Friday, 5 June 2015

Food | Six Fun Afternoon Teas In London


Hey Lovelies! In true British fashion, there is nothing I love more than a good ol' afternoon tea. Whilst I do like a traditional afternoon tea (I have an unhealthy obsession with scones), I won't say no to a bit of novelty and a fun twist on an original. So I put together this list of six fun afternoon teas in London ranging from Afternoon Tea on a bus to a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired creation. 



When Fashion and Afternoon Tea collide, it is bound to make something beautiful and this is exactly what Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley delivers. Their menu changes according to fashion trends and seasons, so any fashion nerds like me will love seeing some of the current trends in food form. If that wasn't good enough they also have an amazing selection of teas from Chocolate Mint Truffle to Caramel Indulgence. 

Menu Highlights


The Prêt-à-Portea menu is constantly changing to match the fashion trends, but currently they are doing some Alexander McQueen inspired treats amongst others, to celebrate the Savage Beauty Exhibition. 

Price

£45.00 per person, Champagne Afternoon Tea (£52.00 or £58.00)

Dietary Requirements

Gluten Free is available.

Address

The Berkeley,
Wilton Palace,
Knightsbridge,
SW1X 7RL


There's something about the idea of a burger afternoon tea that feels a little wrong, but at the same time feels so right. Granted I'm not so sure what I think of this American take on a British classic, but I'm intrigued and it does look super yummy. If you don't mind ditching the scones in favour of mini burgers, and doughnuts then this place is for you.

Menu Highlights

Mini Vanilla Milkshake
Butcher's Cut & Cheddar Cheese Slider
Mini Salt Caramel Doughnut

Price

£17.00

Dietary Information

n/a

Address

127 King's Road, 
London,
SW3 4PW

or

187 Wardour Street,
London,
W1F 8ZB


Since falling in love with the world of Alice In Wonderland as a child, I've always dreamed of attending a Mad Hatter's tea party so you can imagine how excited I was when I heard about the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson! With fun Alice in Wonderland Style crockery, and special little touches like marshmallow mushrooms and drink me potions - this is definitely unmissable!

Menu Highlights

Drink Me Potion
'Strawberries and cream' Homemade Marshmallow Mushrooms
Matcha Green Tea and White Chocolate Mousse Served In Chocolate Tea Cup

Price

Standard Afternoon tea £38.00 per person, £30.00 per child aged 4-11. 
(With champagne £48.00, With Pink Champagne £58.00)

Dietary Information

Gluten Free is available

Address

The Sanderson Hotel, 
50 Berners Street, 
London W1T 3NG


When I heard about The Charlie and The Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea at One Aldwych, I immediately felt like a child again. Just from looking at the menu, you can tell that this is any child's dream with Candyfloss aplenty and some ridiculously tasty options. Pair this with The Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Musical for the ultimate experience. 

Menu Highlights

Candyfloss
Golden chocolate egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango 
Jewelled apple tea (an exciting black tea with strawberry leaves, caramel and apple)

Price

£37.50 per person (or £48.00 including a glass of Lallier Champagne or a Cocktail Charlie), £27.50 for children under the age of 12.

Dietary Information

Gluten Free is available

Address

One Aldwych Hotel,
1 Aldwych
London
WC2B 4BZ


Even though I have lived in London all my life, something I've always wanted to do is go on a London tour bus, because despite living here for 19 years my knowledge of London is surprisingly abysmal.  When you pair a London bus tour with afternoon tea, it's definitely hard for me to resist. The tour lasts around an hour and 20 minutes (depending on traffic) passing some of London's most famous landmarks including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square. It might be a bit of a bumpy ride, but luckily tea is served in travel cups - so you don't need to worry about spillages! If buses really aren't your thing, they are also currently doing afternoon tea on the Thames (a more expensive option but perfect for boat lovers).

