Afternoon Tea is a most British of pastimes, and every visitor to London should experience it at its finest.
A traditional English afternoon tea is a light meal eaten between the hours of four and six pm, and harks back to a time when only two main meals were served throughout the day, namely breakfast and a late supper.
The custom of taking afternoon tea became popular amongst Britain’s wealthier classes in the 1840’s, and to this day it is enjoyed by many, despite lunch being de rigueur for most. A proper English afternoon tea is comprised of an immaculately laid table, fine china teaware, tiny gourmet finger sandwiches, freshly baked sweets and pastries, and fresh, warm scones with jam and clotted cream. Tea is freshly brewed to perfection.
London is home of the traditional afternoon tea, and guests staying at our London serviced apartments in Marylebone are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a location for the very best afternoon teas the city has to offer.
The Ritz has served a world famous, sophisticated and elegant afternoon tea since 1906. Served in the Palm Court of this illustrious hotel, the Ritz offers an afternoon tea that is second to none in taste, service, and gourmet offerings. A champagne afternoon tea is also available for those who wish to take their celebration of the custom to the next level.
Brown’s Hotel is a historic five star hotel in Mayfair that dates from 1837, and Queen Victoria herself took tea here. It also inspired Agatha Christie’s novel At Bertram’s Hotel. This English Tea Room offers a traditional afternoon tea as well as a lighter, more health-conscious Tea-Tox menu, and a seasonal celebratory Agatha Christie Afternoon Tea and a Chocolate Week Afternoon Tea.
Claridge's is another iconic London hotel situated 10 minutes walk from our Marylebone Serviced Apartments in Mayfair, and has famous European royal connections. This five star hotel provides an extremely elegant setting for sophisticated and stylish afternoon teas. Served in the Art Deco Foyer, afternoon tea is a daily event and one which this hotel has fine-tuned to perfection. The tea selection is unparalleled and the overall experience is magical. Choose between Classic Afternoon Tea, Children’s Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, or a Festive Afternoon Tea during the Christmas Season.
The Goring has repeatedly been voted by patrons and critics as providing The Best Afternoon Tea in London. The hotel, like others mentioned above, is a London icon and it has been owned by a single family for three generations. With numerous royal connections, it is close by Buckingham Palace. It is “impeccably English”, and as such offers a premium, creative afternoon tea experience, taken in The Terrace, on The Verandah, or in The Lounge.
Make sure to book well in advance when you have selected your afternoon tea venue – premium locations book up early. Dress accordingly to reflect the occasion: afternoon tea has a formality and many establishments will not accept patrons wearing jeans, singlets, runners, or other casual attire.