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Where to Have Afternoon Tea in London

Where to Have Afternoon Tea in London


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Stylish tea is the perfect ending to a shopping trip. Here are three of the capital's finest destinations for afternoon tea:

Bea’s at Bloomsbury (£19)
Still relatively new, Bea’s At Bloomsbury has received praise and publicity from the Louis Vuitton City Guide, the Financial Times, and Time Out London. So what’s on offer? For a bargain £19.00, you get a pot of tea by Jing Tea Company, a selection of savoury baguettes, a freshly baked scone with Cornish Bea’s At Bloomsbury clotted cream & jam, a cupcake, a selection of mini meringues, fruity marshmallows, and a selection of brownies. Champagne Afternoon Tea is also available for £26.50.

Corinthia Traditional Afternoon Tea (£39)
The Corinthia Five-Star Hotel is not only based in a prestigious location, but offers a prestigious afternoon tea menu. You will get a selection of English teas, finger sandwiches such as creamed Innes goats’ cheese and cucumber, Goosnaugh cornfed chicken with ale mustard, Loch Var smoked salmon, organic egg mayonnaise & micro watercress, and roast sirloin of beef with creamed horseradish, each served on artisanal breads. This is all finished off with a selection of warm scones and clotted cream. The Corinthia also offers three other afternoon teas ranging from £21.00 to £58.00.

The Dorchester Afternoon Tea (£41)
With 8 different afternoon themes to choose from, such as ‘Champagne Afternoon Tea’, ‘Ice-cream Tea’, and ‘Vintage Afternoon Tea On The Balcony’, you are definitely spoilt for choice. The Dorchester Afternoon Tea costs £41.00 and starts with savoury finger sandwiches filled with chicken, cream cheese, cucumber, egg and smoked salmon. Warm scones are served next, which is a Dorchester special made from a recipe that has remained the same for over 50 years. The final course is a beautiful platter of cakes and tartlets. Afternoon Tea is served five times daily at The Dorchester, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4.45pm, and 5.15pm in the promenade and in the spatisserie.


London’s best afternoon teas

Afternoon tea. Yes, it's twee. But there is something quite fun about working your way through what's essentially dessert tapas. Especially when it's one by one of London&rsquos hotels, restaurants and cafés. Our city's renowned for putting on some of the world&rsquos best spreads &ndash even better than your mum's Boxing Day buffet &ndash so we&rsquove done the decent thing and eaten our way through the crème de la crème.

We&rsquove checked out exactly which afternoon teas are being served again in London and we&rsquoll keep you updated as even more places share info on welcoming back customers. It&rsquos going to be a little bit different: many hotels and restaurants have reduced opening hours and limited places due to social distancing. For any other safety details, check with venues in advance of your visit. But otherwise, go and devour all those miniature treats!

Video: check out our pick of five of the best afternoon teas in town.


Traditional: Fortnum & Mason

High tea at Fortnum & Mason is a borderline historic experience: the iconic Piccadilly department store was founded in 1707, invented the Scotch egg in 1738 and added Battenberg cake to its menu in 1926. So quintessentially British is the experience that when F&M launched its Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at the top of its Piccadilly building, the Queen, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge all came to ceremonially open it. Expanding its outdoor terrace from 12 April, Fortnum’s classic, afternoon and high tea selection will all be served outside in the sunshine for the very first time.


Best Afternoon Teas In London

Afternoon tea is not just a cup of tea! It’s an experience almost as reverent as the Japanese tea ceremony! Particularly promoted and enjoyed at some of the Capital’s iconic hotels and restaurants, it is a great way to spend the afternoon, recovering from the exertions of tourism – whether it is sightseeing or shopping!

Elegantly served on a 3-tier porcelain cake stand, that serves as the centrepiece, appropriately accompanied by a fine china tea service, liberally sprinkled with lace doilies and napkins! There is an “etiquette” that goes with the territory but I’ll simplify it start with savoury and finish with sweet!

So, the 3-tier cake stand will more often than not, offer ‘finger sandwiches (no crusts!) on the bottom tier, with fillings like cucumber, prawn, egg and cress. And yes, you can use your hands to eat them!

The middle tier will have scones (the battle for the correct pronunciation “scones vs scons” continues) accompanied with clotted cream and preserves (posh word for jam!). There’s another ongoing argument, jam first and then cream or the other way around? Buckingham palace says ‘jam first’!

The top tier is home to a variety of cakes, pastries and other delectables – if you can still eat!

Oh! And all this washed down with some very eclectic teas – Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey are some of the teas typically featured. For those with a more serious thirst, there are Champagne Afternoon Teas with a glass of ‘bubbly’ to wash the 3 tiers away! And for those with an even more serious thirst, how does a G&T Afternoon Tea sound?

Where To Find The Best Afternoon tea

Fortnum & Mason: For a traditional afternoon tea, head to Fortnum & Mason. Epitomising the sophistication of Afternoon and High Tea in all its splendour, their Diamond Jubilee was named in honour of Her Majesty’s visit in 2012, when she formally opened the tea room. Expect pitch-perfect finger sandwiches, rare-roast beef with Café de Paris butter, fluffy scones that come served with whole pots of jam.

Fortnum & Mason

Brigit’s Bakery’s Royal Heritage Afternoon Tea Bus Tour: offers a traditional English afternoon tea experience combined with an on-board London Tour Guide taking you round Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more.

The Ritz London: Treat yourself to the world famous Afternoon Tea at The Ritz and enjoy a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, delectable cakes and pastries.

Photo : The Ritz

Harrods: Harrods has been delighting guests with afternoon tea since 1896, so it should come as no surprise that their selection is among the best in the world. Choose from cream tea or afternoon tea, and settle in for a tiered selection of mouthwatering treats, from delicate finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones to picture-perfect patisserie.

Looking for afternoon tea with a Tiffany twist for you and your plus one? Head to The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe at Harrods, and choose from the full afternoon tea menu – served on Tiffany-blue china – with a glass of Champagne. Embrace your inner Holly Golightly and indulge in picture-perfect dishes as you toast with Champagne for an experience to remember.

