Afternoon tea is a pretty inoffensive affair, built around the genteel consumption of finger sandwiches, scones, and a few polite little pastries. In celebration of Afternoon Tea Week, we take a look at 5 of London’s leading Afternoon Teas. From affordable to innovation, we have something for everyone.

Afternoon Tea; Roald Dhaal

Afternoon Tea; The Witches chocolate mice

Roald Dahl 100 Afternoon Tea, Aqua Shard

Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with afternoon tea at Aqua Shard, who have crafted a sumptuous menu in tribute to the treasured author. The menu is presented as a book, where guests can read the menu whilst they nibble on the edible pages.

On the menu, you can find a selection of savouries, freshly baked scones, and other homemade cakes and sweet treats. The savouries include a BFG Breakfast Sandwich, Mr Twit’s bird pie and Pelly’s favourite smoked salmon sandwich, followed by golden raisin scones with home-made jam worms and jersey clotted cream.

However, the real highlight of the menu will be the homemade cakes and sweet treats. Feast on the Roly-Poly Bird choux bun, notsobig crocodile white chocolate egg, The giant peach meringue, the witches chocolate mice, and The Grubber Sweet Shop giant wangdoodles. And if that doesn’t leave you full enough to burst Violet Beauregard-style, all tea-takers will be gifted with a golden chocolate bar to take home.

Adorable and totally unique, this experience will be too good to miss.

Afternoon Tea; Ham-yard-hotel 03

Afternoon Tea; Ham-yard-hotel

Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

The Ham Yard Hotel is a stylish hotel located in the heart of Soho, offering a fabulously affordable afternoon tea offer. Savouries arrive on a neon pink triple-tiered stand, without a traditional sandwich insight. The menu changes weekly; when we paid them a visit it was filled with sliders full of sticky pulled oxtail, flatbreads with welsh rarebit, and butter-fried toast with sautéed mushroom and cheese. The top tier comes brimming with clotted cream, raspberry and strawberry jam, which are put to good use on a selection of mini fruit and plain scones.

Afternoon tea concludes with a selection of pastries, including a glace cherry macaroon, banana cheesecake, and a chocolate cupcake. After tea, we strongly suggest taking a wander around the hotel itself, which offers great nooks to explore including a plush ground floor bar, rooftop garden, cinema, and an original ’50s bowling alley.

Priced at just £21.00 per person, this is incredible value for money. 10/10

Afternoon Tea; Rabott 1745

Rabot 1745

With views overlooking the vibrant Borough Market, Hotel Chocolat Rabot 1745 is a unique restaurant and bar named after a cocoa plantation in St Lucia. The restaurant boasts a chic style with interiors built from reclaimed wood and materials. Their terrace also overlooks Borough Market, which offers a beautiful setting to enjoy Afternoon Tea.

The menu is made up of traditional afternoon staples with an innovative cocoa twist. The savoury selection is made up of rare beef and white chocolate horseradish, Cocoa gin-cured salmon and avocado open sandwich and the Rabot chicken club sandwich with chocolate aioli.

Baked goods follow, with a chocolate and orange scone with a cocoa whip and homemade banana bread. A selection of ‘sweets’ and made-on-site tasting chocolates finish off the experience, which can be washed down with a glass of Prosecco if you wish.

For £20 (£25 with Prosseco), it’s a bargain.

Afternoon Tea; Magazine Restaurant

Magazine in Bloom at The Magazine Restaurant

Magazine In Bloom’s Afternoon Tea menu is inspired by the beauty and ingredients in the surrounding Kensington Gardens, where the chefs have the opportunity to utilise the seasonal British botanicals.
Start your afternoon tea with their selection of savoury bites topped with delicate British botanicals. Highlights include a rainbow trout ceviche with cucumber and black Angus beef tartare with aromatic black truffle. A rich and creamy goats curd comes served on a charcoal wafer and topped with a dainty blue borage whilst others include a chive cream cheese and an avocado mousse on toasted brioche. Sweet treats include a ‘flat white’ chocolate dessert sprinkled with pistachio with a nice crunchy texture and a mini lemon verbena meringue had a lovely zesty flavour and buttery pastry. Don’t forget to leave room for the Buttermilk Scones with Cornish vanilla clotted cream and rhubarb & strawberry jam – they’re worth it.

Enjoy all of this for just £25.00.

Afternoon Tea; Hoi Polloi 02Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

Hoi Polloi

This is as far from a pinky-in-the-air, hushed-drawing-room afternoon tea as you can get. The Ace Hotel hangout is the place to come if you like your Earl Grey served with a twist of Shoreditch cool. The staff are dressed in chic Gaultier-style Breton stripes and there’s a funky upbeat soundtrack to tempt you to stay long into the evening. The crowd is a mix of grown-up hipsters and cool out-of-towners taking a break from shopping the High Street’s boutiques, which adds to the buzz.

The menu still serves dainty cucumber sandwiches to appease the purists and scones as big as side plates. Tea is served in lovely Deco-style pots that echo the restaurant decor – warm wood panelling, low-slung leather banquettes and brass light- shades. The artful fancies are cherry and chocolate and lemon tart and come presented on a fun cake stand rather than in
traditional tiers.


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