Afternoon tea in London is a big business. This is why, we have eaten a lot of scones and drunk a ridiculous amount of tea to find London’s very bests spots to treat yourself and enjoy the luxurious British lifestyle. Whether you want a top hotel such as the Shangri-La on the 35th floor of The Shard or an immersion within the Japanese culture with the Sosharu’s afternoon tea, down below you will find where to go next time you want to indulge your sugar craving.
Ting restaurant, Shangri-La at the Shard – St Paul’s Cathedral, London
On the 35th floor of the Shangri-La at the Shard, we can guarantee you will experience an unforgettable spectacle. It’s not just the view that draws visitors from all around the world but the level of quality at Ting restaurant deserves the sky. If you are open-minded and like Asian food, you will experience the ultimate enjoyment with steamed dumplings, pillowy dacquoise, posh chocolate cake or Chinese-style egg custard tart.
The Berkeley with Pret-A-Portea – London
Inspired by the world of fashion, The Berkeley’s legendary designer afternoon tea is obviously in our favourite spots to indulge yourself. It has featured fashion staples and icons from the Burberry vanilla trench to the Christian Louboutin high-heeled biscuit or even the Alexander McQueen’s yellow honeycomb cream dress complete with marzipan bees… Probably a funny way to enjoy the London Fashion Week without queuing to watch the fashion show?
The Mirror Room at The Rosewood – London
If you are an art lover, the afternoon tea at The Rosewood is the one. Everything is inspired by London’s vibrant art scene including art-inspired pastries with the most iconic modern artists such as Jeff Koons, Jackson Pollock, Banksy or Hubert Le Gall. This is the ideal place to enjoy an afternoon tea that combines traditional British flavours with bold representations of iconic figures in the art world.
The Lanesborough – Knightsbridge, London
We are calling all tea connoisseurs! Here is the place to go if you take your tea drinking seriously. At the Lanesborough, you will find a tea sommelier on hand to advise you on blends to suit your palate and talk about the art of tea. Between the tea Formosa Oolong tea and the China Kekecha yellow tea, it would be a pity to skip on such a rarity.
Sosharu – Farringdon, London
At the Sosharu, don’t expect anything from a traditional tea ceremony but everything from kukicha with terry blossom tea to Matcha ice fingers, this is all about giving to the great British tradition a distinctly Japanese twist. Both countries are linked by their love of tea, each culture building its own traditions around the serving and enjoyment of it, but we can tell you these two come together beautifully and you won’t regret to discover the concept.