Photo : Harrods Tea Room

Selfridges: Their art deco-inspired café, located at the heart of the store, is the perfect place to enjoy the great British tradition of afternoon tea. Treat someone special (or yourself) to our range of teas, coffees, exquisite pastries and sandwiches.

Photo : Selfridges

Cover Photo : Harrods London

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Afternoon tea ★★★


There is something right, proper, and inestimably comforting about pausing in the middle of the afternoon for a cuppa tea and a light meal.

It's not often that you get to indulge in baked goods, the world's most refined caffeine-delivery method, and other tasty comestibles as part of a bona fide local cultural experience.

The history of afternoon tea

The single greatest culinary innovation of the British—not a culture normally renowned for its role in the culinary arts—was the decision to slip a refined, refreshing spare meal into the middle of the afternoon.

They say the tradition of afternoon tea grew out of a custom started by Anna Russell, Queen Victoria’s Lady of the Bedchamber and the Dutchess of Bedford, who used to have tea and bread snuck up to her room at Belvoir Castle around 4pm.

Word got around, and soon her friends—also peckish by mid-afternoon—were joining her for tea, cakes, sandwiches, sweets. When the Ducthess returned to London, she brought the rutual with her, and the rest of high society soon picked it up.

The art of the afternoon tea

To this day 3pm and 5:30pm, Brits around the world sit down to a steaming pot of tea accompanied by (at least in more refined situations) a tiered platter piled with slices of cake, teensy tortes, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a selection of delicious finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off—usually a variety, though I believe there's some sort of British law requiring that one of them be cucumber.

(And when I said "Brits around the world," I meant it. I once had afternoon tea in the home of a British couple on a minor island in the Falklands where nesting penguins and albatross outnumbered the handful of people thousands to one and right whales were breaching just off the beach beyond the English garden.)

A full tea serving can run anywhere from £7 ($10) to £57 ($81), depending if you want to go with something opulent in a fancy hotel or famous department store, or prefer to go for the more homey and sensibly priced approach.

(The tea servings themselves are virtually identical in either case just the settings and bills change.)

Where to get Afternoon Tea in London

London’s classiest—and most expensive—afternoon teas are in the Savoy Hotel ballroom where Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her coronation, daily 1–5:45pm, and in the foyer rooms of the ultra-traditional Brown’s Hotel noon–6:30pm.

Less pricey—but just as good—are the teas at two of London’s legendary department stores: the inimitable Harrods Georgian Restaurant on the fourth floor from 11:30am–8pm (to 6pm Sunday—though note they run out of scones fast) and at Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubillee Tea Salon, noon–7pm (to 6pm Sunday) (181 Piccadilly, tel. (0)20 7734 8040 www.fortnumandmason.co.uk Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park).

All of those teas cost an average of £39–£56 ($56–$81) per person—and here's a word of warning. If a kind waiter pauses at your table and asks, "Would you like some champagne?" The answer is "No!" This is a (terribly polite) scam some of them run that makes it seems like the flute of bubbly is just part of the whole experience, but in fact what it does is bump up your bill from "afternoon tea" to "champagne tea" status—tacking on an extra £10 to £15 ($20 to $30) per person.

If dropping an average of $70 for some tea and finger sandwiches sounds a bit high to you, the Cafe in the Crypt under St-Martin-in-the-Fields church offers an afternoon tea daily noon–6pm for just £6.95. » more

Meet your guide at 9:30am in Trafalgar Square. First port of call is the delightful rose garden at the Artists Church, designed by Inigo Jones. Experience the Church itself as well, built in the Italian classical style. Due to its location in the West End, many artists. actors, singers and entertainers worshipped here. Hence its name.

Afterwards, walk through Covent Garden past the Opera House and over to nearby Lincoln's Inn Fields, possibly the largest square in all of London. Here we visit the fascinating John Soane Museum, home to the great Victorian architect. Much to see inside, notably his interior designs, ancient antiquities and Hogarth prints. Depart for the Inns of Court and their lovely hidden gardens within the Courts.

A taxi takes you over to the London Garden Museum, near Lambeth Palace. Lovely knot garden here as well as an opportunity to take a much-deserved tea/coffee break (own expense), sampling some of the home-made pastries on offer in the cafe. After the break, head for one of the highlights of the entire tour, the Chelsea Physic Garden. Take a local in-house tour of the Garden as you learn more about the medicinal uses of plants and flowers. After a leisurely visit here, head over to Kensington Palace and the Orangerie there, for a traditional English High Tea. Afterwards, we take time to visit the beautiful sunken garden. The tour normally completes here, with tour guests free to linger in the gift shop.

Relax on board your open-top bus as you travel around central London and see the sights. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye are just a few of the landmarks you might see.

Hop off your bus near the Tower of London, and pose for photos in front of the formidable monument. Hear how the tower is now home to the world-famous Crown Jewels, and admire the smartly dressed Beefeater guards who protect them.

Walk along the river to Tower Pier and board a Thames River sightseeing boat for your 1-hour afternoon tea cruise to Westminster. Sit out on deck or relax in the comfy seats in the saloon, and listen to audio commentary about all the sites. Cruise under London Bridge, gaze at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and take in beautiful views of the London Eye just across the river.

No visit to London is complete without sampling a cup of tea alongside quintessentially British scones with jam and clotted cream. So do just that, and enjoy the sweet treats and a glass of Champagne, too.

When your cruise ends, travel back to the start point by coach.

Afternoon tea in London is an institution, owing its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford – one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting. As an elite member of Victorian society, she was accustomed to eating large breakfasts, small lunches and large dinners -- the latter served very late each night. To satisfy her afternoon hunger pangs, she summoned her servants to bring tea and cakes.

