Looking for an afternoon out with the girls? Perhaps you've got an eye for a classic high tea. Or maybe one with a twist?
Whatever your agenda, we’ve got an option for you in the city that's known for its avid drinking culture. Tea, that is.
All prices have been converted to Australian dollars to give you an idea of cost. These are correct as of 17 January 2019.
Best for sightseeing: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour from Viator
Tourists and locals alike will adore this afternoon tea that could not get any more British. Spend an hour and a half taking in the sites of London on a classic red double-decker bus while enjoying delicious treats from B Bakery.
Location: Departs from Victoria Coach Station or Northumberland Avenue.
Includes: Three-course afternoon tea, insights and trivia commentary, tea or coffee and a souvenir drinking cup.
Partake in a lovely afternoon in the elegant Milestone Hotel where barons and ambassadors once enjoyed their high tea. Dating back to 1689, this traditional high tea experience has all of the required fancies and includes a Little Prince and Princess menu for the kids.
Location: The Milestone Hotel.
Includes: Traditional high tea, sweet and savoury finger foods and tea.
Best for architecture: The Palace of Westminster from Viator
Learn the incredible history of the Palace of Westminster as a professional guide shows you around. Afterwards, take in the view of the River Thames from the palace terrace while you enjoy a traditional high tea.
Location: Parliament Square.
Includes: VIP tour of the Palace of Westminster with an expert guide and traditional high tea on the palace terrace.
Best for garden lovers: Kensington Palace Orangery from Viator
Surrounded by the well-groomed Kensington Gardens is the Palace Orangery. With its high ceilings and impeccable service, here you can enjoy a classic high tea. Tack on a trip to Kensington Palace, which has been home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, or hop in a black cab to tour the area before your meal.
Location: Departs from Central London.
Includes: Local guide, transport, high tea and entrance to all gardens on the tour.
Best for tourist sites: The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames from Viator
Treat yourself to a tour around London covering some of the most iconic city sites such as the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. Take some time to relax on a river cruise and then enjoy tea at Harrods or on the London Eye for some of the city’s best views.
Location: Departs from Victoria Coach Station.
Includes: Tours of the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral, a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames, a changing of the guard ceremony, transportation and cream tea with a glass of sparkling wine.
At this high tea experience, the sight of your sweet and savoury treats is just as good as the view. Look out over London and its most famous sites from the height of the Shard.
Location: Ting, Shangri-La at the Shard.
Includes: A selection of sweet and savoury foods, scones, signature teas and a glass of sparkling wine.
Cost: £52 ($92.50).
Best for a decadence: The Ritz
Afternoon tea at The Ritz is a truly elegant experience. Diners can relax in the Palm Court where decorations sparkle and glitter around you from the chandeliers and mirrors. The Ritz is also the only hotel in the UK to have a certified tea sommelier. How’s that for luxury?
Location: The Ritz London.
Includes: Selection of 18 tea blends, an assortment of finger sandwiches and desserts and freshly baked scones.
Cost: £58 ($103.18).
Best for traditional high tea: The Savoy
One of the best places in the city to savour an afternoon tea is at The Savoy where guests are treated to traditions that date back to 1840. Natural light fills the Thames Foyer restaurant, which features a large dome-shaped atrium and a pianist playing during the day for the ultimate high tea experience.
Location: Thames Foyer, The Savoy.
Includes: Selection of traditional sandwiches, delicate pastries, plain and raisin scones and your choice of 30 different tea options.
Cost: £65 ($115.63).
Best for elegance: Fortnum & Mason
Famous for its daily-baked scones, Fortnum & Mason is the ideal place to try teas from every corner of the globe. From elegant teaware to Battenberg cake that has been served since 1926, this is one place true to tradition.
Location: Fortnum & Mason.
Includes: Selection of finger sandwiches, Fortnum’s famous scones, afternoon cakes and your choice of Fortnum's famous tea blends.
Cost: £52.50 ($193.39).
Best for charm: Claridge's
Claridge’s continually receives awards for being one of the top places for high tea in London. Traditional, champagne and children’s afternoon teas are served with charm, darling teaware and Instagram-worthy food.
Includes: Selection of traditional finger sandwiches, plain and raisin scones, handmade pastries and your choice of 24 different tea options.
Cost: £65 ($115.63).
Best for fashion: The Berkeley
Fashion lovers and those who want a unique high tea in London, look no further. High tea at The Berkeley is unlike any other, with all of the food inspired by fashion and notable trendsetters. The treats and sweets are freshly designed every six months to keep up with the latest catwalk trends. Hot tip: This high tea is bottomless, so if you run out of your first load of treats, you can ask for seconds.
Location: The Berkeley.
Includes: Selection of finger sandwiches, savoury treats, cakes, biscuits and tea.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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