Best unusual afternoon teas in London

Enjoy a fresh take on tradition with these fun and quirky afternoon teas in London.

Sit down to sweet treats at an interesting venue, take high tea on the move or enjoy peculiar or themed food and drink. Book a spot to enjoy a quirky afternoon tea in London with a fun twist, or look for unusual London afternoon teas among these afternoon tea deals.

1. Diptyque Afternoon Tea at Hotel Café Royal

Treat your senses to the luxurious flavours of the Diptyque Afternoon Tea, created in collaboration with the French perfumer and artist, Diptyque. Served in the Hotel Café Royal's magnificent Oscar Wilde Lounge, this unusual afternoon tea is infused with ingredients found in some of the luxury perfume brand’s most popular fragrances, from violet and lemon verbena to Tahitian vanilla.

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2. B ‘N T: Brunch Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly

Combine your most-loved brunch dishes with afternoon tea during the B ‘N T: Brunch Afternoon Tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly on Saturdays and Sundays. Sample a selection of inventive treats including a full English breakfast served in a mini Yorkshire pudding, a smoked salmon muffin and chocolate-filled eggs, while sipping on an Earl Grey-infused cocktail for a fun and quirky afternoon tea London experience.

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3. Afternoon Tea with Live Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Listen to the incredible sounds of a live operatic performance while indulging in afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall. The Verdi – Italian Kitchen hosts the music-filled afternoon tea on selected Saturdays, and serves up treats including finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and a fine selection of teas.

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4. A Midsummer Night's Dream afternoon tea at the Swan

Experience an enchanting take on the classic afternoon treat at the riverside Swan. Taking inspiration from one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, the A Midsummer Night's Dream afternoon tea features a whimsical mix of sweet and savoury elements such as flower-infused macaroons, mulberry scones and a magical Love Potion cocktail.

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5. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych

Chocolate lovers will melt for One Aldwych’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory-inspired afternoon tea. Served in the hotel’s gorgeous lobby bar, the menu features homemade candyfloss, caramel chocolate milk as well as traditional fare. Indulge in the optional extra of a Cocktail Charlie – whisky, Merlet Sœurs Cerises Cherry, grapefruit and chocolate bitters topped with champagne.  

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6. Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson

Scones, cakes and sandwiches in the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson. Image courtesy of Sanderson

Feel like you're hosting your own Mad Hatter's tea party in London with Sanderson's magical Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. You’ll thoroughly appreciate this trip down the rabbit hole, with clever touches including vintage-book menus and quirky delicacies such as a King of Hearts parmesan and ham croque monsieur, and a Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier, that scream “eat me” and “drink me”.

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7. Nordic Afternoon Tea at Aquavit

Be transported to Scandinavia through Nordic-inspired mouthfuls in Aquavit’s afternoon tea. Start with open sandwiches featuring the classic flavours of gravlax, shrimp skagen, and venison tartare, before indulging in Swedish cardamom buns and cookies.

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8. Afternoon tea at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Using the principles of New Basque cuisine, this tea at COMO The Halkin’s Michelin-starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction restaurant brings Spanish flavours to this British tradition. Tuck into tapas such as ham croquettes and garlic pintxos followed by sweet bites, from chocolate with churros to Catalan cream; all washed down with tea, cava or a gin cocktail.

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9. Charbonnel et Walker Afternoon Tea at May Fair Kitchen

Chocolate cakes and other sweet treats in May Fair Kitchen's Charbonnel et Walker afternoon tea. Image courtesy of May Fair Kitchen. Photo: Justin de Souza
Delight in treats from leading chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker as part of this sumptuous chocolate afternoon tea at May Fair Kitchen. Alongside more traditional finger sandwiches such as roast beef with horseradish, and smoked salmon with lemon butter, you’ll find chocolate truffles, chocolate scones and doughnuts with chocolate sauce. Read More
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10. Sketch Gallery afternoon tea

Enjoy a colourful afternoon tea in this fabulous venue featuring pink decor and pieces by artist David Shrigley. Sketch Gallery offers up a cornucopia of edible delights including bright cakes, fresh scones and fruit tarts as well as scrumptious finger sandwiches.

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11. Vintage open-top bus afternoon tea tour

Travel on a vintage 1950s open-top bus around London, stopping for photos at Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, you’ll cruise down the river Thames while enjoying a traditional champagne afternoon tea. It's certainly one of the best afternoon teas in London for sightseeing!

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12. The Ultimate Afternoon Tea at The Cookery School

Have a go at making your own savoury bites and sweet treats with The Ultimate Afternoon Tea course run by The Cookery School at Little Portland Street. Join friends or family in crafting a range of cakes, sandwiches, pastries and scones. At the end of your class, you’ll sit down to the afternoon tea that you’ve created with a glass of sparkling wine or some tea.

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13. Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms afternoon tea

Put together your own London afternoon tea at Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms by selecting a number of sweet and savoury options from the wide-ranging menu. Offering British classics with a twist, you’ll find everything from lobster brandy soup to maple syrup and sultana scones. There’s also a great choice of teas, from the classic Earl Grey to more unusual options such as Rooibos Tiramisu.

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14. City Cruises afternoon tea cruise

Enjoy a sedate afternoon tea on the Thames, while passing some of London’s most famous sights, on City Cruises' afternoon tea cruise. You’ll be served a selection of finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as delicious cakes accompanied by unlimited tea and coffee. The on-board bar serves a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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15. The Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea at The Gore and The Pelham

Winnie-the-Pooh themed afternoon tea with fairy cakes, macarons and tea
Bounce like Tigger to The Gore or The Pelham hotels for treats inspired by A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Savour Hunny Pops (honey parfait, white chocolate and caramel glace lollipops) and Tiggeron (passion fruit striped macarons) as part of this quirky London afternoon tea run in conjunction with the V&A’s Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition. Read More