Menu Highlights

Scones
Macaroons
Mini Quiches

Price

For adults £45-48.00, for children (6-11) £35-38.00

Dietary Information

Gluten free, vegetarian and Halal afternoon teas are available.

Address

Departs from:

8 Northumberland Avenue,
WC2N 5BY

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The Sketch is the place to go if you're looking for a quirky, yet slightly strange experience. It's situated in a restaurant/gallery packed with unique little details. Surprisingly one of the most interesting aspects of this afternoon tea is the toilets (yes really) which are giant capsules, shaped like eggs which play the noises of birds inside. Pretty random yes, but there's no doubting it's an experience. Afternoon tea wise you can expect quirky and fun options, all served in David Shrigley's fun and utterly quirky ceramic tableware. 

Menu Highlights

Earl Grey macaroons
 Mozarella and Pesto panini
Flowering Osmanthus Tea (sweet and soothing flowering green tea hand tied around an explosive orange osmanthus flower).

Price

Standard Afternoon Tea £39.00 per person (Champagne afternoon tea also available)

Dietary Information

Gluten Free is Available

Address

Sketch,
9 Conduit Street,
London,
W1S 2XG

Thank you for reading lovelies! If you could go to any of these afternoon teas, which one would it be? Let me know in the comment section below.

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26 comments

  1. I am desperate to go for afternoon tea in London : ) the bus tour is such a fab idea! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Yeah kudos to whoever thought of it (every time I see their buses in London I want to go so badly!)

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  2. i would love to do this, i'm hopefully going in october so i'll keep these in mind :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Awesome, let me know if you come here :)

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  3. These all look amazing and I love that so many of them have gluten free options! Everyone has gone on and on about Sketch so I really wanna go!

    Aisling | aisybee.

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    1. Yeah it's really great that they do, in fact most Afternoon places seem to do they just don't always put up the information on their site.

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  4. I absolutely love the concept of tea bus tour! What a brilliant idea and it would be such a lovely experience too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Yeah especially if you don't know London very well :)

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  5. These all sound lovely! It would be wonderful to experience a real afternoon tea, we don't really have them where I live ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. Yeah I've only been to a proper afternoon tea twice, but I love making scones and tea :)

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  6. I really would love to do an afternoon tea. All the menu you showed looks so delicious!
    xoxo

    behindkaleidoscopeeyes.blogspot.it

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    1. Yeah, I know, I'm so tempted by all of them!

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  7. Burgerlicious looks amazing!! Same with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! We don't have anything like this around here!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. Ah that's a shame, I am so spoilt for choice living in London!

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  8. This is such a great post! I didn't even realise how many different types of afternoon tea there were in London! I absolutely love the look of the Alice in Wonderland and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, but my favourite is the tour bus! Thanks for sharing x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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    1. Thank you lovely! And yes there are so many different types that are super fun and unique, as well as some great traditional options too :) x

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  9. omg I just went into travel lust right now from seeing this post. ahhhh <3

    xoxo
    smudged-fingerprints.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, London is an amazing city <3

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  10. wowow. these are so cool! Who knew there was so many afternoon teas?? They're all the same in Aus.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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    1. Yeah they are really cool - and London is definitely great for a bit of variety :)

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  11. Awwwh this post is so cute.
    I have never been to afternoon tea like that in my life.
    It seems pretty expensive if you ask me. But at the same time it looks plenty of fun.
    I love the bus journey one.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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    1. Yeah it's definitely not something you just do, more like a anniversary or birthday thing that's why it's more on the expensive side.

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  12. I could honestly spend all of my money on afternoon tea, but it is SO expensive! I'm dying to go to the Berkeley though, they always seems to have the most original ideas! Really loved this post :) x

    Martha Jane | http://marthajanemusic.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah it makes me so sad how expensive it is because I love it so much! :)

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  13. They all look amazing! I'd love to try the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea - the candyfloss is such a cute touch!

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    1. Yeah I think it really makes the afternoon tea!

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