5 Unique Spots to Enjoy Afternoon Tea in London


It’s tea time! Afternoon tea is a quintessential part of English life. On your next trip to the UK, why not mix it up with some unique afternoon tea experiences in London? Let’s explore some not-so-ordinary afternoon and high tea options for your next trip.

Afternoon Tea Bus London Tours

If you’re interested in having an overwhelmingly London experience, check out Brigit’s Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus London Tours. Step aboard a double decker bus and enjoy your afternoon tea while having a tour of the city. On board, they serve a traditional selection of teas, sweets, and savories that you might expect at a proper afternoon tea. Touring the historic sites of central London while sipping tea on a double-decker bus – it doesn’t get much more London than that!

Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour by Brigit’s Bakery
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Japanese Inspired Afternoon Tea

Try a taste of the far-east with the Japanese Afternoon Tea at Ginza Onodera. Ginza infuses Japanese traditions into the more classic elements of British afternoon tea time. They offer a selection of primarily Japanese teas including matcha for their Japanese Tea Ceremony service. The tea is served with food pairings to pair with items like sushi and teriyaki on the menu as well as mochi ice cream for desert. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city to put a little Zen in your day with this exotic option.

Japanese Afternoon Tea at Ginza Onodera
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tea

Head on over to the famous Shakespeare’s Globe theater to try an afternoon tea with a Shakespearian twist at A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea at Swan. The tea is complete with dishes inspired by characters from the play with an option to add a Love Potion cocktail to your order. They also have an additional Gentleman’s menu for those who would prefer something more savory. Enjoying tea at the Globe – what a dream!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea at Swan
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High Tea with Cats in Wonderland

Calling all cat lovers! Looking for a way to combine your passion for cats with a lovely afternoon tea? Then High Tea with Cats at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium might just be for you. This cat cafe offers an immersive feline experience with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Please note that there is an entrance fee for the cat cafe, but it is included in the price of the high tea service. It’s a purrrfect way to enjoy some tea.

High Tea with Cats at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
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Experiment with Science Afternoon Tea

Sample a scrumptious experiment in food science at the Science Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand Hotel. In recognition of the hotel’s proximity to London’s Science and Natural History Museums they have decided to offer this unique take on tea time. You might be surprised by treats shaped like planets or spacemen. Alternatively, try the dinosaur biscuits or the fossil dig chocolate cake. This fun tea has a special menu for kids, so the whole family can explore together.

Science Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand Hotel
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5 Unique Spots to Enjoy Afternoon Tea in London

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Linda Talarico
Linda Talarico
Linda started her travel journey in 2009 when she left her home state of New Jersey and flew to the other side of the world. Since then, traveling the world has been her greatest passion. She has visited more than 40 countries and counting! As a co-founder of Travelitic, she looks forward to connecting with fellow travelers and helping others to make their travel dreams come true.
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7 months ago

This was absolutely awesome! I have been to London once and fell in love! I hope to return! If I do get to visit again I want to try some (or all) of these spots! I must say that photo of the tea on the bus really stood out! Thank you for sharing!

Nancy S
7 months ago

Omg this looks amazing!! Totally saving this. Will be in London in a few weeks, so this will be helpful!

Tiana Bantis
7 months ago

Omg I love all the themed high tea, never knew there were different types!

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