Enjoy A Traditional British Afternoon Tea In London With A Festive Twist This Christmas
Christmas Afternoon Teas in London
As soon as the Christmas lights shine brightly and festive cheer circulates the city, afternoon tea in London also starts to change with the season. Here’s our pick of the best festive teas in London this Christmas.
Podium at London Hilton on Park Lane
Savour seasonal treats at LondonHilton on Park Lane’s stylish eatery, Podium, this Christmas. ItsJoyous Afternoon Tea includes savoury bites such as sandwiches filled with honey roast ham and Pommery mustard; prawn cocktail and baby gem lettuce, and smoked salmon with horseradish.
The carefully crafted cakes have charming festive designs and include a gingerbread man, strawberry citrus parfait and passion fruit pannacotta. You can also delight in a range of pastries plus chocolate chip, raisin and plain scones served with praline chocolate spread, clotted cream and jam.
Each tea is served with a choice of tea blends and infusions. If you want to make the afternoon tea even more special, you can opt to have it served alongside a bottle of champagne for a little extra – the perfect festive treat! Available 1 December to 4 January and priced at £36 per person (£46 per person with champagne).
Homage Restaurant at The Waldorf Hilton
Try some unique seasonal offerings as part of The Waldorf Hilton’s Festive Tea. Whether you’re tucking into chestnut and brandied prune sponge cake with honeycomb frosting, savouring the Christmas chocolate and cranberry roulade, or dipping your spoon into a mulled wine and vanilla raspberry trifle shot, you’ll soon be in the festive mood.
The seasonal tea is accompanied by a range of Twinings teas and infusions, and is served in its relaxing Homage Restaurant – the perfect respite from a Christmas shopping spree in nearby Covent Garden. Available 23 November until 31 December (excluding 25 December) and priced at £38.50 per person (£47.50 with champagne)
London Marriott Hotel County Hall
Take your seat in The Library, overlooking the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament, forLondon Marriott Hotel County Hall’s Christmas afternoon tea. Enjoy free-flowing bubbles, cured salmon and dill crème fraîche sandwiches, mince pies and spiced Christmas biscuits, to name but a few. Available 29 November to 4 January (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve) and priced at £40 per person.
The Georgian at Harrods
Shopping for Christmas gifts at Harrods in Knightsbridge? There’s no better time to treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea at The Georgian restaurant. From 6 November, afternoon tea is transformed to include light Christmas touches such as turkey finger sandwiches with spiced pear chutney, sausage and red cabbage tartlets, snowflake Christmas cake, and meringue snowmen. The festive afternoon tea is £42 per person, £56 with champagne.
Scoff & Banter
Get in the festive spirit with a seasonal tea at Scoff & Banter. With locations across the city, you’ll never be far from its selection of Christmassy treats, such as roast turkey with herb stuffing sandwiches, cranberry and candied orange scones, and mince pies. Available 24 November until 31 December (excluding 25 and 26 December) and priced at £21.50 per person (£29.50 with a glass of prosecco).
Thames Foyer at The Savoy
This Christmas, take tea beneath the stunning glass dome of the Thames Foyer at The Savoy in Central London. As a pianist serenades you from a winter garden gazebo, sip from an extensive range of teas, nibble on duck and chicken confit with chestnut and cranberries, and struggle to decide which to eat first: the lemon curd “Santa’s favourite” yule log or the “Exotic Bauble” crumb and dark chocolate mousse. The Christmas afternoon tea is £55 per person and served from 1 December 2015 to 1 January 2016.
Enjoy a warming festive afternoon tea at Claridge’s in Mayfair, from 16 November 2015 to 3 January. Choose a weekend booking and you can experience live Christmas carols too! There’s an array of Christmas treats, such as fresh raisin and apple scones with noel jam and Cornish clotted cream, Claridge’s Christmas pudding and, a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne to toast the season. This festive afternoon tea is £80 per person.
Hotel Café Royal
Take time out from Christmas shopping on Regent Street to sample the Festive London Royal Tea, a witty take on the afternoon tea ritual featuring edible London icons and traditional treats. In the gilded splendour of the Oscar Wilde Bar at Hotel Café Royal, enjoy a full complement of sandwiches, scones, delicacies, cakes and savouries inspired by London, and sprinkled with festive magic. Sweets include the Raspberry Regent and Underground macaroon. From 1 December: sittings occur daily and hourly from 12pm to 5pm, priced at £42 per person.
The Landmark London
When your exciting Christmas schedule includes Madame Tussauds London or the Sherlock Holmes Museum, allow some time to relax at The Landmark London. Here, the Christmas afternoon tea is inclusive of a glass of rosé champagne, as well as an assortment of tempting Christmas-inspired cakes and pastries. Priced at £50 per person, it is available 1 December 2015 to 3 January 2016. Book for 2 December or 9 December to enjoy all this plus live Christmas carols performed in the Winter Garden, which is decorated in a traditional Victorian Christmas theme.
See London’s major landmarks – the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, for example – during City Cruises’ special festive afternoon tea down the river Thames. Departing throughout December, guests will enjoy mince pies and festive music on the tour. Choose between window seats for the best views, or inner tickets to get really involved with the festivities. The Christmas afternoon tea cruise starts at £31 per person, with an optional extra charge of £8 for a glass of champagne. The cruises run daily, and depart from Tower pier at 3.30pm.
When out and about in London’s West End, you might take in a musical or stop for respite and refreshment. With the One Aldwych festive afternoon tea, inspired by the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage show, you can have both. Alongside a range of yummy sandwiches, savouries, and scones served with Devonshire clotted cream, enjoy the magic of Roald Dahl's classic book with classy delights such as the golden egg filled with vanilla cheesecake and mandarin. Make it extra sweet with a cocktail called Charlie, made with Dalmore whisky, Grand Marnier Cherry, chocolate bitters, grapefruit juice, cherry syrup, and champagne. Available 30 November 2015 to 3 January 2016, priced £37.50 per person (£48 with cocktail).
Searcys – The Gherkin
Step inside London’s largest snow globe at the top of Searcys - The Gherkin this winter. White floors, white decorations and dramatic lighting will provide the fairy tale magic under the buildings iconic dome. Snow globe afternoon tea packages include the classic for £35 per person, the cocktail version for £41, and the champagne afternoon tea for £45. Available 3pm to 4.30pm on 6, 13, 20, 29 and 30 December.
During your afternoon of festive fun around Covent Garden, you may come across a cute corner shop called BB Bakery. In addition to a selection of teas and scones with clotted cream and jam, the Christmas afternoon tea has some Christmassy twists such as the winter savoury cake and the sun-dried tomato bread and turkey. There are also plenty of sweet fancies such as the chocolate and festive spice orange tart, and the “Il était une fois Noël” macaron. Available from 15 November 2015 to 7 January 2016 for £35 per person (£37 with prosecco, £39 with champagne). Book at least 24 hours in advance.