a skirt.

Address: 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1J 9BR
Nearest Tube Station: Green Park (Jubilee and Victoria Line)


The Langham Christmas afternoon tea London

The Langham Afternoon tea as been selected as the “Best afternoon tea service in 2018”. If you really want to feel and try this delicious and elegant afternoon tea, the Langham is the perfect place for you.

The afternoon tea is served from 12 pm until 5.30 pm. If you are strolling around Oxford Circus for some shopping, there is no better way to end the day and enjoy the atmosphere inside the Langham for a delicious Christmas afternoon tea.

Address: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, W1B 1JA
Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus (Victoria, Central and Bakerloo Line)


Afternoon Tea at Liberty London

Sometimes while exploring London and doing some shopping you wish to find something close by where to sit, relax and enjoy your hot cup of tea.

If you are shopping around Oxford and Regent Street area you will end up looking inside Liberty. A small shopping centre with a funny architecture and a proper English style and ideal for a short break to enjoy a lovely English afternoon tea.

In Liberty, they served the afternoon tea from 3 PM every day and on Sundays all day.

Address: Regent St, Soho, W1B 5AH
Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria and Bakerloo Line)


InterContinental Hotel London Park Lane

Have you ever heard about the Intercontinental Hotel London afternoon tea in Park Lane? It is not only a gorgeous hotel where to stay but it is the ideal place to enjoy a delicious cupcake and a glass of Champagne. All that while admiring London landmark skyline.

In the Wellington Lounge inside the Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane, you can experience the Christmas afternoon tea in London from 1 pm until 5 pm.

Address: One Hamilton Place, 1 Park Ln, Mayfair, W1J 7QY
Nearest Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) 


Christmas afternoon tea at Claridges

If you are ready for an unforgettable Christmas in London you are in the right place.

The Christmas afternoon tea at Claridge’s is something that doesn’t happen every day. Even if you are not staying at Claridge’s Hotel you can reserve a table and enjoy a delicious traditional English afternoon tea.

What we loved most about this Christmas afternoon tea were the atmosphere and the surrounding. When you first enter you will feel Xmas in the air as the main door is adorned by Christmas trees and lights. It’s something that you need to experience at least once in your life and you won’t regret it.

Address: Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
Nearest Tube Station: Bond Street (Jubilee and Central Line)


Biscuiteers Christmas afternoon tea London 

Biscuiteers Christmas afternoon tea London Setting
What is better than an afternoon tea in London at Biscuiteers. The ideal in Christmas Time.

If you really want to try a very special Christmas Afternoon Tea menu you should head to Biscuiteers.

The Biscuiteers London afternoon tea is available from the 1st November until the 31st December. If you are visiting London for the first time, for sure you will visit the area of Portobello and Notting Hill. Around this area, you can find the Biscuiteers, a lovely place where to stop, have a delicious cup of hot tea and enjoy a gummy cupcake.

Address 1: 194 Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES (Close to Notting Hill)
Nearest Tube Station: Ladbroke Grove (Circle and Hammersmith Line)

Address 2: 13 Northcote Road, SW11 1NG
Nearest Tube Station: Clapham Common (Northern Line) + Bus to reach Clapham Junction 


Dress to impress at the Sketch

Fancy and pinky place, Sketch is a lovely place where to join an afternoon tea or tea with bubbles. From 11.30 am to 4.30 pm you can reserve a table and enjoy a delicious Christmas afternoon tea menu.

What everyone loves about Sketch is that everything is pink. If you scroll your Instagram and search for Sketch you will find a lot of pictures taken here.

TopTips: If you are planning your London afternoon tea tour in advance, avoid wearing something pink. Try instead to wear a different colour to contrast with the background of this place. 

Address: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus (Victoria, Central and Bakerloo Line)


Enjoy a cup of English tea at Harrods 

During your stay in London, a must-see place is Harrods. What is Harrods? A huge shopping centre will all the most important brands. From Michael Kors to Rolex, Harrods is a touristic place where some people only enter to enjoy the afternoon tea at Harrods. We highly suggest you book a table in the Harrods tea room to make sure you have a space saved.

You can enjoy the afternoon tea from Monday to Saturday from 12 pm until 7 pm and on Sunday from 12 pm until 5 pm.

Address: 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL
Nearest Tube Station: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line)


B Bakery bus tour – London afternoon tea bus tour

The special setting of Brigit's Bakery for Christmas. The afternoon tea on a classic double deck red bus around the centre of London
The special setting of Brigit’s Bakery for Christmas. The afternoon tea on a classic double deck red bus around the centre of London – Photo Credit @SusannahFields

If you want to explore London while enjoying a bubble afternoon tea the B Bakery bus tour is the idea for you. An afternoon tea bus in London, today is a very popular choice when it comes to chose where to spend a lovely and relaxing afternoon while tasting delicious food.

Recently B Bakery launched a new Christmas afternoon tea menu which includes savoury and sweet, tea and prosecco on board a double-decker bus in London.

The afternoon tea bus London Tour is a brilliant idea if you want to visit the most important sightseeing while enjoying your Christmas afternoon tea.

If you already have experienced the B Bakery afternoon tea bus in London you can visit their store in Covent Garden instead. For the B Bakery bus tour at 12.30 pm, 3 pm the tour pick up and drop off is at 8 Northumberland Avenue, off Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5BY

Nearest Tube Station: Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo Line)
For the 12 pm, 2.30 pm and 5 pm the pick-up and drop off point is Victoria Coach Station.
Nearest Tube Station: Victoria (Circle, District and Victoria Line)


Fancy afternoon tea at Peggy Porschen

drink a cofeee at peggy porchein the best beauty and cool instagrammable spot in london

Lately, one of the most Instagrammed places in London is Peggy Porschen, for its style and picturesque design.

Considered one of the most beautiful places where to take pictures in London, this shop offers every day a selection of delicious muffins, cupcakes and sweets are perfect if you are planning an afternoon tea in London.

As it’s a very popular place we highly recommend to plan ahead your visit as there are not many places where to seat. It is a really nice and cool place where people love taking pictures, the most common area is the small terrace outside. It can be cold but people still love being seated outside. 

Address: 116 Ebury St, Belgravia, SW1W 9QQ
Nearest tube station: Victoria (District, Circle and Victoria line)

Instagrammable Christmas afternoon tea at Saint Aymes

Another instagrammable place in London perfect for an afternoon tea during Xmas is Saint Aymes. Located in the heart of the city centre, close to Marble Arch, St Aymes, after Peggy Porschen is another very popular location.

If you want to enjoy a cup of hot tea in a colourful place for a suggestive Christmas afternoon tea London, Saint Aymes is the perfect place for you.

Address: 59 Connaught St, St. George’s Fields, W2 2BB
Nearest Tube Station: Marble Arch (Central line)


The Savoy afternoon tea in London

If you are around the area of Somerset House you can’t miss enjoying a lovely afternoon tea at the Savoy in London.

The Christmas afternoon tea London Savoy offers the traditional Afternoon and High Tea favourites, including JING teas served with homemade scones with jam and cream.

If you are vegetarian or vegan don’t worry as they offer a traditional afternoon tea with Vegan and Vegetarian options.

Address: Strand, SW2R 0EZ
Nearest Tube Station: Charing Cross (Northern and Barkeloo line), Embankment (Northern, District and Circle line) or Temple (District and Circle line)


Taj – Christmas themed afternoon tea London

Recently we had the opportunity to enjoy an exquisite Christmas afternoon tea at Taj with Alice tea party in Wonderland theme. It was a really funny and tasty experience where Alice was the protagonist of the afternoon.

It’s a different way to enjoy a lovely Christmas afternoon tea in London with your partner or even with your friends. Alice Wonderland is not the only theme they got, apart from the Xmas tea with Santa Gnomes they introduced the Jasmine Indian afternoon tea.

Due to the high demand of request, a reservation is recommended and a deposit must be paid and they allow 48 hours cancellation notice. If you are ready to experience something different make sure you reserve your table and enjoy a proper fun afternoon tea.
The Afternoon tea is served at 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm every day.

Address: 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, SW1E 6AF
Nearest Tube Station: St. James’s Park (Circle and District line)


Tea with a view at Aqua Shard

Cloudy London Skyline - The Shard in the shape

Have you ever heard about the Shard? Located in front of the SkyGarden and with a breathtaking view, today the Shard is a really cool place where to have a delicious afternoon tea with a view over London.

You can book your visit to the Shard directly, avoiding the queue. The afternoon tea is served every day from 1 pm until 5 pm. Have the chance to have a different afternoon tea and a gorgeous view of London. You can also book your table here. 

Address: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas St. SE1 9RY
Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern Line)
Book your ticket and jump the queue!


