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Tuck into a festive afternoon tea with our contenders for the best Christmas afternoon tea London has to offer over the holiday season.
Christmas afternoon tea in London 2021 ranges from the opulent to the downright quirky – so get your Insta game face on, ready your tastebuds and be prepared for indulgent treats between Christmas shopping sprees.
1. Winter Wonderland Afternoon at The Rubens at the Palace
Enjoy bottomless mulled wine as part of The Rubens at the Palace’s Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea*. Created by Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Houghton, who was a finalist in 2021 Bake Off: The Professionals, the tea includes seasonal takes on traditional delights, which you can devour as you gaze out at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. 15 Nov-2 Jan
2. B Bakery Christmas afternoon tea bus tour
Check out some of the dazzling London Christmas lights aboard a festive version of the B Bakery Christmas Afternoon Tea bus tour. Enjoy finger sandwiches, choux pastry with pistachio cream and cherry coulis and more tasty bites. Then, sit back and enjoy the view with a cup of hot chocolate or, for a little extra, a gin cocktail, mulled wine or champagne. 15 Nov-9 Jan
3. Claridge's Christmas afternoon tea
Marvel at Claridge's magnificent Christmas tree before tucking into its Festive Afternoon Tea in the Foyer & Reading Room. Be serenaded by carols as you indulge in champagne, specially selected teas and seasonal treats including Christmas pudding stirred by the whole pastry team as part of an annual tradition. 8 Nov-3 Jan
4. Festive Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly
5. Christmas afternoon tea at The Ritz London
Spark that festive feeling with The Ritz London's Christmas Afternoon Tea in the iconic Palm Court, which is dressed in an Edwardian theme for the Christmas season. As well as delicious finger sandwiches, mince pies, seasonal pastries and cakes, you’ll be treated to a glass of champagne (or a teddy bear for children) and classic carols for a magical experience. 20 Nov-30 Dec
6. Sketch Christmas afternoon tea
Step into Sketch’s winter wonderland, as you explore its snowy decorations and listen to music from a sting ensemble while enjoying a Christmas afternoon tea in the famous pretty pink Gallery. Delve into the likes of truffle brioche bun, yule log, cranberry Battenberg cake, and scones served with fig jam. 17 Nov-6 Jan
7. Festive Afternoon Tea at InterContinental at The O2
Taking a trip on the Emirates Air Line cable car or shopping at ICON Outlet at The O2? Make it a day to remember by tucking into a Christmas-themed afternoon tea in the Meridian Lounge at the InterContinental at The O2. Savour views over Greenwich as you bite into themed fare such as clementine and cardamom choux, and cranberry scones. From 1 Dec
8. Festive Afternoon Tea at The Orchid Lounge at Pan Pacific London
9. Festive Afternoon Tea at The Connaught
Spoil yourself with Festive Afternoon Tea in London at Jean-Georges at The Connaught. Snack on the likes of a blackberry and chestnut biscuit, roast turkey and chestnut sandwiches and an almond tart with chestnut and blackberry, alongside a glass of champagne or a festive mocktail. 24 Nov-3 Jan
10. Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at London Hilton on Park Lane
Reward yourself after a shopping spree in Mayfair with a creative Christmas afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant, housed within London Hilton on Park Lane. Full of quirky treats, such as a chocolate Christmas tree, mulled wine bauble and passion and coconut log, it’s definitely one for the ‘gram. 3 Dec-1 Jan
11. Festive Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
12. Alpine Afternoon Tea at Ting at Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard
Start Christmas on a high, as you head to the 35th floor of The Shard for a decadent afternoon tea. Ting at the Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, puts a twist on its usual offering, with Austrian-inspired pastries and Black Forest gateau alongside savouries and scones. 8 Nov-27 Feb
More Christmas in London ideas
Make a whole day or weekend of it by booking a spot for Christmas shows, exploring London's Christmas shopping hotspots, seeing the fabulous Christmas lights, discovering twinkling Christmas trees or delving into the many stalls at London Christmas markets. Or tour London any beyond with a special festive tour.