So delightful was the experience that it became a daily meal and the trend caught on – all over London.
Still going strong today, afternoon teas are served all over the capital, with the most prestigious ones taking place in top hotels -- like the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel where your afternoon tea experience takes place. Simply choose from one of the following options and relax in an atmosphere of genteel refinement:

Traditional Afternoon Tea:

Enjoy a traditional light afternoon tea, served in style in the Grosvenor House’s library. Taking place between 3pm and 6pm, the light feast includes a pot of classic English tea, traditional (crust-removed) sandwiches, pastries, and scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves.

Anna’s Champagne Afternoon Tea:

Sit down in Grosvenor House’s Park Room, which overlooks Hyde Park, and relax to elegant music from the resident pianist. Created as a testament to Duchess Anna’s legacy, this luxury afternoon tea comprises dainty finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones, cream puffs and pastries -- all served with your choice of fine English tea and a glass of all-important Champagne.

Board your sightseeing cruise boat at Tower Pier on London’s Thames River, and then take a seat at your window-side table. From the comfort of your seat, gaze out at the sights as you start cruising west into the heart of London.

Following a round-trip route to Westminster, your cruise takes in several iconic London attractions and landmarks. Pass the famous Tower of London, juxtaposed against the modern buildings of the city’s Square Mile, and avert your gaze southward to admire a medley of the capital’s big-name sights. Look to the skyline to see the Shard — Western Europe’s tallest building — and see street performers and tourists strolling down the vibrant South Bank.

As you pass further attractions such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, take time to savor your afternoon tea. Beautifully presented on quintessentially English cake stands, your lavish spread consists of scones with clotted cream and jam, dainty finger sandwiches and a selection of moreish cakes. A good British pot of tea is also included and, if you would like to make your meal that little bit more special, ask the waiting staff for a glass of Champagne (own expense). Any additional drinks can be purchased from the onboard bar.

After 1.5 hours on the Thames River, hop back onto dry land back at Tower Pier where your cruise ends.

Enjoy a high tea on a 1-hour and 15-minute cruise during the most picturesque time of day on the Thames. Treat yourself to a selection of sandwiches, scones and mini-patisseries, as well as an assortment of delicious teas. The Melody vessel will pass various Windsor sights including Windsor Castle, Windsor Racecourse, Eton College as well as some other Royal boroughs.

Escape the hustle and bustle of London and board the Harmony vessel for a lazy afternoon on the Thames. Board the vessel at 1:15pm from Thames Side, Windsor, and prepare for your 1:30pm departure. The cruise will take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Coca-Cola London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London amongst other famous landmarks, all complemented by the calming music from a very talented solo pianist.

The Menu is prepared by award-winning chefs and includes traditional sandwiches and cakes with a twist. The cruise does accommodate for dietary requirements if made aware at the time of booking.

Come hang out like an A-lister in London’s Soho and Mayfair neighbourhoods — the playground of the rich and famous! We’re going to stuff ourselves with delectable desserts and chocolates and experience traditional English tea and scones, while uncovering the funny and shocking tales of the people who have made central London one of the most entertaining places in the world.

Starting in Piccadilly Circus (London’s beating heart), this stylish London food tour will take you through some of the city’s best spots for chocolates, desserts, and British tea and scones!

You’ll begin with a visit to the Queen’s own grocer and see some of the foods available within Buckingham Palace. You’ll also get to discover some of the greatest luxury brands at the world’s first glass-enclosed arcade, which just happens to be frequented by Hollywood A-listers, European aristocrats, and other rich and famous folks when they’re in town.

You’ll then dip a toe into London’s iconic Soho district as we explore Carnaby Street’s food and vibrant culture, and learn the funny — and sometimes scandalous — stories of the writers, musicians, and actors who have all called this corner of London their home.

Visit one of the most lavish, outlandish chocolate and cake stores you’ve ever seen, where even the statues can be eaten.

And for the grand finale finish at luxury store, created from the wood of former wooden warships from the British Navy, now converted into one of the most opulent department stores in central London, where you’ll relax with English tea and scones.

Consecrated in 1708 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most important and beloved buildings in England. With your entrance ticket, head inside and pick up your audio/video guide, available in nine languages (see below for a list). You&rsquoll tour the cathedral on your own, listening to the audio commentary and using your touch screen for historical tidbits and information about the significance of the cathedral throughout English history.

As you walk around, admire the cathedral&rsquos soaring dome, its glittering mosaics, the intricate stone carving and the breathtaking view down the central nave toward the quire aisle.

Start in the crypt to see its memorials and monuments, including the tombs of Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. Then see the so-called Whispering Gallery - a platform giving you a perfect view of the cathedral from the first level of the dome - the outdoor Stone Gallery and eventually the Golden Gallery around the highest point of the Dome serving as a balcony with panoramic views of the capital.

Keep an eye on your watch and head to the Restaurant at St Paul&rsquos for your traditional afternoon tea, which starts at 3pm. Along with a selection of loose-leaf teas or coffee, enjoy finger sandwiches (Chalk Farm smoked salmon, free-range egg and cress, cucumber and cream cheese) and sweet treats (freshly baked scones with England preserves and Cornish clotted cream). It&rsquos the perfect ending to a visit of one of England&rsquos most iconic attractions.

Treat yourself to that quintessentially English tradition, afternoon tea, at Kensington's 5-star Milestone Hotel, with a history dating back to 1689. Over the 2-hour experience, feast on finger sandwiches, tartlets, cupcakes, macarons, and fresh-baked scones with clotted cream and homemade preserves, while sipping your choice of single estate tea. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available: inquire in advance.

Arrive at the Milestone Hotel at 2:50pm, in time for high tea at 3pm. Admire the historic, and classically English, building, as you discover its storied past.

Choose your favored tea from the extensive tea menu, which includes a selection of exclusive single estate teas: your waiter will be happy to explain the nuances. You may wish to substitute coffee at no extra charge, or a glass of Champagne at your own expense.

Your tea will arrive at your table on the classic silver three-tier stand. Feast on contemporary finger sandwiches featuring ingredients from Scottish smoked salmon to Mull of Kintyre cheddar, alongside high tea classics like roast ham and English mustard. Savor fresh-baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade preserves, and indulge in pastries from tartlets to brilliantly colored macarons. (Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available on request.)