The Chesterfield Mayfair

Afternoon tea at the Chesterfield Mayfair
Classic festive cake at The Chesterfield Mayfair

Did you know that Chesterfield has been recognised as one of the best places where to enjoy the afternoon tea? For its high standards of tea services and its variations to the original, today is considered one of the best afternoon tea in London.

For Londoner or newbie in the city, Mayfair is a very popular area in London where you can find everything you might need. In this area, during the Xmas period, there is a Winter Wonderland, a theme park which every year is taking place in Hyde Park.

Available from the 18th of November until the 5th of January, the Winter Wonderland afternoon tea in Chesterfield in Mayfair is something that you can’t miss.

Address: 35 Charles Street, S1J 5EB
Nearest Tube Station: Green Park (Jubilee and Victoria Line)


Hotel Café Royal

If you are looking for a luxury experience afternoon tea in London you need to visit the Hotel Cafe Royal. You can book your Christmas afternoon tea from 12 pm until 5.30 pm and we highly recommend you pre-book the table online.

Especially during Xmas vacations, those locations tend to be busy and almost impossible to find a space.

Address: Hotel Cafe Roya, 68 Regent Street, W1B 4DY
Nearest Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo line)


Afternoon tea tour at Hilton Park Lane

One of the most iconic places where you could have a delicious Christmas afternoon tea is at Hilton Park Lane. Considered one of the tops of the list of Afternoon tea awards 2019, the Hilton Park Lane offers one of the best afternoon tea tours ever. 

If you want to experience the Hilton Park Lane Christmas afternoon tea tour book a table on their website and enjoy a traditional cup of English Tea. They serve afternoon tea from 2 pm to 5 pm Monday to Friday and from 12.30 pm to 5 pm.

Address: 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE
Nearest Tube Station:  Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line)


Grosvenor House

Grosvenor House is one of the stateliest buildings in London. If you really want to try something traditional while overlooking Hyde Park, you can book here your afternoon tea.

The Christmas afternoon tea menu is available from Monday to Friday from 12.30 pm until 5 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity and book here your ticket.

Address: 86-90 Park Ln, W1K 7TN
Nearest Tube Station: Marble Arch (Central line)
Book your next afternoon tea at the Grosvenor House!


Christmas afternoon tea on a cruise on the River Thames

If you are looking for a fancy way to discover London but at the same time enjoy a delicious cup of tea, you can book here your Christmas afternoon tea on a cruise on the River Thames.

Have you ever heard about Bateaux Mouche in Paris? It’s something similar, being on the River Thames and at the same time exploring the most important sightseeing in London.

Meeting Point Address: Lower Thames Street EC3N 4DT
Nearest Tube Station: Tower Hill (Circle and District Line)
Book your romantic afternoon tea on a cruise on the River Thames!

Waldorf Hilton Hotel Christmas afternoon tea

Just a few minutes away from Covent Garden you can experience the British tradition called the afternoon tea at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel London. You can have a bubble Christmas afternoon tea with a glass of champagne and delicious cakes. You can book here your experience and be part of this amazing time of the day.

Address: The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych, London, WC2 B4DD
Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Book your fancy afternoon tea at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London!


Duck and Waffle

Gherkin and The Shard London Skyline

If you are around Liverpool Street area you can’t miss enjoying a tea and a Belgium chocolate waffle at duck and waffle.

It might not be the traditional English afternoon tea but the combination of waffles and tea sounds perfect to everyone especially if you have a stunning view of London in front of you.

Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Nearest Tube Station: Liverpool Street (Central Line)


TWG tea Leicester Square

Recently opened, TWG tea Leicester square is today a very busy and touristic attraction. Located in front of the M&M’s store and next to the Lego Store, this tea shop needs to be in your list of the best afternoon tea in London.

On the ground floor, you will find an infinite selection of teas which you can purchase and bring it home as a souvenir. On the first floor, you can enjoy a delicious English tea in the heart of Leicester Square.

Address: 48 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LT
Nearest Tube Station: Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly line) or Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly line)


Why you should go for a Christmas afternoon tea in London?

If you really want to feel the Christmas atmosphere with an English touch you can’t miss experiencing the best afternoon tea in London. 

The afternoon tea London has become today very popular due to its fancy locations and lovely places where to enjoy a delicious slice of cake. If you haven’t been to London yet this itinerary will help you to book your flight and experience one of the best Christmas afternoon tea in London.

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