It’s time for indulgence to kick into overdrive. Sprinkle some cheer, some icing sugar and some bubbles. Read on for the best festive afternoon teas in London.
Make your Festive Afternoon Tea a break between shopping, or the main event, surrounded by a Winter Wonderland with lavish spreads of chocolate baubles and mulled wine jams. Try these before they’re scone. Sorry, gone.
The Lanesborough Festive Afternoon Tea
Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
A re-imagination of Christmas classics at The Lanesborough’s Afternoon Tea. Take your afternoon tea in the richly decorated dining room Celeste, highlighted with daylight streaming in from the domed glass roof and spectacular hanging chandeliers in the evening.
Until 30 December, Head Pastry Chef, Gabriel Le Quang reimagines Christmas classics with a Chocolate Christmas bauble, hazelnut snowball, Mont Blanc chestnut and blackcurrant, “Christmassy” sandwiches will comprise egg mayonnaise on turmeric bread, grilled vegetables, goat cheese on beetroot bread, turkey cranberry on cranberry bread, salmon with wasabi mayonnaise on matcha bread.. This is the way afternoon tea should be served. Sumptuous, decadent, elegant, and accompanied by a pianist.
Festive Afternoon Tea costs from £55 per person, or from £65 with a glass of Irroy Champagne. Website
196A Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EY
This is your ideal stopover for your cultural escapade through London. A stroll down to the end of Bond Street and onto Piccadilly, skip passed Fortum’s and instead find yourself in this devastatingly handsome 1922 Lutyens-designed former bank, luxury bookstore Maison Assouline. The lifestyle products on display at Maison Assouline capture the kind of literary life Prosper and Martine adore in keeping with the spirit and savoir faire of the Assouline brand. A café, afternoon tea and cocktail spot for well-heeled readers. This private library-like location provides a luxe setting for lovers of fine fashion fashion, fine design and fine travel.
The Parisian Afternoon Tea offers L’Ami Louis foie gras, followed by chocolate, hazelnut, and apricot cakes accompanied by your choice of earl grey tea and house champagne. You may even continue until cocktail hour when this bookstore becomes a favourite hidden Londoner’s spot.
Afternoon tea is £35 per person, served daily between 3 and 5.50pm. Website
Reform Social & Grill, The Mandeville Hotel
8-14 Mandeville Place, London. W1U 2BE
We have to think about the boys. In a complete cliché (which we love), Reform Social turns afternoon tea on its head and makes it a very ‘gentlemanly’ affair with a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. Welsh rarebit fingers, roast beef in Yorkshire pudding, crispy haddock fish finger with tartar sauce. Sweet treats include chai, chocolate & orange shortbread, chocolate delice, and more including classic scone favourites. Add in a whiskey, and Christmas is set for him.
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea is £26.50, with a glass of champagne £37. Website
Strand, London WC2R 0EZ
The Thames Foyer is very much the heart of The Savoy. A stunning glass dome floods this sociable spot with natural light – and beneath this, a pianist serenades guests from a winter garden gazebo. The very opulent Afternoon Tea has Festive all over it with roast turkey with cranberry chutney on walnut bread sandwiches, as well as savouries like a spiced pumpkin and ginger tartlets. The elegant selection of pastries includes a salted caramel cremeux with tatin apples, Hazelnut Macaron with vanilla ganache and textures of clementine. Enjoy it till 24 December and go all out with a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal.
The Traditional Afternoon Tea starts from £68 per person until £145 with Louis Roederer Cristal. Available until 24th December. Website
17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP
The cronut Kings have brought us their version of the Christmas Afternoon Tea. In their winter dressed terrace, enjoy a menu inspired by a forest of Christmas trees, each resembling miniature ornaments, from a little reindeer filled with chocolate mousse and caramel cremeux to a jolly Santa with orange mousse and cranberry jam, and more.
Each dish is served on handmade ceramic-tiered stand, with the savoury Christmas “trees” along the base, adorned with sweet “ornaments” as you work your way up. And don’t forget the scones with a yuletide twist! Freshly baked with delicate golden star truffles each filled with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream inside.
The Festive Tea starts ranges from £42 (the Signature) to £80 (the Splendid) and is available until December 30th. Website
194 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2ES
Biscuiteers spread Christmas cheer with their icing and creations. Their icing cafes provide just the ticket with a celebration of all things Biscuiteers. The Festive tea includes miniature versions of their most loved cakes and patisseries with iconic biscuits, freshly baked figgy scones, mini frangipane mince pies, coconut snow cakes, with tea or hot chocolate. A perfect pick me up after the bustle of Notting Hill.
The Afternoon Tea is priced at £30.00 per person. This must be booked and paid for in advance and is subject to availability. Website
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
From the moment you enter the Grand Edwardian Courtyard, you are immersed in Festive celebration. The Afternoon Tea at the Rosewood is as picture worthy as it is mouthwatering.
A Pop Art and Cubism-inspired Afternoon Tea with a special festive twist, creating colourful desserts celebrating artists such as Banksy, Damien Hirst and Mark Rothko. Think cakes disguised as Warhol’s soup cans.
Father Christmas stops by on weekends too.
The price starts from £58 with tea, £68 with a glass of Ruinart champagne. Website
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