Afternoon Tea Week: The Best Offerings From Around The Capital 

This week is afternoon tea week, which basically means you have an excuse to treat yourself to London’s best finger sandwiches and scones. Here at Absolutely London – we are big fans of an afternoon tea, we may even be experts in the matter, if we do say so ourselves. We have rounded up our top picks from around the Capital, from The Goring to Petersham Nurseries. 

Petersham Nurseries Richmond

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The south-west London gem has recently launched their Garden afternoon tea. Perfectly pretty and set to the backdrop of nurseries gardens, the tea will include both sweet and savoury options. Guests can expect servings of crispy sourdough with prosciutto and roasted red pepper tartlets with mascarpone, as well as delicious buttermilk scones served with lashings of house-made preserves which beg the question; cream or jam first?! The menu will be available from Friday through until Sunday, from 12pm to 2.45pm. Guests can book for up to twelve people via the website.

Church Lane, TW10 7AB

Petersham Nurseries

Rotunda, Four Seasons Hotel
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For a royal experience, head to Rotunda for their Crown Jewels afternoon tea, overlooking the tower of London. Of course, all the classics are on offer: traditional finger sandwiches with fillings to include egg mayonnaise with truffle oil, coronation chicken and minted cucumber. Executive pastry chef Sylvain Goujon has created a range of pastries with a royal twist inspired by the world-famous crown jewels. Guests will be able to taste test ‘The Ruby’, a pastry crafted with chocolate, red cherry and green cardamom. The Four Seasons is world renowned for its luxury feel, and this experience is no exception to the rule – only the finest champagne will be served, including Delamotte Brut and AR Lenoble Rosé.

10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ 

The Parlour, Great Scotland Yard Hotel
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Another royal offering, Great Scotland Yard’s new afternoon tea ‘Bouquet De La Reine’ has been inspired by the Queen’s signature fragrance. Created in collaboration with Floris London, will include delicate violet leaf madeleines, rose and pistachio drizzle cake as well as a range of finger sandwiches including the decadent cheddar, gougere and Exmoor Caviar. The prestigious offering from Great Scotland Yard runs exclusively through from the 9th to the 15th of August. 

3-5 Great Scotland Yard, SW1A 2HN 

Floris

Searcys at The Gherkin
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There’s a certain feeling of happiness that comes with looking at the London skyline, much like the one you get whilst treating yourself to an afternoon tea. Combine the two with an afternoon tea experience at Searcys at The Gherkin, complete with unparalleled views across London, limitless Moët & Chandon, mini savouries and instagrammable pastries. Yes, please. 

30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP 

St Pancras Champagne bar
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Another afternoon tea offering from Searcys, this time located in the iconic St Pancras station, this is the ultimate experience for the instagram-obsessed. This afternoon tea comes packed in its very own suitcase; coming closer to a holiday than many of us this year. Visit Europe’s longest champagne bar and enjoy freshly baked scones, a selection of savouries and decadent sweet treats including the Passion fruit éclair. If all that wasn’t enough, guests will rejoice at the ‘press for champagne’ buttons that will have a glass of Veuve Clicquot swiftly delivered to the table. 

St Pancras International, N1C 4QL 

St Pancras

The Goring
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No afternoon tea roundup would be complete without inclusion of The Goring, the only luxury London hotel with Royal Warrant from the Queen. The award winning afternoon tea, served in the hotels’ luxurious veranda, comes complete with an ever changing menu of freshly baked homemade scones, soft finger sandwiches and high quality teas. Pinkies up!

15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW 

Cliveden House
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Situated slightly further afield in Berkshire, Cliveden House is worth the visit for its afternoon tea alone. Offering guests a quintessentially British experience, guests can choose from not one but two menu offerings, including the Classic Red Velvet Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Red Velvet Tea and the Veuve Clicquot Rich Red Velvet Afternoon Tea. The latter is a theatrical new experience based on the classic Champagne experience, complete with freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and delectable bite-size cakes. 

Cliveden Road, SL6 0JF

Cliveden

Mariage Frères
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Luxury French tea emporium Mariage Frères, situated in the heart of Covent Garden, have recently launched their new Summer afternoon tea menu complete with tea infused cocktails. Guests can choose between the Parisian Afternoon Tea, complete with scones and smoked salmon sandwiches infused with Paris Marais tea, or the Covent Garden option complete with scones, a delicate black olive soufflé infused with Chaï Parisian tea and smoked salmon cheesecake. The stunning Salon de Thé will leave guests feeling as if they are in Paris no matter what menu offering they choose. 

38 King Street, WC2E 8JS

The Biltmore Hotel
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Head to London’s ultimate postcode for an afternoon tea cooked up by Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton. Situated on Grosvenor Square, the afternoon tea offering from The Biltmore Hotel holds a real focus on fresh and heritage produce from across the UK. A range of traditional scones, savouries and sweets will be available, alongside a cup of freshly brewed tea from the tea trolley or a celebratory glass of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne. 

44 Grosvenor Square, W1K 2HP

Biltmore

PAUL Bakery
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Perhaps you have received the dreaded ping from the NHS app, or maybe you don’t feel like heading out this week. For those that would rather enjoy a delicious cream tea from the comfort of their own home, PAUL has launched an afternoon tea experience that will be delivered straight to your door. Available across London and Oxford postcodes as well as in the Covent Garden and Marble Arch bakeries, the selection will include freshly prepared artisan brioche sandwiches, delicate French pâtisseries and an assortment of mini macarons and scones with clotted cream and jam. 

The Landmark London
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Instagrams favourite five star hotel The Landmark is offering a their High Palms High Tea which takes place in the hotel’s eight storey glass atrium. As well as stunning surroundings, The Landmark will be providing one of England’s finest traditional afternoon teas, complete with delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked raisin and apple scones and delicious hand crafted cakes and preserves. It’s not one to be missed.

222 Marylebone Road, NW1 6JQ

The Landmark

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