Of course, afternoon tea is not just for adults: it's a magical experience with a child or a grandchild. The Little Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea comes complete with a delicious milkshake in place of tea.

Whichever special someone you choose to bring to this classically English occasion, you'll finish your feast around 5pm.

Treat yourself to that quintessentially English tradition, afternoon tea, in an elegant lounge with views of Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews. Over the 2-hour experience that's fit for a queen, feast on finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and mouthwatering sweet treats at The Rubens at the Palace hotel, a classically English boutique hotel. The Rubens can accommodate most dietary requirements: please advise in advance.

Arrive at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel at 2:45pm in time for tea service in the lounge at 3pm. As befits the prestigious location, this is a classically styled afternoon tea with the occasional modern twist.

Enjoy your choice of tea (or coffee) – perhaps an Earl Grey, or an English Breakfast? - served on elegant china as you await the arrival of your feast. Savor finger sandwiches in classic English high tea flavors, such as egg and cress, ham and mustard, and cucumber and cream cheese indulge in fresh-baked scones with clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve. Then treat your sweet tooth to the finest The Rubens' talented pastry chef has to offer: expect inventive pairings like white chocolate and passionfruit, or jasmine and mango.

There are few things more magical than watching a child enjoy their first afternoon tea. The Little Prince and Princess Tea (for children aged 5-11) includes bite-size sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, selected pastries, and a choice of milkshake, hot chocolate, tea, or soft drink.

Whichever special someone you bring with you, you'll finish your tea around 5pm.

Your tour begins with a visit to one of London’s most iconic attractions, The Tower of London. Be one of the first groups admitted on the day before proceeding to the most historic part, The White Tower. Here you will be welcomed by a White Tower warden for a talk on its unique history. Explore all four floors, including the Royal Armouries Collection, and see the Crown Jewels, which are part of the Royal Collection and still used regularly by the Queen.

Then head into the City of London, where you'll see St. Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England, among many of London’s other famous landmarks, hearing more about the history of this fascinating city. Cross over iconic Tower Bridge before you visit Borough Market.

Borough Market is London’s most renowned food and drink market and dates back to 1014. Both a source of British and international produce, it consists of more than 100 stalls and strands. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, breads, cheeses, coffees, and cakes. You'll have time to explore the many stalls and enjoy some of the local delicacies before heading to Westminster Abbey.

Steeped in more than a thousand years of history, the Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important gothic buildings in the country. Take a comprehensive tour as your guide brings the story of the Abbey to life. Top off the day with a sumptuous afternoon tea at the Cellarium Café located inside the Abbey complete with sandwiches, scones, cakes and your choice of tea. Your tour will end here so you can enjoy your afternoon tea at your own pace.

Please note: A state of the art audio-guide system is used during the walking sections of this tour. You'll receive a personal headset to ensure you never miss a word of the guide's commentary.

Visit the exciting and often dangerous world of Elizabethan London where in 1599, Bankside was the entertainment center of the capital packed with gambling dens, brothels, bear-baiting pits and theaters. Ordinary people flocked to see Shakespeare's plays and they laughed, cried, shouted abuse at the actors, ate and drank during the performances.

As a visitor to the Exhibition you'll discover how shows were produced in the theaters of Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance. Learn about the traditional crafts and techniques used during the process of rebuilding the Globe and find out how special effects were produced in Shakespeare's time — from thunder and lightning to flying on stage and realistic blood and gore.

Listen to recordings from some of the most Shakespearean performances ever or join the cast and add your own voice to a scene recorded by Globe actors. Create your own Shakespearean phrases in the word jungle, watch a sword-fighting display and browse the costume collection, where you can find out about the extraordinary methods used in creating clothes 400 years ago.

A visit to the Exhibition includes a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium. Journey through time to Elizabethan London with their colourful tales of the 1599 theater experience as well as the reconstruction process of the 1990s and how the wooden 'o' works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.

Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option
After visiting the Globe, you can upgrade to enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea — with a twist. Served at the Globe’s Swan restaurant, the tea is inspired by scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sip prosecco and your choice of tea, and indulge in a delectable selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes — many of which can be traced back to characters and food featured in the play. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

Please note: If you’ve opted for the upgrade, please arrive by 11:45am (Monday to Saturday) or 10:45am (Sunday) to ensure you have enough time for the exhibition and tour before the afternoon tea.

The Original Black Taxi Tour - Bespoke London Sights & Afternoon Tea - is the first of its kind.
Discover the enchanting world of tea through the ages, plus the history and sites of London with our guided tea tour. This family friendly tour is perfect for those who want to explore the history of London together with an insight into the history of Tea, from its origins in China, its popularity in Georgian Britain, to the present day. Learn how tea has shaped British culture.
During the tour you will be treated to the sophistication of bespoke London. We will visit A hat Maker, A Shoe maker, a Chocolatier (with free samples) a perfume shop to name just a few.
Besides seeing the major London attractions , where you can stop and get photographs. Your guide will also tell you their history. Then besides the bespoke places of London this tour will actually take you to a venue where you can purchase teas in over a hundred different flavor’s plus a visit to our SECRET tea haunt where you will be able to try the best tea in Britain on us. This stop is unique and private.
There is only one way to finish off this tour and that is by having tea and we have the best Tea spots for you. (tea venue is at your expense) We will finish the tour at any tea venue in London for you (booking is essential and subject to availability) but we have a favourite which is a small tea haven that is a step back in time venue. You can listen to jazz and swing music from the 1940’s as you choose from over 16 different expert leaf teas plus they make their own sandwiches and cakes for you to indulge in. Remember there is no better sophisticated pastime than afternoon tea. Enjoy that in a vintage tea room in the heart of London how wonderful is that.

