The Wonder Guide – Afternoon Tea

You can’t beat London for afternoon tea. Its quintessentially British, even the trendiest Londoners consider an essential indulgence. Its a staple for most of our special occasions and there are some fine options which range from classic formal affairs at the Ritz and The Dorchester to Champagne and Cocktail fuelled weird and wonderful experiences. So, which to choose? Take your pick from The Wonder Lists Guide to the best afternoon teas money can buy.


One vision, one afternoon tea… In a room refined by a curious mind, a touch of humour. It’s a work of art, a striking backdrop. It’s David Shrigley’s Gallery.

Afternoon Tea to catch your eye…. sketch has worked its magic, creating a menu which is sure to delight, with caviar and quail egg, these sandwiches you’ll want to devour. There are pastries too, macaroons to see you through, an assortment of cakes that are freshly baked.

sketch Classic Afternoon Tea, £59 per person
Champagne Afternoon Tea, £73 per person
Children’s Afternoon Tea, £35 per child – including Pat the Bear


Rosewood – Art

Voted as the Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea in the UK for the second year running, Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, has created a new colourful collection of pastries, inspired by the Retro art of the 70s and 80s.

Served in the elegant Mirror Room, our Retro-inspired afternoon tea includes a selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and loose leaf teas accompanied by the creative pastries. 

Be prepared to discover a sense of nostalgia inspired by Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can, Malika Favre’s retro twister, and special retro wall art. In addition to the iconic cakes, enjoy a modern take on the classics, such as Ferrero Rocher and Jaffa cakes.



Traditional afternoon tea

Savour a variety of finger sandwiches, patisserie and warm scones accompanied by Marco Polo gelée and Cornish clotted cream. Choose from 24 loose leaf teas, including regional English, rare blends and herbal infusions, served on fine, jade-and-white striped china

Children’s afternoon tea

Sandwiches and pastries, including vanilla fairy cakes and brownies, are specially made for younger guests. The menu also doubles as a colouring book.

Champagne afternoon tea

Raise a toast to tradition. A chilled glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut or Rosé gives your afternoon that extra sparkle.



Afternoon Tea at The Savoy is an enduring custom where guests can choose from a range of teas served with finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream & jam and a mouth-watering selection of seasonal cakes and pastries created by The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef. 

For what is The Savoy’s first children’s Afternoon Tea offering in its 129-year history, the iconic picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea, written and illustrated by beloved author Judith Kerr and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, will be the inspiration for a feast of teatime treats that are drawn from the tea that Sophie and her mummy shared with the visiting tiger in the story.

The Savoy’s pastry team have created a whimsical menu that will enchant children and bring delight to all grown-ups who are nostalgic for classic stories. The tea will be served on bespoke chinaware also inspired by the story and available to buy from Savoy Tea.


The Dorchester

Cosmic Afternoon Tea

To celebrate the opening of the Asprey pop-up shop at The Promenade, The Dorchester are delighted to unveil their new afternoon tea inspired by the ‘Cosmic’ jewellery collection. The celestial selection includes a ‘shooting star’ yoghurt cremeux with edible gold, and ‘stargazer’ plum mousse with gold stars. It’s truly out of this world.

Every day, January 5 – 31, 2019


The Ritz

Indulge in a slice of one of the finest British traditions and take Afternoon Tea at The Ritz.

Enjoy a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a mouth-watering range of exquisitely presented pastries and teacakes, which will be replenished on request whilst dining in The Palm Court.

As well as 18 different types of loose-leaf tea to choose from, why not sip a glass of Champagne to add some extra sparkle to the occasion.

This most charming traditional Afternoon Tea in Piccadilly, is served in the spectacular Palm Court, with glittering chandeliers and elegant mirrors, which add a light and stylish flourish to the room.

The Ritz London is the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Sommelier, Giandomenico Scanu, who travels around the world to various tea plantations to source our wonderful teas.


The Corinthia 

Illuminated by a spectacular Baccarat chandelier and accompanied by uplifting melodies from a Steinway piano, the Crystal Moon Lounge offers an idyllic atmosphere for afternoon tea.

A range of specially commissioned, hand-painted bone china by Richard Brendon, arrives laden with finger sandwiches, scones and fine pastries and cakes, while an antique Champagne trolley is wheeled to each table to initiate the afternoon tea service. 

A glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne in a decadent Baccarat crystal flute completes the indulgent experience.


The Sanderson

The Sanderson invites you to tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a tea party beyond your wildest imagination, inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland.

With menus hidden inside vintage books and teapots adorned with kings and queens, our Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is full of sweet treats and savoury delights to tantalise your taste buds. From Smoked Salmon Scotch Quails Egg and melt-in-your-mouth Ham and Parmesan Croque-Monsieur to the Queen of Hearts Rose and Strawberry Jammy Dodger, complete with the Mad March Hare Vanilla Pocket Watch Macaroon, there’s no excuse not to be late for this important date. Wash everything down with Alice’s Exotic Fruits “Drink Me” potion and a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne for good measure. And for the afternoon tea traditionalists, finish up with warm scones, clotted cream and fruit preserve, perfectly paired with Alice-inspired tea infusions. 

The Alice-inspired tea infusions are full of flavour and are sure to make your experience down the rabbit hole one that you’ll never forget.


The Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace is delighted to introduce the Winter Afternoon Tea menu created by the Head Pastry Chef, and Afternoon Tea of the Year Finalist, Chris Dodd.

This menu is inspired by the hero of the season, the rustic apple, in all its shapes and varieties. The fresh, crisp and sweet flavours of five delicious varieties of apple have been incorporated into the different aspects of the Afternoon Tea to encapsulate the best of the British winter.

Vegan option available


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