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happydays99 Feb 27th, 2019 07:47 PM

Where is the best afternoon tea in London ??
 
Have looked at many hotels in London for afternoon tea for November, all look beautiful and roughly the same price,
have you been and what did you think ??
:) :)

Pepper_von_snoot Feb 27th, 2019 08:15 PM

Brown's Hotel

The Wolseley

Thin🤴

janisj Feb 27th, 2019 10:32 PM

Any will be great. From the Ritz, to the Goring, to the Marriott County Hall (terrific river views from the tea lounge), to the Wolseley, to the Jubilee Tea Lounge at Fortnum & Mason, to the Langham, to Claridges, to the Shangrii-La in the Shard (Gobsmacking views!) to the Savoy, to Brown's

(I've had afternoon tea at all of the above - the Ritz and F&M several times each)

geetika Feb 28th, 2019 03:41 AM

I loved both the Savoy and Goring, F&M not as much, though the others with me enjoyed it greatly. I also took my niece to a Mad Hatters themed afternoon tea, which was kind of fun...😃

socaltraveler Feb 28th, 2019 07:31 AM

Staying in Kensington in October. Best tea nearby?

Pepper_von_snoot Feb 28th, 2019 10:37 AM

I would go to the cafeteria in the V & A for tea. It is free to get in. You can get some tea and scones and sit in the William Morris room. Will only cost a few quid.

Afterward, you can buy a lovely bookbag in the gift shop.

Thin

janisj Feb 28th, 2019 12:14 PM

socaltraveler: What sort of thing are you looking for? For instance the V&A is perfectly fine -- (I eat there most times I visit the museum). But it IS really just a cafeteria in an historic setting. There is absolutely no 'Afternoon Tea Experience' at all. You carry a cup of tea and scones on a tray into the various seating rooms and hope to find a seat. If you merely want tea/scones/whatever that is one thing, if you want posh afternoon tea - that is a totally different animal.

I wouldn't worry about a place being near where you are staying -- You will be out and about sightseeing so you could have tea anywhere. If it is one of the posh tea venues mentioned up thread -- they mostly must be booked well ahead. One place right in Kensington tough is the Orangery at Kensington Palace.


Tulips Feb 28th, 2019 12:54 PM

The Wallace Collection; very nice afternoon tea in the courtyard - it's covered, not outside. Lovely museum too...

socaltraveler Feb 28th, 2019 07:27 PM

Thanks for all the information. How far ahead would you recommend booking?

janisj Feb 28th, 2019 07:41 PM

It depends on which venue - places like the Ritz, Claridges, the Shangri-La set aside a lot of time slots for guests staying in the hotel, so booking a 2 or 3 months ahead is often necessary. Other places 2 or 3 weeks is usually fine.

isleofwightorg Mar 1st, 2019 04:33 AM

Afternoon Tea + what you will need to fill up after!
 
If you are looking for high tea like a local - saunter through Mayfair and Piccadilly to Fortnum and Masons - it may not fill you up but you are only a stone's throw from Chinatown if you get my drift. Also I would skip the tea and head over to South Kensington for a delicious crepe at the Kensington Creperie - again move like a local and enjoy the atmosphere near museum mile. Or if you want to really keep it real venture north to Ladbroke Grove and get one of the best kebabs ever at Fez Mangal - I think I probably telling you what I enjoy as a born and bred Londoner more than recommending afternoon tea :)

socaltraveler Mar 1st, 2019 07:07 AM

Not the OP but I do thank you all for your recommendations. I did notice that British Museum serves an afternoon tea; we are not the posh hotel type so perhaps we will stop in there for a cup on our museum exploring day. Certainly plenty of options to explore.

Odin Mar 1st, 2019 07:56 AM

<<If you are looking for high tea like a local >> High tea is something different to afternoon tea. High tea means dinner, shortened to just “tea” as in “I’m just having my tea” means “I’m just having my dinner”.

Underhill Mar 1st, 2019 03:26 PM

Another vote for Brown's, but the Ritz is also good and would suffice. Brown's is a bit homier.

Bellarosa70032 Mar 1st, 2019 05:15 PM

I did a lot of research and endless watching of YouTube videos concerning this, since my granddaughter is a vegan. We are going to try B Bakery in Covent Garden; I hear they also have a river cruise and a bus tour in which they serve tea. Can anyone chime in on any other places that has both vegan (and regular) afternoon tea?

janisj Mar 1st, 2019 05:49 PM

If you contact (in advance) any of the high end venues the will cater to dietary requirements.

janisj Mar 1st, 2019 05:52 PM


Originally Posted by Underhill (Post 16880978)
Another vote for Brown's, but the Ritz is also good and would suffice. Brown's is a bit homier.

The Ritz is ANYTHING but 'homey'. I personally don't go to London for 'homey' - I go for over the top posh.

crefloors Mar 1st, 2019 07:08 PM

Hmm tried replying the way I usually do and I can't. Let me try this. Just wanted to say the I really like Fortnum and Mason and it's just a nice way to end the day.

I couldn't post a quick reply I had to do it a different way. Issues?

janisj Mar 1st, 2019 07:21 PM

Crefloors: that is a glitch with this particular thread and has been reported. They are 'working' on it.

KayF Mar 1st, 2019 07:51 PM

We were in London in September and had a lovely afternoon tea at Ham Yard Hotel. I didn't want to spend a fortune and we also didn't have nice clothes to dress up in. Some venues I looked at have a strict dress code but not at Ham Yard. The dining area is lovely, service was good and we enjoyed the food. The waitress offered to box up what we couldn't finish. Just an aside - the owner of the hotel designed the Wedgewood china used for afternoon tea.
https://www.firmdalehotels.com/hotel...afternoon-tea/

We did have afternoon tea at The Ritz years ago and the room where it is served is absolutely beautiful. Cost though, is 2 or 3 times what Ham Yard charge for similar food and drink.

Kay

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Ham Yard Hotel afternoon tea


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