Best of Royal London Walking Tour Including the Tower of London and Changing of the Guard (4 Hours)Meet your guide at the Tower of London, and head inside before the doors open to the general public. Learn about the tower’s history, see the opening ceremony, and then use your time inside to explore independently. Perhaps visit the White Tower, Medieval Palace and Traitors’ Gate, and see the Crown Jewels — a dazzling collection of jewels still used by Queen Elizabeth II today.

After, meet back up with your guide and walk to a nearby pier for your 30-minute cruise. As you glide along the Thames River, listen to your guide share details about the sights you see including St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Disembark at Embankment Pier, then stroll to Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade to watch the Changing of the Guard. As you watch the Queen’s Foot Guards or the Household Cavalry perform this impressive ceremony, listen to your guide talk about the history behind it.

Continue on foot through St James's Park and finish your tour by Buckingham Palace, where you’ll see the balcony where the British Royal Family appear during events. After your tour, enjoy two hours of free time for lunch (own expense) before meeting back up with your guide for your afternoon tour.

Please note: If there is heavy rain — or if the Changing of the Guard is rescheduled to early morning — the ceremony will be replaced with an extended walking tour.

Highlights of London Walking Tour Including Afternoon Tea (2.5 Hours)Meet your guide at the prearranged time and location in central London, and then set off on foot to begin your walking tour of London’s premier sights. If required, plug into a headset to help you hear your guide’s commentary clearly.

With your guide, stroll through the capital’s bustling streets and make your first stop at Trafalgar Square, home to the iconic National Gallery, the beautiful St Martin in the Fields church and Nelson’s column.

Continue on to Whitehall, the center of Her Majesty’s Government. Pass by Downing Street, home to the British Prime Minister, and the Horse Guards Parade, and proceed to Parliament Square.

Be awed by spectacular views of world-famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married.

After your walking tour, stroll to the 4-star St Ermin's Hotel, where you’ll indulge in a traditional afternoon tea. On arrival, take a seat in the lavish dining room and savor an exquisite spread of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, cakes and pastries, and a selection of British tea.

With your appetite sated, bid your guide a fond farewell before making your own way back to your hotel or next destination.

Meet your host in central London and make your way to Buckingham Palace, which has served as the official London residence of the British Royal Family since the 19th century. Receive your prebooked ticket from your host, and then head inside independently to explore the home of Queen Elizabeth II, a rare opportunity only available to the public for approx. eight weeks of the year.

Plug in your audio guide and marvel at the grand chandeliers, extravagant furnishings and treasures from the Royal Collection as you stroll through the State Rooms. You’ll also see the stunning Throne Room, where formal royal wedding photographs are traditionally taken. As you wander, listen to the audio commentary for more insightful information about the palace’s royal residents, history and traditions.

After your audio tour, leave the palace and join back up with your host. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the beautiful St James’s Park to a nearby hotel, where you’ll enjoy afternoon tea. As you walk, learn how the quaint tradition is thought to have been started by one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting.

On arrival, make for the hotel’s ornate dining room. Recline in one of the plush armchairs and be delighted as the waiting staff present you with a delectable spread of dainty finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and homemade preserves, freshly made cakes and pastries, and a selection of tea.

Your tour ends inside the hotel. With your sweet tooth soothed, bid your host a fond farewell before making your own way back to your hotel or next destination.

Enjoy three quintessential British experiences on a 4.5-hour royal London tour, combining the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony with an audio tour of Buckingham Palace and an afternoon tea. After learning all about the British Royal Family from an expert local guide, stroll to a prestigious central London hotel to finish the tour with scones, finger sandwiches and an oh-so-British cup of tea.

Buckingham Palace is only open for select dates in July, August and September each year, so book now! Tours to this top London attraction sell out fast.

Meet your guide at Waterloo Place, central London, and stroll the short distance through beautiful St James's Park to Buckingham Palace, a monument that has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since the 19th century.

Stop at either Horse Guards Parade or directly in front of the palace (depending on the weather) to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony from a prime viewing spot. The world-famous ceremony involves a march by the Queen’s Foot Guards, with their cherry-red tunics and bearskin hats, in time to drumbeats from a military band. Soak up the glorious pomp and pageantry, and listen to your guide to learn about the history behind the event.

After watching the ceremony, follow your guide to the entrance of Buckingham Palace, a site only open to the public for two months each year. Guides are not permitted to speak inside the palace, so listen to your guide’s insightful commentary outside so that you’re armed with all the background information.

Then, head inside with your prebooked ticket, plug in your audio guide, and explore the public rooms of the palace that Queen Elizabeth II still calls home today. Gaze in wonder at sparkling chandeliers, decadent furnishings and treasures from the Royal Collection such as exquisite Sèvres porcelain, and listen to the audio commentary for more information on the palace’s royal residents, history and traditions.

After your audio tour, leave Buckingham Palace and enjoy a leisurely stroll to your next event: afternoon tea at one of central London’s prestigious hotels. As you walk, learn about Britain’s afternoon tea tradition from your guide. Believed to have been started by one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting, the custom of ‘taking tea’ in the afternoon became well established with high society in the 18th century, and its popularity later spread into a tradition favored by most of the country.

Visit either Rubens at the Palace or St Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster and enjoy an afternoon tea of delights. Nibble on scones laden with thick clotted cream and jam, sip on classic English tea and bite into dainty finger sandwiches while chatting about your afternoon’s experience. Your tour ends inside the hotel, so bid your guide goodbye after finishing your tea.

Please note: if there is heavy rain on the day of your tour, the Changing of the Guard ceremony will be replaced with a visit to the Guard’s Chapel.

Meet your guide at the prearranged location in central London, and then set off on foot to begin your walking tour of London’s premier sights. If required, plug into a headset to help you hear your guide’s commentary clearly.

With your guide leading the way, stroll through the capital’s bustling streets and make your first stop at Trafalgar Square, home to the iconic National Gallery, the beautiful St Martin in the Fields church and Nelson’s column. Pose by the 'Landseer Lions' and listen to your guide share fascinating details about this famous hot spot.

