About Time: You Discovered London’s Best Value Afternoon TeasBy Angelica Malin
Looking for the best value afternoon teas in London? We have it covered. Here’s where to find some incredible afternoon tea steals in London town – delicious teas, all for less than £30. Read on to discover the capital’s sweetest secrets:
The Lowdown: In honour of its extensive menu of bespoke tea blends, The Wellesley recently launched its Pa-tea-sserie afternoon tea with unlimited Pimm’s. The hotel’s in-house tea sommelier, Leo Mattera, teamed up with the pastry chef Manuele Schiavowe, to create the menu, which features an array of intricate pastries flavoured with some of The Wellesley’s most unique tea blends.
Eat and Drink: The afternoon tea features a tartlet filled with diced apple and passionfruit jam, topped with a chocolate disk and covered in a ganache dome which is infused with the Churchill Blend adding a subtle aftertaste of amaretto; a crème patisserie filled with vanilla savarin enriched with a homemade syrup infused with organic chamomile flowers tea; and a pistachio and mango Swiss roll covered with Italian meringue and garnished with white chocolate.
Price: £30 per person
Where: 11 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7LY
The Lowdown: Bluebird brings a real slice of elegance to London with their traditional afternoon cream tea. The restaurant and bar serves a beautiful three tiered cake stand complete with an array of sandwiches, scones and cakes. One of London’s best budget afternoon tea, for sure.
Eat and Drink: Savouries include sandwiches of Scottish smoked salmon with cream cheese; coronation chicken; classic cucumber and egg and cress; and a leek and mushroom quiche. The next tier up contains warm plain and raisin scones served with Rodda’s clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam. The final tier is filled with sweet delights such as chocolate and raspberry macaroons; carrot cake with citrus cream frosting; light and fluffy victoria sponge; and delicate strawberry tartlets.
Price: £30 per person
Where: 350 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UU
The Lowdown: For a quintessentially British afternoon, settle into the plush surroundings of The Drawing Room at Flemings Mayfair for a classic Afternoon Tea from Michelin-awarded chef Shaun Rankin.
Eat and Drink: Sample delicate finger sandwiches filled with tomato, pesto and basil; chicken and tarragon with maple dressing; and free-range egg mayonnaise, as well as warm, fluffy homemade scones and beautiful cakes, along with a selection of unique and exotic teas.
Price: £24 per person
Where: 7-12 Half Moon St, Mayfair, London W1J 7BH
The Lowdown: The Chelsea Harbour Hotel has launched a new afternoon tea in partnership with Whittard of Chelsea, Travel Through Time Afternoon Tea. From its advent in 1840 by the Duchess of Bedford through to the present day, the afternoon takes everyone on a journey through the history of afternoon tea.
Eat and Drink: The menu includes finger sandwiches filled with classic and contemporary delights such as; salmon and cucumber, a modern twist on the quintessential cucumber sandwich created in the 1700s; coronation chicken, a sandwich created in 1953 specifically for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. And, of course, desserts such as flummery, a traditional jelly-like dessert made from oatmeal and originating from 1623 with a delicious rhubarb twist; passionfruit and berry egg, a creamy passionfruit mousse topped with a seasonal berry selection and inspired by the 1885 Fabergé egg.
Price: £28 per person
Where: Chelsea Harbour Dr, Fulham, London SW10 0XG
The Lowdown: The Modern Pantry is well-known for its afternoon tea and owner and executive chef, Anna Hansen, has created a very special limited edition menu including some classic bites, as well as a few new surprises. One of London’s best budget afternoon tea, without a doubt.
Eat and Drink: Highlights from the menu include: tea smoked salmon, avocado and yuzu mayonnaise club sandwich; cheddar, caramelised onion and sumac scone, served with whipped black garlic and umeboshi butter; and earl grey pannacotta with tamarillo jelly and garam masala shortbread.
Price: £23.50 per person
Where: 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ
The Lowdown: One of London’s best budget afternoon tea, The Best of British Afternoon Tea at the iconic Wolseley includes individual Victoria sponges and sherry trifles, alongside much-loved favourites such as strawberry tart and Dundee cake.
Eat and Drink: In addition to a choice of teas and fruit scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, comes an assortment of delectable finger sandwiches, including the likes of coronation chicken and traditionally British combinations including cheddar and pickle, roast beef and horseradish, and cucumber and cream cheese.
Price: £29.75 per person
Where: 160 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EB
The Lowdown: Botanical Afternoon Tea features floral cocktails, sandwiches and sweet treats inspired by English gardens.
Eat and Drink: Championing British produce, the afternoon tea features a selection of finger sandwiches, such as fennel-cured salmon; beetroot crema and pineapple sage; or a variation on classic egg, with oak leaf and Chervil mayonnaise. Sweet treats include a boozy elderflower, gin and lime marshmallow; jasmine, apricot and nasturtium cones; a fruity blackcurrant and hibiscus tea mousse in a chocolate cup; and a rose, rhubarb and chocolate soil pot. Freshly baked scones, both classic and earl grey and Raisin, are served warm from the oven with lashings of clotted cream and Orange and Kafir Lime jam.
Price: £22.50 per person
Where: 140 Park Lane, London, W1K 7AA
The Lowdown: ME London’s Radio Rooftop has created a stunning Floral Afternoon Tea, available exclusively during Afternoon Tea Week. The menu includes afternoon tea classics with a Spanish twist in a nod to ME’s heritage, such as Manchego and quince sandwiches and Iberico ham on tomato-infused bread.
Eat and Drink: Savoury bites include mini brioche filled with brie, manzanilla olive savoury muffins, and salmon and mini cucumber sandwiches. The sweet section features rose layer cake with strawberry, geranium and blueberry lemon jar, lavender scented Crème brulee with crunchy lavender meringue, and rosemary apricot and vanilla mousse. And, not forgetting, orange and cranberry scones with Cornish cream and strawberry jam.
Price: £28 per person
Where: 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA