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Best Afternoon Tea Hotels in London

Afternoon tea in London is a genteel, if not classic way, to make the most of your time in the incomparable English capital. Without question, hotels in London provide the most sumptuous and elegant tea services in the city and garner innumerable awards and plaudits for their efforts. From the traditional to the slightly exotic, here are 12 of the very best afternoon tea hotels in London.

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
30 Portman Square, West End

The Churchillian High Tea experience at the Hyatt Regency is a stately late-afternoon affair and perfect homage to Sir Winston. The emphasis is on indelible classics, like treacle tart, Sherry trifle and Assam English Breakfast.

The Park Lane Hotel
Piccadilly, Mayfair

The exquisite Art Deco confines of the Palm Court lounge set the tone for the Park Lane’s afternoon tea service.

London skyline from Mayfair – Photo credit

The Dorchester
Park Lane, Mayfair

The Dorchester’s branché reputation rests largely on the immaculate tea service in the hotel’s Promenade and über-posh tea service in the Spatisserie.

The Dorchester – Photo credit

The Langham
1c Portland Place, Regent Street

2010 recipient of “Top London Afternoon Tea” honours by the United Kingdom Tea Council’s Tea Guild, The Langham delivers a decadent, top-of-the-line high tea service.

The Langham – Photo credit

The Milestone
1 Kensington Court

Knightsbridge and Kensington Gardens form a picturesque backdrop for afternoon repast in the handsome Park Lounge of The Milestone.

The Lanesborough
Hyde Park Corner

The Lanesborough at Hyde Park Corner has won multiple awards of excellence for a service that features a tea sommelier and all the clotted cream and preserves you can handle.

Hyde Park – Photo credit

Sofitel London St James
6 Waterloo Place

The Sofitel St James puts a French spin on afternoon tea in the plush Rose Lounge, with various adornments and edibles that are très Paris.

Queen Elizabeth II procession outside Sofitel London St James – Photo credit

Grosvenor House
Park Lane, Mayfair

Surprise, surprise, yet another Mayfair, Hyde Park-adjacent afternoon tea standout. Yes, indeed, Grosvenor House – a JW Marriott hotel since 2008 – proves once more that the upmarket area of London has a firm grip on distingué customs. With that in mind, Anna’s Afternoon Tea in the Park Room is a good way to wind down after a long day in the shops and museums.

The Athenaeum
116 Piccadilly, Mayfair

The five-star family-run Athenaeum pours award-caliber teas every day in the gorgeous Garden Room. Impeccable service and attention to details make the hotel’s tea service most memorable.

The Goring
Beeston Place

Few hotels in London evoke the quintessential charm and class of the venerable Goring. In the hands of the same family for over a century now, The Goring hotel is a lovable throwback. From the refinement of the bar and lounge to the cuisine of Executive Chef Derek Quelch, no detail is subpar. This of course, includes afternoon tea.

The Goring – Photo credit

The Landmark London
222 Marylebone Road

Truly one of the grand hotels of London, The Landmark’s Winter Garden Restaurant is another room where afternoon tea is a veritable art and symphony for the senses.

Marylebone, London – Photo credit

3 Comments for "Best Afternoon Tea Hotels in London"

Gwendolyne Lever says on January 26th, 2011 at 10:23 am:

One day I may get to London and have tea and see my relatives I have never met.