Want to enjoy your afternoon tea in a greenhouse? Read on. We’ve rounded up the best places in London that do afternoon tea a little differently. And, remember, booking in advance is always recommended.
You wouldn’t think this posh five-star Knightsbridge hotel would serve anything but the classic afternoon tea—but you’d be wrong. Amid the chandeliers, portraits and old world charm of the hotel’s Drawing Room, the hotel’s vegan afternoon tea option includes a selection of baked goods such as fruit scones with the usual array of preserves and veggie sandwiches like guacamole and rocket (English arugula) on white bread.
Cost: £40 per person.
Have your afternoon tea nestled among 2,000 species of plants and trees at a table in the Barbican Conservatory’s atrium. Do away with the traditional and go for food items like coconut and kaffir lime chicken and smoked mackerel and turmeric sandwiches. The Conservatory’s central location—across the street from Smithfield Market and the Museum of London—makes it the perfect rendezvous point after a day of exploring the city.
Cost: £27.50 per person (£37.50 with prosecco)
During a three-hour session at this cooking school near Oxford Circus, you’ll learn how to make your own tea as well as traditional bites such as scones, pastries, jam and preserves. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, the instructor will also show you how to make scotch eggs with quail eggs and chicken mince. Celebrate the fruits of your labour with a glass of sparkling wine.
Cost: £125 per person.
Those who just want a classic afternoon cuppa should head to the Verdi Restaurant on the first floor of Royal Albert Hall. Located close to Kensington Palace (home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and Hyde Park, Verdi serves sandwiches and sweets with traditional clotted cream and strawberry jam. Pay an extra £10 to wash it all down with an Earl Grey martini (yes, actually!). On select days throughout the summer and fall, stick around after to catch a special performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cost: £30 per person without alcohol, £40 with.