Afternoon Tea is a fabulous British tradition but with so many restaurants, cafes and hotels offering it, sometimes at extortionate prices, it can be hard deciding which one to choose.
My mum and I love a cheeky afternoon tea and have tried a lot in the capital, some great and some mediocre, so to help others decide which one to choose I thought I would do a roundup of some of my favourite afternoon tea recommendations in London:
The Sanderson Hotel Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea
Best for: unique, pretty and tasty
The Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel in central London was one of my all time favourite afternoon teas in the city. It was so creative, fun, different to most others on the market and most of all, tasted delicious!
I went a few years ago now (you can read my original review of The Sanderson Afternoon Tea here) so since then it has gone up in price to around £58 per person, however the staff were so wonderful and the hotel so great that I would still recommend this if you could only do one afternoon tea in London.
Muriel’s Kitchen Afternoon Tea
Best for: value and relaxation
There are a few Muriel’s Kitchen restaurants dotted around London now and they offer a good range of affordable, mostly British, cuisine in pretty, modern-country surroundings. There are always seasonal salads and grilled meats for the health conscious as well as burgers, fish and chips and other classics for heartier meals. What they also do now is the Muriel’s Kitchen afternoon tea at just £15.75, one of the cheapest I have ever seen in London!
The great thing though is that it is not just affordable but also tasty and very well presented too – the teas are served on little picnic benches which are very cute. I would recommend booking at the Soho branch as I believe this one is the biggest – they have a few swinging chairs for smaller groups and plenty of space at the book for bigger group bookings. There is never usually a rush to leave either so great for a group gathering.
Best for: traditional, grandeur
Afternoon tea at The Ritz is somewhat of an institution which means that yes, it is always packed with tourists but that standards are still kept high. I chose it over the luxury Claridge’s hotel as it is a very similar experience but slightly cheaper, at £54pp as opposed to £60pp.
The Ritz operates differently to the other afternoon teas mentioned here as it has timed slots that you have to book into, so once the slot has ended you have to vacate with everyone else in that group. If you don’t mind this system then it is a beautiful place to take a completely traditional afternoon tea, surrounded by plenty of authentic crockery and usually a playing pianist. Plus when I went, the food was refillable at no extra cost, meaning you can try and make some of your money back!
You can read my original review of Afternoon Tea at the Ritz here.
Disappointing afternoon tea: Sketch
I never normally like to share negative things on the blog, preferring to focus on what I like and would recommend, but I just had to share my disappointment with the Sketch afternoon tea.
Sketch is an Instagram-lovers dream as the settings, crockery and food all scream to be photographed. However, I felt that the food let it down, especially the sandwiches which weren’t actually that nice at all. Although I do know other people that have really enjoyed it, so like all things, it is personal preference!
Are there any other amazing places in London that you have been for afternoon tea? Anywhere else you would recommend? Please let me know in the comments!
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