For me, England has all the time been synonymous with one factor. No, not royalty or sports activities or fish and chips; for me, it is all the time been afternoon tea.
After I deliberate my first journey to London (and later, once I took my mother for her first time), going someplace to have afternoon tea was excessive on my to-do listing. However, again then, I form of assumed that each one afternoon teas have been comparatively the identical.
And whereas it is true that the same old trappings – the recent tea, the finger sandwiches, the scones, the candy treats – are commonplace in any good afternoon tea, to say that afternoon teas are all the identical is severely doing the tea expertise a disservice.
Because it seems, afternoon tea is something however commonplace, particularly in a metropolis like London. London is aware of how one can do a memorable afternoon tea, with a number of boasting actually inventive themes that solely add to the general expertise.
On my most up-to-date journey to London, I made a decision to hunt out the good themed afternoon teas I may discover – and let me let you know, there are some distinctive ones!
The 5 finest themed afternoon teas in London
I will not mislead you: This listing was VERY troublesome to compile, not least of all as a result of many of those themed teas change incessantly. Principally, although, it was simply powerful to choose a favourite as a result of they’re all achieved so effectively!
Right here, then, are my picks for one of the best themed afternoon teas in London. (And, for those that are not being supplied any extra, I will level you in direction of the themed teas you’ll be able to attempt as an alternative!)
5. Charlie and the Chesterfield
Chesterfield Mayfair resort, Mayfair
After having tea at this charming Mayfair resort, I am now obsessive about staying right here on a future journey to London. It is inside strolling distance to Inexperienced Park (and Buckingham Palace), and has that “previous world” resort really feel with out feeling too stuffy.
I went for his or her Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing unit-themed tea, which like all afternoon teas on the Chesterfield, was served of their light-filled conservatory. The tea choice was distinctive (they’ve fairly just a few flowering teas on their menu), and I preferred the chocolate scones and Wonka-inspired candy treats, together with an Oompa-Loompa cupcake and bubblegum eclair.
The professionals: The tea choice was distinctive, the conservatory was good, and there was even reside music once I was there.
The cons: This was the least-themed of the themed teas I went to. The presentation was fairly commonplace, and I did not suppose the meals was all that particular. (Then once more, this was my fifth afternoon tea in 6 days, so possibly I used to be simply over the finger sandwiches by that time!)
Who this tea is finest for: Households with children who wish to go to a pleasant afternoon tea, however do not care if there’s an over-the-top theme.
Worth: £40 per individual
Size: 2 hours
Good to know: They’ll accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. In addition they have a youngsters’s tea for £21.50. Reserving forward is really helpful.
***This tea appears to be like to have been changed with a sweetshop-themed tea as of July 2018.**
The brand new theme is pretty comparable in that it nonetheless facilities round sweet, and you will nonetheless get to benefit from the quiet setting within the conservatory, together with the very good workers on the Chesterfield.
For those who’re nonetheless desirous about a Willy Wonka-themed afternoon tea in London, although, take a look at the one at One Aldwych in Covent Backyard. If I am being utterly trustworthy with you, the One Aldwych’s Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing unit tea was the one I actually needed to attempt, however I used to be unable to get a desk on a day that labored with my schedule. The One Aldwych tea has received awards, and likewise appears to be like prefer it’s offered in a barely extra whimsical method.
four. B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
It is debatable whether or not this one actually matches into the class of “themed afternoon teas,” however I am together with it just because it is so distinctive. Placed on along side B Bakery (AKA Brigit’s Bakery in Covent Backyard), this tea has you driving a transformed double decker bus round central London as you sip your tea and eat your scones.
With pickups at both Victoria Coach Station or Trafalgar Sq., the overall route of your tea bus tour takes you in a giant loop round Hyde Park, passing London icons like Huge Ben, Harrods, Oxford Avenue, and Hyde Park. There is a recording that accompanies your tour so you realize what you are taking a look at out the bus home windows, and the pastries particularly are actually tasty.
The professionals: It is a enjoyable solution to see a little bit of London, and also you get to go residence with a memento journey mug (because you’re on a transferring bus, your tea is not served in regular tea cups!).
The cons: You’re transferring all through your tea, so watch out when attempting to unfold the jam in your scones! The buses even have very weak air-con, so be ready for it to be heat in the event you catch London throughout a warmth wave like I did. I additionally discovered it troublesome to listen to the recorded information due to course everybody on the bus was chatting over their tea!
Who this tea is finest for: A pair on a day-date, or a bunch of lady buddies in search of a enjoyable day trip. I additionally suppose it is enjoyable for solo vacationers, because the bus tour portion is cool even in the event you’re by yourself. (Simply observe that you could’t e-book a single seat on-line – it is advisable to name to make a solo reservation.)
Worth: Beginning at £45 per grownup, although I could not discover seats for lower than £56. Seats on the highest deck are dearer, and seats on the “VIP” entrance tables begin round £66 and may go as much as £71 per grownup.
Size: 1.5 hours
Good to know: They’ll cater to vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free diets. In addition they do a gin bus tour, which is their typical afternoon tea mixed with gin cocktails. You undoubtedly NEED to e-book forward for this one, as they typically promote out – you’ll be able to e-book a seat right here!
three. Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea
Kona on the Taj, Westminster
For those who’re in search of an attractive (and attractive!) themed tea in London, you’ll be able to’t actually go mistaken with any of the choices at Kona, one of many eating places on the 5-star Taj 51 Buckingham Gate resort. For me, there was no query about which themed tea I might select: it was Sherlock Holmes all the best way!
I completely adored this tea, from the enjoyable props on my desk to the themed goodies just like the “221 B Macaroon,” which was flavored with Scotch; a stout cupcake referred to as “Watson’s Moustache,” and a smoked caramel mousse within the form of a cigar. This was not solely a scrumptious tea, however was additionally offered in such a enjoyable method.
The professionals: The meals was excellent, and I cherished the completely themed menu and ingenious presentation. This was one of many extra photogenic teas I attended.
The cons: I actually may discover no cons to this one. I cherished it!
Who this tea is finest for: A gaggle of buddies, or possibly on a elaborate date. I additionally felt like I bought extra-nice service right here as a solo tea-goer.
Worth: £40 per individual, or £45 in the event you add a glass of prosecco
Size: 2 hours
Good to know: You’ll want to e-book any of the themed teas at Kona not less than 24 hours prematurely.
However the dangerous information is…
**This tea appears to be like like it’s only operating by the top of July 2018.**
Don’t fret, although, as a result of Kona additionally has an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea, a “Jasmine Indian” tea, and likewise a model new Mary Poppins-themed tea that begins August 1 (I am unhappy I missed this one!). Try all their afternoon tea choices right here.
2. The Potion Room (Harry Potter-themed tea)
Cutter & Squidge, Soho
Harry Potter followers, rejoice! London now has a deliciously immersive Harry Potter-themed tea! You will discover this tea at a bakery in Soho referred to as Cutter & Squidge, and to easily name it a “themed afternoon tea” does not do it justice in any respect. This is not simply afternoon tea. This can be a full-on tea expertise.
You begin by taking place into the basement of the bakery, which has been remodeled into the Potion Room. You get given a cloak and a wand, and are seated at a desk earlier than you meet your Potions Grasp (or Mistress).
You then spend the following couple of hours mixing edible potions, consuming teas with names like “Elixir of Life” and “Unicorn Tears,” and geeking out as a lot as your little magical coronary heart needs. I did this one with fellow journey blogger Lauren, and it was SO FUN.
The professionals: This was the most-themed tea I attended; it is a absolutely immersive expertise, and you actually will really feel such as you’re in a Potions classroom! I used to be so impressed by the presentation, in addition to the meals – the ham sandwich, leek and potato pie, and rock desserts have been my favorites. I additionally felt like this one gave you probably the most bang to your buck due to the general expertise AND all the additional goodies which might be included.
The cons: I imply… I assume in the event you’re not an enormous Harry Potter fan this may appear a bit kitschy?
Who this tea is finest for: Anybody like me who remains to be satisfied that their Hogwarts letter bought misplaced within the Owl Publish… This one would make for a fantastic date or an outing with a Harry Potter-loving pal. I am glad I did not do that one solo, because it was undoubtedly extra enjoyable with a pal.
Worth: £49.50 per individual, and alcoholic combined drinks can be found for buy
Size: 2.5 hours
Good to know: They cater to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free wants. You’ll want to e-book effectively prematurely for this one! There are solely 15 seats within the Potion Room, and so they e-book up quick. In addition they solely provide this three occasions per day.
1. Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea
Sanderson Lodge, Fitzrovia
So are you shocked that the Harry Potter tea did not take the #1 spot? I form of was, too, to be trustworthy! However, when it comes right down to it, one other of London’s well-known themed teas barely nudged it out: the Alice in Wonderland-themed Mad Hatters Tea Social gathering on the Sanderson.
Why did this beat out the Potion Room? Nicely, as a result of I believe the Potion Room appeals to a really particular form of tea-goer (i.e. the sort who will fortunately put on a cloak and wave a pretend wand round whereas having fun with an immersive tea expertise), whereas the Mad Hatters tea has a a lot wider attraction whereas nonetheless being adorably cute and tremendous scrumptious.
The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea was the primary themed tea I attempted in London, and I used to be instantly enchanted. From the on-theme dishwear to the themed tea blends to the beautiful plate of meals that got here out, I used to be tremendous impressed with every part about this tea.
The professionals: Just about every part – the theme is carried out completely all through the entire tea, and the meals is all excellent. They’re going to additionally field up any extras so that you can take with you (as will a lot of the different teas on this listing).
The cons: The one slight draw back is that the tea is served in each the Sanderson’s restaurant and courtyard backyard, however you will not know the place you may be sitting till you get there. The courtyard could be very fairly, however in the event you’re in London throughout a warmth wave like I used to be, it could be a bit of heat!
Who this tea is finest for: Just about anybody who desires to take pleasure in a enjoyable themed afternoon tea! This might most likely be my choose in the event you needed to take children to a themed tea.
Worth: £48 per individual, £35 per youngster
Size: 2 hours
Good to know: They’ll accommodate wants for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets.
BONUS: Tea with kitties
Woman Dinah’s Cat Emporium, Shoreditch
Another enjoyable tea that I believe deserves a point out on this listing is the afternoon tea you’ll be able to have at Woman Dinah’s Cat Emporium, a cat cafe in Shoreditch. Get pleasure from a daily afternoon tea menu, however do it whereas surrounded by a bunch of kitties in Woman Dinah’s tremendous cute cafe.
You possibly can learn extra about this tea right here: A Purrfect Afternoon Tea at London’s First Cat Cafe
Professionals: Umm… kitties!! For those who love cats and would love to go to a cat cafe anyway, this can be a nice solution to do it. The meals is superb, and it is one of the vital inexpensive afternoon teas you may discover in London.
Cons: Cats are jerks, and so they most likely will not cuddle with you whenever you need them to.
Worth: £25 + cat cafe entrance payment
Size: 1.5 hours
Good to know: They’ll cater to most dietary wants, together with vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and even gluten-free vegetarian. I extremely suggest reserving this one prematurely.
Different themed teas I did not get to attempt:
And, in fact, there are different themed afternoon teas in London that I did not have the prospect to attempt (I believe 5 teas in 6 days was sufficient, guys!).
Listed here are some others that sound actually cool:
WHERE TO STAY
Listed here are some inns to take a look at which might be handy to those afternoon teas:
Charlie and the Chesterfield
Or take a look at One Aldwych for his or her Wonka-themed tea.
Teas at Kona
Harry Potter tea
Mad Hatters tea
Cat cafe tea
Have you ever ever been to a themed afternoon tea? Which of those are you going to e-book subsequent time you are in London?
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