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10 Instagrammable Afternoon Teas to Feast Your Eyes On

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A quintessential British tradition (believed to date back to the 1800s), afternoon tea is a feast for the eyes as much as the stomach. Now, in the age of TikTok and Instagram, the country’s top hotels, restaurants, patisseries and parlours have taken to creating spreads almost too beautiful to eat – because one must photograph their meal before eating. From The Berkeley’s runway-inspired selection to Dalloway Terrace’s gin-infused spread, get snapping at these Instagrammable afternoon teas.

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10 Instagrammable Afternoon Teas to Feast Your Eyes On

The Berkeley


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The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea is back with its Spring Summer ’21 collection, serving up sweet treats straight from the fashion world. Perfect for fashionistas with a sweet tooth, guests can expect to find cakes and biscuits inspired by iconic runway creations by the likes of Isabel Marant, Valentino, and Versace. Look out for the Anna Wintour vanilla biscuit, complete with signature bob and sunglasses piped in royal icing. From £60 per person, served daily from 1pm – 5.30pm. the-berkeley.co.uk

One Aldwych


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One for the kids and the parents, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych takes its guests to a world of pure imagination. Tuck into scones with snozzberry jam and clotted cream, spinach roly-poly’s, and a swudge milkshake (mixed by waterfall, of course) for a truly unforgettable dining experience. Grown-ups can wash it all down with a Fizzy Lifting drink or a cup of tea with a twist. From £42 per child and £52 per adult, served Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 4pm. onealdwych.com



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Sketch’s afternoon tea offering reimagines the British model with a French twist, with Head Chef Frederic Don and Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Gasper asking visitors to enter the experience with an open mind. From orange cheesecake and square scones to lemon and orange marshmallows, expect a fun take on classic teatime. Sketch even offer a children’s version of their afternoon tea, complete with Pat the Bear. From £60 per adult and £35 per child, served daily from 11.30am – 4.30pm. sketch.london

Dalloway Terrace


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For those wanting teatime with an edge, Dalloway Terrace is currently serving its Summer Afternoon Tea with a selection of sweet treats infused with Malfy Gin. Expect to find delicious Tahitian vanilla and lemon scones, tonic-marinated cucumber and cream cheese on pain de Mie, and Malfy Gin and Tonic trifle to top it all off. Dalloway Terrace’s cocktail of choice is the Passione Sgroppino, a blend of Malfy Rosa Grapefruit Gin, Ron Bianco, Pink Grapefruit Shrub, and Passion Fruit Sorbet. From £35 per person, served daily from 1pm – 4pm. dallowayterrace.com

Hotel Café Royal


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‘Traditional or contemporary, the choice is yours…’ says Hotel Café Royal. The hotel’s Van Gogh Afternoon Tea blends the best of art and confectionary to immerse guests in a world of creativity, serving cakes and sweets decorated in miniature masterpieces. Served in partnership with The Immersive Experience, the menu features The Starry Night (pink grapefruit compote and orange marmalade), Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (sunflower seed praline and salted caramel), and the Van Gogh Self-Portrait (pecan crunchy and coffee mousse). From £65 per person, served Thursday to Sunday from July 22nd 2021 until 5 January 2022. hotelcaferoyal.com

Aqua Shard


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Inspired by the adventures of the boy who never grew up, Aqua Shard has created its Peter Pan Afternoon Tea to bring guests on a journey to Neverland and back. The experience was developed in partnership with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and features Tinker Bell biscuits, Hook’s Perish Cake, and Tick-Tock the Crocodile jellies. From £52 per person, served Thursday to Sunday from 12.15 – 4.15pm. A children’s version will also be served. sevenrooms.com



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For instagrammable afternoon teas with a classic aesthetic, look no further than Claridge’s. The hotel serves its afternoon tea with seasonal ingredients and British specialties – think poached Scottish salmon, freshly bakes raisin scones, and apricot and white peach frangipane tarts. And with an impressive selection of teas on hand to suit any palate, you’ll certainly want for nothing. From £75 per person, served daily from 2.45pm – 5.30pm. claridges.co.uk

Cutter & Squidge


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Fondly dubbed the best afternoon tea in Soho, Cutter & Squidge spent the majority of lockdown delivering its teatime offering to homes across the UK while its bakery remained closed to visitors. The bakery is ready to open its doors again with an immersive afternoon tea experience in The Potion Room. For fans of magic, tea, and cake, this is an experience you won’t want to miss. From £49.50 per adult and £39.50 per child, served from 19 August 2021. cutterandsquidge.com

Céleste, The Lanesborough


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This is definitely one for your feed. Céleste restaurant has partnered with world-famous Belgravia bakery Peggy Porschen to bring guests the Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea. Full of flowery details, pastel hues, and sugary delights, the afternoon tea is a celebration of everything feminine and fairytale. Sweet highlights include Peggy’s pink pavlova, lemon and elderflower tartlets, and cherry and chocolate chip cupcakes. From £ 54 per person, served Monday to Thursday 2.30pm – 4.00pm and Friday to Sunday 12pm – 4.00pm, 5 August to 11 November 2021 . oetkercollection.com

Rosewood London


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We round off our list of instagrammable afternoon teas with Rosewood. Voted as the best contemporary afternoon tea in the UK, Rosewood’s Kusama Art Afternoon Tea is an exploration of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s current exhibition at Tate Modern. Combining Japanese flavours and French patisserie, the food combines bright colours and bold patterns to reflect the work of the artist. Highlights include All My Love For Tulips, Dots Obsession Soul Of Pumpkin, and Flowers That Bloom at MidnightFrom £65 per person, served Thursday to Sunday 12pm – 5.45pm. rosewoodhotels.com

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