Whether you want to explore its many excellent attractions or relax in its spectacular restaurants, London has something for everyone.
It’s also one of the best places to enjoy one of Britain’s finest traditions, afternoon tea. Whether you want a high-end experience or an intimate local cafe, there are some amazing options to suit all taste buds.
After a walk exploring the capital’s many extraordinary sights, afternoon tea is the perfect way to put your feet up and recharge.
Getting to the capital can be easy, as well. Although trains can be cramped and often affected by delays, coaches ensure passengers a guaranteed seat, ample luggage space and direct services to destinations across the UK.
With Wi-Fi available on many departures, it’s easy to plan your day in the capital before you arrive. Here are some incredible places to enjoy your afternoon tea:
1. Scandal Water
With decorations reminiscent of 19th century high-society, Scandal Water down Berners Street has a unique atmosphere and a delightfully varied menu. Expect miso-cured salmon and a wide selection of teas and sides.
If you’re looking for something stronger, there is plenty to enjoy. Look forward to a host of cocktails and some alcoholic teas.
2. Aqua Shard
The Shard is one of the capital’s most recognisable structures and offers extraordinary views over the capital, making it a perfect place to indulge in one of England’s traditional pastimes.
There is a selection of mouth-watering sandwiches to choose from and a delicious array of desserts. Meals can also be made to suit a selection of diets and allergies.
3. The Modern Pantry
The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell offers a traditional and cosy take on afternoon tea. Guests can look forward to excellent service, outstanding decor and scrumptious food.
Expect all of the staples (tea, salmon sandwiches, crackers) alongside some delicious desserts such as citrus sherbert crisp and banoffee teacakes. You can even add some champagne to introduce some more sparkle to your meal.
4. Palm Court
Offering several courses with their own unique flavours, Palm Court in Marylebone puts a '20s swing on afternoon tea.
There are 27 different tea blends on offer, alongside delicious pastries, scones and finger sandwiches. With majestic decor in a building steeped with history, Palm Court is a wonderful throwback to the high society of the '20s.
While the prices are a little on the expensive side (£37-£40 per person), the elegant environment and first-class hospitality more than make it worthwhile.