Mother’s Day seems to come around faster every year, and we have a feeling we’re not the only ones that have left things to the last minute in 2022. Florists nationwide are already out of stock, there’s not a Milk Tray to be found in our local supermarket, and we’re not sure we can get away with giving our old dear a bottle of prosecco for the third year running. Nevertheless, we have the ultimate idea to save the day… Afternoon Tea.

Everyone loves finger sandwiches, champagne, and of course all the English breakfast tea you can handle, but across the capital, the afternoon tea scene has never been stronger, with hotels and restaurants across the board offering something unique and memorable. To celebrate the big weekend (and help you with some last-minute bookings), we rounded up the best Afternoon Teas for Mother’s Day 2022.

1. For a Transatlantic Afternoon Tea: The Beaumont Hotel 

What: The Beaumont Hotel’s Afternoon Tea menu is the perfect way to treat your mum this Mother’s Day. Served in Gatsby’s Room, in the heart of the hotel, the classic afternoon tea menu has been created by executive chef Ben Boeynaems, offering a transatlantic twist on the traditional sarnie fare.

Eat and Drink: Begin with a glass of complimentary Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs or a limited-edition, special tea cocktail – available for Mother’s Day only – made using Gusbourne, and seasonal, floral teas, served alongside US-inspired sandwiches, such as Reuben salt beef and Devilled egg, scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, and a selection of beautifully decadent mini cakes. Cakes include Key lime and matcha religieuse, Peanut butter and jelly chocolate macaroon, Rhubarb cheesecake, and Boston cream pie. £45 per person.

Where: 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF

2. For a “G & Tea” Experience: Manetta 

What: Raise a glass to the leading lady in your life this Mother’s Day and spoil her with the new “G & Tea” experience at Manetta’s Bar, located within the luxury boutique hotel, Flemings Mayfair.

Eat and Drink: Priced at £45 per person, enjoy an assortment of freshly baked patisseries and fragrant tea blends from East India Tea Company alongside your choice of one of three refreshing and botanical gin tipples, including Whitley Neill Raspberry Gin, Salcombe Gin Rosé and Nicholson London Dry Gin. Or there’s the option to treat her to all three gins for an additional £25.

Where: Flemings Mayfair Hotel, 7-12 Half Moon Street, London, W1J 7BH

3. For Afternoon Tea with a View: Oblix at The Shard 

What: Celebrate Mother’s Day with Oblix at the Shard’s Afternoon Tea in Oblix East, complete with unrivalled views of the city from the 32nd floor of The Shard.

Eat and Drink: The special edition afternoon tea, available from 12pm to 3pm for £75 per person, includes a glass of Billecart Brut on arrival followed by a selection of luxurious teas, including Monkey paw green tea, White petal tea and Hibiscus flowers tea. There’s sandwiches aplenty including Smoked salmon with cream cheese and rye, and Angus beef and horseradish, scones with seasonal jam, fresh honeycomb and clotted cream, and pastries including Chestnut and vanilla tart and Pumpkin cake with spice pumpkin buttercream.

Where: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY

4. For a Regency Inspired Afternoon Tea: Theatre Royal 

What: Served in the Grand Saloon of Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and available from 24th to 29th March, Lily Vanilli has given her Regency-inspired afternoon tea a Mother’s Day makeover.

Eat and Drink: Think decadent pink icing, piped flowers pink meringue adorning her layered chocolate cake, sticky toffee and pink lemonade tart. Savoury bites include madeleines topped with lapsang-souchong glazed salmon and pickled fennel, bitesize cannelés with goats cheese and pickled beetroot, and, of course, Lily’s signature puff pastry sausage roll. All this is accompanied by tea from The Rare Tea Company, and for those wishing to celebrate mum with bubbles, Taittinger champagne is available.

Where: Theatre Royal, Catherine St, London WC2B 5JF

5. For a Classic Afternoon Tea: London Hilton on Park Lane 

What: London Hilton on Park Lane has created the perfect gift to treat mothers and grandmothers this March. With the hotel’s creative pastry chefs at the helm, the tea has been designed to offer classic treats, with floral accents, exotic flavours and a touch of decadence for the ultimate indulgent knees-up.

Eat and Drink: Taking place in Podium Restaurant and Bar, the Mother’s Day afternoon tea is a delectable assortment of sweet and savoury nibbles, including brioche buns filled with smoked salmon and grated apple, freshly baked scones with salted caramel spreads and clotted cream, lemon drizzle cake and passionfruit tart, and a cookies and cream chocolate brownie. London Hilton on Park Lane’s official tea partner Hope and Glory means there’s always a fabulous collection of brews, from classic choices like Earl Grey and Organic Peppermint to more adventurous combinations like Red Velvet, Jasmine Pearls and Vanilla Chai.

Where: 22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE

6. For a Timeless Afternoon Tea: Petersham Nurseries

What: This Mother’s Day, the Petersham Nurseries team have created a special afternoon tea for The Petersham, their elegant central London restaurant.

Eat and Drink: Toast the day with a seasonal bellini followed by Scottish girolle arancini, Goat’s cheese and plum chutney sandwich, Egg and asparagus sandwich, Smoked trout and labneh blinis, and Garden herbs scones with lobster and crème fraiche. For something sweet, there’s plain and fruit scones with clotted cream and Petersham jam, Rhubarb chiffon cake, Green tea and white chocolate ganache macaroon, Hazelnut and caramel choux bun, Chocolate tart, and Millefoglie and berries.

Where: 2 Floral St, London WC2E 9FB

7. For a New Afternoon Tea: Royal Lancaster 

What: Royal Lancaster London’s brand new afternoon tea has been reimagined and presented with a modern fairytale twist by the hotel’s unique and talented team. 

Eat and Drink: Boasting elegance and indulgence; a selection of delicately crafted sandwiches, warm baked scones and deliciously sweet treats will be served and accompanied by a selection of the finest Camellia’s Tea House teas in the hotel’s beautiful Hyde Café; there’s also a vegan option available for those who would prefer.

Where: Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

8. For a London-Centric Afternoon Tea: The Kensington 

What: Taking inspiration from London’s most recognisable and historic landmarks, The Kensington’s London Landmarks Afternoon Tea leads you on a tour of the capital’s architectural feats with tributes to London’s most famed structures.

Eat and Drink: Priced at £42 per person, The Kensington’s skyline of scones, sandwiches and sweets pays homage to the capital’s iconic buildings and is presented on a London Eye-inspired tea stand.

Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5LP

9. For an Afternoon Tea Collab: Great Scotland Yard Hotel 

What: Distinctly different, the Afternoon Tea at the Great Scotland Yard Hotel is in collaboration with the iconic perfumery Floris London, the only appointed perfumery to Her Majesty The Queen. 

Eat and Drink: This multi-sensory afternoon tea experience is inspired by the notes of the historical British perfumiers luxury fragrance ‘A Rose For…’, with savoury bites featuring Pumpkin, rocket and Montgomery cheddar quiche, Smoked salmon, horseradish and Avruga Caviar on white bread, and Roasted gammon and celeriac remoulade on brown bread. Warm scones alongside Passion fruit and coconut tart, Rhubarb and rose Charlotte, and Lemon and mint choux complete the offering. 

Where: 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HN

10. For an Afternoon Tea Institution: The Dorchester 

What: For over 80 years, The Dorchester has enjoyed the enviable reputation of serving one of the finest afternoon tea experiences in the country. The Dorchester’s special Mother’s Day Champagne afternoon tea will win you all the gold stars. Twice over.

Eat and Drink: It’s a classic affair at The Dorchester. A selection of homemade finger sandwiches on artisan bread: Devilled free-range organic egg and mature cheddar, Norfolk Black Angus Pastrami and micro watercress, and Maldon cured smoked salmon with Marie Rose mayonnaise. A selection of pastries and scones head up the sweet bites.

Where: 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA