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Enjoy Lavish Afternoon Tea at Six Boutique Hotels in London

Enjoy Lavish Afternoon Tea at Six Boutique Hotels in London


Care for a spot of tea? While touring the grand city of London, you can get a taste for a true British past time with The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, renowned for impeccable service and generous hospitality. With six family-run, boutique hotels located in London’s best areas, Red Carnation provides the most unique afternoon tea experiences with individually-designed rooms, original menus and themed tea events. From the charming hotel décor to a decadent menu of sweets, sandwiches and signature dishes from Red Carnation’s founder and president, Beatrice Tollman, you’ll enjoy every sip of tea at your leisure.

Guests can choose from a vast selection of brews from around the world while dining in the finest surroundings, such as a magnificent view of Buckingham Palace or a peaceful, elegant scene of the Bloomsbury gardens.

View the palace and become a tea expert: 

Photo courtesy of The Milestone Hotel & Residences

Highly commended at the 2018 Afternoon Tea Awards, The Milestone Hotel and Residences serves its tea in stylish and elegant settings that overlooks the magnificent Kensington Palace Gardens. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine while dining on delicious finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats such as home-made ginger cakes and chocolate éclairs. At Cheneston’s, one of the hotel’s restaurants, you’ll be struck by the fine traditional décor, rich mahogany furniture, warm wood paneling and the abundance of natural daylight pouring in from Victorian leaded windows. For a more private affair, you can enjoy your tea in the circular Oratory, with its ornate vaulted ceiling and wood paneling. For the Milestone Tea Academy themed tea time, you’ll perfect the art of tea making with a tutorial by one of the hotel’s Tea Ambassadors. Guests will sample six single estate teas appropriately paired with a sweet treat and an informative guide to the teas you have tasted.

Relax with tea time in the gardens:

Photo courtesy of Montague on the Gardens Hotel

There’s nowhere better to savor a traditional afternoon tea than overlooking peaceful gardens in the heart of London. Just steps away from the British Museum, The Montague at the Gardens in Bloomsbury allows to guests relax with friends for tea on a sunny afternoon on the Garden Terrace with al-fresco dining, and indulge on a selection of a sweet treats and an extensive choice of teas. The Montague gives proper respect to its ritual while offering some intriguing variations on the original. The hotel’s Safari Afternoon Tea will give you a taste of Africa with unique finger sandwiches including African spiced chicken and apricot and an array of tempting treats including a coffee flavored Giraffe macaroon with toasted coconut mousse, banana meringue, and an extensive selection of traditional, flavored, aromatic, fruit and green teas. The tea is also served with a signature Leopard Cocktail – made with Amarula cream liquor and decorated with leopard spots and paw print.

Experience tea like a royal:

Photo courtesy of The Rubens at the Palace

Feel like a king or queen during afternoon tea at The Rubens at the Palace, London’s closet hotel to Buckingham Palace. The hotel’s Palace Lounge overlooks the Royal Mews of the palace and serves pastries heavily influenced by Royal events and dining trends throughout the centuries. The tea is inspired from Her Majesty the Queen’s, the House of Stuart, Prince William and Prince Harry. Guests can watch the comings and goings of the royal carriages while sipping a warm cup of tea and dine on gin and tonic cheesecake, English rose macaroons, and lemon curd and poppy seed cupcakes. The pastry kitchen is led by a talented Executive Pastry Chef who produces the freshest pastries and cakes with fresh twists along the way. Little Princes and Princesses will also receive the royal treatment at The Rubens with a dedicated children’s menu.

Fancy your sweet tooth: 

Photo courtesy of Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel

Another hotel highly commended at the 2018 Afternoon Tea Awards, The Chesterfield Mayfair serves a themed afternoon tea that will delight you with traditional sweet shop flavors. The Original Sweetshop, inspired by Hardy’s Original Sweetshop, rediscovers old favorites and the excitement of finding something new and scrumptious. Fix your sweet tooth with candies such as peanut butter cups, licorice, apple drops, lollipops and Coca-Cola slices. If you’re not in the mood for sweets you can also savor freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade scones and a selection of delicious cakes and pastries. Perhaps add a glass of Champagne to your Afternoon Tea to give the occasion added sparkle.

Try vegan tea with your four-legged friends:

Photo courtesy of The Egerton House Hotel

For those who wish to enjoy tea with their pets, The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge allows you to tag your four-legged friends along for a Doggy Afternoon Tea. Canine guests will feast on an array of treats including meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits, and dog-friendly ice cream. If you want to try something different from traditional tea, the hotel’s Vegan Afternoon Tea lets you choose from the finest leaf teas along with homemade vegan sweets such as iced chocolate brownies, vanilla and coconut sponge, lemon drizzle cakes, fruit and custard tartlets and vanilla cupcakes. You can also enjoy vegan sandwiches, including grilled vegetables on granary baguette, guacamole and rocket on white bread, chickpea coronation on granary bread, cucumber on brown bread and tomato and olive tapenade on sun-dried tomato bread.

Tea with an essence of South Africa:

Photo courtesy of 41 Hotel

For a more exotic setting, guests can enjoy afternoon tea at 41 Hotel’s safari-chic bar and restaurant, a wonderful South African themed venue sporting vintage photographs of big game, ethnic carvings, leopard spotted lampshades and polished zebrano wood table tops. If you prefer a traditional tea setting, relax at the Executive Lounge while admiring the sophisticated black and white décor, black leather sofas and exquisitely polished wood furnishings. Afternoon tea menu includes traditional and amarula scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, Victoria sponge cake with strawberry jam and cream, chocolate brownie, lemon cheesecake, carrot cake with orange zest cream cheese, and a passion fruit and mandarin tart.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Jerry and Fiona
    February 24, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Cucumber sandwiches and sponge with your tea – classic! Folks on that side of the pond usually enjoy their tea with milk, however I could never really get into that.

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      I’m not much of a tea drinker in general but I love the whole afternoon tea dining experience!

  2. Mei and Kerstin
    February 25, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Wow! If only we had read this post before visiting London last December! We were looking for a place to have an afternoon tea but all the places were fully booked. Probably because it was right after Christmas, so there were still many tourists in London. Next time we visit the British capital, we will definitely go to the Montague, especially since it’s not far away from the British Museum, our favorite place in London!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      February 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Yes, now you know about quite a few for your next visit 🙂

  3. Catherine
    February 25, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Sign me up. You know how to live !

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Ha, I certainly enjoy the finer things in life!

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