By Rob Flinter
As Londoners, we love nothing more than getting dressed up and heading out to an afternoon tea to celebrate any occasion. With more afternoon teas now becoming available for us to enjoy again, it can be tricky deciding where to book first. To help you out, we thought we’d give you a list of our top London afternoon teas to try this autumn.
Chelsea Afternoon Tea at Saatchi Gallery Bar & Brasserie By Searcy’s
First up on our list, we’d recommend heading towards London’s famous Kings Road in Chelsea. Here you’ll find Saatchi Gallery Bar & Brasserie by Searcy’s who have launched a delicious Chelsea Afternoon Tea with items served on beautiful Wedgwood Wanderlust crockery.
The menu features dishes made from best of British seasonal ingredients including a John Ross Jr smoked salmon mousse with crème fraiche to start, followed by a selection of classic sandwiches and indulgent sweet treats such as a passion fruit mousse tart to finish. We’d definitely recommend browsing through the gallery before heading to your afternoon tea to work up an appetite. Bookings are essential and seating is available indoors or on the terrace.
Domenico and Alessandra’s Afternoon Tea at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Now this one you don’t want to miss. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London has launched a luxury afternoon tea by recent Bake Off: The Professional participants Domenico Camporeale and Alessandra Labarile. You’ll get the opportunity to taste some of their Signature Patisseries including the Egg Illusion and Apple dessert and even get the chance to meet both chefs themselves. The afternoon tea is served in the hotels breath-taking Executive Lounge featuring floor to ceiling windows that reveal spectacular views of iconic London landmarks including the Houses of Parliament. Kids can also join in on the fun with the children’s afternoon tea menu available for kids up to the age of 12. Domenico and Alessandra’s Afternoon Tea is available on selected weekends. Bookings are essential.
Brigit's Bakery- Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
We’re so excited to have Brigit’s Bakery- Afternoon Tea Bus Tour back on the streets of London. Your bus driver will take you on a converted Heritage Routemaster around Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament and many more top London sights. Enjoy a unique way to sightsee whilst enjoying a delicious afternoon tea on a double decker bus. This amazing experience is run by Brigit’s Bakery who offer a vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and halal menu. If you’re visiting with kids, the Peppa Pig themed afternoon tea is the perfect option. Bookings must be made in advance. Departure points include Trafalgar square and Somerset House.
Afternoon Tea by Harvey Nichols at OXO Tower Restaurant
Harvey Nichols provides the perfect afternoon tea at the OXO Tower. With a stunning backdrop of St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames, OXO Tower Restaurant is an ideal location to head to for an experience you won't forget. The afternoon tea offering is described as quintessentially British, so if you’re looking for perfectly crafted slices of egg and cress finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with pleasing dollops of jam and clotted cream and delicious treats, we’d suggest heading to this spot. Bookings must be made in advance.
Afternoon Tea on the Thames By City Cruises
Last but definitely not least, why not enjoy afternoon tea whilst sailing right through the heart of the capital. Take in the breath-taking city views from the giant panoramic windows and open-air viewing deck with Afternoon Tea on the Thames By City Cruises. The menu features a selection of delicious sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, a selection of traditional cakes and unlimited teas and coffee and soft drinks for kids, what more could you want? All bookings must be made in advance. The cruises depart from and return to Tower Pier