Continue on to Whitehall, the center of Her Majesty’s Government, and view the street lined with official administration departments and ministries. Pass by Downing Street, home to the British Prime Minister, and the Horse Guards Parade, and proceed to Parliament Square.

Be awed by spectacular views of world-famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the magnificent Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married.

After your walking tour, enjoy a leisurely stroll to a nearby hotel, where you’ll indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea. As you walk, learn from your guide about this quaint tradition that is thought to have been started by one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting.

On arrival, take a seat in the hotel’s lavish dining room and be delighted as the waiting staff present you with an exquisite spread of delicate finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and preserves, fresh cakes and pastries, and a selection of British tea.

With your appetite sated, bid your guide a fond farewell before making your own way back to your hotel or next destination.

Experience two top London sights and one of Britain's best traditions on this full-day combo tour. Visit Westminster Abbey get an inside look at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official London residence and watch the Changing of the Guard, a wonderful display of British pageantry. Then, cap your day with an indulgent afternoon tea at a luxury London hotel.

Meet your guide by the column opposite the west entrance of Westminster Abbey, one of the world’s greatest churches and the site of royal coronations for 1,000 years.

Step inside this 700-year-old monument for a guided tour highlighting its most important and fascinating features. Learn how the abbey is a significant structure in British history, welcoming kings, queens and statesmen, and playing host to state funerals and royal weddings — most recently the marriage William and Kate.

Next, follow your guide to see the Changing of the Guard. Depending on the day, you'll either watch the ceremony at Buckingham Palace or at House Guards Parade. Your guide will make sure you’re in a prime position to get the best views and regale you with details on the history and pageantry behind this beloved event. Please note: In heavy rain, the Changing of the Guard does not take place.

After a break for lunch (own expense), it’s time to visit Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, for an audio-guided tour. See the balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls to get both inside and out. Then, separate from your guide and head inside to see the magnificent State Rooms, which are only open to the public for two short months out of the entire year.

Join back up with your guide, and then end the day with a sumptuous afternoon tea. Savor delicious scones topped with jam and clotted cream, a selection of sandwiches and cakes, and a pot of fresh tea, all served on fine china in the magnificent setting of a traditional London luxury hotel.

Meet your guide at 2pm in central London, then stroll through the heart of the historic city to begin your 2-hour tour. Along the way, hear stories from London’s colorful past to the present day.

Discover the famous fountains and royal lions of Trafalgar Square, and learn the historic significance of Nelson’s Column. Gaze over top London landmarks including Big Ben and the National Gallery, both nearby, and see sides of the British capital many visitors miss.

Head onward through the center of Her Majesty’s Government — Whitehall and Downing Street — to Horse Guards Parade, where the Queen’s soldiers stand guard in their sentry boxes. In Parliament Square, capture beautiful views over the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster on camera.

Continue into bustling Covent Garden — where busy Londoners share the streets with curious visitors. Among the stone pillars, cobbled streets, and grand archways, discover stylish boutiques and traditional market stalls.

Then, visit a luxury hotel for a delicious English afternoon tea of scones, jam, clotted cream, sandwiches, and cakes — all served on fine china. At 4pm, when your afternoon tea comes to an end, conclude your tour in central London.

With easy and early access, you’ll enter Kensington Palace for a fully guided tour of this incredible Palace home to royalty for over 300 years. Enter the Royal Palace before the crowds arrive to view the State Apartments as well as visit the stunning regal and commanding Royal Gardens. Your guide will then take you on an incredible journey unveiling the life of young Princesses including Princess Diana & Princess Kate.

You will enjoy breathtaking scenery while listening to historical and sensational stories of Princesses past and present. Your tour will continue to the unique palace garden setting, the Orangery Restaurant. Here you will enjoy a decadent afternoon tea reception offering hand-prepared cakes and pastries and more than 10 specialty teas while sitting in one of the most elegant venues in London.

This tour has all the ingredients for the perfect fully guided tour covering all the highlights of Kensington Palace including the Royal Gardens for a 2 hour guided tour before afternoon tea for approximately one hour relaxing in the Orangery Restaurant in the Gardens. Be sure to bring your camera to take some of the most memorable photos of any visit to one of London's most popular royal palaces.


The Mandeville Hotel

A setting fit for a gent

Any gentleman’s tea needs a sharp and sophisticated setting. The Reform Social and Grill at the Mandeville provides just that with leather booths, dark wood furniture and a menu of whisky cocktails, steak and snail sandwiches, alongside honey and mustard sausage rolls, this afternoon tea is perfect for any elegant modern man.

Where: Mandeville Place, London, W1U 2BE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
Website: www.mandeville.co.uk


15 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London

Is there anything as British as afternoon tea? This sandwich-and-scone combo was invented by a peckish noblewoman tired of waiting for Queen Victoria at supper. Since then, over the last two centuries, the mid-afternoon refresher has become a cherished British tradition. Here are our picks for the best places to sample it in London, whether they offer a classic menu (kicked up with a flute or two of champagne) or a quirkier, modern take on tea.


The best afternoon teas in London

Champagne and cake, tea and sandwiches: it&rsquos all good.

On the hunt for the best afternoon tea in London? We've found the best of the best, whether you&rsquore looking for flutes of Champagne and pretty pastries or elaborate Nordic nosh. And because there truly isn't anything better than a weekend spent spoiling yourself in the capital, why not combine with one of the city's best museums, or London's greatest hotels? Then there'll be no need to struggle home when you've got a tummy full of finger food happiness. The dream. Here are our pick of the 8 best afternoon teas in London.

Best for: Afternoon tea with your mum

What: Old-school glitz from start to finish makes this one of the most traditional afternoon tea experience you&rsquoll find in the capital.

Served in the Palm Court Salon to a back drop of live piano, mirrors, chandeliers and luscious palm trees, things kick off with 18 types of tea to choose from, and then it&rsquos onto the food. A three-tired stand stating at the bottom with delicate, crustless cucumber sandwiches, moving up to fluffy scones served with strawberry jam and dollops of perfect clotted cream and yummy pastries and chocolate cake at the top.

Going for your birthday? Tell them and you can expect a personalised cake to turn up too. Tip: dress fancy, this is a no jeans and trainers zone.

How much: From £53pp

Best for: Afternoon tea with friends

What: London&rsquos prettiest restaurant makes an ideal place for a celebration with pals. The magic happens in the all-pink Gallery, lined with Brit artist David Shrigley&rsquos humerous prints.

A three-tiered cake stand appears holding delicate finger sandwiches, truffle croquets, beautiful slices of strawberry and hibiscus Battenberg and shot glasses of cheesecake. Next arrive scones and, finally, an enormous slice of Victoria sponge. Throughout the meal a tea sommelier (yep really) advises what type of tea complements each course, or opt for bubbly if you want to liven things up.

How much: From £49pp

Best for: Afternoon tea with old school glamour

What: Served from a trolley in the flower-filled, ground-floor Promenade, this award-winning tea is definitely one the swankiest in the city. Savoury finger sandwiches with yummy fillings like smoked salmon, egg and Wagyu beef kick things off, before warm scones with Devonshire cream and jam are served and finally an arty selection of cakes and pastries, think Earl Grey infused milk chocolate mousse. Tip: The Dorchester is extending Eat Out To Help Out throughout September, so there&rsquos 50% off food at the moment on the right days.

How much: From £59pp

Best for: Afternoon tea outside

What: In these Covid times could a dining experience be better than eating afternoon tea al fresco in a park? Nothing, particularly if the park is St James&rsquos Park, opposite Buckingham Palace and the gourmet picnic is made for you by the lovely staff at Conrad St Jame&rsquos Hotel.

It couldn&rsquot be simpler: book online, pick up your amazing hamper from reception of the hotel&rsquos Blue Boar Restaurant, stroll across the road to the park, pick a spot in the autumn sunshine, shake open the rug (thoughtfully provided), and tuck into dainty salmon sandwiches, homemade scotch eggs, cured meats and delicious cakes.

And if it rains? No drama, they&rsquoll serve it to you in the restaurant.

How much: From £26pp

Best for: Afternoon tea with a view

What: One word: magical. The Shard have just launched a Peter Pan-themed afternoon tea served at Aqua on level 31 of London&rsquos iconic pointy, all-glass building with 360˚ degree city views.

It&rsquos very theatrical, with dry ice swirling round a custom-made tea stand inspired by Captain Hook&rsquos pirate ship the Jolly Roger. Food&rsquos equally as creative and includes a chicken sandwich with crispy bacon wrapped in paper denoting the four Lost Boy Rules and scones hidden in a treasure chest with coconut clotted cream. Look out for Tinker Bell-shaped cookies sprinkled with gold and a bowl of jelly with a gummy crocodile hidden inside.

There&rsquos even a Fairy cocktail containing absinthe and gold dust if you fancy something stronger than tea. Best of all, £2 from each tea goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.


More great contemporary afternoon teas in London

Best afternoon tea with a twist – Sketch, London W1

Aside from the other-worldly surroundings, the highlight of afternoon tea at Sketch has to be the tea itself. Waitresses scoot golden tea trollies around the room, each one stacked with glass jars of aromatic loose leaf teas – there are at least 40 to pick from, including whole rosebud, matcha, white peony and Taiwan red jade. Feel free to sniff before you choose, and refills are complimentary.

Sketch’s new caviar afternoon tea begins, as expected, with a spoon of rich, creamy Oscietra caviar (from Russian sturgeon) – vegetarians get little pearls of cold cauliflower as a clever substitute. Even more enjoyable was the accompanying take on boiled egg and soldiers: a 63 degrees egg yolk nestled inside a deeply flavoursome ‘egg white’ made from comté cheese mornay. Utterly indulgent, and one of the most exciting, innovative ways to kick off an afternoon tea that we’ve ever seen…

Price: Classic afternoon tea £59pp, champagne afternoon tea from £73pp, children’s afternoon tea £35pp.

Address: 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Best glamourous afternoon tea – Berners Tavern, The London Edition Hotel, London W1T

The glamorous dining room boasts high ceilings, opulent chandeliers, artwork lining the walls and comfy pink seats to accompany dark wooden tables.

Traditional afternoon tea is served with a selection of classic and alternative teas: darjeeling (smoky and smooth) green tea (light and delicate) and earl grey (strong yet floral). Berners Tavern afternoon tea is served without champagne at £39.50 pp, though you can opt for a glass of NV Ruinart Reims Champagne France Brut ‘R’ for £17.50.

Sandwiches include soft salmon topped with crisp thin curls of cucumber, miniature baguettes filled with chicken and meaty mushrooms, and creamy goat’s cheese and apple multi-seed scones. Scones proper are warm and fluffy with lightly golden shiny tops.

The sweet course delights, including rhubarb and ginger macarons, raspberry mousse with a delicate addition of pink peppercorns, and decadent dark chocolate tart with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and a citrussy yuzu curd.

Price: Traditional afternoon tea £39.50 pp (without champagne).

Address: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP

Best for cocktail lovers – Lyaness, South Bank

Sky-hued walls, electric-blue banquettes, opulent gold accents and a view of St Paul’s creates a lavish setting for this boozy afternoon tea.

A sleek contemporary cake stand comes laden with crisp fennel sausage rolls, retro devilled eggs and sandwiches. The focaccia in the roast beef sarnie was a little too dense, but coronation sweet potato on walnut was a clever veggie alternative to the British classic, while tarragon mayo gave soft poached salmon on dark rye a punchy twist.

The sweet round was inventive and fun, with a selection of creative bakes. Standouts included upside-down cherry and pineapple scones, sunflower salt tea cake, and super-light strawberry and mascarpone éclair with a crunchy caramelised sugar base.

Kitsch teapots in pale lemon and turquoise hues serve Camellia’s Teahouse teas, but it’s founder Ryan Chetiyawardana’s cocktails that really impress.

Lyaness has created a collection of quirky, innovative cordials and liqueurs that form the base of all of the bar’s cocktails, including the complex, fresh and elegant drinks for their afternoon tea.

The smooth and rounded Glasshouse Spritz combined ‘Ultra Raspberry’ (made with fresh and dried raspberries, cacao nibs and mushrooms) with cherry-tomato gin, topped up with prosecco and tarragon salt on the side. A little like licking a salty stone, this had a slightly briny edge. Carter Cobbler, with Grey Goose vodka, green tea bianco and ‘Infinite Banana’ (cured and fermented banana) had banoffee tones with a slightly savoury umami edge, while Jasmine Gimlet used ‘Purple Pineapple’ (think souped-up pineapple cordial) with Bombay Sapphire and jasmine tea for a gentle, fragrant and floral cocktail with a silky mouthfeel.

Price: cocktails and tea £58 pp champagne and tea £48pp boozeless tea £38pp

Address: 2 0 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD

Best al fresco afternoon tea – Number Sixteen, South Kensington, London SW7

As soon as you step through the door of this pristinely manicured mid-Victorian white townhouse, hidden just minutes from South Kensington tube station, co-owner Kit Kemp’s bold statements make themselves known. Textiles in the suite of drawing rooms range in colour from pistachio and pink to stylish yellow and purple, with unique artwork throughout – a huge wall-mounted birdcage marks the entranceway, books line the walls, and hand painted puppets guard the honesty bar stocked with spirits, wines and bubbles.

Continue through to The Orangery for afternoon tea in a terracotta-walled room with tribal statement vases and artwork, brightened by sunshine bursting through floor-to-ceiling French windows. If it’s a nice day, make the most of No.16’s hidden garden oasis and enjoy afternoon tea perched on pale green garden furniture under elegant white parasols. If you’re lucky enough to bag the tiny gazebo, you can look back on the garden, complete with stone fountain bubbling away in the rectangular fish pond.

Vases of white flowers dress the tables and Kit Kemp’s personalised Wedgewood crockery adds a bit of fun, with dancing mythical creatures from her favourite Indian fabric that literally look like they have been stitched on to teacups and saucers. The summery selection of sandwiches and cakes offers something a bit different to traditional afternoon tea. Thick-cut honey roasted ham with refreshing dill coleslaw comes on black rye bread beautiful courgette flowers are coated in a crisp and light tempura and herbes de provence chicken fills a squishy glazed brioche bun.

Pastries are pretty and dainty – a hint of violet adds depth to a creamy lemon-filled choux profiterole, rose cupcakes are subtly floral and the silky raspberry pannacotta provides a pleasantly tart finish. For afternoon tea in one of London’s most tranquil secluded spots, Number Sixteen is the ideal retreat from a busy London.

Price: Traditional afternoon tea £22pp, champagne afternoon tea £35.50pp

Address: 16 Sumner Place, London, SW7 3EG

Best afternoon tea for cocktail lovers – Seymour’s Parlour, The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, London W1

Inside a Georgian townhouse, just behind Oxford Street, lies a secret drinking den that exuberates the eccentric charm of the Zetter Townhouse’s ficticous owner, wicked Uncle Seymour. Seymour’s Parlour is more front room of curiosities than hotel bar: trinkets clutter a cabinet that spans one side of the room, portraits adorn the wine-red walls and crystal decanters filled with bright orange liquid dress up antique wooden tables.

Price: Traditional afternoon tea £35.50, afternoon tea with tea infused cocktails £43, champagne afternoon tea £45.50.

Address: Seymour’s Parlour, The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, 28-30 Seymour Street, London, W1H 7JB


Where to have Afternoon Tea in London

Having Afternoon Tea is elegant, classy and everything you expect from watching Downton Abbey and at the same time, it feels like your very own delicious buffet brought directly to your table. Whatever it is you want more of, the waiter just brings it to the table.

Today, we will look at two different places for the best Afternoon Tea in London. Fortnum & Mason versus the Dorchester!

In this post I will make very objective points for each place. I do have a winner in my head but I would recommend both places for different things. In the end, I hope this post helps you draw your own conclusion on where to go for your next, or first, Afternoon Tea.

Fortnum & Mason

Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason was delicious!! Each sandwich was a delight the pastries were amazing and the scones with clotted cream… to die for! They bring everything out at the same time in a 3 tier stand.

I’ve always been more of a savory person, rather than sweet, so I stuffed my face with finger sandwiches before trying any scones. I loved the salmon finger sandwiches so much, and politely asked the waiter if he could bring me one or two more… He came back with 6 more just for me! That same great service followed with every scone, pastry, and finger sandwich. If you wanted more of something there was no hesitation to bring whatever you liked. The service was top-notch super-fast, always polite, and very attentive!

Anyways, when it eventually came time to dig into the scones (with clotted cream and jam) I was already full! I decided, I had to eat one anyways, and found it so delicious I could have eaten 10 more!! Now, I feel I must disclose that the first time I went to F&M, was also the first time, in my life, that I had scones or clotted cream… but, nonetheless, it was an experience that I definitely fell in love with, and every time I go back to F&M the scones and clotted cream are a must-have!

The Dorchester

The Dorchester also has finger sandwiches, pastries and scones with clotted cream and jam. Unlike Fortnum and Mason where all the food is brought at the same time, first they bring the sandwiches and when you decide you are finished with savory food, they take away the sandwiches and bring the sweet foods.

The finger sandwiches were good, but not what I expected from a hotel like the Dorchester. Some of the sandwiches were delicious but others I simply couldn’t finish. The pastries were very good, the scones were really ok, but the clotted cream… was horrible!! Both my husband and I couldn’t believe how bad it was, and I couldn’t eat it. It had a chemical after taste and ruined the scones for me. Even Starbucks’ packaged clotted cream was superior to that of the Dorchester.

Pro tip: If you don’t have afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason, you can go to their bakery floor and buy the scones and clotted cream separately. That is what I did after the bad clotted cream experience from The Dorchester.



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