It’s tea time!

It’s tea time!

The best places to have an afternoon tea in London

English afternoon tea cakeAfternoon tea; a British tradition, a fashionable social event, or the best way to satisfy your hunger between meals? Travelling to London you will discover that teatime is all the above and more…

Afternoon tea was first introduced by the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the year 1840. Anna Maria Russell transformed it into a late-afternoon meal between 4 and 5 o’ clock and laid the foundation stone for the new trend that would become extremely popular amongst the high society in Victorian London. By the end of the 19th century, all women of Britain’s aristocracy would spruce up during the day, in order to welcome their friends for afternoon tea and delicate savouries. Nowadays, afternoon tea is a true indulgence that is often served with a glass of Champagne and culinary delights. If you want to experience the most elegant British tradition in charming vintage tea rooms and luxurious hotels, book your cheap flights to London and get ready to enjoy some of the best afternoon teas in the capital of the UK!

Fortnum & Mason

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon opened by HM The Queen four floors above Fortnum & Mason, the legendary tea shop that has sold tea for over 300 years. Reasons to visit: 150 different tea varieties, duck egg blue teacups, a great selection of sandwiches, scones, eclairs and tarts, plus live piano music in an elegant setting. Must try: The tea, the jams, the cheese scones and the salmon sandwiches. Location & Opening hours: 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER, Monday-Saturday 12.00am-7.00pm, Sunday 12.00am-6.00pm. Prices: £44 - £48 dependent on tea.

Brown’s Hotel

The oldest hotel in London opened in Mayfair in 1837. Over the years Brown’s witnessed important historical events, hosted eminent guests and served the creme de la creme of London society, including Queen Victoria and novelist Rudyard Kipling! Reasons to visit: the old-school glamour decor of the Tea Room, the healthy and delicious recipes, the well informed, experienced waiters, the location, close to some of the most important attractions in London. Must try: The macaroons, the chocolate mousse, the black coffee tiramisu, the smoked mackerel. Location & Opening hours: Albermarle Street, W1S 4BP, Monday-Sunday 12.00am-6.30pm. Prices: £45 - £62.50 with a glass of Champagne.

English afternoon tea snacks

Claridge’s

Claridge’s has been serving afternoon tea for over 150 years. The favorite tea spot in London for the reach, famous and royals, boasts a luxurious art deco lobby, specially blended teas from the Rare Tea Company and divine pastries. Reasons to visit: Claridge’s is perfect in any way and little details make all the difference. Linen-clad tables, live piano and cello music, amazing stuff and service, are some of the hotel’s highlights. Must try: The organic chicken sandwich, the warm scones with Cornish cream, the chocolate choux and the limited edition tea collection including rare teas such as the “Second Flush Muscatel Darjeeling” and “Tregothnan Earl Grey”, the first ever English tea! Location & Opening hours: Brook Street, W1K 4HR, Monday-Sunday 2.45pm-5.30pm. Prices: £58 - £78 with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rose champagne.

Some other great tea spots in London

If you plan to spend a lot of time in London, don’t miss the Thames Foyer at the Savoy, the Promenade at the Dorchester and the Aqua Shard. If you love panoramic views and Asian food, an alternative to the British Afternoon tea is served in the Ting Restaurant Shangri-La at the Shard. Tip for Travelers: Due to the growing popularity of afternoon tea, it is strongly advised to make online reservations right after you book your cheap flights to London.